West Town

1010 W. Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60642

School Type: Day

Student Body: coed

Head of School: Jason Patera

Admissions Director: Amanda LePard

Grade 9 - Grade 12


The Chicago Academy for the Arts is a nationally recognized independent high school for the performing and visual arts. Designated a National School of Distinction by the John F. Kennedy Center, The Academy offers students the opportunity to engage in a unique co-curricular program: rigorous, college-preparatory academic classes and professional-level arts training in the context of an unparalleled school culture.


The Academy’s school day consists of six 45-minute academic periods followed by a three-plus hour immersion in a student’s chosen arts department: Dance, Media Arts (filmmaking, animation, creative writing), Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Visual Arts. At The Chicago Academy for the Arts, young artists master the skills necessary for academic success, critical thought, and creative expression.