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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Sports
    C-
1010 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642
About The Chicago Academy for the Arts...

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
$89
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$29,095
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
50%
Average Financial Aid
From The Chicago Academy for the Arts

The Chicago Academy for the Arts is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Incoming freshmen and transfer students are encouraged to apply. Designated a National School of Distinction by the John F. Kennedy Center, The Academy is the premier arts high school in the country. Students from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs engage in a unique, co-curricular program: rigorous, college-preparatory academic classes paired with professional-level arts training in Music, Dance, Film, Visual Art, Creative Writing, Theatre, or Musical Theatre. Visit our website to fill out an application!

The Chicago Academy for the Arts Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1190
15 responses
Average ACT
27
40 responses

The Academy Education Model and Method

We often say that there is nothing more important here than our community. Academy students and faculty alike are characterized by their passion, sense of purpose, and pursuit of excellence. It is a special privilege to be surrounded, every day, by peers and mentors who have made the decision to be a part of this place. In fact, our students are never at The Academy, they are The Academy.

Culture & Safety

Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Halloween All-School party
    42%
  • Annual Student Run Aids Benefit
    17%
  • Pi Day
    17%
  • Taste for the Arts
    17%
  • Arts Gala
    8%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    145
    67%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.6 responses
    83%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.6 responses
    0%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.6 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    4:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    67%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.9 responses
    Poll
    78%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.9 responses
    Poll
    56%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.9 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    C+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    0%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
    14%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
    43%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      C-
    2. Good for Families
      A-
    3. Housing
      C+
    Median Household Income
    $102,911
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,537
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $458,935
    National
    $184,700

    The Chicago Academy for the Arts Reviews

    44 reviews
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    This place is so unbelievably special and worth every cent. Our daughter received a top notch education immersed in a community of caring, loving, brilliant individuals, both faculty and students.. The proof is in the pudding. She was accepted to 8 of the best colleges in the country and her peers are off to Juilliard, USC, Northwestern, NYU and Oberlin and were offered 8 million dollars worth of scholarships. I can not say enough about this gem of a school. We live in an award winning school district so this was a choice. And oh what an amazing choice it was! We are so sad to leave.
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    I transferred into the Chicago Academy for the Arts (CAA) and it transformed me as an academic, artist, and person. I, of course, grew astronomically in my arts department but was happily surprised by the academic environment. I found the academics to be on par with the private schools in the Chicagoland area, and the teachers, more passionate and knowledgeable. There are limitations when it comes to a small school: fewer class offerings (especially APs) and limited class scheduling. But, at the end of the day, CAA can be as challenging as you want it to be.
    The culture of this school is beyond any other high school that I have experienced; students engage enthusiastically in time-honored traditions and support within tight, yet inclusive, friend groups is a CAA staple.
    There are faults when it comes to the disproportional amount of funding and attention the dance department (and to a lesser extent the music department) receives. They are obviously preferred by the administration.
    I personally really like the school. It has made my art overall better and I'm ready for what college brings me. It has prepared me well but I know a lot of people that it hasn't. I can't speak for other conservatories but for Visual Arts it is very intuitive and classes are interesting. It does get pretty saturated but they make a good switch by junior year. For the Academic part of the day it is ok. Some classes are very boring while others are really fun. It all depends on who teaches and with who you are with. One thing that really needs revisiting is security. I would love to see metal detectors added and constant security just to feel a little safer. Overall though, I've enjoyed almost every bit.