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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    B-
Francis W. Parker School is a top rated, private school located in Chicago, IL. It has 935 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 9 to 1. Tuition is $34,230 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 99% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$34,230
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1400
10 responses
Average ACT
31
116 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 40 responses
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  • Morning Ex
    23%
  • Cookies
    18%
  • Graduation
    15%
  • 12 Days Morning Ex
    10%
  • Mike and Duane Show
    10%
  • Bagpipes
    8%
  • Spirit Week
    5%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
935
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.14 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.14 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.14 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
9:1
National
17:1
Poll
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
Poll
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.8 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.8 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.8 responses
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$115,499
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,733
National
$949
Median Home Value
$594,645
National
$184,700
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I have had an awesome experience at Francis W Parker. Teachers at Parker are creative (and free to make their own curricula because of Parker's progressive philosophy) and teach students mind-blowing ideas, along with critical thinking skills.
However, the unavoidable smallness of each class makes some students too comfortable with one another - everyone knows everything about everyone. Additionally, many reputations stick from middle school.
Yet the education, especially in history and English classes, is great. Parker has, however, been trying to improve their STEM classes - they finally introduced higher-level math courses into middle school curricula, and now high schoolers must take computer programming/coding for at least one year.
Recently, because the administration in the high school has been changing for around 5 years now, some students feel that they have less influence in school processes than they used to.
Overall, though, definitely come to Parker!
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I can feel that the faculty and administrators at Parker try very hard to make the quality of education and student life the best it can be. Everyone at Parker, including the janitorial staff and security guards are so nice and I enjoy talking to them and saying hello to them every morning and afternoon. There’s a big push to be politically correct and involved and to make sure that everyone feels welcome. The diversity is good, the school could be more diverse but as a student of color, I rarely run into issues. Sports could be better, but they’re generally fun and the PE program is fun and flexible. I do a lot of clubs (Weekly, MUN, etc) and all of them are super fun and interesting. The food is great. Facilities and resources in the school are amazing. There’s three gyms and the library has an impressive maker space. The teachers are really nice and funny and helpful.
Parker is a very good school that I have been attending to my whole life. The lower school has it much easier then middle and high school. . Third-fifth grade is supposed to start getting the kids on track for middle school and it really isn't working. In 5th grade we had around 5-15 minutes of homework each night, with the teachers saying that we would have 15-30 minutes of homework each night in 6th grade. In 6th grade we had roughly 30-45 minutes of homework each night and then in 7th grade, around 1-2 hours. In 8th grade, it really starts to try to get you ready for high school. They give us very needed shadow days for the upper school and then more homework. Parker has a great middle and upper school in my opinion. The food on the other hand is not the best. They have similar food everyday consisting of the left over sides from the past lunch. In high school, you are allowed to leave and get food which I would recommend. Overall I think the food has a lot to be improved on.