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Comparing Private High Schools

On the heels of our October survey of 233 public high schools in the metro area, we present a comprehensive statistical breakdown of 56 local private high schools, examining such things as tuition, teachers’ salaries, and test scores.

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TUITION

This figure is the cost for each full-time student, not including boarding costs at schools where students can live, such as Lake Forest Academy—which, with its $26,500 tuition, is Chicago’s most expensive private high school (boarding students pay another $9,800 per year). With a tuition of only $2,700, the 11-year-old Cristo Rey Jesuit High School on Chicago’s Near Southwest Side is the least expensive high school on the chart. At Lycée Français, the tuition increases to $13,500 after the freshman year. Some schools do offer small discounts on tuition for families sending more than one child to the school. Schools may also charge additional fees for such things as books, computers, transportation, and athletics. 

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS RECEIVING FINANCIAL AID/AVERAGE FINANCIAL AID PACKAGE

Private schools at all levels try to lighten the load for qualified but needy students by providing scholarship money. The school with the greatest percentage of its students receiving some form of financial aid is De La Salle Institute, which provides economic assistance to 85 percent of its students (the average financial aid package there is $1,200). Mount Assisi Academy in Lemont assisted the smallest percentage of students: 4.6 percent, with an average financial aid package of $1,600. Pricey Lake Forest Academy, which provides financial aid to 31 percent of its students, had the largest average aid package: $23,591, or 89 percent of the cost of tuition. In Chicago’s Mount Greenwood neighborhood, Brother Rice High School provided the smallest aid package: $750. Timothy Christian High School in Elmhurst had no information available on financial aid; Guerin College Preparatory High School in River Grove, which assists 40 percent of its students, did not furnish information about the average amount of financial aid provided.

AVERAGE CLASS SIZE

The average class size varies widely among the 56 schools, from 9.7 students per class at Evanston’s Roycemore School to 29 students at Brother Rice High School.

PERCENTAGE OF COLLEGE-BOUND GRADUATES

All 56 high schools that responded to our survey send 90 percent or more of their students on to college, and nearly half of them—27 schools—send 100 percent.

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