Our Mission

Affirm. Cultivate. Transform.


Ryan Banks Academy is a 100% Scholarship-Granting Independent Day School.  Our Mission is to fight educational inequity through personalized and immersive learning experiences.

Aiming to Become Chicago's First Urban Boarding School

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The Ryan Banks Story

Ryan Banks was a happy-go-lucky 12-year-old boy with the world before him. On May 19, 2012, Ryan was tragically killed by gunfire in front of his home. Ryan’s school social worker vowed to create a haven where students could thrive in a safe, secure, and stable space. Thus, the mission to become Chicago’s first urban boarding school was founded in Ryan Banks Academy.

Our Pillars

Ryan Banks Academy's Organizational Focus

24-Hour Learning

Providing scholars with an exceptional education combined with a 24-hour living and learning environment that addresses the needs of the whole scholar.

Personalized Learning

Utilizing an online educational platform that supports what teachers and scholars do in class each day. An aligned curriculum that comes with hands-on projects, teaching and learning resources, as well as assessments.

Design Thinking

Introducing an iterative process in which we seek to understand the user, challenge assumptions, and redefine problems in an attempt to identify alternative strategies and solutions that might not be instantly apparent with our initial apparent with our initial level of understanding.

Literation Literacies

Language learning that rests on the conviction that because every literacy practice is a unique capacity to open new worlds for scholars in all classrooms. Establish RBA as a Liberation Pedagogy Research Campus.

t.Lab Accelerated Learning Center

We are committed to making your child a part of the top 1% academic performers. t.Lab is a non-profit tutoring center focusing on Humanities, Leadership, Liberal Arts, and STEM disciplines. With t.Lab, you will be assured that you are setting your child up to be a success in whatever chosen field of career.

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