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Ancona School

Private | PK-8 | 236 students

Ancona combines the best of progressive and Montessori practices.
 
 

 
 

Living in Chicago

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $140,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $910.

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2013:
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Posted May 1, 2014

I have been an Ancona Parent for 8 yrs now. My daughter has flourished and grown in every way a parent could ask for. The teachers are kind, interested, academically motivated, curious, gentle and rigorous. Their concern for every child is so manifest. The trips away to camp and later Mexico build character and create confident risk takers. Spanish is available from the time they are 3. Montessori works, it REALLY does....Plus, Building the pink tower is the best. I can not find enough good things to say about this place or it's people. Teachers, staff, parents, EVERYONE! Sending your child to Ancona will be a choice you will be glad you made. I promise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

The Ancona School is perhaps the only private, independent school in Chicago that has consistently maintained its integrity as a school implementing progressive-based and Montessori practices. Ancona has almost always been completely true to its mission: providing an exceptional educational experience, while celebrating a racially, ethnically, religiously, socially diverse population. It's a gem that shouldn't be so "hidden". Too many people searching for so-called "good" schools go after a name or a reputation, while their children end up lacking the kinds of interactions that really prepare them for the so-called "real world". Ancona is about a real as it gets. No hiding, no bait-and-switch, just real. Not perfect, but real. I am very impressed by the tremendous education my child has received at Ancona.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2013

Ancona is a truly exceptional place with strong leadership, exceptional teaching, and a warm social environment. All of these basics facilitate what the school is all about -- creating in each student an open-minded, confident, creative risk-taker. I have a sixth grader and a fourth grader in the school now. But prior to arriving at Ancona, we had sampled four other schools. No comparison. Ancona manages to balance the many important aspects of cultivating young minds and emotions: academics, self-expression, importance of community, skills, play, values, self-discipline and respect . . you name it. Strongly recommended to anyone considering a move to Chicago or a shift from another local school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

A wonderful, nurturing school. Each child receives individual attention and support as he/she develops into in a critical thinker.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

We are so happy with Ancona. Our kindergartener is reading out loud, says math is fun, knows all the countries in South America, and talks about civil rights. What an amazing place! The teachers are kind and patient and can handle a "spirited" child. The community is incredibly diverse. Choosing Ancona was absolutely the right decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2013

This is my daughter's sixth year at Ancona. We love the small, nurturing environment, the commitment to peace and social justice, and the truly exceptional teachers. I understand that this sounds like an advertisement, but really each one of those things is true. The curriculum is challenging, the teachers can meet individual students at their own level, and my daughter is developing her abilities to work with all her classmates, not just her friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2013

As a parent, I see the academic and personal growth in my children practically everyday. I really like all the opportunities for parent participation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2013

Ancona is simply an amazing place. I have never found another school so committed to children's individual learning and development.


Posted July 12, 2012

I have never seen a private school in Chicago so diverse. The teachers are more concerned with how your child thinks and relates to the world around her versus the latest gadget or trend. One of the best educational institutions that focuses on the whole child.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 27, 2012

The curriculum is nice, but you're treated differently depending on how much money and influence your family has. I remember the politician's, lawyer's and doctor's children being treated better and chosen for more things than me and my lowly mail carrier / elementary school teacher parents who saved every dollar for me and my siblings to go here.


Posted February 21, 2011

Ancona is a wonderful creative school. The staff is fantastic. Are experience at Ancona has been entirely positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2010

Because at Ancona, children are educated wholistically. They're taught to think critically about the world around them, and the exposure to all facets of life and education are presented in everything done within the school. The faculty is phenomenally brilliant, and they enjoy sharing themselves and what they know to the children and their families. All schools should model The Ancona School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2010

Because our kids love going to school...
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Posted March 5, 2010

My daughter is in her third year at Ancona as a second grader. Her positive overall development I attribute in a large part to Ancona. She is an engaged, empowered and balanced child, but even more importantly she loves to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

This is our 1st year at ancona and my son is in the pre-primary program (K) and he's having a wonderful experience. The teachers/staff are wonderful and really take the time to get to know the children. My son is thriving in this environment. A wonderfully diverse community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

They truly put the child first, the whole child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

Every day that I drop off my daughter, Ancona makes me happy. She is flourishing in her class with a fabulous pre-primary teacher. The Montessori style combined with the best of progressive and caring education is awesome. Also, Ancona is super diverse, both racially and economically, so our family fits in very well there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

I was a parent of two students at The Ancona School (PK through 8), who loved Ancona and made many friends there, both students and faculty. I also taught there myself for 5 years. It is an exceptional school, focusing on the whole child. Very parent-involved also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2008

Wow. This is our second year at Ancona and we cannot say enough about the teachers, the administration and the curriculum. We always feel welcome, the teachers engage the children in projects that have so much depth it is amazing. Great place for above average learners, the teachers keep the children challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2008

After 4 fours of experience with Ancona (one child who recently graduated and one who is an 8th grader) I continue to be impressed by the degree that programs are tailored to the needs and ability of each child. I also am impressed by the racial, social, and economic diversity within Ancona's educational community.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 51% 18%
White 30% 51%
Two or more races 11% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Hispanic 3% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Italian
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:05 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:45 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Bonnie L Wishne
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
  • NCACS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Experiential Learning
  • Hybrid
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Literary magazine
  • Robotics club
  • Student newspaper
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Join the Ancona Parent Organization
  • Organize cultural events
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$15000 - $18000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Walter Payton College Prep
Jones College Prep
Whitney Young Magnet High School
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4770 S Dorchester Ave
Chicago, IL 60615
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Phone: (773) 924-2356

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