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Downers Grove, IL
Students enrolled: 378
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1400 Maple Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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September 30, 2015
Our family loves The Avery Coonley School. Our daughter recently started kindergarten after having been in ACS’s Junior Kindergarten the year before. (Their “Early Childhood” programming starts at 3 years old.) We have been consistently in awe of the teachers’ depth of knowledge into children’s learning, especially as it applies to gifted children. Their emphasis on “educating the whole child”, particularly the social-emotional needs that are often unique to gifted children, is really quite amazing. And, the fact that our daughter will be among like-minded peers through 8th grade is immensely valuable. The newly renovated lower school is beautiful and modern while retaining the charms of the 100+ year old institution. It’s worth noting that our family comes from an entirely public-school background, but we have found the ACS community — parents, teachers, staff, and students — to be extremely warm, welcoming, positive, and down-to-earth. We’re thrilled to be part of this school community for years to come!

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly agree
September 29, 2015
Yes -- our experience in both Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten is that persistence and determination are heavily, heavily emphasized. The teachers are keenly aware that many gifted kids are also extreme perfectionists, which can lead to a reduced willingness to take risks due to fear of failure. And so, considerable time and energy in the early years -- in ways both subtle and more obvious -- are spent trying to get kids to be more willing to take on challenges.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
September 29, 2015
The teachers are absolutely top-notch. Our primary experience has been with the Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten teachers, and we've come away from our interactions with them thinking that their knowledge of educating and raising children, especially gifted children, could fill volumes. Many of the teachers at ACS have been on staff for several years if not decades, which speaks highly to the quality of the faculty as well as the faculty-staff-parent relationships.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Don't know
September 29, 2015
As Kindergarten parents early in the school year, we haven't yet experienced the homework load.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly agree
September 29, 2015
If you have a chance to interact with the students at ACS, you'll be immediately struck by how polite, confident, and well spoken they all are. This is particularly true for the middle school kids, who, despite being teenagers, interact with adults in an extremely positive and respectful way. Character is certainly a point of emphasis in the ACS education.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
September 29, 2015
Absolutely. One of my favorite recent ACS moments was watching several 8th grade students walk our kindergarten daughter over to the playground for one of her first days of before-school play. It was really touching to see these teenagers, who easily could have run off to talk or to play soccer, take the extra time to usher one of the new little kids into a staple of life at ACS.

- submitted by a parent

April 20, 2015
We chose The Avery Coonley School (ACS) because we believe the school teaches its students how to think and not what to think. Both my husband and I are professionals and cannot underestimate the importance of critical thinking skills, analytical rigor, and the pursuit of intellectual curiosity, both in the workplace but also in life. We believe ACS is a special place and it s magical watching our children grow as individuals here and knowing that their love of learning is flourishing.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2014
Avery Coonley is simply incredible. My daughter loves the school. The teachers and staff are supportive, engaging and talented.

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2013
School is phenomenal. Teachers are committed, enthusiastic, and genuinely concerned about your child. Mr. Barton, head master, awesome and very involved. The students actually love to go to school and love to learn. There is mutual respect amongst the faculty and student. A very unique environment, conducive to learning. Worth every penny!

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2013
ACS is literally my second home. I always feel appreciated and cared about, like I'm a part of something larger than just a school. You know everyone there by name, and you really feel like the teachers care about you. I learn so much everyday I go there, and wouldn't want any other place to be called my school.

- submitted by a community member

July 03, 2011
A naturally gifted child will thrive in this community. They have a complete understanding and compassion for their students and the challenges that can occur with gifted and 2e children.

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2010
This is a school for hard working, bright and gifted kids. The teachers are great and there is a lot of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 17, 2009
ACS provides an education you cannot get in most of the DuPage County school districts. Children must continue to perform to remain in the school and the school feeds them with extraordinary education. It is unfortunate that there are not more similar schools to provide the same gifted opportunities from three years old through 8th grade. Also, there needs to be an Avery Coonley High School as well. The public schools simply ignore gifted students by forcing them into the same mainstream as all other students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 13, 2008
i have attended this school for nine years, and i love it! I'm in 6th grade and i feel like it's my home. I know almost everyone in the school. Everyone at the Avery Coonley School is close to one another and the teachers. I love Avery Coonley!

