School Details

Avery Coonley School

1400 Maple Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 969-0800

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 378 students 10 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

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About this school

Avery Coonley School is a private middle school in Downers Grove. The principal of Avery Coonley School is Paul A Barton. 378 students go to Avery Coonley School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. The ratio of students to teachers at Avery Coonley School is 10:1. Multi Needs Program is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French


  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 55% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 29% %
Asian 27% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% %
Hispanic 2% %
Multiracial 13% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Avery Coonley is simply incredible. My daughter loves the school. The teachers and staff are supportive engaging and talented.

  • (1 year ago)

    School is phenomenal. Teachers are committed enthusiastic and genuinely concerned about your child. Mr. Barton head master awesome and very involved. The students actually love to go to school and love to learn. There is mutual respect amongst the faculty and student. A very unique environment conducive to learning. Worth every penny!

  • (2 years ago)

    ACS is literally my second home. I always feel appreciated and cared about like I'm a part of something larger than just a school. You know everyone there by name and you really feel like the teachers care about you. I learn so much everyday I go there and wouldn't want any other place to be called my school.

  • (4 years ago)

    A naturally gifted child will thrive in this community. They have a complete understanding and compassion for their students and the challenges that can occur with gifted and 2e children.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a school for hard working bright and gifted kids. The teachers are great and there is a lot of parent involvement.

  • (5 years ago)

    ACS provides an education you cannot get in most of the DuPage County school districts. Children must continue to perform to remain in the school and the school feeds them with extraordinary education. It is unfortunate that there are not more similar schools to provide the same gifted opportunities from three years old through 8th grade. Also there needs to be an Avery Coonley High School as well. The public schools simply ignore gifted students by forcing them into the same mainstream as all other students.

  • (6 years ago)

    i have attended this school for nine years and i love it! I'm in 6th grade and i feel like it's my home. I know almost everyone in the school. Everyone at the Avery Coonley School is close to one another and the teachers. I love Avery Coonley!

  • (7 years ago)

    Our daughter attended kindergarden at Avery Coonley and had a wonderful experience. We had to relocate to another part of the country where she now attends what is considered one of the best private schools in the region. She was very well prepared for a challenging first grade experience and ahead of her peers in math. She developed an exceptional conceptual understanding of math concepts at Avery Coonley. Her teachers and peers where absolutely outstanding. We miss Avery Coonley! It is worth every penny.

  • (7 years ago)

    I went to Avery Coonley for ten years and definitely recommend it for hardworking bright students. I feel like I have come out on top. We were certainly prepared for highschool after leaving if not prepared for college also. The community is very strong from faculty to the youngest and oldest students. Going to ACS was probably the best education I've had and the place I felt most at home.

  • (7 years ago)

    I taught at this school for several years and thought it was the most wonderful school I had ever worked for. The students are amazing the quality of education is excellent and the staff are all dedicated to helping each individual student excel. Staff gives a lot of concern towards the psycho-social dynamics of gifted children. Staff meets regularly once or twice a week to discuss students and curriculum. The administration is always very welcoming to new and creative ideas. It is expensive but it is worth every penny. I hope to one day send my children to the school. The school is very safe tucked away on a beautiful campus near the woods. You can find kids studying drawing or eating lunch near the pond in the middle of the fully-enclosed landscaped cloister.

  • (9 years ago)

    Outstanding school beautiful campus. My son attended for 2 years while we lived in Chicago and one of our great regrets was having to leave this school when we relocated. Quality of students is very high.

  • (9 years ago)

    Music art sports and drama are very important at this school. In the classes the kids learn alot and get very excited about school. There are many opportunities for involvment for parents.

  • (9 years ago)

    I attended this school and graduated in 1993. Each teacher was excellent in giving each student the one on one time they needed in order to succeed. One thing I really liked about this school was how enriching it was for me. I started learning French in kindergarten which has helped me to learn other languages much easier. Overall I highly recommend this school to anyone with a gifted child.

  • (9 years ago)

    Avery Coonley offers a strong academic curriculum while also providing a nurturing environment. My duaghter has attended for the past two years and cannot imagine school life without Avery Coonley. She feels respected by teachers staff and her peers. She feels confident to express her views without the fear of ridicule. It is definitely a place where academically talented students can flourish. We look forward to her future years at Avery!

  • (10 years ago)

    Both of my sons have attended Avery Coonley since preschool. They have both been challenged and love their friends. We love the families and friends we have made there. It's expensive but it's worth it if your child is very bright and highly motivated. They do get a lot of homework between one to two hours a night. The children learn to write papers; my son has won state science fair and math competitions. There are no drugs smoking or other elicit activities at this school-period. That makes it worth it alone. This school is also a stepping stone to prestigious Eastern boarding schools. The school should publish its alumni college list too Yale Stanford Northwestern etc. But--your child will work hard and you will too! This is not a place for hands-off parenting. You will be working on many projects. You are expected to donate to the Annual Fund.

  • (11 years ago)

    Both of our sons attending this school. It has consistently led the state in math competition and is nationally recognized as an exemplary school. Students are tested for admission and there is a waiting list to get in especially if you do not enroll your child in the preschool program. It's pricey but worth it.

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