Our diverse and intimate community, rooted in academic excellence, inspires each student to discover their passions, think without limits, find their voice, and live courageously.
For students from age three through Grade 12, Roycemore provides a challenging college preparatory curriculum in a nurturing environment that also focuses on power skills such as design thinking, problem-solving, and emotional intelligence.
Our signature programs along with small class sizes help students feel comfortable trying new things, developing their own unique talents, and discovering their passions.
With camp activities ranging from classic recreation, art creation, to STEAM exploration, Roycemore has a summer camp for just about everyone ages 3-18. Check out Camp Griffin, Inspiration Factory, Royce X, and RoyceX for an engaging and enriching summer camp for every child. Learn more on our website at Roycemoreschool.org/summer

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 230 students
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Roycemore School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Learning assistance for mild learning differences
Year Founded
1915
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
230 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
50%
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Roycemore School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
42 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
60%
Average Class Size
18 students
Number of AP Courses
17 courses
Advanced Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP European History, AP French Language and Culture, AP Physics I, AP Physics II, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP Studio Art: 2-D Design, AP Studio Art: 3-D Design, AP Studio Art: Drawing, AP U.S. History
Average SAT score
1350
Average ACT score
28
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies by grade, ranging from $5,890 to $30,800
Summer Program Cost Notes
Royce X, Camp Griffin, and Inspiration Factory are three summer programs held on campus from June through the first week of August.
% on Financial Aid
42%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$15,000
Acceptance Rate
90%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Angela Peters Murphy

Sports

Total Sports Offered
6 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
25 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Dungeons and Dragons Club, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Jewish Community Club, LS Chess Club, LS Lego Club, Model UN, MS and US Mentorship Program, MS Homework Club, MS Math Club, MS Matters, Odyssey of the Mind, US Community Service Club, US Culture Club, US Gay Straight Alliance, US German Club, US Student Government, US Yearbook, video Game Club

Arts and Music Programs:
LS Drama Club, MS Chorus, MS Theater Group, US Chorus, US Drama Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
LS Running Griffins Club, MS and US Cross Country

School Notes

  • Roycemore has a welcoming, positive and energetic school culture. Students, teachers, administrators and parents work together to maintain a community that reflects the School's core values: respect for others, appreciation of differences, and a commitment to academic excellence in a challenging but non-competitive environment. This culture is supported by character education in Lower School, and Advisory in Middle and Upper Schools, where students select their faculty advisors and engage in small group conversation about issues relevant to adolescents. Parents are encouraged to be involved and to help enrich and sustain the family-like atmosphere of the school.Roycemore welcomes all who share our passion for inspiring young people to achieve excellence and who celebrate the wonderful uniqueness of every individual. The Roycemore community includes many different kinds of students and families from throughout Chicago, Evanston and the northern suburbs.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the acceptance rate of Roycemore School?

The acceptance rate of Roycemore School is 90%, which is lower than the national average of 91%.

Does Roycemore School offer a summer program?

Yes, Roycemore School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What sports does Roycemore School offer?

Roycemore School offers 6 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Gymnastics, Soccer and Volleyball.

What is Roycemore School's ranking?

Roycemore School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for: Highest average SAT score, Highest average ACT score, Most AP courses offered, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.

When is the application deadline for Roycemore School?

