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Roycemore School

Private | PK-12 | 311 students

We are best known for academics and community.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $345,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,220.

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Posted October 7, 2013

We did not have a football team or homecoming, but we had other things, like attention. The teachers cared about each and every student. No student was left behind. Not ever. I never felt like a number or just another young face. No student felt like this. To some this claim might seem unbelievable. But it is true. My teachers were interested in my life, inside and outside of school walls. I don't remember not wanting to go to school. Even when sick, I would try to persuade my parents to let me go. I tried to hold the title for least number of absent days. I simply loved school. More important, I felt that my school loved me too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2013

Hi I hope this review of my experiance helps you. My son started Roycemore school as a grade 3 student, although he did not have any learning issues, he did get a bit overwelmed sometimes, with the other students and if he did not get something the first time he would get frustrated, the teachers and staff worked with him as well as the students in his class, he is in grade 5 now and is doing very well. He went to public school in the Northshore for three years, the class' keep getting larger and the budget keeps getting cut, and yes you have kids everywhere with all learning styles, the public schools try to reconize that but do not always do a good job, the private school at least most of them will not even deal with that. Roycemore looks at the whole child, not just a few pieces of the child. If Roycemore feel that the school is really not a good fit for your child they will tell you. I think we all have special needs in a way and Roycemore does it best to help in anyway they can. Has far as fundraising all private schools need to fund raise, if any parents who only pay the cost of the education of the child, then they need to look at the private school route again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2012

I love Roycemore for so many reasons. Roycemore gives students freedom that no other school i know of has. The teachers really get to know you, and connect, they care about you and its a wonderful environment. _--student- (5 years)


Posted June 7, 2012

As a Roycemore alum, and parent of a current Roycemore student, I can not imagine sending my child to any other school in the Chicago area. My son has had nothing but an extremely positive experience at Roycemore, and he absolutely loves it here. The class sizes are small, the children are extremely close to 1 another, and I have never experienced teachers who care more about their students well being than they do at Roycemore. Roycemore is a small school, and a very tight knit and caring community. I love the fact that there is interaction among ALL the students, from Pre K to the seniors. The staff and faculty is second to none, and if you are looking for a positive, caring and academically strong environment for your child, please take a look at Roycemore. Furthermore, Roycemore just relocated to a BEAUTIFUL new facility at 1200 Davis Street, which is state of the art. This is an educational institution that really amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2012

Our family transfered from Tokyo to Chicago during the summer of 2011. With not much time to find a school for our daughter and knowing not a single soul in Chicago we were very nervous. After checking school rankings and reading parent reviews on various websites we chose Roycemore. We hit a home run. I can't say enough about everyone in the Roycemore family. My daughter loves her teachers and her classmates. Classmates are referred to "friends" in my daughters' kindergarten class. Class size is excellent (14 students). The kindergarden teacher has an assistant so the little ones get plenty of attention. Our daughter went to a wonderful preschool in Japan with a very small class (9 kids) and all of us were like family. Our family was really sad to be leaving Tokyo and thought we could never duplicate the family feeling of the school and community but the sense of community at Roycemore is very strong. After 95 years in the same building Roycemore just moved into a new facility. It's located 2 blocks from the Davis st. station so I have the option of either driving up from Chicago or taking the train. We couldn't be happier with our decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

No doubt about it, Roycemore is as good as any school in the area when it comes to academics. However for a variety of reasons, there isn't a strong sense of community here. One reason is that Roycemore is essentially a commuter school. If you want to arrange a play date for your child, it will be much more challenging than if your child attended your local neighborhood school. Still, if you aren't happy with the local public schools and you insist on "going private" - another consideration is the student population at Roycemore. There are many special-needs kids, which is great, if your kid has special needs. If your child does not have specific issues - be prepared for him to work and play with kids who for one reason or another, ended up coming to Rocyemore because they couldn't make it elsewhere. Again, this is fine if you're the kid who needs extra help or attention. We didn't have kids with such needs, and therefore it wasn't the right place for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2012

Our daughter came to Roycemore for high school and it one of the best things we have ever been able to do for her. She loves it .This school has fostered her growth and development in such a caring and challenging way that she has truly been coming into her own - which is every parents' dream. The January "short term" program where high school students can design their own independent study or pursue an interest in a group setting is a terrific way to build creativity into the curriculum. There is a unique and exciting tumbling program which is a microcosm of the school itself. There is no room for entitlement; but there is room for every level of performance; students and teachers work together to raise everyone's level of performance; everyone works very hard and is stretched farther than they thought they could go. More than any other school our daughter has attended parents' input is welcome and taken seriously. It is much easier to feel secure that your teenager's needs for independence and support are managed really well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2012

I have a graduating senior this year and it's a good time to say how grateful I am to Roycemore for being the unique school that it is. Class sizes are small enough so that no one gets lost. And along with that comes the academic rigor that my daughter needed to keep her challenged. She had been in a large, public high school before which works for some but she truly thrived in a place where everybody knows your name. And the added benefit of being able to take college courses at Northwestern University was a real plus in the high school. The high school principal is incredibly accessible and caring and the new school building is great. Wish my daughter could have experienced it for more than just her senior year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2012

For elementary and middle school, this is an excellent school stressing individualism and a love for learning. However high school is a different matter. ask how many middle schoolers continue on to high school - the majority do not. Ask middle school parents why.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2012

