The Academy of the Arts is committed to providing a high-level arts curriculum while engaging students in a rigorous academic education.  It is our belief that creativity and the quest for innovation will foster individuality, allowing the holistic development of each artist.

Building artists to engage in a practicum of pre-professional arts training balanced with rigorous academics.

The Academy of the Arts is a not-for-profit independent school in Northern Illinois that educates students grades 6-12.

Academy of the Arts provides students with rigorous curriculum in all academic content areas while preparing them for success in the arts beyond high school.

Our curriculum is developed to provide students with exceptional academics while maintaining the importance of the arts in a well-rounded education. 

Academy of the Arts will change arts education for students. So how are we different?
Capstone Projects
Artistic Mentorship
Hands-On Learning
Modern Technology
Student Internships

Designing a multitude of opportunities for students to create and explore


Supporting students to discover their fullest potential


Developing independence and being responsible to giving back to the artistic community


Educating to recognize and acknowledge barriers that prevent learning for all while striving to provide just treatment and opportunity for each of our unique artists


Teaching students the art of discovery with unique techniques, opportunities, and experiences


Providing students opportunities to actively and conscientiously engage in the artistic community

“A recent IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the No. 1 “leadership competency” of the future.”
IBM Global CEO Survey
“Prospects for graduates from art schools today are better than they've ever been before in terms of income, their ability to survive economic turbulence and their preparedness for the job market of the 2020s.”
“Participation in arts education practices and processes can translate into the development of both artistic and social-emotional competencies, including self-management and self-discipline, interpersonal skills, and self-expression, that extend beyond arts.”
University of Chicago
“Students who study the arts are consistently higher academic achievers than students who do not study the arts.”
Journal of Aesthetic Education
“When teachers reinforce academic concepts with the arts, students learn more and score higher on standardized tests.”
Mississippi State University
“Arts students were 29% more likely to apply to a postsecondary institution than non-arts students.”
University of Maryland
501(c)(3) Status
Academy of the Arts is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 85-3789823. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
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Academy of the Arts employs staff and admits students of any race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, gender, religion, and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It doesn’t discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin, gender, religion, and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.