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AFTERNOON CLASSES AVAILABLE FOR 2019-2020 CLASSES

We have a handful of openings in the JK class (4 y.o. by September 1) & 3PM classes (3 y.o. by November 1)! These are available first come, first serve. FINANCIAL AID IS ALSO AVAILABLE. Visit our Admissions page for more information and to apply ASAP.

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OUR AWARD WINNING NEW HOME

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After almost 50 years,Park West Co-Op moved to our brand new, award winning home for the 2018-19 school year! Our community committed to renovating a space that respected the history of the building and our neighbors while offering children and teachers a truly one of a kind learning enviornment. This Spring, we were awarded the 2019 Vision Award for Historic Adaptive Reuse by the Urban Land Institute of Chicago. Read more about it here.
 


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Our Co-Op

Park West has been a parent cooperative since our inception in 1971. This means that parents contribute to the overall management of school, by serving either on a committee or on the Board of Directors. Parents also have the unique opportunity to assist regularly in their child’s classroom, where they come to know the rhythms of group life, along with their child’s peers and teachers. Learn more about the Co-Op in What is a Cooperative? Find out more abut the roles parents can take in Parents and Committees.

WHY IS PLAY IMPORTANT?

In our school literature, Park West depicts its curriculum as play based. But what does that mean, and do children really learn when they play? We know that play benefits every facet of young children's development. It is through play that children show initiative, create plans, take risks, gain confidence, negotiate to reach a consensus and try out something that may be just a glimmer of an idea. Play is how children explore the world. Literacy and numeracy, along with the arts, science and social sciences, are integrated into the classroom in meaningful ways. Under teachers’ guidance, children construct knowledge and acquire skills while engaged in play. What children get from play is so complex, so rich, so personal, so inspiring. Lucky us, here at school, we get to witness it every day.

Read more from our Director Jane Nolan on the Importance of Play.

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Quotes from Our Park West Family

"They say 'we take children and their ideas seriously,' and they really do."

—Aileen S., former parent