Best Alternative Schools in Illinois 2022: Rating, Grades & More

Hi readers! In this post, I’ve compiled a list of best alternative schools in Illinois. The list consists of both public and private schools. Here, readers will find the following details – top alternative schools, their address, grades, student teacher ratio and more.

Alternative Schools Illinois

Best Public Alternative Schools in Illinois for 2022

RankSchoolLow GradeHigh GradeAddressCityStudent Teacher Ratio
1KEC Central EFE 1700712PO Box 263Malta1.4000000
2Premier Academy Morris08127700 Ashley RdMorris2.1000000
3Il Youth Center – Pere Marquette081217808 State Highway 100 WGrafton2.9000000
4Regional Center for Change0612500 E 5Th StRock Falls3.0000000
5Harbor Academy Reg Safe Sch Prg09124413 Roosevelt RdHillside3.2000000
6Cope Alternative School06121725B Shomaker DrMurphysboro3.5000000
7School District 428 IYC-HRB07121201 W Poplar StHarrisburg3.5000000
8West 40 Reg Safe Sch Middle Prg06084413 Roosevelt RdHillside3.5000000
9ROYALS Academy Carthage0912553 Main StCarthage3.6000000
10Paris Bridges0612210 E Court StParis3.7000000
11ROE Safe Sch Greene0612225 E. Nicholas StreetCarlinville3.7000000
12Lincoln School ALOP0612960 Royce AveJoliet4.0000000
13Starquest Acad RSSP North0608PO Box 303Johnston City4.0000000
14Saint Clair Co ROE Safe School05121722 W Main StBelleville4.8000000
15ROYALS RSSP Canton0612749 E Locust StCanton5.0000000
16Centralia Alternative School0712501 N Elm StCentralia5.2000000
17North Cook Young Adult Academy06121001 E Touhy Ave Ste 200Des Plaines5.2000000
18Illinois Youth Center-Warrenville081130W200 Ferry RdNaperville5.8000000
19IYC Chicago0612136 N Western AveChicago6.4000000
20I Kan Regional Alternatve Att Ctr061250 W Industrial DrKankakee6.5000000
21Illinois Youth Ctr – St Charles08123825 Campton Hills DrSaint Charles6.8000000
22ASSIST RSSP 120612PO Box 77Willow Hill7.0000000
23RAP Freeport061227 S State AveFreeport7.0000000
24Reg’l Learning Center Star Boone09121320 East AveBelvidere7.0000000
25Tristar Acad Safe Sch Program0609900 W Edgar AveEffingham7.3000000
26Shelbyville Bridges0612201 E North 12th StShelbyville7.4000000
27ROE 53 Safe School0612102 Fandel LnMetamora7.5000000
28LMP ROE06122233 6th StPeru7.8000000
29ASSIST TAOEP 120612PO Box 77Willow Hill8.0000000
30Starquest Acad RSSP South06121102 W 10th StMetropolis8.0000000
31ROE 20 Learning Alt Branch School0612307 E Cherry StCarmi8.1000000
32Academic Behavior&Community Acad07121416 Maine StQuincy8.3000000
33FOCUS Safe Sch Program06091500 W Jefferson StVandalia8.5000000
34Freeport Alternative High Sch06121330 S Locust AveFreeport8.5000000
35R E A D Y Program061245 E University AveChampaign8.8000000
36Reg’l Learning Academy Star Winn06115949 Safford RdRockford8.8000000
37Arcola Bridges/Beacons RSSP0612308 Adams StHumboldt9.0000000
38Project Echo0712PO Box 238Johnston City9.0000000
