Catherine Cook School

  • The Catherine Cook School is a Chicagoindependentpreparatoryschool serving preschool through eighthgrade.
  • We are an inclusivelearning community dedicated toinspiringpersonal excellence andeducating children for life.
  • Since 1975, our committedadministrators and teachers haveworkedclosely with each studentto identify and foster strengths,igniteimagination, encouragediscovery and teach children how tolearn andthink.
  • Our academicprograms focus on age-appropriateexperientiallearning andindependent thinking. Using a collaborative approach, students,parents, teachersandadministrators enrich the individualattention eachchildreceives.
  • We also pursue an agenda of socialresponsibility byemphasizingthe importance of service learningand issues of equityandjustice.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1975

Student Body

Total Students573 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Catherine Cook School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers47 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition Notes1/2 Day PS, JK: $19,500, Full Day PS, JK: $23,500, SK-4: $23,500, 5-8: $24,700; Need based Financial Aid available.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorJill Due


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBasketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballFlag Football,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.65 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Amazing Adventures, Animals & Friends A, Animals & Friends B, Art Around the World, Be an Artist, Beginning Fencing, Beginning Spanish, Carpentry for Kids, Chess with Iron Rooks, CircEsteem, Comic Book, Crafty Kids, Creative Builders, Creative Collage Art, Dance Explosion, Dinosaurs, Doll House, Enchanted Magical Forest, Friendship Club, Frozen Adventure, Game Show, Girl Power Hour, Hand Sewn Accessories, Hip Hop, Iron Chef 1, Iron Chef 2, Make Your Mark!, Minecraft, Monochromatic Art, Outer Space Adventures, Pre-Engineering using LEGO ®, Quirky Quilts, Robots, Scratch 1, Scratch 2, Slimy Science, Super Hero Training, Super Soccer Stars, Tumble & Rock, Yoga 1, Yoga 2, Young Architects

Club or Organization:
and Sequential Art, Bonjour Club, Chess Club, Comics, Computer Club, Creative Writing Club, Drama Club, Future Problem Solvers, Graphic Novels, Junior Speakers Club, Math Homework Help, Math Olympiad, MS Tech Apprentice, Robotics Club, Salsa Club, Sewing Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Concert Band (Advanced), Concert Band (Beginning), Concert Band (Intermediate), Private music lessons (piano, guitar, drums, and violin)

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Karate 1, Karate 2, Karate 3

School Notes

  • The Catherine Cook School strives to preparestudentstoparticipate in the discoveries and challenges of thefuturewiththe foundations of wisdom and personal discipline. Ourschoolisdedicated to cultivating the unique nature and potentialofeachstudent and is committed to building a schoolcommunityenhanced byracial, cultural, and socio-economic diversity.Weprovide anurturing and caring environment enhanced by alowteacher-studentratio. We are interested in a personallearningapproach thatincorporates individual attention,hands-onexperiential learning,and a challenging andwell-roundedcurriculum. In the process ofinspiring and educatingchildren forlife, we believe that studentsmust learn how to think,to solveproblems, to capitalize onstrengths, to make gooddecisions, and tobecome effectivecommunicators. In preparingstudents to livecomfortably in anever-changing and diverse society,we wish to movestudents beyondtolerating people different fromthemselves toengaging all peopleas valuable members of a globalsociety. We makeevery effort toensure the academic program we offeris of thehighest quality. Wego to great lengths to hire the bestteachers,adopt the bestcurricula, to be open to change, and to holdourschool to thehighest academic standards. A true willingnesstolisten and anengagement in professional reflectionareindispensable componentsof our commitment to continualimprovement,relevance, andaccountability.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Chicago
    Grades: PK-8 | 91 students
    0.6 miles
    900 N Franklin St Ste 104
    Chicago, IL 60610
    (312) 944-5600
    0.6 PK-8
  • Chicago
    Grades: PK-12 | 1137 students
    0.4 miles
    59 W North Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60610
    (312) 582-6000
    0.4 PK-12
  • Chicago
    Grades: NS-5 | 515 students
    0.7 miles
    814 W. Eastman Street
    Chicago, IL 60642
    (773) 907-5000
    0.7 NS-5
  • Chicago
    Grades: PK-8 | 993 students
    1.4 miles
    751 N State St
    Chicago, IL 60654
    (312) 466-0700
    1.4 PK-8
  • Chicago
    Grades: PK-12 | 907 students
    1.1 miles
    330 W Webster Ave
    Chicago, IL 60614
    (773) 797-5501
    1.1 PK-12

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