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.

ACHIEVING HIGHER EDUCATION

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!

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

Feb
1
Mon
NWEA Testing Phase II
Feb 1 – Feb 26 all-day
Feb
26
Fri
February Writing Contest Entries Due: Presidents / Black History
Feb 26 all-day
Mar
4
Thu
Space Lab Presentations
Mar 4 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Mar
12
Fri
Q3 Progress Reports
Mar 12 all-day
Mar
26
Fri
Mentor Mania: Nutrition and Wellness
Mar 26 all-day
Mar
29
Mon
Spring Break
Mar 29 – Apr 2 all-day
Mar
31
Wed
March Writing Contest Entries Due: Women’s History
Mar 31 all-day
Apr
6
Tue
March Writing Contest Winners Announced: Women’s History
Apr 6 all-day
Apr
14
Wed
Illinois Science assessment – 8th grade
Apr 14 all-day
Apr
30
Fri
April Writing Contest Entries Due: Birthdays
Apr 30 all-day