39ROYALS Academy Canton0912749 E Locust StCanton9.1000000
40Lerna Bridges0612PO Box 129Lerna9.2000000
41Sangamon Safe School Program07122201 Toronto RdSpringfield9.2000000
42Mt Vernon Alternative School06122300 Benton RdMount Vernon9.3000000
43Safe School Program06122300 Benton RdMount Vernon9.5000000
44Thomas Metcalf SchoolPK08ISU Campus Box 7000Normal9.8000000
45Lincoln School RSSP0612960 Royce AveJoliet10.0000000
46LMP ROE TAOEP06122233 6Th St Ste 2Peru10.0000000
47Monroe/Randolph Red Brick Sch0612107 E Mill StWaterloo10.0000000
48West 40-Sr. Plus4413 Roosevelt RdHillside10.0000000
49Adams County RSSP07121416 Maine StQuincy10.4000000
50Sangamon County Learning Academy06122201 Toronto Rd Ste CSpringfield10.8000000
51ROE Safe Sch Macoupin0612225 E. Nicholas StreetCarlinville10.9000000
52Peoria Regional High School09123826 N Taylor RdHanna City11.2000000
53New Approach Alternative H S09121500 W Jefferson StVandalia11.7000000
54Aspire Alternative High School0912900 W Edgar AveEffingham12.0000000
55ROYALS RSSP Macomb0612341 S Johnson StMacomb12.0000000
56Milligan Academy Rssp0711300 E Eldorado StDecatur13.0000000
57ROYALS Academy Macomb0912341 S Johnson StMacomb13.0000000
58Safe School Program Centralia0712501 N Elm StCentralia13.3000000
59Lincoln School TAOEP0612960 Royce AveJoliet13.5000000
60University High School0912Isu Campus Box 5300Normal14.3000000
61B H R A Cooperative HS0912PO Box 200Bismarck15.3000000
62RAP Elizabeth0612950 US Highway 20 WElizabeth16.0000000
63Nachusa Campus School0412500 E 5Th StRock Falls16.5000000
64Paris Cooperative High School091214040 E 1200th RdParis16.7000000
65Pathways ROE 110912305 Richmond Ave EMattoon16.8000000
66ROE 53 Academy0912110 Fandel LnMetamora17.0000000
67Regl Learning Academy Star Boone06121320 East AveBelvidere17.8000000
68Futures Unlimited0912300 E Eldorado StDecatur18.7000000
69The Lafayette Academy0912747 W Lafayette AveJacksonville19.0000000
70RAES West0612105 N E St Ste 1Monmouth22.0000000
71Salt School091250 W Industrial DrKankakee23.9000000
72RAES RSSP0612121 S Prairie StGalesburg52.0000000
73Premier Academy Morris TAOEP06127700 Ashley RdMorris58.0000000
74RAES West Alt Ed0612105 N E St Ste 1Monmouth136.0000000
75University of Illinois High Sch08121212 W Springfield AveUrbana309.0000000
76ALOP Academic Learning Program09124413 Roosevelt RdHillside
77ARC0612747 W Lafayette AveJacksonville
78CCSI Alternative School09126137 Beck RdRed Bud
79Center for Educ Opp0612201 Staunton RdTroy
80Clnton/Mrn/Wshngtn Pre-Kind ProgPKPK1710 Broadway StMount Vernon
81Coolidge RSSP07083428 Avenue of The CitiesMoline
82DREAM Academy071246 S Gifford StElgin
83DuPage Alop0612848 N Mill RdAddison
84East Aurora HS RSSP06121685 N Farnsworth AveAurora
85ECHO Juvenile Detention Ctr0412409 E Washington StBenton
86Evergreen Academy06126506 National StUnion
87Five County Regional Alternative06121001 Walnut StreetMurphysboro
88FLEX Program0912704 W Abe StPlano
