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We are one of the highest ranked, most diverse Pre-K – 12 private schools in the Chicagoland area with a 6:1 student teacher ratio, and 100% college placement.

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About Our School

Founded in 1915, Roycemore continues to promote educational excellence through unique partnerships with Northwestern University and Adobe Inc., while offering a welcoming environment that gives students a strong sense of belonging and community.  

Our Signature Programs

Classes at Northwestern University

Our Upper School students can attend classes at Northwestern University once they complete our offerings in a specific subject area. For example, a student that has finished Advanced Placement Calculus at Roycemore, may then enroll in the next level math course at Northwestern. 

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January Short Term (JST)

January Short Term (JST), a long-standing Roycemore tradition, gives Upper School students an opportunity for independent, exploratory study. With guidance from staff and project directors, students spend three weeks researching a topic that is meaningful to them. JST helps students learn to build and apply knowledge that they find personally enriching.

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Personal Passion Project (P3)

Each Middle School student works on a Personal Passion Project (P3) to experience the joy of self-directed learning and growth.  Twice a week, students meet with a teacher or expert mentor to help stay on track as they move forward on a journey of discovery.
The culmination of the project is sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge with others at a P3 Expo. 

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Theme Week

Each spring, the Lower School devotes a week to an in-depth, project-based study of a special topic.  Different groups explore different aspects of the topic, working together in multi-age groupings that engender collaboration and team support. Past topics include The Earth Beneath Our Feet, Architecture and Climate Change.

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The Roycemore Difference

At Roycemore, we know that each student is full of endless potential, waiting to be unlocked.  Learn about the MORE of Roycemore from parents, students and teachers!

Our Alumni: In Their Own Words

Agnes Kolbeck '08
Dr. Terry Gdoutos '05
Christopher Deutsch ‘93

Agnes Kolbeck '08

Roycemore Alum Agnes Kolbeck (née Robin Mahung) is Program Director for the Lexington chapter of Youth Advocate Programs – a non-profit agency that works with high risk youth and families around the U.S. and abroad. After leaving Roycemore, she attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and studied Developmental Psychology, Child Development, and Social Work. Immediately upon graduation, she began her Masters program in Children’s Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, completing her thesis on Restorative Justice in 2014. 

Thinking back on my time at Roycemore, I most value how my teachers were collaborators in my education. They didn’t tell me what to do or how to do it – they sought out my strengths and used them to help me excel. My experience in expecting and advocating for teamwork from those in leadership roles has served me far beyond my years at Roycemore and presented me with opportunities that my peers have missed out on – both academically and professionally. I think more impersonal school settings can sometimes discourage students from asking ‘why’ and digging deeper in ways that Roycemore definitely encouraged me to do.”

Dr. Terry Gdoutos '05

Dr. Terry Gdoutos is a Research Scientist in Aerospace at the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, CA, where he designs, analyzes, and develops structural systems for lightweight spacecraft, designed to beam solar energy to Earth, providing limitless power to the planet. After graduating from Roycemore in 2005, he studied Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University, earning two BS degrees, and subsequently obtained his PhD in Aeronautics from Caltech.

When I remember my years at Roycemore, it is clear to me that Roycemore’s culture of excellence and individuality has positively shaped my life since graduation. Roycemore emphasized learning through discovery, critical thinking, and challenging oneself; values that have remained with me to this day. Outside the classroom, the opportunities to build friendships through the extracurricular activities offered also shaped my character and proved to be invaluable, particularly through soccer, baseball (which I had never played before), and scholastic bowl. Through my January Short Term projects, I learned and was inspired by the logic behind how computers operate, and went on to study Computer Science in college. I still remember how I learned to critically analyze film on another JST project. Roycemore provided me with a truly unique experience. 

Christopher Deutsch '93

Christopher Deutsch has spent over 20 years investing in and working with early-stage startups in ecommerce, enterprise software, social media and consumer internet.  He has been founder, co-founder or founding team member of numerous angel and VC-backed ventures where his responsibilities have included marketing, product development, fundraising, business development and M&A.  After graduating from Roycemore in 1993, Chris received his BA in Economics from Vassar College, where he played varsity lacrosse, basketball and rugby.

Roycemore was much more for me than just a series of challenging courses, competitive teams, brilliant teachers, dedicated coaches, extravagant Palio performances, and clandestine trips to D&D Dogs between periods. Roycemore was, and continues to be, a vibrant, stimulating and diverse community with a wide range of subjects, activities and sports to explore. Not to mention, January Short Term, which I’d look forward to every year. Whether it was living with a French family in Paris, winter ecology and hiking with Mr. Spica in Wisconsin, recreating Normandy’s D-Day invasion, or learning how to run a snowboard shop as an independent study on entrepreneurship, I was able to pique interests, gain international exposure and build lifelong memories.

Roycemore provides creative outlets and rigorous yet individualized classwork. We believe that fostering passion in students is the key to success.
Our world class faculty is committed to helping Roycemore students succeed in and outside the classroom.
We are among the most diverse independent schools in our region, and we believe racial, cultural and economic diversity enriches our school.
Roycemore provides opportunities for young people to try new things. With our clubs and activities Roycemore students are able to explore their passions and grow as people.

Race Against Hate

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Meet Marielle St. Amand, Middle School Humanities and Upper School English Teacher Ms. St. Amand joined the Roycemore team in 2021. She is a graduate of John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and History, and she is a licensed educator in Adolescent Young Adult Integrated Social Studies. Marielle recently earned her...
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