Ancona School

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Ancona School Photo #1 - In a community of cultural and economic diversity, Ancona's progressive, social justice curriculum rooted in the Montessori tradition educations students to become creative problem solvers, confident risk takers, and life-long learners.
  • Outstanding education is just the beginning! Since our founding in 1962, Ancona has been a community school dedicated to diversity and committed to social justice.
  • At every grade level, our students learn to identify inequality and are empowered to address injustice in the world.
  • From 3 years old through eighth grade, Ancona students explore, evaluate, and grapple with real-world challenges in thoughtfully-prepared experiential learning environments.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Difference, Dyslexia
Year Founded1962
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesThe cost above is for our full 8-week summer program. Families are welcome to register for 1-8 weeks, at $350/week, or $2,600/ All 8 weeks.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students237 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
67%
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Ancona School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size20 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 15 / May. 1 / rolling
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $17,300 - $25,250 depending on grade level. Please visit https://anconaschool.org/tuition-fees/ for more details.
Admissions DirectorMelanie Ahmad

Sports

Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBasketball, Flag Football, Soccer, VolleyballBasketballFlag Football,
SoccerVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Board Games, Chess, Cooking, Dance, Gardening, Improv

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Private Music Lessons

School Notes

  • Half-day and full-day Montessori preprimary
  • Progressive 1st - 8th grade curriculum
  • Award-winning Outdoor Learning Space
  • 4,000 square foot farm
  • Before and after school for all grade levels

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Chicago
    Grades: PK-12 | 2170 students
    1.5 miles
    1362 E 59th Street
    Chicago, IL 60637
    (773) 834-1638
    1.5 PK-12
    2170
  • Chicago
    Grades: PK-6 | 83 students
    0.4 miles
    1014 East 47th Street
    Chicago, IL 60653
    (773) 924-1200
    0.4 PK-6
    83
  • Chicago
    Daystar Academy
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    (Christian)
    Grades: PK-12 | 372 students
    4 miles
    1550 S State St
    Chicago, IL 60605
    (312) 791-0001
    4 PK-12
    372
  • Chicago
    Grades: K-8 | 31 students
    9.3 miles
    2017 W 110th Pl
    Chicago, IL 60643
    (773) 238-2603
    9.3 K-8
    31
  • Chicago
    Grades: PK-8 | 236 students
    3.9 miles
    7740 S Eberhart Ave
    Chicago, IL 60619
    (773) 783-0555
    3.9 PK-8
    236

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
5  
Ancona is not just a school, it has become our village. Writing a review will never do this institution, this community enough justice. The kiddo (who is now 7) started there at the pre-K level when we left Old Town to move somewhere where I would not keep being mistaken for "the help" or nanny of my bi-racial child. A friend recommended we check out Ancona. Even on the admissions visit day, a mother (who is now a dear friend of mine) yelled from across the street "Are you considering enrolling here? You will absolutely love it!" And she was 100% right. This is the type of school that is not just right for our child, but for the whole family. From the amazing head of school Nancy, to all the administrators, and our beloved teachers: this community educates and nurtures the whole person and you can see that in how Ancona students interact with one another, engage with our local community, and how emotionally and socially intelligent and connected they are to issues of social justice and global citizenship. And for those who are leery or under-educated about Montessori education and/or are focused more on data or metrics, Ancona students are just as prepared and competitive as students from other institutions in terms of high school placement. Our kids go on to Walter Payton, Latin, etc. and go on to become awesome humans and impressive alumns. So, don`t let "boogey man" narratives about Montessori education scare you. I, for one, cannot say enough great things about our "home." All I can say is, you need to check Ancona out!
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We had a great experience at Ancona with both our sons, from the Montessori pre-primary program through 8th grade. Both went from Ancona to Walter Payton High School. The faculty is excellent, and the school really takes seriously being all about what's best for the kids.
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Ancona was a great school for both of my sons (Black), who enrolled at P3 and stayed through 8th grade. The diversity in the school and in the curriculum was great. Furthermore, the teachers met my sons where they were and worked from there. They both thrived at Ancona and were more than prepared aademically and socially for a selective Catholic HS here in the city. We're so glad we made the decision to join the Ancona community
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I highly recommend this school. My kids have been going here since pre-K and I feel that not only are they being set up to go to the high school of their choice, but they are learning to make their own choices to become informed and engaged citizens.
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