2019-2020 application online

The deadline for submitting applications to the lottery for the 2019-2020 school year has passed. Families are encouraged to still apply, but all late applications will be added to the waitlist. Visit our Admissions page for more information and to apply.

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Park West Co-Op will have a new home for the 2018-19 school year! “Play it Forward,” our Capital Campaign to fund the renovations at 2214 N. Bissell St., officially launches this fall. Get a sneak peek by visiting our Capital Campaign page


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.


helloIn 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

"I knew I would see my children make friends, but I had no idea how close and long-lasting the friendships would be."

—Audrey W., former parent