About Us

Northside Catholic Academy (NCA) is the Archdiocese of Chicago’s premier regional Catholic school on Chicago’s Northside. A 2013 National Blue Ribbon School, NCA serves the parishes and communities of Andersonville, Edgewater, Rogers Park and West Ridge. We offer a challenging and diversified curriculum for students age three through eighth grade. Our program grows out of our Catholic traditions and beliefs, which is at the heart of everything we do at NCA.

NCA’s tradition of providing a quality Catholic education to neighborhood children began over 100 years ago with the original six individual parish schools: St. Gertrude, St. Gregory the Great, St. Henry, St. Ignatius, St. Ita, and St. Jerome. In 1994, those six schools consolidated into what is known today as Northside Catholic Academy. Today, our regional school serves the parishes of St. Gertrude, St. Gregory the Great, St. Jerome, and Holy Child Jesus, formerly known as St. Margaret Mary, which joined NCA in 2016.


Our two campuses are located two miles apart on Chicago’s Northside. The Primary School Campus in Edgewater serves students in our Early Learning Center and grades K-4. The Middle School Campus in Rogers Park serves students in grades 5-8, and is one of the city’s few independently housed middle schools. It is departmentalized, meaning that students change classrooms for subjects.

Both campuses have monitored security systems and cameras, outdoor play space, gymnasiums, libraries and computer labs. All classrooms are equipped with interactive projectors and whiteboards. Technology is integrated across curriculum with iPads at the Primary School and Lenovo Yoga Tablets at the Middle School.  

We own and operate our own school bus. Both campuses celebrate schoolwide events, assemblies and masses together.