Catherine Cook School

Catherine Cook School is an independent, coeducational preparatory school in Chicago serving Preschool (age 3) through 8th Grade.
At Catherine Cook, our students cultivate a deep understanding of the world we live in, find their purpose within it, and develop the leadership skills to leave their mark.
Our committed administrators and teachers work closely with each student and family to identify and foster strengths, ignite imagination, and encourage innovation.
Our academic approach utilizes project-based learning and inspires both independent and collaborative thinking.
Age-approprite technology and design thinking integrate disciplines while keeping students engaged and excited about learning.
We also pursue an agenda of social responsibility by emphasizing the importance of service learning and issues of equity and justice.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 573 students
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
573 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
Students by Grade
Catherine Cook School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
47 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size
18 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
1/2 Day PS: $21,900; Full Day PS: $26,400; JK-4: $28,430; 5-8: $29,870; Need-based financial assistance is available.
Admissions Director
Jill Due
Admissions Associate
Jessica Ledesma

Sports

Total Sports Offered
5 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
After School Adventures / Virtual Adventures, Extended Day (until 6:00 p.m.), Middle School Athletics, Middle School Clubs and Academic Teams

School Notes

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School Reviews

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I'm a mother of three students who are joyfully and successfully making their way through the grades of Catherine Cook School. They all began in pre-kindergarten, and my oldest is now finishing 5th grade. I don't know how to fully express how much we all love this school. Our kids truly feel that their teachers know them and value what makes them tick. The lessons and assignments are incredibly creative. The school has wonderfully high expectations for student presentations demonstrating what they've learned. They navigate challenging social or behavior issues with grace and perspective and purpose. The communication with teachers and administration is exceptional. The community is delightful.And through the impossible journey of teaching during the pandemic, this school found a way to keep the kids connected, loved, safe, and highly educated.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 573 students
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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