The Catherine Cook School inspires children for life in a nurturing learning environment focused on the formative years of preschool through eighth grade. Thoughtful teachers engage children in challenging, project-based learning experiences, supported by our innovative technology. Our focus on social development and encouraging personal excellence fosters a community of motivated learners. The result is a confident and ethical young person ready to succeed in high school and beyond.
All students benefit from developmentally appropriate use of technology. The one-to-one laptop program empowers learners and is the first of its kind in Chicago's independent schools.
The Catherine Cook School has partnered with the Institute for Global Ethics to engage students in developing moral sensibilities and ethical thinking. The "ROARS" program enlightens students to the core values cherished in the community, and students explore their place in the community through the Second Step program.
The school offers a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities through the After School Adventures program. Students can explore ceramics, painting, dance classes, chess, math club, rock band, and more.
Families frequently remark that the school's warm, joyful feeling sets it apart. Community spirit is evident at weekly assemblies, school musicals, art openings, and sports events. Parents build connections naturally through an energetic Parent Association, active volunteer programs, and engaging parent seminars.
A fixture in the Old Town neighborhood, and a 37 year history, The Catherine Cook School draws more than 500 students from many neighborhoods including Lincoln Park, Bucktown/Wicker Park, The West Loop, Printers Row, and River East.