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 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, 2018).
The 39 students comprising the Class of 2018 collectively earned over $10 million in college scholarships.
Over 70% of our college acceptances in 2010-2018 were institutions ranked in the "Top 300 Colleges and Universities in America" (Forbes).
Students participate in more than 100 productions throughout the course of the school year, including concerts, plays, readings, screenings, recordings, and exhibitions.
Over the past five years, students have scored an ACT Composite average of 24.7, nearly 19% higher than the Illinois average.
Academy students demonstrate high readiness for college (as demonstrated on the ACT exam), eclipsing Illinois “college readiness” averages in every category over the past five years, including by 89.2% (Social Science), 56.5% (College Algebra), and 76.3% (all four categories).
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.