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 the 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 being a pro bono client of the Kirkland & Ellis law firm.  I cannot say enough wonderful things about our experience working with our K& team! We truly have access to the best attorneys in town, whether...

Finding “The Simple Good” in Life

We recently partnered with The Simple Good for an 8 week experiential learning arts curriculum where our student artists shared about the Simple Good that they have discovered in the world.  Our students presented their final art projects at a showcase hosted at the...

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...

End of Year

Throughout the RBA journey we have prided ourselves on being not just transparent but also at times being vulnerable.  We’ve brought our thousands of supporters with us along this ride and you’ve seen the many highs and lows that we’ve experienced...

All the Way from Chile….

As most of us are hunkered down in Chicago braving the cold, we thought it would be the perfect time to bring you some warmth from one of RBA’s team members who is currently stationed in sunny Santiago, Chile! Please read on to hear Kendra’s story of how...

“There’s A Million Things We Haven’t Done, Just You Wait…”

In January 2018 I went to see the musical Hamilton for the first time.  Like millions before me, I was blown away by the music but also incredibly inspired.  Hamilton is a powerful story of resilience, and it drives home the idea that truly anything is possible when...