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Embers Academy is a private, independent school, rooted in the Catholic faith, serving grades pre-kindergarten through fifth. Embers is committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and character formation and works in partnership with parents, who are the primary educators of their children. Embers sees each student as a child of God — a gift from God — and helps them to acquire knowledge, develop skills, and practice moral behavior.

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Home of the ‘Sparks’!

Embers Academy offers a program of foundational academics and early character formation. At Embers, our mission is to partner with you to nurture your child to be a competent and responsible young person who lives by Christian moral principles.

Embers parents share a common vision of who they would like their child to be as a young adult and beyond. Our parents come from Chicago and 23 northern, western, and northwestern suburbs, including Park Ridge, Mt. Prospect, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Roselle, and Glenview, and more. In our student population, you will find a healthy racial and socio-economic mix. You will feel very supported in your parenting by both the school and your new friends at Embers.

Embers is an engaging environment where it is easy to make friends and “Spark Joy”! Our Sparks look forward to welcoming you and your family.

Cheerful Learning Environment

Your child will experience a bright and cheerful learning environment at Embers. Class sizes are small to ensure that your child receives personal attention. The faculty and staff, motivated by the passion they have for the school’s mission, imbue the school days with a positive spirit of optimism and joy which are essential components of a happy childhood.

Preserving your Child’s Innocence

We support you in preserving your child’s innocence, being very careful in our selection of content that is taught. The textbooks, novels, and occasional films all feature the type of role models, tones of voice, and wholesome behavior that you would want to see in your child. We defer to you, the parents, to be the ones to first answer your child’s big questions. Embers is a safe and nurturing place in which to learn and grow.

Foundational Academic Skills

The foundational academic skills that your child will acquire at Embers will be the basis of future academic success. The reading, writing and math programs are effective and time-tested. Embers enjoys consistent high scores in annual standardized testing.

The Catholic Faith

The Catholic faith is shared by the witness of the teachers and staff, as well as taught by the use of a premier catechetical program. This faith formation fosters the growth of your child’s natural piety and a relationship with Christ.

Rich Virtues Program

The elementary years are when your child is most receptive to acquiring good habits and modeling good behavior. At Embers, the Virtues Program captures the imagination and provides good role models while students are on the path to becoming the young men and women whom God intends for them to become. Our teachers use every opportunity to weave virtue into the school day, and our home communication unites parents with this key aspect of your child’s character development.

The Pillars of Our School

As the school crest depicts, our curriculum delivers a complete foundation in:

  • Faith
  • Knowledge
  • Virtue

Formation in the Catholic faith is the foundation of an Embers education. Children experience the beauty of virtues through literature, art and music, and by guided practice throughout the school day. Our strong academic curriculum and wholesome learning environment prepare students to become confident and capable learners.

For details on the curriculum of a specific pillar, please review the page provided on each pillar’s academics


The goal of parents and teachers is to raise every student to be a strong witness of the Catholic faith and ensure that they view themselves as beloved children of God. Our Sparks learn the faith by truth, piety, and experience. Embers is imbued with the spirit of Opus Dei

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Our strong academic curriculum and wholesome learning environment prepare students to become confident and capable learners. Students develop their understanding of fundamental core concepts in Math, Reading, Writing & Language Arts, History & Geography, and Science.

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The development of character in children requires the presence of adults who themselves have a strong personal character. For this reason, Embers Academy is a place where teachers and staff make a serious personal commitment to model and grow in human virtues.

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