89Greeley Alternative School06121800 NE Perry AvePeoria
90IL Center for Rehab & Educ-R04121950 W Roosevelt RdChicago
91Jackson/Perry MS TAOEP0608120 E Spring StDu Quoin
92Juvenile Detention Center0611400 Art Bartell RdUrbana
93Lake Co Collaborative Alop071218160 W Gages Lake RdGrayslake
94Mades-Johnstone RSSP06121304 Ronzheimer AveSt Charles
95Middlefork School RSSP061215009 Catlin Tilton RdDanville
96MLK A R T Program06089607 14th St WRock Island
97Morrison Alt Learning Program0912300 Academic DrMorrison
98Morton Alternative Schools09124413 Roosevelt RdHillside
99New Beginnings Regnl Safe Sch Pgm061246 S Gifford StElgin
100New Directions – Geneva0912416 McKinley AveGeneva
101New Directions Program04121304 Ronzheimer AveSt Charles
102Northeast Academy East0912201 S 7th StSt Charles
103Northeast Academy North0912201 S 7th StSt Charles
104Oak Ridge RSSP0612300 Cleveland AveCarpentersville
105Oswego GOAL06124209 State Route 71Oswego
106PACE Alternative School0612201 E Higbee StPittsfield
107Partners for Success-Old Mill Sch0612848 N Mill RdAddison
108PAWS09121201 Main StBatavia
109PAWS Academy06081501 S Raddant RdBatavia
110Phoenix Safe Schools Program0612113 N School StRaymond
111PROJECT IMPACT2201 S Dirksen PkwySpringfield
112Project Indian0912101 W Wapella StMinooka
113Project SOAR0912120 E Spring StDu Quoin
114Proviso THSD 209 Dream School09124413 Roosevelt RdHillside
115RAES East Alt Ed0612121 S Prairie StGalesburg
116RAES Night School0612121 S Prairie St.Galesburg
117RE-Start Program091245 E University AveChampaign
118Reg’l Learning Center Star Winn09125949 Safford RdRockford
119Reg’l Safe School Program ROE #280612107 S State StAtkinson
120Regional Alop School0712200 W Front St Ste 500DBloomington
121Regional Alternative School09125949 Safford RdRockford
122Revive Alternative High School0912113 N School StRaymond
123Rock River Challenge0612PO Box 91Chana
124ROE #40 Safe School Jersey0612225 E Nicholas StCarlinville
125ROE Adult Learning Ctr Jersey1012225 E. Nicholas StreetCarlinville
126ROE Adult Learning Ctr Macoupin1012225 E. Nicholas StreetCarlinville
127ROE Alternative Prog of Lake Co06121415 27th StZion
128ROE20 Learning Alternative Branch0612307 E Cherry StCarmi
129ROYALS RSSP Carthage0612553 Main StCarthage
130Safe School Program0712200 W Front St Ste 500DBloomington
131St Marys Adolescent Ed Program01111800 E Lake Shore DrDecatur
132STEM Partnership School0308405 S Gladstone AveAurora
133Success Academy0612100 Cleveland AveCarpentersville
134SUCCESS Academy06121870 W Galena BlvdAurora
135Success Academy 4-504052550 Harnish DrAlgonquin
136Success Academy HS09121500 Kings RdCarpentersville
137TAPESTRY ALOP09124413 Roosevelt RdHillside
138Wauconda CUSD 118 ALOP0910555 N Main StWauconda
139West 40 ALOP Achievers09124413 Roosevelt RdHillside
140West Aurora HS RSSP06121870 W Galena BlvdAurora
141YEA Program0612709 Game Farm RdYorkville

