Founding Head of School Julia Henry and a group of North Shore parents opened Roycemore School in 1915 at 640 Lincoln Street in Evanston.
Miss Henry had been principal of the Lower School at Girton School for Girls in Winnetka, and many of the faculty and students followed her to Roycemore. The school was named after Miss Henry’s grandfather, Andrew Royce, who was a well-known Congregational minister in Barre, Vermont, in the 1800s. The Royce family crest was adopted for the school, inspiring the school’s colors of blue and gold, the motto “fortis et prudens simul,” or strength and careful judgement go together, and even the school’s mascot, the griffin.
In 1968 the first boy graduated, alone in a class of six.
Roycemore moved from its original location to 1200 Davis Street in Evanston in late December 2011, having extensively renovated the building that was previously the home of the First United Methodist Board of Pensions.
A full-size gymnasium was added to the site and the second semester of classes began at the current campus in January 2012.
In June of 2013, long-time Headmaster Joseph Becker retired (1976-2013), having ushered in a new era of Roycemore in time for the school to celebrate its centennial throughout the 2015-2016 school year.
By the 2020-21 school year, enrollment at Roycemore reached 230 students while preserving the school’s 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio.
To inspire and nurture excellence and prepare each student for success in higher education and in a dynamic and complex world.
Our core values are: Scholarship • Integrity • Community • Respect • Compassion
Roycemore School will sustain our legacy of outstanding college preparatory education within our nurturing community. We remain committed to enhanced opportunities for student learning as we develop new centers of academic excellence, increase our engagement with our local community and develop long range fiscal plans to sustain our school for future generations.
Starting with Early Childhood, students are introduced to the 7 habits of highly effective people through various activities and teachings. By developing a strong sense of personal accountability, good attitudes and tools for moving forward, Roycemore is establishing a solid ground of moral and intellectual responsibility.
Roycemore provides rigorous yet individualized class work, while also offering creative outlets to reinforce and tailor learning. With programs that include January Short Term in the Upper School, Personal Passion Project in the Middle School and Theme Week in the Lower School, our students integrate the knowledge they gain in the classroom with differentiating, life-changing projects to experience the triumphs that come with putting academic excellence to work.
Our students are in the process of becoming. They are walking into their own greatness and learning for a lifetime. We recognize that their success in life goes beyond college acceptance. At Roycemore, students acquire the tools and cultivate the networks they need to be at the forefront of innovation. An emphasis on the design thinking process gives our students the ability to think creatively, critically and productively. At the center of this is community. By building and nurturing relationships, students learn how to work well with others and become confident leaders.