- submitted by a student

March 22, 2008
Our daughter attended kindergarden at Avery Coonley and had a wonderful experience. We had to relocate to another part of the country where she now attends what is considered one of the best private schools in the region. She was very well prepared for a challenging first grade experience and ahead of her peers in math. She developed an exceptional conceptual understanding of math concepts at Avery Coonley. Her teachers and peers where absolutely outstanding. We miss Avery Coonley! It is worth every penny.

- submitted by a parent

December 18, 2007
I went to Avery Coonley for ten years and definitely recommend it for hardworking, bright students. I feel like I have come out on top. We were certainly prepared for highschool after leaving, if not prepared for college also. The community is very strong from faculty to the youngest and oldest students. Going to ACS was probably the best education I've had and the place I felt most at home.

- submitted by a student

July 29, 2007
I taught at this school for several years and thought it was the most wonderful school I had ever worked for. The students are amazing, the quality of education is excellent, and the staff are all dedicated to helping each individual student excel. Staff gives a lot of concern towards the psycho-social dynamics of gifted children. Staff meets regularly once or twice a week to discuss students and curriculum. The administration is always very welcoming to new and creative ideas. It is expensive, but it is worth every penny. I hope to one day send my children to the school. The school is very safe, tucked away on a beautiful campus near the woods. You can find kids studying, drawing, or eating lunch near the pond in the middle of the fully-enclosed, landscaped cloister.

- submitted by a teacher

June 17, 2006
Outstanding school, beautiful campus. My son attended for 2 years while we lived in Chicago and one of our great regrets was having to leave this school when we relocated. Quality of students is very high.

- submitted by a parent

March 15, 2006
Music, art, sports, and drama are very important at this school. In the classes, the kids learn alot and get very excited about school. There are many opportunities for involvment for parents.

- submitted by a student

February 16, 2006
I attended this school and graduated in 1993. Each teacher was excellent in giving each student the one on one time they needed in order to succeed. One thing I really liked about this school was how enriching it was for me. I started learning French in kindergarten, which has helped me to learn other languages much easier. Overall, I highly recommend this school to anyone with a gifted child.

- submitted by a student

July 07, 2005
Avery Coonley offers a strong academic curriculum while also providing a nurturing environment. My duaghter has attended for the past two years and cannot imagine school life without Avery Coonley. She feels respected by teachers, staff, and her peers. She feels confident to express her views without the fear of ridicule. It is definitely a place where academically talented students can flourish. We look forward to her future years at Avery!

- submitted by a parent

October 17, 2004
Both of my sons have attended Avery Coonley since preschool. They have both been challenged and love their friends. We love the families and friends we have made there. It's expensive, but it's worth it, if your child is very bright and highly motivated. They do get a lot of homework: between one to two hours a night. The children learn to write papers; my son has won state science fair and math competitions. There are no drugs, smoking, or other elicit activities at this school-period. That makes it worth it alone. This school is also a stepping stone to prestigious Eastern boarding schools. The school should publish its alumni college list too: Yale, Stanford, Northwestern, etc. But--your child will work hard, and you will too! This is not a place for hands-off parenting. You will be working on many projects. You are expected to donate to the Annual Fund.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2004
Both of our sons attending this school. It has consistently led the state in math competition, and is nationally recognized as an exemplary school. Students are tested for admission, and there is a waiting list to get in, especially if you do not enroll your child in the preschool program. It's pricey, but worth it.

- submitted by a parent
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Avery Coonley School
1400 Maple Ave, Downers Grove, IL  60515
(630) 969-0800
Last modified Avery Coonley School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Avery Coonley School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top