FRANCIS W PARKER SCHOOL

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330 W WEBSTER AVE
CHICAGO, IL 60614
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Phone: 773-353-3000
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Preschool - 12th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 9:1
  • Students/Grade: 66.8
  • Number Students: 935
  • Number Teachers: 94
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 60
  • Principal: Mr Daniel Frank
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (17 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (15 Reviews)
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    Posted 2015-02-03
    "I'm an alumnus. Francis Parker is the school for legends in their own mind. Parker had one National Merit scholar in each of the past two years. A selective enrollment Chicago Public School has about a dozen. At Parker, everybody thinks they're great, but standards are not particularly high. You can pay $40,000 a year for this, or you can get it for free at Chicago Public Schools. A bonus of the free version is diversity."
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    Posted 2015-01-31
    "I am a former student of Parker that was only there for a few years, but it did leave a lasting impression on me. If you are looking to go to a school with diverse people and an atmosphere in which you feel that you will be accepted no matter who you are, then Parker is not for you. If you are one of the elite in the world (white and rich) then by all means go to Parker. The tuition fee rivals that of some colleges. They pass it off as about 32,000 but in reality it is about 42,000. They make you give a mandatory donation, which, by the way, is the exact opposite of the meaning of donation. For the time I was there, there were about 7 kids in a grade of 72 that were not white, including me. And actually, that was a high demographic for the rest of the school which was about 99% white and rich. The kids there are very sheltered and have very limited knowledge of actual hardship and is very hard for them to accept anyone who is different from them. The curriculum is fairly decent but everyone there has a massive ego and acts with absolute superiority. Overall, this school is not that great. There is no diversity and shelters kids so they have no idea what the real world is like."
    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-12-29
    "As a 7th Grade student at Francis W. Parker, I am here to agree with every superlative that you have heard about Parker's educational experience. I commenced attending Parker fairly recently and the insults about it "not being academically satisfying" or "too cosy" are false. The alumni have attended prestigious universities like Harvard University, Yale University, Stanford University along with smaller liberal arts colleges like Haverford, Amherst, Wesleyan, etc. Parker also offers clubs that other school do not have like Model UN, Astrophysics, Musicals, Wind Ensemble, Pop Vocal Ensemble, Private Instrument Classes, Jazz Band, Orchestra and Coding. From Middle School to Upper School, students are required to take either "Band" or "Choir". In band, you initially select an instrument of your choice after testing all of them and learn that instrument for the rest of the time, unless you decide later on to switch to "Choir" or switch instruments. The instruments include: flute, trombone, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, tuba, baritone and percussion. Parker is known for giving both an academic and an arts oriented education."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-24
    "I commenced my Parker experience in 6th Grade and I was fortunate to be part of a diverse and connective community. The school offers a variety of clubs and electives and provides state of the art facilities. I am just about to commence my 7th grade year and can't explain the bond I developed with the Parker community in a year. The abstract learning that is taught at school takes the students into different approaches. I love to support Parker by doing athletics. I loved to play soccer and basketball, athletics was a great way to simultaneously bond with your classmates and support your school. The school offers theater and other essential arts. There are many school plays that are performed throughout the year. Parker teaches many music classes. You are primarily given a choice of band or choir. In band, you rent an instrument and primarily perform twice throughout the year. I have family legacy at Parker (3rd generation) and the contagious passion that has ran through the school since my first relative commences his Parker experience is nothing short of remarkable. The energy and enthusiasm displayed every day is great. Parker is a second home, even for the alumni."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-27
    "I love my school. I came to Parker a couple years ago and love the school. I think that the teachers are super kind but also really good at their job. I like how relaxed everything while also making you want to learn. I think that there should be more diversity because there are really only two classes of wealthy: the super rich and the kids with scholerships. There would be more middle class if the tuition is lower. Aside from that it is a great learning environment with great people. Everyone thinks that at Parker everyone is friends, but there are actually the popular kids and things like that. It is definitely not as bad at Parker because everyone is still really nice to each other for the most part. I think that there are these cliques because the more popular people tend to be filthy rich and can just do whatever they want."
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