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1. British School of Chicago
Courses / Programs
The British School of Chicago (BSC), located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, is a co-educational, college preparatory, accredited day school offering Nursery School to Year 13 (Pre-K to Grade 12) programs. There are over twenty nationalities represented at the school with the majority being British and American.

All BSC teachers are recruited from the United Kingdom or international schools worldwide, and are of the highest calibre. Every teacher is experienced in the National Curriculum (England) and has a variety of academic specialist skills. All teachers at the BSC take part in a continuous programme called In Service Training (INSET).

The British School of Chicago is accredited by Fieldwork Education as a Learning-Focused School; the National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA); and the Council of International Schools (CIS). The British School of Chicago is also accredited to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
- Nursery & Reception (Pre-school & Junior Kindergarten)
- Year 1 & Year 2 (Kindergarten & Year 1)
- Year 3 to Year 6 (Grade 2 to Grade 5)
- Year 7 to Year 9 (Grade 6 to Grade 8)
- Year 10 - Year 13 (Grade 9 to Grade 12)

Our academic program is based on:
- The International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
- The UK National Curriculum
- International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
- The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)
2. Northside Catholic Academy
Courses / Programs
Northside Catholic Academy is the official, Catholic parish school of six Catholic parishes in three Northside Chicago neighborhoods in Cook County, IL: Andersonville, Edgewater and Rogers Park. Northside Catholic Academy has two campuses which are both located in the Edgewater neighborhood, approximately 7 miles north of the Loop. Our Primary School Campus (PreK-5) is located at 6216 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL 60660, and our Middle School Campus (6-8 and PreK), 5525 N. Magnolia, Chicago, IL 60640.

Northside Catholic Academy is the best option for families on the Northeast Side of Chicago. We are dedicated to educating the whole child - intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically. We have an outstanding retention rate - 97% of our Kindergarten through 8th graders continued on at NCA from last year

Early childhood programs at Northside Catholic Academy boast accreditation by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). NAEYC administers the largest and most widely recognized accreditation system for all types of early childhood schools and child care centers. It is the nation’s largest organization of early childhood educators.
- Primary School program: (PreK- Grade 5)

- Middle School program: (Grades 6-8)

* Programs include: Language Arts, Spanish, French, Everyday Math, Computer Technology, Athletics, Music, Art, Religious Education, Science Lab, Band, Strings, Advanced Literature, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Whiz Kids, Reading Specialist, Tutoring
3. Penny Lane School, Chicago
Courses / Programs
Penny Lane has two quality schools located in the Chicago Ridge and Oaklawn neighborhoods, south-west of downtown Chicago in Cook County, IL. Penny Lane is a privately owned and DCFS licensed facility that offers various educational and child care options. We provide early childhood education serving families throughout Woodlawn, Englewoood, Evergereen Park, South Shore and South Chicago.

Penny Lane plays a major role in guiding children's development and providing them with experiences that nurture their social, cognitive and physical abilities. We want your child to feel secure and independent, to move from one activity to another as easily and confidently as possible.

We follow the same schedule day after day. A picture schedule helps children feel secure because they know what comes next. After a few months, children are amazingly independent. They tell us what they are supposed to do next! Our early childhood education curriculum includes Spanish, Computers, Music and Movement, Rhythm instruments and a P.E curriculum. Come join the fun and let the learning begin.
Early Childhood Education Day Care Programs:

- Infants program: Ages 6 weeks to 15 months
- Toddlers program: Ages 15 months to 2 years
- Two Year Olds program: Ages 2 - 3 years
- Preschool program: Ages 3 - 4 years
- Pre-kindergarten program: Ages 4 - 5 years
- Kindergarten program: Ages 5 - 6 years (Must be 5 yearrs by September 1st)

Additionally:
- Before / After School program: Ages 5 - 12 years
- Summer Day Camps: All ages
4. Acacia Academy Private Therapeutic Day School
Courses / Programs
Acacia Academy is a private, therapeutic day school in La Grange, a suburb about 13 miles west of Chicago in Cook County, IL. We offer accredited programs for grades 1-12 for students of all performance levels including regular education students, gifted children and those with learning disabilities. Instruction is designed to strengthen skills in reading, math, writing, spelling, language skills, fine motor skills, processing abilities, speech/language, and social skills.

Acacia Academy is accredited by North Central Association Colleges and Schools and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for Out-of-District placement. The Acacia Tree symbolizes what our school strives to achieve: Educational stability with roots of strength and character that will last a lifetime making Acacia Academy a safe place to grow and learn.
- Accredited programs for grades 1-12 for students of all performance levels
- Psycho-educational Evaluations
- Speech and Language
- Occupational Therapy Evaluations
- Social Assessments
- Reading, Writing, Math and all Content Subjects
- Study Skills, Thinking Skills, Learning Disabilities
- Dyslexia, ADD / ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, Regular Ed, Gifted
5. St. Benedict Catholic Elementary School, Chicago
Courses / Programs
Located in Blue Island, a south suburb of Chicago in Cook County, IL, St. Benedict Elementary School is a private, co-educational, Catholic school, serving 178 students in grades PK-8. St. Benedict School fosters a learning climate within our school conducive to academic excellence and spiritual maturity. This helps to develop the children into thinking, problem-solving adults. As a parochial school in the Archdiocese of Chicago, we encourage our students to develop their individual gifts and talents, and we provide the tools to do so though our gifted education curriculum.

This includes a creative hands-on art program and access to a resource room with accelerated reading and math. After school programs such as athletics, band, art club and performing arts are offered to enhance the curriculum. Through the ongoing collaboration of the administrator, educators, parents, clergy and parish, we fulfill our commitment to academic excellence.

Our overall student population consists of 40 Caucasian, 46 Hispanic, 89 African American and 3 others. We cater for families from Blue Island, Calumet Park, Morgan Park, Merrionette Park, Robbins, Dixmoor, Riverdale and surrounding communities.
- Pre-kindergarten program
- Kindergarten program
- Elementary School program
- Middle School through to Grade 8 program

Additionally:
- Gifted Education Curriculum
- Talented and Gifted Program with art, accelerating reading and math
- After school program including athletics, band, art club and performing arts
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