Best Illinois Private Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 1,670 private schools serving 260,763 students in Illinois (there are 4,387 public schools, serving 1,867,569 students). 12% of all K-12 students in Illinois are educated in private schools (compared to the national average of 10%).
The average private school tuition is $8,341 for elementary schools and $13,352 for high schools (view national tuition averages).
The best top ranked private schools in Illinois include Chicago City Day School, St. Joan Of Arc and The Avery Coonley School.
The average acceptance rate is 91% (view national acceptance rates). Minority enrollment is 34% and the student:teacher ratio is 13:1.
55% of schools are religiously affiliated (most commonly Catholic and Christian).

Top Ranked Illinois Private Schools by County (2024)

County
# Schools
# Students
% Minority
10
1,880
4%
771
136,367
45%
184
25,650
28%
65
9,494
32%
108
12,532
32%
11
1,853
12%
4
540
11%
31
3,677
16%
13
2,637
13%
9
1,603
16%
38
5,781
12%
27
4,427
24%
19
3,800
14%
75
9,418
27%

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked private schools in Illinois?
The best top ranked private schools in Illinois include Chicago City Day School, St. Joan Of Arc and The Avery Coonley School.
How many private schools are located in Illinois?
1,670 private schools are located in Illinois.
How much do private schools cost in Illinois?
The average private school tuition in Illinois is $8,341 for elementary schools and $13,352 for high schools
How diverse are private schools in Illinois?
Illinois private schools are approximately 34% minority students (view national minority students).
What percentage of students in Illinois go to private school?
12% of all K-12 students in Illinois are educated in private schools (compared to national average of 10%).
What percentage of private schools are religiously affiliated in Illinois?
55% of private schools in Illinois are religiously affiliated (most commonly Catholic and Christian).

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