Francis W. Parker School

330 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Flora J. Cooke founded this school to carry out the progressive educational concepts envisioned by John Dewey and Col. Francis Wayland Parker. She served as principal for 33 years. The interdisciplinary approach to curriculum fosters a broad academic and social understanding of the world. Although the curriculum is a rigorous one, every effort is made to adapt academics to each child's needs. A wide range of work is provided in music, art, dramatics and shop. Emphasis is placed on the development of student responsibility and its attendant activities. In junior kindergarten through grade 5, a central topic provides an organized, yearlong approach to the curriculum. In the upper school (grades 9-12), Dewey Seminars offer semester-long explorations of various elective topics. A formal community service program begins in the middle school, as small groups of mixed-grade students spend eight mornings each year working with different agencies throughout the Chicago community.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 4)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address330 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Year Established1901
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorDaniel B. Frank
Applications DueDecember
Total Enrollment923
Day Students923
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