The application deadline for Roycemore School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (15 reviews)
5  
My daughter transferred into Roycemore toward the end of last year and it was the best decision we could have made for her. She felt immediately accepted and welcomed into the community. Perhaps what has been most striking of our experience so far with the school is the extraordinary dedication, care, and enthusiasm that the teachers have universally demonstrated. The most important thing is that my daughter is known on a profound level. I don't think any of this would be possible save for the small size of the classes and the interest the teachers have demonstrated in getting to know her as an individual. Because of how positive our experience has been, our other daughter has now begun middle school this year, and while we are just at the very beginning of this new school year, her enthusiasm for going to school has returned. We have been just thrilled to have found an educational home for both our children until they are ready for college.
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I am so glad that I decided to go to this school! Honestly! I have problems with anxiety, and the environment at Roycemore has helped so greatly with that. I won't say that I am never anxious at school (that would be a bold-faced lie), but the friends I have made here, and the supportive faculty have helped me through it. The people who work here truly care about my wellbeing and the wellbeing of all of the students. The librarian, Ms. Hilda, has particularly been a source of inspiration, advice, and comfort for me and my peers. She is lovely and kind, and just one of the staff members who have made a lasting positive effect on my life.The emphasis that is placed on self-advocacy and creativity is wonderful and something I would never find at a public high school. You can join any club here (or create any club) and truly make a difference in the school community. We have had a mental health convention, multiple presentations by the Muslim Student Alliance and the Gender Sexuality Alliance, and countless other extracurricular events. The lack of a large sports department is made up for by student-led clubs. (However, the sports department is still cool because everyone can participate, compete, and have fun. Personally, I do not do sports, but I have managed the scoreboard at various basketball games.) I went to a public school all the way up to seventh grade, and the difference between them is clear. The small class sizes at Roycemore help both those who need extra help and those who excel. In a larger class at say, a public school, both are left to fend for themselves. I am able to do independent studies with our Gifted Coordinator in virtually any subject I am interested in! We have spoken about current politics, post-Enlightenment philosophy, the cult of personality, and currently we are focusing on the progression of modern democracy. That's just me, but I know someone else doing an independent study in French architecture with our French teacher. The opportunities are quite wonderful here.As a transgender person, I also feel safer at Roycemore than I probably would at any other school. They have a protocol for name changes and even assign you an advisor to talk to if you feel you are not being treated well. We have gender neutral bathrooms, a GSA club, and open-minded staff. In the few times I have had to correct people, they have been open to change.I love Roycemore (as much as a teenager can actually love high school), and I am deeply grateful for the opportunities I have here. I feel prepared for college, as anxious as I still am about it, and I feel that I can succeed academically. I hope whoever is reading this review realizes that I do mean everything I have said (and that I am not a robot I guess). Roycemore is cool and you should go here! :)
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5  
I started working at Roycemore in 2021. As soon as I interviewed at the school, I could tell it was different. Faculty and staff TRULY always put the students first, and it is evident in every interaction. Aside from being impressed daily by how the students excel academically, have strong social-emotional skills, are passionate and dedicated leaders, they are also able to be uniquely themselves. Roycemore is a special community to be a part of.
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5  
I started as a Northwestern University work study at Roycemore on June 2021. I knew from my first conversation with the staff at Roycemore that it would be the perfect place to work. Everyone is extremely passionate about what they do, and it is obvious that they care about the students at Roycemore and the school as a whole. I've never experienced such a sense of community like this from a school before. Roycemore is truly a place where kids can be creative and curious in every aspect of their education. I am very thankful to have such wonderful students and staff around me every day.
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5  
We started at Roycemore this year and have been very pleased with the school. They have done a fantastic job of handling the pandemic and have a rigorous health and safety plan for the school. The teachers and other staff are incredibly welcoming and in tune with the students and their specific needs. The curriculum has been rigorous and well balanced. Our daughter struggles in a larger public school setting, and Roycemore has been exactly what she needed!
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We couldn't be happier with our decision to enroll our kindergartner at Roycemore. He has had the most incredible year so far. Within weeks of beginning the year he was reading, showing us his latest STEM project, and explaining graphs with his math work. Not only is he learning more than we imagined, the teachers and staff at Roycemore have helped him grow in terms of maturity, have helped to bring him out of his shell, and have supported and met him where he is as an individual. Our shy little boy LOVES going to school every day. Our daughter will also be attending next year and we can't wait to see what Roycemore has in store for her!
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5  
We are so grateful to Roycemore for the support they have given our son. Finding the right fit for him was not easy, but they are extremely good at working to find each child's learning style and helping them thrive. The teachers are outstanding in every way, and the curriculum and the way it is taught is incredible. Best decision we've made.
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Going to Roycemore for high school was one of the best decisions I ever made. Five years ago, I began looking at schools that were academically rigorous and had a supportive teaching staff. Roycemore had both and something else no other school around had; a genuinely kind and happy student body. During my perspective student visit, most students went out of their way to interact with me and to ensure that I felt welcome. At Roycemore, I took, and succeed in, eight AP classes, had a sufficiently strong academic rsum to get me into my first-choice college (Haverford), but most importantly, I was happy. Roycemore is a home and its community a family. It was the place I rushed to in the mornings, and that I was reluctant to leave at night. I am writing this review in the hopes of more students experiencing what it feels like to actually enjoy going to school, to be an equal member of a family, and to not just a name on an attendance sheet.
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5  
Roycemore is a truly unique place where my kids are thriving. I have 2 children in Roycemore's Lower School, one of whom struggles with learning differences and other of whom is far above grade level. It amazes me that both of them are doing amazingly well. THIS is true differentiation (a word I hear but do not see often). All that, plus they get 40 minutes to eat lunch, 45 minutes at recess and 30 minutes of PE, each of these EVERY DAY!!! Best of all, they LOVE going to school each day. I could not be happier with our experience at this wonderful, loving place.
