We are now enrolling 7th, 8th and 9th grade students for the 2020-2021 school year. We will be operating remotely during the 2020-2021 school year.


Ryan Banks Academy opened its doors in September 2018 and is currently operating as a day school with the goal of soon becoming Chicago’s first urban boarding school. RBA propels students from all socioeconomic backgrounds into the next generation of leaders, thinkers and world-changers. Agile, learning-based and committed, RBA meets students and families where they are with the investment required to help each student thrive.

Our Mission

Ryan Banks Academy exists to cultivate the talents and potential of at-promise students in Chicago through an immersive and innovative educational experience.


RBA is proud to be a part of the Illinois Tech Rising Hawks Program, a pathway for students to progress from 7th grade through to a college degree at Illinois Tech, one of the top STEM schools in the nation. The Rising Hawks program offers many benefits to RBA students including:

  •  Academic scholarships to RBA students who meet predetermined admissions criteria

  • Mentorship opportunities with Illinois Tech Students

  • Vouchers to enroll in select summer courses for college credit

  • On and off-campus learning opportunities including invitations to speaker series to learn more about STEM-related majors, career paths and opportunities for entrepreneurship

Our Values

Personalized Learning

We meet students where they are… Our educator to student ratio is current 1:5 and will be no higher than 1:15.

Substantial State Test Growth

Our first class of 7th grade students saw significant improvement in their test scores.

Extracurricular Courses

Students determine the classes and programs that we offer. This year they selected coding, dance, visual art, and cooking.

Exceptional Education As An Investment

Chicago Public Schools expenditures average less than $10,000 per student compared to an RBA education which costs over $30,000 per student.

Cutting Edge Technology

Each RBA student will have their own Chromebook and access to 3D printing technology.

100% College Acceptance

We are preparing ALL students for college!

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are committed to serving children and their families who are facing challenges related to poverty, violence, homelessness, and trauma. You can help make sure we can be there for our children in need during this time of uncertainty.

Thank you to our corporate and foundation partners for being a part of the Ryan Banks Academy!

Supported by a grant from the NFL Foundation

Please click here to access the Illinois State Board of Education’s Remote Learning Guide for families.

Upcoming Events

April Writing Contest Entries Due: Birthdays
Apr 30 all-day
Mentor Mania: Career Awareness
Apr 30 all-day
April Writing Contest Winners Announced: Birthdays
May 3 all-day
NWEA Testing Phase III
May 3 – May 28 all-day
May Writing Contest Entries Due: Life after High School
May 28 all-day
Mentor Mania: Integrity and Honesty
May 28 all-day
Memorial Day – School Holiday
May 31 all-day
Final Exams, 8th grade
Jun 1 – Jun 4 all-day
Ryan Banks Memorial Birthday
Jun 2 all-day
May Writing Contest Winner Announced: Life After High School
Jun 4 all-day