The Chicago Academy for the Arts is a nationally recognized independent high school for the performing and visual arts.
Designated a National School of Distinction by the John F. Kennedy Center, The Academy offers students the opportunity to engage in a unique co-curricular program: rigorous, college-preparatory academic classes and professional-level arts training in the context of an unparalleled school culture. The Academy’s school day consists of six 45-minute academic periods followed by a three-plus hour immersion in a student's chosen arts department: Dance, Media Arts (filmmaking, animation, creative writing), Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Visual Arts. At The Chicago Academy for the Arts, young artists master the skills necessary for academic success, critical thought, and creative expression.
The Academy is among the top-ranked private schools and is the #1 arts high school in Illinois (Niche, 2019).
The 113 students comprising the classes of 2017-2019 collectively earned over $25 million in college scholarships, and are currently attending the best colleges, universities, and conservatories in the world, including Juilliard, Stanford, and Princeton.
Students participate in more than 100 productions throughout the course of the school year, including concerts, plays, readings, screenings, recordings, and exhibitions.
Academy students routinely outperform their peers in standardized testing. In the 2017-2018 school year, Academy students scored an ACT Composite average of 25.9, 25% higher than the national average. (2018-2019 scores will be available in the fall).
Academy students demonstrate high readiness for college (as demonstrated on the ACT exam), eclipsing national “college readiness” averages in every category. In 2017-2018, the percentage of Academy students meeting all four college readiness benchmarks was 104% higher than the national average. Read more about academics at The Academy here.
50% of Academy students commute from outside of the City of Chicago.
About 2/3 of Academy graduates go on to careers in the arts, while 1/3 pursue the sciences, the humanities, business, and more.