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 (2022)

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

Top Rankings

Catherine Cook School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:


School Overview

Student Body

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

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
1/2 Day PS: $22,560; Full Day PS: $27,200; JK-4: $29,290; 5-8: $30,770; Need-based financial assistance is available.
Admissions Director
Tiffany Wells
Admissions Associate
Jessica Ledesma


Total Sports Offered
5 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
4 extracurriculars
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

Profile last updated: 03/03/2022

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
I am a parent of two current Catherine Cook Students. We have a child in 2nd grade as well as in Senior Kindergarten. Both of our children started in Pre-school and we are so happy with the decision we made. We have come to love and greatly appreciate all that Catherine Cook School has to offer, from their focus on innovation and design to cultivating a diverse and vibrant community. Most importantly, our children come home from school happy and excited about their days. They have developed joyful relationships with friends and faculty alike. We have no doubt that we have developed friendships with families that will last a lifetime. We feel Catherine Cook School does an amazing job of balancing the academic needs of our children as well as giving focus to their social and emotional needs that are so important in a well rounded education.
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I am a parent of 2 children- currently in grades 2 and 4- as we've been at Catherine Cook since they were both in Pre-K. There has not been a day that my children have not been delighted to go to school. They feel supported and known by not only their teachers- but every administrator, security guard, building and grounds professional, and cafeteria associate. CCS is truly a special place for children to learn and realize their interests, talents, and potential. I feel confident CCS is helping them develop the skills and mindset they need to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally in high school and beyond.
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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 (2022)

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

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The average private school tuition in Chicago, IL is $9,853 for elementary schools and $16,882 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Chicago, IL is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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