We are now ENROLLING 7th, 8th and 9th grade students for the 2021-2022 school year.

Please complete the general information form below if you are interested in applying to Ryan Banks Academy — Chicago’s first independent co-ed school for grades 7-12.

Ryan Banks Academy is uniquely positioned to continue offering its curriculum virtually. Students remain full time with Chromebook technology made available to every student. Combined with smaller classroom sizes, students receive the same individualized coursework and attention from teachers – including tele-counseling support and virtual tutoring and extra-curricular programming – as they would in-person.


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

What Sets RBA Apart

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!