APPLY NOW FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR!

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APPLICATIONS ARE DUE FEBRUARY 7, 2020

Applications for our Co-Op and Parent Tot classes are due February 7th. Park West also offers a robust Tuition Assistance program with applications also due February 7th. Visit our Admissions page for more information and to apply ASAP.

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ATTEND AN OPEN HOUSE:

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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. Please RSVP for one of our 3 Open Houses to experience our exceptional school first hand. Hear directly from Director, Jane Nolan and our long standing staff. 

OPEN HOUSE DATES (RSVP HERE)

Friday, November 22, 2019 at 2:30pm

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 6:30pm

Friday, January 24, 2020 at 2:30pm

 

 


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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

"When I meet prospective parents, I always say how life changing the school is."

—Susan K., former parent