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We are now accepting Admission Applications for the 2020-2021 school year.

A Message from Director of Admission Jill Due

Thank you for your interest in Catherine Cook. Finding the right school for your child is an exciting journey that can sometimes seem overwhelming as you navigate through the many available options. We are ready to help your family learn about Catherine Cook, and are eager to assist you in answering any questions about the admission process.

Catherine Cook is a place where joy and hard work meet to form an engaging learning environment that inspires curiosity, innovation, and personal growth. We inspire personal excellence and compassionate leadership with our focus on challenging academics, character education, and social/emotional development during a child’s most formative and important years.

Our progressive program promotes constructive learning and design thinking in a state-of-the-art facility that includes an AV Studio and an IDEA Lab (Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Art). Our whole-child approach ensures that students are prepared for future success by learning how to collaboratively solve problems, make decisions, and communicate with others in an effective and respectful manner.

Catherine Cook students develop into caring, confident, and well-rounded young people during their time in school. We are a multifaceted community of lifelong learners in which students, faculty, and parents develop deep connections and a confident sense of global citizenship for an ever-changing world.

If Catherine Cook seems like a good fit for your child and your family, please explore the resources available on our website and tour our school. Click here to submit an inquiry. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Information

Admission OfficeJill DueJessica Ledesma

226 West Schiller Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-1808

fax 312.266.3616

Director of Admission

ph 312.266.3381 x 3146

Admission Assistant

ph 312.266.3381 x 2131

Nondiscrimination Policy

Notice of Nondiscrimination Policy

Catherine Cook considers students on the basis of individual merit and does not discriminate against prospective students or their families on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender, religion, national origin, socioeconomic status, sexual identity, or family makeup in the administration of its educational and admission policies, tuition assistance programs, and other school-administered programs.

Why Choose a Preschool - Grade 8 School

Why Choose a Preschool - Grade 8 School

1. An authentic school experience starts early.

An Early Childhood program in a school setting allows for our youngest students to experience school in an authentic way. Children experience Catherine Cook’s Library, Gymnasium, IDEA Lab, AV Studio, and school performances. Our Book Buddy program encourages extended early literacy opportunities. Providing a continuous program for Grades PS-8 allows for fewer transitions for students and engenders long-term relationships between Catherine Cook staff, students, and families.

2. Our teachers and staff build relationships.

With a student population of around 590 students enrolled in three divisions, Catherine Cook has a “small” feel with “big” opportunities. Housing each division by floor (Early Childhood, Lower School, and Middle School) fosters a small school feeling where everyone knows and cares about each other. Yet, there are plenty of opportunities for students in all divisions to co-mingle, creating a bigger sense of community. Curriculum at Catherine Cook is developed with the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of the students in mind.

3. We understand your child’s strengths and passions.

In the Elementary and Middle School years at Catherine Cook, your child’s academic strengths, interests, learning styles, and gifts become defined and understood by you and the teachers who have worked with him/her. By 8th Grade, we know your child as a learner, which sets the stage for a collaborative effort to find the ideal high school match.

4. High school selection is a team effort.

Our Middle School staff and High School Placement Counselor work in partnership with you and your child to find a high school match that recognizes your child’s unique gifts, interests, and achievements. Catherine Cook students are well-prepared, self-assured, self-confident, and well-rounded students as they transition to high school.

5. We’re in it together at Catherine Cook.

The opportunity to make a transition at the end of 8th Grade, and your child’s involvement in choosing their high school, is a satisfying and confidence-building opportunity that will serve them well as they adapt to high school and beyond. Making this transition with their 8th Grade classmates provides support and opportunities for celebration.

6. Change is good!

In 9th Grade, children are eager to experience new friendships, new learning environments, and new social settings. Students often take this opportunity to reinvent themselves as they get in touch with their emerging interests and talents.

7. Connections last a lifetime.

Connections made at Catherine Cook continue throughout life. Our Alumni maintain close friendships and connections with the people they met during their years at Catherine Cook.