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Please Register for Grandparents Day

  Join us for a fun filled day of: ✴  Music performances by the students ✴  A conversation with Head of School Elect, Ari Frede ✴  Visits to the classroom ✴  Lunch and other refreshments [...]

Grandparents’ Day Registration is Open

We are thrilled to once again host Grandparents' Day, Friday, May 6. This is one of the most anticipated events where we welcome grandparents, special adult friends or "designated" grand pals-for-the-day to visit the school for [...]

Memories of Larry: Video Tribute to Larry Ware

If you were unable to attend the assembly to honor the life of Larry Ware, we are pleased to share this video recorded and edited by friend of Ancona Joshua Hamlett.

Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer

The Barbara Harelik Award is presented annually to an individual who is truly a champion of Ancona. Our community is invited to nominate someone they think deserves this honorable service award! This year, we will [...]

Events at Ancona

May 5th
  • Newsletter Day

May 6th
  • Grandparents Day

May 9th
  • 5th Grade Moving-Up Dinner

    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

May 10th
  • Town Meeting and Harelik Award

    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

May 12th
  • 3rd Grade Moving Up Dinner

    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

May 13th
  • Día del Español

May 14th
  • Diversity Symposium

Mission

A commitment to the whole child

A child centered education that prepares students for life beyond the classroom.
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Diversity

DIVERSITY IS IN OUR DNA

An unprecedented commitment to a global learning community. 60% of our student body are persons of color. 20 languages are spoken in Ancona family homes. 25% of our students are diverse learners. 33% of our families receive need based financial aid.
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Curriculum

RELEVANT, ADAPTIVE AND COMPLEX

Multiage open classrooms, integrated units of study and experiential learning in and outside of the classrooms create an environment for young learners to flourish. Learn more >

Preschool

OUR STORY BEGINS WITH MONTESSORI

Ancona adheres to Maria Montessori’s belief that children are naturally motivated, active learners who build their own understandings of the world as they interact with their environment. Learn more >

After Ancona

ANCONA STUDENTS MOVE THE WORLD

Historically, Ancona graduates enroll at Chicago’s most selective high schools. In high school and beyond, they distinguish themselves as scholars, athletes, artists and intrepid world travelers with a genuine commitment to social justice both within and outside of their communities. Learn more >