Daystar Academy is a faith-based, culturally-engaged, globally-minded International Baccalaureate World School located in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago.
At Daystar, students are known, celebrated, and taught to look at the world through the lens of God's truth.
Daystar has been serving Chicago students for 25 years.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 350 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $14,000
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Daystar Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
350 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Daystar Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
20 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
Dress code. No uniforms.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Pre-K rates vary based upon program; PK ranges from $10,500 - $14,900. K-5 is $16,200. 6-12 is $17,200. Tuition assistance is available for grades K-12.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Kristin Zandstra


Total Sports Offered
5 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
8 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Model UN, Outdoor Club, Photography Club, Student Council, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Art, Musical Instruments

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

At Daystar, we believe:
  • HOW YOU LEARN MATTERS: We believe that education needs to be experienced first-hand, touched with your hands, and felt with emotion. We`ve built a program that ensures that every student embraces the world around them as their classroom, using local, national and global resources as tools for learning. Our students regularly spend time in active learning outside of the classroom, at locations across Chicagoland. Each learning excursion is tailored to a topic of study and encourages students to engage with the world around them. Make sure you have your passport! Daystar Academy students also travel abroad as part of their academic program in grades 9-12. 
  • WHO YOU LEARN WITH MATTERS: Daystar Academy students benefit from working with students who represent the world around them. Our student body is made up of a wide range of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.  Diversity allows a student to encounter difference, learn from each other and form new bonds that can transcend divisions in our world.  At Daystar Academy, 60 percent of families receive financial aid (over $1.5 million dollars awarded each year). 
  • WHAT YOU LEARN MATTERS: Daystar Academy is a Christ-centered school, focused on God`s great love for us and for our neighbors. We do not view the Bible as a textbook, but rather teach how to see the world through the lens of God`s truth. As a faith-based school, our student body comes from a range of Christian traditions. Daystar is an International Baccalaureate World School. The IB program of learning guides us in accomplishing our mission: to empower our students to positively impact the word through a faith-based, culturally-engaged, globally-minded education.
To achieve these goals Daystar is committed to:
  • High academic standards
  • Small class size
  • Differentiated curriculum
  • Engaged hands-on learning
  • Ethnic and socio-economic diversity
  • Extensive use of Chicago resources - using the city as a classroom
  • Christian values and worldview
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

Daystar comes very near perfection. My children's membership in this community is one of the greatest sources of joy in my life. The school provides a thoughtful Christian education. It is nurturing children's ability to live a distinctively Christian life that engages discerningly with the wider culture in which they find themselves. Daystar is academically excellent. Teachers and administrators are creative, flexible, open-minded and curious about new approaches and are always seeking to improve the quality of instruction. They are also truly committed to teaching each kid at his or her own level; no child is allowed to be consistently bored or confused. The school is racially and socio-economically very diverse, but there is also a real emphasis on building community and teaching the students how to treat one another well. If you visit, take a look at the middle-schoolers: they are nice kids! I trust the way that Daystar is educating my children, academically, emotionally and spiritually. It's a privilege and a blessing to share their upbringing with this school.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 350 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $14,000
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Chicago, IL is $10,159 for elementary schools and $17,857 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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