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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a other on 02/03/15
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a other on 01/31/15
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a student on 12/29/14
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a other on 08/24/14
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a other on 03/27/14
An amazing school. I was initially a bit suspicious about the concept of progressive education -- having enrolled and excelled at a highly competitive "academic pressure-cooker" of a high school myself (and enjoying that experience) -- and found the Parker community a bit too warm-and-fuzzy for my taste.
... Read more But I can see how it has transformed my child from a shy and reserved person to a vibrant, animated, creative thinker. She loves school and her friends, and she has made very deep connections with her teachers. College placement appears to be excellent (and, trust me, I'm picky about this). The students themselves are very polite, respectful, confident and seem to possess an unusually high emotional intelligence which carries through into their learning. All in all, a great school -- and I'm not easily impressed. Pros: Strong emphasis on writing and public speaking (most schools wrongly assume public speaking should be "extra curricular" -- Parker is the only school in the city to get this right) Cons: pressure to donate, the occasional trust fund parent trying to the soften the curriculum (attempts are unsuccessful, thanks to the rise in # of "tiger parents" in lower school) Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/16/11
It's interesting reading the past two reviews. I graduated from Parker several years back. I was an ok student -- mostly Bs in a mixture of regular and advanced classes. I did not get into any IVY's, but I did get waitlisted at Northwestern. Hope that helps. And, yes, those boarding schools that were
... Read more mentioned are more selective, but that may be because they attract a national/international audience. Read less
Posted by a other on 09/16/10
To the reviewer below me: any relatively capable kid at Parker who is even remotely focused on their academics *IS* heading to an Ivy League level college *IF* that is the path they want to take. I personally- did want to go Ivy League. Despite the fact that I was focused on sports more than academics
... Read more (I had only a 3.3 GPA), I got into an Ivy (my SAT's were only 1440). Anyone who at least does their HW and can get B's in advanced classes (which is easy), will get into Ivy League if they want. If the student in question is not smart enough to get a decent score on their SATs then they SHOULD NOT go Ivy League because they will not enjoy themselves. Parker affords ambitious students to maintain a balance in their lives and STILL get into top Universities. Read less
Posted by a other on 04/13/10
Our daughter is enrolled in the Lower School. Unlike most kids who got in based on alumni and sibling connections, she got in based on merit. The school grounds are nice and the teaching quality is very good. However, there ought to be more diversity. And, the quality of the students, while strong, could
... Read more reach the exceptional level of Exeter/Andover/Groton-types if FWP could make more room for merit-based enrollment. The vast majority of these kids (unlike the student body of those East Coast private schools) are not heading to Ivy League-calliber colleges. Read less
Posted by a parent on 01/11/10
a great k-12 school. although it lacks diversity, it has a very progressive atmosphere. Teachers and students have great relationships throughout your Francis Parker experience. I have teachers I remember from lower school that I still know and say hi to. Parker also does a great job with combining the
... Read more high school, middle school, and lower school. Parker also has a lovely assembly every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday where all students are brought together to see a speaker or student put on what we call a Morning Ex. Overall Parker has a very unique teaching style that can create, not only intelligent students, but great people. Read less
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Chicago schools — Francis W Parker School is located at 330 W Webster Ave, Chicago IL 60614. 330 W Webster Ave is in the 60614 ZIP code in Chicago, IL Francis W Parker School is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 12.
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