Oldest Private Schools in Illinois

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  • The average private school in Illinois was founded around 1964 (2018-19).
  • The oldest private schools are listed below (where sufficient data available).
  • The oldest private school in Illinois is Keith Country Day School, founded in 1816.

Oldest Private Schools in Illinois (2018-19)

  • School Founding Date Grades Location
  • 1. Founding Date: 1816
    Grades: PK-121 Jacoby Pl
    Rockford, IL 61107
    (815)399-8823

  • 2.
    Elgin Academy
    Elgin Academy Photo - "Old Main" building of Elgin Academy Old Main is the academy's original building. Today, it is primarily used as the museum for the Elgin Area Historical Society. One room still serves as a regular school classroom for the school.
    Founding Date: 1839
    Grades: NS-12350 Park St
    Elgin, IL 60120
    (847)695-0303

  • 3.
    Most Blessed Trinity Academy
    Most Blessed Trinity Academy Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1841
    Grades: PK-8510 W. Grand Ave.
    Waukegan, IL 60085
    (847)623-4110

  • 4.
    Mother Mcauley Liberal Arts High School
    Mother Mcauley Liberal Arts High School Photo
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1846
    Grades: 9-123737 W 99th Street
    Chicago, IL 60655
    (773)881-6500

  • 5.-6.
    Cathedral Grade School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1847
    Grades: PK-8200 S 2nd St
    Belleville, IL 62220
    (618)233-6414

  • 5.-6.
    St Peter Lutheran School
    St Peter Lutheran School Photo - St. Peter Lutheran School, Schaumburg , Pre-School through 8th grade
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1847
    Grades: PK-8208 E Schaumburg Rd
    Schaumburg, IL 60194
    (847)885-3350

  • 7.
    St. John Lutheran
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1849
    Grades: PK-84231 183rd St.
    Country Club Hills, IL 60478
    (708)799-7491

  • 8.
    St. Joseph School
    St. Joseph School Photo - St. Joseph School: Love Where You Learn
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1850
    Grades: NS-81740 Lake Avenue
    Wilmette, IL 60091
    (847)256-7870

  • 9.
    Immanuel Christian Academy
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1852
    Grades: PK-82329 S Wolf Road
    Hillside, IL 60162
    (708)562-5580

  • 10.-12.
    Immaculate Conception
    Immaculate Conception Photo - Mr. Kish welcomes students on the first day.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1853
    Grades: PK-8321 S Metter Avenue
    Columbia, IL 62236
    (618)281-5353

  • 10.-12.
    Ss Peter & Paul Catholic School
    Ss Peter & Paul Catholic School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1853
    Grades: K-8201 E Franklin Ave
    Naperville, IL 60540
    (630)355-0113

  • 10.-12.
    Wheaton Academy
    Wheaton Academy Photo
    Alternative School (Christian)
    Founding Date: 1853
    Grades: 9-12900 Prince Crossing Rd
    West Chicago, IL 60185
    (630)562-7501

  • 13.-14.
    St. Mary School
    St. Mary School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1855
    Grades: PK-850 N Buffalo Grove Road
    Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
    (847)459-6270

  • 13.-14.
    Zion-Concord Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1855
    Grades: NS-8865 S Church Road
    Bensenville, IL 60106
    (630)766-0228

  • 15.
    St Patrick School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1856
    Grades: NS-8412 N Jackson St
    Decatur, IL 62523
    (217)423-4351

  • 16.-17.
    St James Lutheran School
    St James Lutheran School Photo - Middle School vs. Staff Basketball Game
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1857
    Grades: PK-82101 N Fremont Street
    Chicago, IL 60614
    (773)525-4990

  • 16.-17.
    St. James School
    St. James School Photo
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1857
    Grades: PK-82101 N. Fremont
    Chicago, IL 60614
    (773)525-4990

  • 18.-19.
    Corpus Christi Catholic School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1858
    Grades: PK-81909 E. Lincoln Street
    Bloomington, IL 61701
    (309)662-3712

  • 18.-19.
    Trinity Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1858
    Grades: PK-81102 W Hamilton Rd
    Bloomington, IL 61704
    (309)829-7513

  • 20.
    Trinity Lutheran School
    Trinity Lutheran School Photo
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1859
    Grades: PK-86850 W.159th Street
    Tinley Park, IL 60477
    (708)532-3529

  • 21.
    Trinity Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1860
    Grades: PK-81165 Wesmore Meyers Road
    Lombard, IL 60148
    (630)627-5601

  • 22.-23.
    Immanuel Lutheran School
    Immanuel Lutheran School Photo - Located in historic East Dundee, ILS serves students from the far NW suburbs of Chicago.
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1861
    Grades: NS-85 S Van Buren St
    Dundee, IL 60118
    (847)428-1010

  • 22.-23.
    Zion Lutheran School Belleville
    Zion Lutheran School Belleville Photo
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1861
    Grades: PK-81810 Mcclintock Ave
    Belleville, IL 62221
    (618)234-0275

  • 24.
    St. Benedict Elementary School
    St. Benedict Elementary School Photo - St. Benedict Catholic School Blue Island Welcomes You!
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1862
    Grades: PK-82324 New St
    Blue Island, IL 60406
    (708)385-2016

  • 25.-26.
    St Mary School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1863
    Grades: PK-52000 Richmond Ave
    Mattoon, IL 61938
    (217)235-0431

  • 25.-26.
    St. Matthew Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1863
    Grades: NS-124480 N Old Mchenry Road
    Lake Zurich, IL 60047
    (847)438-6103

  • 27.-30.
    Danville Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1864
    Grades: PK-81930 North Bowman Avenue
    Danville, IL 61832
    (217)442-5036

  • 27.-30.
    St Paul Lutheran School
    St Paul Lutheran School Photo - Gymnasium
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1864
    Grades: PK-8112 N Border Street
    Troy, IL 62294
    (618)667-6314

  • 27.-30.
    St Peter Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1864
    Grades: K-8310 N Broadway St
    Joliet, IL 60435
    (815)722-3567

  • 27.-30.
    Trinity Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1864
    Grades: PK-8318 E. South 1st Street
    Stewardson, IL 62463
    (217)682-3881

  • 31.-33.
    St Paul Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1865
    Grades: PK-885 S. Constitution Drive
    Aurora, IL 60506
    (630)896-3350

  • 31.-33.
    St Scholastica Academy
    All-girls (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1865
    Grades: 9-127416 N Ridge Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60640
    (773)764-5715

  • 31.-33.
    Trinity Lutheran School
    Trinity Lutheran School Photo - Singing in Chapel!
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1865
    Grades: NS-811503 German Church Rd
    Willowbrook, IL 60527
    (708)839-1444

  • 34.
    St Johns Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1866
    Grades: PK-8109 N Spring St
    Elgin, IL 60120
    (847)741-7633

  • 35.
    St Marys School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1867
    Grades: PK-8603 W Jackson St
    Bloomington, IL 61701
    (309)828-5954

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