At NCA, you'll find a challenging and diversified curriculum that includes foreign language, music, fine arts, advanced technology, and athletics.
Our test scores consistently rank above the national average.-Our students place into top Chicago High Schools each year.
Your child will receive an excellent and balanced education at NCA. What's even more significant, is the sense of belonging you'll find when you join our community. Within this nurturing and fun environment, your child and your entire family thrive.
Private tours are available by appointment Monday through Friday 8 AM-3 PM.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 550 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $9,000
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

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

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Summer School Offered
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2013

Student Body

Total Students
550 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Northside Catholic Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
25 students
Classroom Dress Code
(plaid uniform for girls, blue pants, white shirt, sweater vest)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies with different preschool programs, number of children in family, and parishioner status
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Shakira Morrissette



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
8 extracurriculars
Athletics, Band, Boy Scouts, Chess Club, Choir, Girl Scouts

Club or Organization:
Art Club, Technology Club

School Notes

  • Northside Catholic Academy is the proud recipient of the National Blue Ribbon School Award. It is the official Catholic School of Andersonville, Edgewater, West Ridge, and Rogers Park. We offer full and half-day preschool programs starting at age 3, full-day kindergarten and have a maximum class size of 25 through 8th grade.  

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
We truly love NCA. Why? The small class sizes, the focus on the whole child, the very reasonable tuition and the way the teachers really take the time to get to know and work with our child. We had the opportunity to leave NCA for a while, to explore what we were thought would be greener pastures in Chicago schools — only to realize NCA is really the best place to be. We are thrilled to have our son here. An added bonus: the academics even align with our family's focus on social justice and celebrating the true diversity present within Chicago and our world.
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We originally found NCA while searching for a local full-day preschool program, and we realized right away it was where we wanted our son to be through eighth grade. He's now in fourth grade, and we couldn't be more pleased with the experience he's having. Caring and accessible teachers who focus on kids as individuals, a strong focus on academics, small class sizes, an emphasis on social justice, and a truly wonderful and welcoming parent community that works together. The summer camp program is a big bonus, too.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 550 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $9,000
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 25 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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