We have 3 children at Roycemore and all of them have different individual needs. This is the ONLY school we know that can teach at such a rigorous academic level while still accommodating the nuances of each child's learning style. We have been at the school for a number of years now and are 100% confident that our children are getting a fabulous all around education. The new location is incredible - the teachers and principals are excellent. Very few school nurture the whole child the way that Roycemore does! It is an amazing place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2012

From our first dealings with the Admissions Director we knew this school had the right feel for our daughter. The friendly, caring, nurturing atmosphere in this school is excellent. In this environment with dedicated, hard working staff who care about each individual, our daughter has flourished and settled into a new school with an ease never before experienced. She truly loves going to school. Check out the fantastic new facilities too especially the custom built gym! The new location is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2011

My children have been at Roycemore since they were in pre-school. All of them have had an exceptionally good learning and community experience. High academic standards, individualized teaching, learning assistance for those who might benefit from it, and an incredibly dedicated staff make Roycemore a special place for children and their families, from their earliest years through high school. And, they are getting a new facility next year! Look no further if you are concerned about the quality of Evanston's public schools or the "exclusivity" of private schools. Our family thinks Roycemore is the best school, not just in Evanston, but anywhere in the city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

Maybe there is another Roycemore out there that the person from 2/24/11 is talking about, because I have had the opposite experience. I have two children there and their growth so far has been amazing. There are bad teachers everywhere, but for the most part the teachers and staff at Roycemore are really great at what they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2011

To the parent who posted on 2/21/11, I am sorry to hear about the bad experiece you had. But I just wanted to share that ours is almost the opposite of what you had. When we applied for this school for my daughter last year, the admission officer was very helpful and replied all my emails and phone calls on the same day. Our daughter just started in the Lower School last Fall. From what I see, their academic quality is very high. The teachers make learning fun so my daughter never wants to miss one moment of school. My daughter's teacher is exceptionally good and is able to exactly point out my daugher's problems. She has been learing so much since the start of school. As for parents, the ones I met so far are pretty much all well-educated and well-mannered. Tthere are some downside to this school, however.. The class size is very small, you and your kids' won't have much of a social circle. They are also no offical PTA. The school is also a bit pushy in fundraising. Also, please expect a lot of homework. If you are the kind of parents who don't believe in little kids doing homework, this school may not be for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

All you can expect from a great school: from academics to social activities. Parents are involved while school is not oppressive on volunteering or fundraising. Because of the small size of each class teacher does get to know our child and give her extra attention and differentiated work. A joy for our daughter to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2008

We transferred to Roycemore after we found that our previous school was simply incapable of adapting the curriculum (ever so slightly) to accomodate the needs of children. We couldn't be happier with the switch. The small intimate setting is ideal and the teachers and administration truly care about each child. Teachers WELCOME parent interaction and work with you to provide the best learning environment. They are proactive, thoughtful, seasoned and incredibly supportive. It has been a real joy to be a part of this community and we hope we are Griffins for many many years
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2008

We transferred to Roycemore after the school we were attending showed it could not differentiate in the classroom with respect to each individual childs' needs. Roycemore has surpassed our expectations in regards to that and celebrating each childs individuality. Monthly social outings have made our transition seamless. The staff shows each day how much they care for the success of our kids by communicating regularly as to things happening in the classroom. WE love Roycemore school and can't imagine where we would be without it. Check it out and you will be done with your school search.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2008

Our daughter has attended Roycemore for the last 7 years; beginning in Kindergarten. We were initially searching for a school willing to provide an individualized, advanced and differentiated curriculum for her. Through the years, not only has she benefitted academically from the enriched and accelerated instruction in a supportive environment, she is recognized for her achievements and continues to truly enjoy being there. Roycemore is a small, family-like, multi-cultural community of parents, students, teachers and staff. They honor each student' s unique qualities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

I am a parent of two students currently enrolled at Roycemore. It has an exceptional academic environment, and the character education is second to none. The faculty and staff truly care about the students and it shows. If you take the time to check out Roycemore, you will be a Griffin for life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2007

I am an 8th grader at Roycemore. Roycemore is a great school for people who love a small and comfortable atmosphere. I am satisfied with my Middle School education. I began in 4th grade. I have to say the school is not as good as it was a few years back. The administration situation has changed for the worse. Roycemore used to be a pretty selective school. Now Roycemore has geared itself toward people who need some sort of assistance. Roycemore has an excellent core educational program. History, English, Math, and Science are excellent. Roycemore has a pretty good Fine arts program. The program consists of 3 classes Art, Music, and Speech/Drama. Roycemore has little in the way of extracurricular. Students choose a Creative Arts class one every trimester. These classes are below average. Roycemore has little in the way of athletics. One foreign language that is mandatory. Roycemore is what you make it.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 4%
Black 12% 18%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Hispanic 5% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Northwestern University
University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana
DePaul University
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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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
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: German, French & Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kevin Smith
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
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
Fax number
  • (847) 866-6545

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • 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
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Individual learning assistance
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: German, French & Spanish
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Math club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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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
  • 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
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Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Northwestern University
University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana
DePaul University
College preparation / awareness offered
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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1200 Davis St
Evanston, IL 60201
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Phone: (847) 866-6055

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