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PK-12
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Evanston, IL
 

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1200 Davis St
Evanston, IL 60201

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July 22, 2015
I’ve wanted to review my family’s experience at Roycemore for a while now and am surprised to read such negative reviews. I realize education is both a personal and pivotal part of any child’s development, and I also understand each and every parent has specific requirements for what constitutes a “good” education for their child. This was our first year at Roycemore, and I can say with all certainty it has been a wonderful year for our child. We’ve seen tremendous growth. His team of teachers are amazing, creating a classroom of sensitivity, care, and learning. We’ve only had experience with PK/JK/Kindergarten teachers, but all of them are devoted to the mission that children come first; families come first. I have yet to see a teacher not exhibit this mantra on a daily basis. There is constant involvement and communication between parents and teachers. We are encouraged to seek out answers to any concerns we may have. This attitude of family, fellowship, and learning is pervasive throughout the school. There have been many occasions where upperclassman stop to say hello or help our child, or the staff comes down to enjoy the children’s activities. The parents I’ve had the pleasure to get to know are kind, down to earth folks. I realize we’ve had no experience with the fine set of public schools within District 65. However, the personal attention my son has received is phenomenal. The ratio of teacher to student is very low, and teachers match each child’s abilities working through challenges on a one-to-one basis. If I had to list a negative, I’d say the financial department/system has a few inaccuracies. Information comes slowly and there have been mistakes within our account which required effort to correct. Other than that, we’ve found the spirit of the school to be happy, energetic, and pressure-free. Headmaster Smith is wonderful: approachable and enthusiastic about the children, the school, and it’s mission. His positive presence is felt throughout the school and his leadership seems genuine and respected.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 03, 2015
I see it in the way he handles conflict at home and with friends/other children.

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June 03, 2015
I am a parent in the lower school. My son has grown academically, socially and emotionally. He LOVES going to school each day, and asks why we cannot go on the weekends. Every teacher knows him by name and he has figured out how old he will be when he gets to be in each teacher's class. They are very nurturing, but also set expectations for classroom behavior. He has learned to effectively deal with peer conflict and has blossomed in his confidence. We LOVE Roycemore and cannot wait for him to start again in the fall.

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April 23, 2015
"Nurturing" is the last word I would use to describe the middle school. The staff is surly and uncaring with the kids and with each other. There is rampant bullying amongst the girls The advisory system has been discarded so there is not one adult in the school for my daughter to turn to or to advocate for her. Parental input is not welcome and teachers are downright rude to parents. The parents as a whole are an unfriendly, unwelcoming group both to each other and to other students.

- submitted by a parent

April 21, 2015
I went to Roycemore 5-8. In a sense it is a good school but a lot of the kids go their because they couldn't handle public school. I now go to a public high school and I like it much better then staying at Roycemore only around 10 or less people stayed from my 8th grade graduating class that should tell you something. Roycemore does have very unique teachers that will help your student no matter what but other then that it is just another school who wants a lot of money.

- submitted by a student

March 25, 2015
My daughter has been there for middle school and high school. She has grown tremendously academically, has been challenged but still supported. They take the "prep" in college prep very seriously and truly care about your child's future.

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March 18, 2015
I would give it no stars but it appears that I have no option to. Old school teachers that have been there since prehistoric times. They try to give it all this hype when it's a literal daycare for older kids. You drop your kids off they stay until whenever and are "supervised" until 3:00 or 3:30 (depending if your a high schooler or not). If you want to send your kids to a place where they would be peers with a child that has a mental issue ex: add adhd, depression etc. then come on in! If not then send your child to a public or another private school.

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March 08, 2015
Horrible education for a high price! Staff do not care about what needs to be done about the school.

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February 20, 2015
Our son is so happy at Roycemore. The academics are excellent, the class sizes are small, and the teachers are engaged and committed. January Short Term was a great experience. Each child is celebrated as an individual -- Roycemore is a very nurturing and caring community. We could not recommend the school more highly!

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October 07, 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.

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January 09, 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.

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October 09, 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)

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June 07, 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!

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June 06, 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.

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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.

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April 09, 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.

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April 04, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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January 08, 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.

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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

February 24, 2006
My daughter graduated from Roycemore School. She was lucky to attend such a warm, caring nurturing environment. The academics are challenging. Using differentiation, they reach all students. She thrived in a family-like atmosphere, where all students are respected and treated as individuals. She was completely prepared for college. She commented that her first year of college was easy. The vocal music program, which she loved, was excellent. She also participated on the yearbook and Scholastic Bowl. Parent involvement is high and appreciated.

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February 18, 2006
A great school, my son entered in 1st and now is in 2nd grade. A very friendly, intelligent yet laidback parent body. Kids get the freedom to enjoy themselves while learning. After school clubs and very fun social events occur throughout the year. A hidden treasure among the redgimented public schools.

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January 10, 2006
My kids are much better of because they are at Roycemore. Small classes, good/caring teachers and strong academics.

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June 19, 2004
I just graduated this year and I feel that I received the best education. Roycemore was my second home. I started my freshman year. I just loved the small classes, my largest had sixteen students. I also enjoyed the relations that grew with the students and the faculty. I will be attending Kalamazoo College in the fall and I have Roycemore to thank. I wouldn't be where and who I am with out Roycemore!

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Roycemore School
1200 Davis St, Evanston, IL  60201
(847) 866-6055
Last modified Roycemore School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Roycemore School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top