Great Schools in Chicago You’ll Want to Know About

Chicago Parent’s top education advertising partners share an inside look. Take some time to learn more about these great schools in Chicago.

Parents have so many choices of great schools in Chicago, and every family is looking for something different to meet their child’s needs and their needs as a family. What every parent wants is a school where their child can dig in, engage and thrive. We talked with top education advertising partners to learn more about what they offer — and what makes them truly unique for Chicago families.

Whether you’re seeking just the right environment for your gifted student or want to give your preschooler the very best start, it makes sense to learn about the many options available. Here, we present a round-up of top Chicago Parent advertising partners that shared with us what they are doing in their classrooms to help students excel.

Check out the great schools we think are worth a look and read their content to learn even more about what they offer.

Chicago City Day School

Fundamental to the mission at Chicago City Day School, an independent PK-8 school on Chicago’s North Side, is a culture of kindness where students are challenged to become collaborative, respectful learners who embrace kindness and empathy every day. Discover how teachers at Chicago City Day School give students space to achieve their academic potential without competition against peers and how teachers celebrate each student’s unique capabilities. Even in junior and senior kindergarten, students learn they are part of a bigger community of diverse individuals — and they don’t always have to agree, but they do have to respect others’ opinions and perspectives. As they grow, students are held accountable for their own learning and take a genuine interest in their classmates’ success, entering some of the most selective high schools ready to lead.

The Gardner School

Reading and literacy are so important to developing minds that The Gardner School, an academically focused early childhood education center with 11 locations in downtown and suburban Chicago, embraces a literacy-rich environment even for infants. Through research-based developmentally appropriate curricula, each age group, from infants to toddlers and preschoolers — and, in the suburban locations where private kindergarten is offered, kindergartners — engage with literacy and language activities in stimulating learning environments. Discover more about how The Gardner School helps students flourish and thrive.

Gateway Montessori

Building a strong community means working together and helping each other thrive — and that’s exactly what students learn at Gateway Montessori, one of just two Chicago schools recognized by the Association Montessori Internationale because it adheres closely to the original teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. Learn how Gateway Montessori students engage in an environment of trust and collaboration, exploring hands-on in multiage classrooms to gain knowledge and build lifelong success. Discover more about how kids ages 15 months to 12 years choose work that is most meaningful to them in a nurturing environment that fosters independence, self-reliance and self-discipline.

GCE Lab School

At GCE Lab School, an independent high school in Chicago’s Loop, students engage in a culturally relevant education to empower and provide learning opportunities that are personally relevant to each student. Learn more about how strong relationships with teachers and peers at GCE Lab School sustain students and encourage them to rise to the high goals and academic challenges expected of them. Discover how students build agency over their education, engage in cooperative learning and work to become future leaders who can see past differences to solve problems.

GEMS World Academy

Through extensive Field Studies programs, students at GEMS World Academy Chicago, a preschool through grade 12 private independent school in Chicago’s Lakeshore East neighborhood, have experiential learning built into their curriculum. Discover why GEMS students explore the larger classroom of the city of Chicago for more authentic learning experiences — and how GEMS Field Studies deepen learning, expose students to career options and prepare them for the rigor of higher education. Whether they are studying physics, history or journalism, students at GEMS World Academy learn on the ground in the vibrant Chicago city environment — in essence, learning locally to apply concepts globally.

Merit School of Music

Music has the incredible power to bring joy, improve academic performance and even build success for future careers. Now more than ever, music is a balm for children who are reengaging with the world in a joyful way for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. Learn how Merit School of Music, a nationally recognized music school in Chicago’s West Loop, engages children with music from birth through high school, and the many benefits gained. Discover how music builds language skills, fosters STEM skills, builds connections and boosts resiliency for kids — and how Merit School of Music makes this all possible.

Quest Academy

Beyond high achievement, gifted learners are on a different intellectual level than their same-age peers. At Quest Academy, an independent PK-8 school in Palatine for gifted learners, teachers truly understand the gifted child and are dedicated to meeting their specialized educational needs. Learn some of the common traits of gifted students and discover how Quest Academy’s learning environment is structured to maximize critical thinking and provide a safe place for students to take risks. Discover how project-based learning challenges students to engage and do their most satisfying work. With every subject designed for the gifted student, at Quest Academy, students dig into science, language arts, math and social science, as well as art, music, drama and more — all surrounded by like-minded peers.

The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School

Enrollment in a therapeutic day school can make all the difference to a child with a mental health challenge or on the autism spectrum. At Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School (O-School), students in third through 12th grades — and a unique transition program — can build trusting relationships in a nurturing environment that balances academics with strong therapeutic supports with the goal of achieving a positive outcome. Learn more about how strong connections, support for building coping skills and the internationally recognized therapeutic milieu is part of life at the O-School. Discover if enrollment at the O-School, with its small class sizes and strong emphasis on therapy, is the right fit for your child and family.

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