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.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 149 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $45,000
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

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School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia/Language-based, ADHD, Exec. Functioning
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
149 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Wolcott School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
10 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
There 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 Director
Rachel Spiro



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
22 extracurriculars
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.
Profile last updated: 09/23/2021

School Reviews

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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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 149 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $45,000
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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