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.

We are now ENROLLING 7th, 8th and 9th grade students for the 2020-2021 school year.

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!

Supported by a grant from the NFL Foundation

Upcoming Events

No School: Act of God Days
Mar 17 – Apr 20 all-day

In accordance with Governor Pritzker and the Illinois School Board of Education Ryan Banks Academy will be CLOSING starting Tuesday, March 17 until Monday, April 20.

Virtual School Begins
Mar 30 all-day

Ryan Banks Academy will transition to a virtual school model starting on Monday, March 30. Students should log onto their computer starting at 8:30am daily.

CANCELLED Field Trip: Overnight Adventure
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 compassion for one another.
NO SCHOOL: Spring Break
Apr 13 – Apr 17 all-day
NO SCHOOL: Professional Development
May 22 all-day
NO SCHOOL: Memorial Day
May 25 all-day
Last Day of School
Jun 12 all-day

Report cards will be distributed on this day.