A generous donor, the Rogue Willow Foundation, has challenged us to raise $150,000 by the end of the holiday season and they’ll match it. With your help $150,000 can become $300,000 towards supporting our students. Donate today and your gift will have double the impact!

In September 2018, Ryan Banks Academy opened its doors with our first class of students.  A middle school and high school, we prepare motivated students from Chicago neighborhoods to graduate from college, enter into meaningful careers, and be the catalyst to bring positive change into their communities. Join us as we transform urban education!

Our Mission

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

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!

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

Upcoming Events

Jan
20
Mon
NO SCHOOL: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 20 all-day
Jan
23
Thu
MAP Testing
Jan 23 – Jan 24 all-day
Feb
14
Fri
NO SCHOOL: Professional Development
Feb 14 all-day
Feb
17
Mon
NO SCHOOL: Presidents Day
Feb 17 all-day
Apr
1
Wed
Spring Break Adventure Learning Trip
Apr 1 – Apr 2 all-day

Our students will embark on an overnight adventure learning experience. Adventure learning offers students the opportunity to be outdoors, in nature, and to come together for a common goal. By overcoming obstacles and working against a perceived risk, students learn to trust and depend on one another and, in turn, learn the importance of their own integrity. It is our goal that students move beyond politeness, beyond harsh conflict, and form a compassion for one another.

Apr
3
Fri
NO SCHOOL: Spring Break
Apr 3 – Apr 10 all-day
May
22
Fri
NO SCHOOL: Professional Development
May 22 all-day
May
25
Mon
NO SCHOOL: Memorial Day
May 25 all-day
Jun
12
Fri
Last Day of School
Jun 12 all-day

Report cards will be distributed on this day.