Avery Coonley School

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1906

Student Body

Total Students338 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Avery Coonley School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size16 students
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineMar. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$25,800
Tuition NotesPreK $9,980 - $22,900 K-4 - $25,800 5-8 - $26,800
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorRebecca Malotke-Meslin
Admissions AssociateKristen Teague


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBasketball, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballSoccer,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art Club, Book Club, Chess, Computer Club, Math Team, STEM Open Lab, Student Council (Middle School), Yearbook Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama/Theater, Orchestra, Tech Club, Treble Makers Choir

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

  • The Avery Coonley School is a dynamic and diverse independent school whose mission is to provide a learning environment that is appropriate both for academically bright and gifted children, preschool through eighth grade, who are motivated to learn and have demonstrated the potential for the scholastic achievement necessary to succeed in a challenging academic program, in order that they may become positive, productive, and respectful members of society.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
My older daughter has been and Avery Coonley since she was in Kindergarten. My younger daughter, since the Early Childhood program (they are currently in 7th & 4th). It has been an incredible experience. My children are confident learners, they are curious and willing to take risks as well as enjoy being challenged. The entire environment at ACS is supportive and dedicated to gifted children being themselves and celebrating their natural desire to learn. The teachers are exceptional. They share the same love of learning as their students and communicate with teachers constantly and encouraged.
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This school has been an absolute gift for our entire family. Our two sons go to Avery Coonley and we've been a part of this community for the last 8 years. Im grateful for their experiences here in so many ways, but I would say that the following really encapsulates why Avery Coonley is so special: (1) The teachers are amazing. They KNOW your kids. They get them. During our first parent teacher conference in second grade, the teacher identified something about our kid that we had not realized. Her experience and knowledge led us to a whole new understanding of our kid and changed the way we parented him, for the better. (2) The ethos that mistakes are a good thing. At every grade level, they teach the kids that you can't really learn without making mistakes, that you need to take risks and get out of your comfort zone. 3) The whole-child approach. As you would expect, the academics are very strong here. But it is the other aspects they bring to the table that make this such a special place for me. A truly cross-curricular, project-based, experiential approach to learning. Music and art are involved in every aspect of their education, even at the project level. Drama starts formally in fourth grade, but the kids are taught to present their work in front of a group of people, and even be up on stage in the auditorium from first grade on. My super-shy youngest son who never used to want to try anything new is comfortable on stage in front of a full auditorium. That's AMAZING and I never saw it coming. If your kids are interested, they can join the school orchestra and learn new instruments. They have PE every day, which incorporates play, creativity, traditional American sports, as well as exploring the world through sports from around the globe. Whether they are tapping maple trees to make maple syrup, building an Egyptian Mastaba to memorialize a famous person they respect who recently died, putting together a Japanese style luncheon, or traveling to Quebec to immerse themselves in the French language, the kids are learning by doing and gaining confidence and self-awareness every step of the way.
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We are so proud to be a part of the ACS community! Our daughter has attended ACS since 3rd Group and now is in her last year. We have been continually impressed with the support and love from the teachers, staff and families. Not only does ACS focus on excellence and high standards in their curriculum, but the teachers and staff encourage students to be independent and confident learners. Our daughter has developed empathy for people who look and believe differently than herself. She has a strong foundation of knowledge in history and science, as well as math and literacy. She is inspired daily by teachers who are experts in each of their fields with master level degrees. She is surrounded by other students who are passionate and desire to learn and explore above all things. It truly is the unique and true learning environment we have ever seen, and we have been at public and private schools in the Chicagoland area. By far, ACS stands above the rest in learning, innovation, collaboration and design over any school we have ever been a part of. The head of school is kind, brilliant and loves to see students become true to who they are meant to be. The board of the school are parents and educators who have a deep love for the school and students. Students leave ACS with more knowledge and depth and our overly prepared for the top high schools in Chicago. Don't be intimated by the cost of the school, ACS gives amazing scholarships and aid to those who need it. Take a risk and apply to this one of kind places!
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Our son has attended since Kindergarten and we are very happy with the experience. The environment is inviting and friendly. The grounds are beautiful. The school does a great job nurturing long-standing community-building traditions while incorporating the latest technology in the classrooms. The teachers and staff know the children well, and enjoy guiding their development. The teachers are experts in their subjects and are passionate about their craft. The school is for gifted and highly motivated learners; the teachers differentiate and individualize in order to meet the child where he/she is at. The peer set in each classroom cannot be matched elsewhere. Avery Coonley is the place where it is cool to be smart and everyone is engaged in the learning process. Our son has thrived here.
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Avery Coonley school was my home away from home from preschool to sixth grade. I made wonderful friends and had great teachers. I feel very lucky to have been a part of the community. It's the people that make this place so special.
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