RBA On ABC, First Day Of School Photos, And More

Though we can’t believe it’s already three weeks into the new school year, we just received some incredible photos from the first day of school that we couldn’t wait to share with you! The amazing photographer Hillary Johnson joined us on the first...

Summer Reflections

I recently spent a week on a small island in Mexico that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting every summer over the past 6 years. After that many years, it now feels like a part of who I am, and it feels like home. Not far from my hotel is a pathway that winds...

From a Sox Game to Fox Fame

Now that our first year of school officially wrapped up, we wanted to give you a glimpse into some of the exciting things that took place over here at Ryan Banks Academy over the last couple of months. June 3rd would have been Ryan Banks’ 19th birthday, so we...

Why We Do This

One of my most vivid memories from working in Chicago Public Schools actually occurred long after the school day had ended.  A “typical” day should have included spending my time providing 1:1 and small group therapy sessions with students, but in reality...

Celebrities & Camping

April was an exciting month for us here at Ryan Banks Academy! First, we were honored when actor and comedian – and longtime RBA supporter – Jeff Garlin stopped by for a visit.  You may know Jeff from his roles on TV shows like “Curb Your...

A Night to Remember…

For the last two years, we’ve had the pleasure of working with Kirkland & Ellis law firm as one of their pro bono clients. I cannot say enough wonderful things about our experience working with our K&E team! We truly have access to the best attorneys in...

Finding “The Simple Good” in Life

We recently partnered with The Simple Good for an 8 week experiential learning arts curriculum. Students then had the opportunity to share the Simple Good that they have discovered in the world. Our students presented their final art projects at a showcase hosted at...

Academic Excellence, RBA Gear, And More

As you know, one of RBA’s unique differentiators – what makes us special in the complicated world of urban education in Chicago – is that we will soon be a boarding school.  We believe that offering this type of supportive environment will...

RBA Featured On WGN Radio… And More!

We’re excited to share our most recent media feature with you! This week, RBA appeared on WGN radio for the third time as part of the Steve Cochran show.  We always love being on Steve’s show, but this time was especially meaningful: it was our first time...

RBA’s 2018 Highlights (Including A Video You Don’t Want To Miss!)

“I am so pleased that my grandson is attending Ryan Banks Academy. He was a child that used to be introverted, but since he has been attending RBA he can now express himself so much better. His social skills have improved tremendously. I was so concerned that he...