Wolcott School

Wolcott School is an exemplary college preparatory high school for students with learning differences, tailored to the strengths and aspirations of each student.
Employing best practices, our expert faculty is committed to helping each student achieve academically, communicate effectively, and grow socially as well as develop the self-awareness, confidence and resilience to thrive in college and beyond. As valued members of our intentionally diverse and close-knit community, Wolcott students cultivate their interests and talents and develop a sense of purpose and responsibility to themselves and others.
Wolcott School serves high school students of superior to average cognative abilities with learning differences who can contribute and flourish in our strength-based, collaborative community.
Our students often have a specific learning disability or an executive functioning challenge and have yet to reach their potential in traditional educational programs.
Our program is not designed to meet the needs of students with primary emotional or behavioral challenges.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS)
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia/Language-based, ADHD, Exec. Functioning
Year Founded2012
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students145 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Wolcott School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio3:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$45,000
Tuition NotesThere is significant tuition assistance available to qualified families. Families are encouraged to apply for assistance - our desire is to help you make Wolcott affordable.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorRachel Spiro


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Paddle Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
Paddle TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.22 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Anime, Astronomy Club, Bilingual Learning Buddies, Career and Community Leaders, Computer Programming, Dirty Worms Environmental Club, FCCLA: Family, Improv, Media Club, Robotics, Spoken Word Poetry Club, Vocal Music

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Shows, Drama, FEA - Future Educators Association, Studio Art, Theater Arts, Vocal Music

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball, Dance Club, Running Club, Volleyball

School Notes

  • Wolcott School offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum specifically designed for the success of students with learning differences. The curriculum is aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards and Common Core, and meets and exceeds the requirements of the State of Illinois and traditional public schools. Graduation requirements include coursework in the following disciplines: English, Foreign Language, Math, Social Studies, Science, Physical Education and Wellness, Fine Arts, Applied Arts, and Consumer Education.  Students are expected to meet Wolcott standards in other areas including: Service Learning, Technology Proficiency, Cultural Proficiency, Green Living, Personal Portfolio, Senior Capstone Project.  In addition, co-curricular programs are an integral component of the Wolcott education, including sports, clubs, activities, and school productions. Summer programs will be offered, including both required and elective courses.

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Wolcott is an extraordinary school with outstanding administers and faculty. My son transferred to Wolcott as a sophomore. He had been at a highly competitive school where the homework and stress level were off the charts. When he started at Wolcott, I had no idea what to expect. From the get go I recognized that the Wolcott experience fosters inquisitive and motivated learners. Every single person at the school was encouraging. They believe in their students and have a vested interest in their success. We are incredibly grateful.
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