Best Private Alternative Schools in Illinois for 2022

RankSchoolLow GradeHigh GradeAddressCityStudent Teacher Ratio
1TLC LEARNING CENTER232844 BURR OAK AVEBLUE ISLAND0.37
2CHANCE AFTER CHANCE COLLEGE PREPARATORY23305 N CICERO AVE # 9CHICAGO0.5
3FIRST SCHOOL231403 E OAK STMAHOMET0.51
4NOAHS ARK CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL2398 ALGONQUIN RDBARRINGTON0.83
5CREME DE LA CREME GLENVIEW232401 PATRIOT BLVDGLENVIEW1.25
6LES FINCH’S LEARNING TREE DAY234217 W 16TH STCHICAGO1.45
7GERTRUGE B NIELSEN CHILD CARE & LEARNING CENTER333835 WILLOW RDNORTHBROOK1.51
8ROSELAND DAYCARE CENTER2310520 S HALSTED STCHICAGO1.51
9ACADEMIC MASTERY ACADEMY6616341 S PARK AVESOUTH HOLLAND2
10LOS PEQUENOS ANGELITOS233711 W 55TH STCHICAGO2.38
11MAYWOOD MARGERY DAW DAY CARE24PO BOX 758MAYWOOD2.4
12KINGDOM ACADEMY LEARNING CENTER232053 W HOWARD STCHICAGO2.41
13FUSION ACADEMY LAKE FOREST1217840 S WAUKEGANRD STE 224LAKE FOREST2.42
14CDW AT PLAY CHILD CARE CENTER23165 LAKEVIEW PKWYVERNON HILLS2.5
15BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER23340 GRAND BLVDELGIN3
16CHRISTIAN LIFE ACADEMY217133 S HIGHLAND STCREVE COEUR3
17HINES CHILD CARE CENTER235000 S 5TH AVEHINES3.15
18MONTICELLO CHRISTIAN ACADEMY27225 E LIVINGSTON STMONTICELLO3.22
19FARM AND NATURE DISCOVERY SCHOOL2612700 SW HWYPALOS PARK3.6
20ALTERNATIVE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT ACADEMY61313801 CHATHAM STBLUE ISLAND3.66
21YOUTHBUILD MCLEAN COUNTY ACADEMY1617360 WYLIE DR, STE 305NORMAL3.66
22ST MATTHEW LUTHERAN SCHOOL2324480 N OLD MCHENRY RDHAWTHORN WOODS4
23NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY6173510 W MALONE STPEORIA4.28
24MONTESSORI & MUSIC CENTER231200 S LAKE STMUNDELEIN4.5
25SAFE HARBOR SCHOOL1217101 N BRAMBLE STMANTENO4.88
26FOUNDATIONS 4 ADVANCEMENT2632 E 34TH STSTEGER5
27THE BARBEREUX SCHOOL243333 CULVER STEVANSTON6
28CHILDREN’S SCHOOL OF OAK PARK3131428 WESLEY AVEBERWYN6.31
29ICN FULL-TIME SCHOOL232844 W OGDEN AVENAPERVILLE6.66
30PIXIE & DIXIE DAY CARE CENTER INC23199 S ADDISON RD UNIT 100WOOD DALE7
31SANDBOX LEARNING CENTER2312832 S RIDGELAND AVEPALOS HEIGHTS7
32KINDERCARE LEARNING CENTER-LINDENHURST256480 GURNEE MILLS CIRGURNEE7.2
33ST JOSEPH ACADEMY217310 N OTTAWA STJOLIET7.35
34THE GODDARD SCHOOL IN ROUND LAKE231155 S AMARIAS DRROUND LAKE7.5
35PLATO ACADEMY213733 LEE ST STE 200DES PLAINES7.81
36CHICAGO FREE SCHOOL2131100 E HYDE PARK BLVDCHICAGO8
37BAKER DEMONSTRATION SCHOOL213201 SHERIDAN RDWILMETTE8.23
38THE GODDARD SCHOOL231928 SPRINGBROOK SQ DRNAPERVILLE8.75
39ATONEMENT CHRISTIAN DAY SCHOOL24909 E MAIN STBARRINGTON9
40BOBBIE NOONANS CHILD CARE CENTER23947 E DIVISION STLOCKPORT9
41KID’Z COLONY236287 S ARCHER AVECHICAGO9
42OPEN ARMS CHRISTIAN CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER351850 CHESTNUT AVEGLENVIEW10
43POKO LOKO EARLY LEARNING CENTER231601 NORTHWIND BLVDLIBERTYVILLE10
44ZION LUTHERAN EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER2317100 69TH AVETINLEY PARK10
45JOSEPH ACADEMY9179003 S KOSTNER AVEHOMETOWN11.33
46HOUSE OF CHILDREN232521 HARDING LNWOODSTOCK16.42
47PROVIDENCE CATHOLIC CHILDRENS ACADEMY231800 W LINCOLN HWYNEW LENOX25
48AUSTIN CAREER EDUCATION CENTER15175352 W CHICAGO AVECHICAGO29.79
49CHESTERBROOK ACADEMY242001 S OAK ST STE ACHAMPAIGN31
50BOBBIE NOONANS CHILD CARE2310155 S ROBERTS RDPALOS HILLS54
51HERITAGE PREPARATORY ACADEMY1017202 W GREEN BOX 96ROBERTS57.5
52KINDERCARE LEARNING CENTER232S726 IL ROUTE 53GLEN ELLYN63

 

For ranking the schools, I’ve relied upon the ‘Student Teacher Ratio’ factor. What is student teacher ratio, some of you may ask. It is the number used to indicate the number of students for every teacher in a school.

 

For example, a student teacher ratio of 16 indicates that a teacher is available for 16 students in that school. When it comes to quality of education, student teacher ratio plays an important role. If the student teacher ratio is 100, it means that few teachers are available to attend to the needs of students in a school. This may lead to inadequate attention, inadequate engagement, and may even have a negative impact on student success!

 

Student teacher ratio is like a two way street. Fewer students per teacher setup is an ideal classroom where students may enjoy adequate individual-attention from teachers. Under this setup, a teacher may take care of individuals’ needs and weaknesses. Similarly, under this setup, teachers may modify/adapt their teaching techniques according to learning styles/needs of the students.

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