The Catherine Cook School

  • The Catherine Cook School is a Chicago independent preparatory school serving preschool through eighth grade.
  • We are an inclusive learning community dedicated to inspiring personal excellence and educating children for life.
  • Since 1975, our committed administrators and teachers have worked closely with each student to identify and foster strengths, ignite imagination, encourage discovery and teach children how to learn and think.
  • Our academic programs focus on age-appropriate experiential learning and independent thinking.
  • Using a collaborative approach, students, parents, teachers and administrators enrich the individual attention each child receives.
  • We also pursue an agenda of social responsibility by emphasizing the importance of service learning and issues of equity and justice.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1975

Student Body

Total Students573 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by GradeThe Catherine Cook School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers47 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition Notes1/2 Day PS, JK: $19,500, Full Day PS, JK: $23,500, SK-4: $23,500, 5-8: $24,700; Need based Financial Aid available.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorJill Due


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBasketball, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballFlag Football,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.65 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Amazing Adventures, Animals & Friends A, Animals & Friends B, Art Around the World, Be an Artist, Beginning Fencing, Beginning Spanish, Carpentry for Kids, Chess with Iron Rooks, CircEsteem, Comic Book, Crafty Kids, Creative Builders, Creative Collage Art, Dance Explosion, Dinosaurs, Doll House, Enchanted Magical Forest, Friendship Club, Frozen Adventure, Game Show, Girl Power Hour, Hand Sewn Accessories, Hip Hop, Iron Chef 1, Iron Chef 2, Make Your Mark!, Minecraft, Monochromatic Art, Outer Space Adventures, Pre-Engineering using LEGO ®, Quirky Quilts, Robots, Scratch 1, Scratch 2, Slimy Science, Super Hero Training, Super Soccer Stars, Tumble & Rock, Yoga 1, Yoga 2, Young Architects

Club or Organization:
and Sequential Art, Bonjour Club, Chess Club, Comics, Computer Club, Creative Writing Club, Drama Club, Future Problem Solvers, Graphic Novels, Junior Speakers Club, Math Homework Help, Math Olympiad, MS Tech Apprentice, Robotics Club, Salsa Club, Sewing Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Concert Band (Advanced), Concert Band (Beginning), Concert Band (Intermediate), Private music lessons (piano, guitar, drums, and violin)

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Karate 1, Karate 2, Karate 3

School Notes

  • The Catherine Cook School strives to prepare students to participate in the discoveries and challenges of the future with the foundations of wisdom and personal discipline. Our school is dedicated to cultivating the unique nature and potential of each student and is committed to building a school community enhanced by racial, cultural, and socio-economic diversity. We provide a nurturing and caring environment enhanced by a low teacher-student ratio. We are interested in a personal learning approach that incorporates individual attention, hands-on experiential learning, and a challenging and well-rounded curriculum. In the process of inspiring and educating children for life, we believe that students must learn how to think, to solve problems, to capitalize on strengths, to make good decisions, and to become effective communicators. In preparing students to live comfortably in an ever-changing and diverse society, we wish to move students beyond tolerating people different from themselves to engaging all people as valuable members of a global society. We make every effort to ensure the academic program we offer is of the highest quality. We go to great lengths to hire the best teachers, adopt the best curricula, to be open to change, and to hold our school to the highest academic standards. A true willingness to listen and an engagement in professional reflection are indispensable components of our commitment to continual improvement, relevance, and accountability.
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