Lydia Urban Academy

4300 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60641
Tel: (773)653-2266
Grades: 9-12 | 30 students
LYDIA Urban Academy is a private high school for students who, for various reasons, would benefit from a small supportive environment.  With a student body of only about 30, teachers can provide focused attention and individualized instruction —  in a drug-free, gang-free environment.

School Overview

School Type Alternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. AdvancED
Religious Affiliation Christian
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Behavior Issues
Year Founded 2002

Student Body

Total Students 30 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Lydia Urban Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 4 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 8 students
Number of AP Courses 2 courses
Advanced Courses English for dual credit at community college, Math for dual credit at community college,
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Polo shirt, pants with belt)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jul. 31
Yearly Tuition Cost $2,500
Tuition Notes Annual tuition of $2,500 may be reduced to as low as $500 for qualifying families.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Karen Anderson

School Notes:

  • ·Fully accredited school offering a diploma, not a GED·        
  • Qualified, dedicated teachers who are committed to student success·        
  • Curriculum balancing academics with skill-based classes such as economics and career exploration·        
  • Fewer credits required for graduation, allowing students to make up for lost time while still qualifying for post-secondary education at a community college·        
  • Christian emphasis, including Bible class ·        
  • Counseling, tutoring and mentoring available·        
  • Work-Study Program providing vocational skills and tuition credit·        
  • Dual-credit courses at Wright College for qualified students·        
  • Affordable tuition with generous financial aid·        
  • Centrally located and convenient to public transportation 

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Antonia Pantoja High School (1.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is St Edward School (0.6 miles away)
The nearest preschool is St Edward School (0.6 miles away)
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  • Chicago
    St Edward School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 361 students
    0.6 miles
    4343 W Sunnyside Ave
    Chicago, IL 60630
  • Chicago
    Grades: PK-8 | 279 students
    0.6 miles
    4140 W Addison Street
    Chicago, IL 60641
  • Chicago
    Gateway Montessori School
    Montessori School
    Grades: PK-KG | 42 students
    0.8 miles
    3748 W Montrose Ave
    Chicago, IL 60618
  • Chicago
    Park View Lutheran School
    (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (formerly AELC, ALC, or LCA))
    Grades: PK-8 | 37 students
    0.8 miles
    3919 N Monticello Ave
    Chicago, IL 60618
  • Chicago
    Grades: PK-8 | 227 students
    0.9 miles
    3465 N Cicero Ave
    Chicago, IL 60641

School Reviews

I went to lydia from 2009-2011one of the best thing i ever did. When i first got there the students were nice and after a while we became this little family look out for each other no bullying no gangs. Love that school
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 07/24/15

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The average private school tuition in Chicago, IL is $7,694 for elementary schools and $11,262 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Chicago, IL is 89% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).