We are now conduting open enrollment for the following 2020-2021 classes:

JK (4 years old by Sep 1st) This class meets 4 afternoons a week

3PM (3 years old by Nov 1st) This class meets 3 afternoons a week

Spots are limited and will be available on a first come first serve basis. You may apply for waitlists to additional classes that do not have current availability. If you have any questions and would like to learn more, email Park West also offers a robust Tuition Assistance program. Please apply along with your class application. Visit our Admissions page for more information and to apply ASAP.

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RESPONSE TO COVID-19: School closed March 16th-March 29th. Staff will be checking voicemail and email


The health and well-being of our students, staff, and families is of the utmost importance to us here at Park West. As of today, we have no reported cases of COVID-19 in our Park West Community. We have been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago as we strive to make decisions in the best interest of our community. 

While working with "abundance of caution," we have decided to close school, beginning March 16th, and plan on re-opening Monday, March 30th. We understand, though, that our current situation is fluid.  We will keep you updated as to the re-opening of school, and any possible delay in that action due to continued spread of the virus. Enrichment classes will also be cancelled until we return to school.

The closure was not a decision that was made lightly - we understand the importance that school plays in the lives of our little ones, as they learn to negotiate friendships and develop confidence away from home. That said, it is also imperative that we keep our community - our kids, parents, grandparents, caregivers, and staff - safe and healthy. It is also imperative as a community that we help to mitigate the spread of the virus.





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.


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.


Quotes from Our Park West Family

"Their activities promote language, social, and math skills, but are truly play-based, so the kids love it."

—Audi M., former parent