Daystar Academy

Daystar Academy is a faith-based, culturally-engaged, globally-minded IB World School located in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago.
Daystar is K-12th grade school that has been serving Chicago students for 23 years.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Christian Schools International (CSI)
Illinois Coalition of Nonpublic Schools
International Baccalaureate (IB) World School
Religious AffiliationChristian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild Learning Differences
Year Founded1997

Student Body

Total Students372 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Daystar Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio14:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size24 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Dress code. No uniforms.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$13,500
Tuition NotesPre-Kindergarten rates vary based upon full or PK ranges from $5,000 to $13,500. K-5 is $13,500. 6-10 is $14,600. Tuition assistance is available for grades K-10.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKristin Zandstra


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
SoccerTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Arts and Music Programs:
Art, Musical Instruments

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball, Karate

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! Every Daystar Academy student also travels 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 backgrounds. There are no lines dividing who is and is not welcome, resulting in a beautifully diverse population. Diversity doesn`t just mean ethnicity. We believe that socio-economic diversity allows a student to encounter difference, learn from each other and form new bonds that can transcend divisions in our world. Student-body diversity enriches the learning environment. At Daystar Academy, 60 percent of families receive financial aid (over $1 million dollars awarded each year). As a faith-based school, our student body comes from a range of Christian traditions, each loved and valued by our community.
  • WHAT YOU LEARN MATTERS: We believe that when we work to understand the reality of other members of our community, we develop open hearts and minds that are focused on action. At Daystar we embrace a lifestyle of service, continually looking for ways to give back and support others. We provide opportunities for community service across our entire program, from academics to athletics and extra-curricular activities. We encourage our students to be empathetic and compassionate global citizens, always ready to lend a hand.
To achieve these goals Daystar is committed to:
  • High academic standards
  • Small class size
  • Differentiated curriculum
  • Engaged hands-on learning
  • Enriched learning
  • Extensive use of Chicago resources
  • Christian values and worldview
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Chicago
    Grades: PK-6 | 83 students
    3.8 miles
    1014 East 47th Street
    Chicago, IL 60653
    (773) 924-1200
    3.8 PK-6
  • Chicago
    Ancona School
    Ancona School Photo - In a community of cultural and economic diversity, Ancona's progressive, social justice curriculum rooted in the Montessori tradition educations students to become creative problem solvers, confident risk takers, and life-long learners.
    Montessori School
    Grades: PK-8 | 237 students
    4 miles
    4770 S Dorchester Ave
    Chicago, IL 60615
    (773) 924-2356
    4 PK-8
  • Chicago
    Grades: NS-5 | 515 students
    3.4 miles
    814 W. Eastman Street
    Chicago, IL 60642
    (773) 907-5000
    3.4 NS-5
  • Chicago
    Grades: PK-8 | 91 students
    2.7 miles
    900 N Franklin St Ste 104
    Chicago, IL 60610
    (312) 944-5600
    2.7 PK-8
  • Chicago
    Grades: PK-8 | 993 students
    1.9 miles
    751 N State St
    Chicago, IL 60654
    (312) 466-0700
    1.9 PK-8

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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