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5  
We love Roycemore !After extensive research on schooling options across the Northshore, my husband and I decided to apply to Roycemore for our then five-year-old daughter. This probably was one of the best parenting decisions that we have made so far. Now a second grader, our daughter has been thriving academically, socially, and emotionally at Roycemore. Here is why we are so happy about the school:The faculty: The teachers are incredible. I cannot believe how much attention, care, and sheer love goes into their relation with the children. The teacher student ratio is excellent (1/14) so the teachers know exactly where each child stands and what her needs are. Diversity: the school operates on a sliding tuition model that allows kids from a variety of social and ethnic background to benefit from a splendid education and learn to know and respect each other. According to the most recent statistics, 48% of Roycemore kids come from non-Caucasian families. In addition, the school models a sense of social responsibility by taking part of several community-oriented projects throughout the academic year.Differentiation: The pedagogical approach at Roycemore is all about differentiation, and their ability to meet each child where s/he is one of the school`s greatest strengths. In the lower school, the kids break up into need-based groups across two grades (first and second, third and fourth) for reading and math. Additional faculty (including a great gifted coordinator) join the regular classroom teacher at those times, which must bring the adult/student ratio to an amazing 7:1 for reading and math.Approach to homework: So far my daughter has got very little homework: almost none in first grade, and a weekly take-home project in second grade, which has left her time to unwind and enjoyed unstructured activities at home. The homework that she got emphasized quality and creativity. I am very happy with that approach, which is very much in line with recent research on the benefits of decreased amounts of homework.Leadership: In 2016-2017 Roycemore was led by a warm and caring interim head who managed to bring about some very positive initiatives (including the switch to a fully organic food provider) in a short period of time. The new head of school seems fantastic. I relish her inspiring weekly messages to the community and am most impressed with her dedication and commitment to getting to know each child and family individually.Ethics and values: the lower school participates in a wonderful social and emotional program called "Leader in Me" that emphasize "seven habits" including collaboration, respect for others, self-motivation, organization, etc. The teachers are very imaginative at designing activities that prompt the kids to apply those seven habits in real life. The kids have daily class meetings and weekly lower school meetings where they learn to work together and address conflict in a positive and a respectful manner.The space: The facilities are bright, clean, and colorful. I feel happy each time I come in. Also the location in down-town Evanston near the Metra, the L, the post-office and a range of shops has turned out to be super convenient. In a word: ROYCEMORE ROCKS!
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Roycemore is The School that gets it on the North Shore.This North Shore gem cultivates a strong academic environment while emphasizing the social/emotional development of the children. It is small (one class per grade), which fosters a high degree of responsiveness to kids and parents alike.On the academic front, although Roycemore is not a gifted school, the faculty use a gifted model of education and differentiate the instruction according to kids` needs with the help of a gifted coordinator. For English, they combine 1st and 2nd graders, and separate them into four (mostly skill-based) groups. This allows kids to focus on what they need most, including phonics for those who benefit from it. In Math 1st to 4th grade, the classes are grouped by skills (after merging 1st with 2nd grade, then 3rd with 4th grade). In addition, the gifted coordinator will spend time as needed to challenge kids 1 to 2 grades ahead while keeping the topic engaging and fun.At the same time, kids` free time is respected: they are not given tons of homework for the sake of it. For social and emotional development, they use the "7 habits of happy kids" by Sean Covey. Young age is the best time to build lifelong habits of success. They also have Aristotelian virtues painted on the walls.The teachers are amazing. In first grade, Ms. Vanchieri is nurturing and calm, but also firm and structuring. In second grade, Ms. Taylor-Pines is energetic and full of enthusiasm.Ms. Orzoff, the head of lower school, is firm with would-be bullies, but always has kids best interest at heart, and has her door open for parents.In addition, the school just hired a new Principal, Adrianne Finley Odell, who aims to keep the school`s strong values, while injecting new energy.Last year, there was a big improvement with the quality of the food, which is now provided by HandCut foods. It is mostly organic, and the kids love it.The small size allows the school to listen to parents. In our experience, it has been very responsive, and the opposite of the stubborn bureaucracy you will often find at many public (and even private) schools. The motto seems to be: if we can do it, we will. Instead of: we will first say no, wait for our lawyers` opinion, and make you feel our power.The small size also allows for flexibility in how the school incorporates recent research of what is effective in education. For example, research at Princeton has shown that handwriting helps memorization, and they encourage it including the teaching of cursive. On the other hand, computers help for differentiation and are used for that purpose. They are also careful to provide enough time for sports and outdoor recess, which help kids develop gross motor skills, have fun, and keep better eyesight. As you may have noticed, I am quite detailed oriented. My wife and I visited all the schools of the North Shore and more (Central Elementary, Avoca West, Sears, Baker, Chiaravalle, North Shore Country Day, Lyce Francais etc.), and this is the best by far.
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This is our second year at Roycemore and we couldn't be happier. We came to the middle school from a selective enrollment CPS school. They went from having 30 kids in their class to having 10 and the change has been monumental. They have grown by leaps and bounds. Their teachers know them so well. They know their strengths and weaknesses and they create an environment where your child flourishes in an incredibly supportive environment. The incredible teachers and the small class sizes are what allow for a very individualized approach to my children's education that was lacking at CPS.
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My son just graduated. Despite learning differences, he took 8 APs (got 5s and 4s) and felt totally supported by the most dedicated and loving faculty anywhere. He got into his first choice highly selective liberal arts college early decision. Thank you, Roycemore! My daughter, now in 6th, is in track to have her own amazing experience as a Roycemore student. Can't say enough good things. This school knows what matters and lives by those values.
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Best decision I made for my son. Roycemore is outstanding on all levels from curriculum to extra curricular activities.
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We highly recommend Roycemore! Our son is in the Upper School and is very happy. The academics are excellent, the classes are small, and the teachers are caring and engaged, with each student receiving individual attention. Roycemore is a very special place.
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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 230 students
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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