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Kindling the minds of advanced and gifted learners since 1906.

Gifted kids learn faster, think bigger, and delve deeper. They hear, see, and feel more. They need an environment where they can collaborate with peers who are equally curious, energized by each other’s creativity, and enjoy academic challenge all day. A place where it is safe — and fun— to be smart.

The Avery Coonley School was designed to meet the needs of these advanced learners and provide them with the environment where they can thrive. We meet them where they are academically, then challenge them to think differently and even deeper. We encouraged them to take risks as they learn about the world, organize information, and learn to solve problems through hands-on experiences. At Avery Coonley, their minds soar and their bright ignites!

Preschool students


Bright children gain a foundation for eager learning.


Kindergarten Student


Gifted education at Avery Coonley begins in Kindergarten.



Lower and Middle School

Gifted education for all students, all day.



Contact our admission team at or 630-353-7213. To help you make the best educational choice for your child, we’ll talk with you about giftedness, independent schools, financial aid, the curriculum, the admission process, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

*The Avery Coonley School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual identity, gender, or religion, in the administration of its hiring policies, educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

What is Gifted?

Students working together - Robotics

Certain shared characteristics are often helpful in identifying gifted learners.

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Financial Assistance

A financial aid award can be up to 90% of tuition costs.

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