APPLY NOW FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR!
APPLY NOW FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
After almost 50 years, Park West Co-Op moved to a newly renovated, award winning home in 2019! In the heart of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Park West Co-Op is the ultimate community preschool. Join our community today!
Applications for the 2020-21 lottery were due February 7th, however, you may continue to apply to our Co-Op and Parent Tot classes and be added to the waitlist. The lottery will be conducted Early March with all applicants notified at this time. 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.
TUITION UPDATE FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
Tuition for the 2020-2021 school year has been posted. Tuition is remaining the same for the coming school year. Please visit our tuition page for class costs as well as a new, lower cost, for our 3PM (3 day afternoon) class. Apply Now to join us in 2020-2021.
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.