School Details

Ancona School

4770 S Dorchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 924-2356

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 254 students 9 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

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About this school

Ancona School is a private middle school in Chicago. The principal of Ancona School is Bonnie L Wishne, who can be contacted at 254 students go to Ancona School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at Ancona School is 9:1. Canter Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 51% %
Asian 5% %
White, non-Hispanic 30% %
Hispanic 3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% %
Multiracial 11% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The Ancona School is perhaps the only private independent school in Chicago that has consistently maintained its integrity as a school implementing progressive-based and Montessori practices. Ancona has almost always been completely true to its mission providing an exceptional educational experience while celebrating a racially ethnically religiously socially diverse population. It's a gem that shouldn't be so "hidden". Too many people searching for so-called "good" schools go after a name or a reputation while their children end up lacking the kinds of interactions that really prepare them for the so-called "real world". Ancona is about a real as it gets. No hiding no bait-and-switch just real. Not perfect but real. I am very impressed by the tremendous education my child has received at Ancona.

  • (1 year ago)

    I hear it's a great school but unfortunately my son will not be attending . Apparently they accept only vanilla children with no hint of special needs. Wish I had known before I blew the $80 app fee. Oh well.

  • (1 year ago)

    Ancona is a truly exceptional place with strong leadership exceptional teaching and a warm social environment. All of these basics facilitate what the school is all about -- creating in each student an open-minded confident creative risk-taker. I have a sixth grader and a fourth grader in the school now. But prior to arriving at Ancona we had sampled four other schools. No comparison. Ancona manages to balance the many important aspects of cultivating young minds and emotions academics self-expression importance of community skills play values self-discipline and respect . . you name it. Strongly recommended to anyone considering a move to Chicago or a shift from another local school.

  • (1 year ago)

    We are so happy with Ancona. Our kindergartener is reading out loud says math is fun knows all the countries in South America and talks about civil rights. What an amazing place! The teachers are kind and patient and can handle a "spirited" child. The community is incredibly diverse. Choosing Ancona was absolutely the right decision.

  • (1 year ago)

    A wonderful nurturing school. Each child receives individual attention and support as he/she develops into in a critical thinker.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is my daughter's sixth year at Ancona. We love the small nurturing environment the commitment to peace and social justice and the truly exceptional teachers. I understand that this sounds like an advertisement but really each one of those things is true. The curriculum is challenging the teachers can meet individual students at their own level and my daughter is developing her abilities to work with all her classmates not just her friends.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a parent I see the academic and personal growth in my children practically everyday. I really like all the opportunities for parent participation.

  • (1 year ago)

    Ancona is simply an amazing place. I have never found another school so committed to children's individual learning and development.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have never seen a private school in Chicago so diverse. The teachers are more concerned with how your child thinks and relates to the world around her versus the latest gadget or trend. One of the best educational institutions that focuses on the whole child.

  • (2 years ago)

    The curriculum is nice but you're treated differently depending on how much money and influence your family has. I remember the politician's lawyer's and doctor's children being treated better and chosen for more things than me and my lowly mail carrier / elementary school teacher parents who saved every dollar for me and my siblings to go here.

  • (3 years ago)

    Ancona is a wonderful creative school. The staff is fantastic. Are experience at Ancona has been entirely positive.

  • (4 years ago)

    Because at Ancona children are educated wholistically. They're taught to think critically about the world around them and the exposure to all facets of life and education are presented in everything done within the school. The faculty is phenomenally brilliant and they enjoy sharing themselves and what they know to the children and their families. All schools should model The Ancona School!

  • (4 years ago)

    Because our kids love going to school...

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is in her third year at Ancona as a second grader. Her positive overall development I attribute in a large part to Ancona. She is an engaged empowered and balanced child but even more importantly she loves to learn.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is our 1st year at ancona and my son is in the pre-primary program (K) and he's having a wonderful experience. The teachers/staff are wonderful and really take the time to get to know the children. My son is thriving in this environment. A wonderfully diverse community.

  • (5 years ago)

    They truly put the child first the whole child!

  • (5 years ago)

    Every day that I drop off my daughter Ancona makes me happy. She is flourishing in her class with a fabulous pre-primary teacher. The Montessori style combined with the best of progressive and caring education is awesome. Also Ancona is super diverse both racially and economically so our family fits in very well there.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was a parent of two students at The Ancona School (PK through 8) who loved Ancona and made many friends there both students and faculty. I also taught there myself for 5 years. It is an exceptional school focusing on the whole child. Very parent-involved also.

  • (6 years ago)

    Wow. This is our second year at Ancona and we cannot say enough about the teachers the administration and the curriculum. We always feel welcome the teachers engage the children in projects that have so much depth it is amazing. Great place for above average learners the teachers keep the children challenged.

  • (6 years ago)

    After 4 fours of experience with Ancona (one child who recently graduated and one who is an 8th grader) I continue to be impressed by the degree that programs are tailored to the needs and ability of each child. I also am impressed by the racial social and economic diversity within Ancona's educational community.

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