Welcome from the Head


Dear Families and Friends,

Author Neil Gaiman says, “We have an obligation to imagine.”

For nearly four decades, students at The Chicago Academy for the Arts have combined their capacity for imagination with a sense of purpose to create a stunning body of meaningful work, and a community where young people thrive.

Our unique educational model is simple, yet transformational. The Academy’s rigorous academic program and immersive, pre-professional arts training — in the context of a world-class educational culture — prepare our students for an incredible variety of paths beyond high school.

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. And from business to Broadway, from science to Sundance, our alums are making their mark on the world in a breathtaking variety of ways.

Most importantly, however, The Academy is characterized by its community. It is a special privilege to walk through our doors every day and be surrounded by an inspired and deeply invested student body, faculty, and staff.

Thank you for taking a closer look at our school: we are eager to show you what makes The Academy such a special place to be.

Welcome to The Chicago Academy for the Arts.

Jason Patera
Head of School