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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    C
  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.
Address
330 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
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Telephone
(773) 797-5501
Organization Memberships
NAIS

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

Francis W. Parker School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1360
9 responses
Average ACT
31
90 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 31 responses
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  • Cookies
    19%
  • Morning Ex
    19%
  • Graduation
    16%
  • Mike and Duane Show
    13%
  • 12 Days Morning Ex
    10%
  • Bagpipes
    6%
  • Homecoming
    6%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
935
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
9:1
National
17:1
Poll
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
Poll
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
80%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.5 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.5 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.5 responses
Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    C+
  4. Good for Families
    B+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$50,434
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$987
National
$949
Median Home Value
$225,200
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'm a 14 year alumnus of Parker with a child in school today. Parker has lost much of the magic from prior generations. Today, it is little more than a rich-kid school, with huge administrative staff and no economic diversity. No longer a "complete" community, it is merely an "elite" community.

In addition to having no economic diversity, Park has little political diversity, and administration is unresponsive to the progressive indoctrination that occurs in some classrooms. Perhaps some of the teachers confuse the "progressive educational movement" with the "progressive political movement."

Parker still offers opportunities for a great education, but overall Parker is no longer the magical place it once was - just an expensive private school.
I have been attending Francis W. Parker School since I was in Junior Kindergarten; I will be entering my senior year this Fall. This school offers a rich and relevant curriculum to its students with classes taught by some of the best teachers in the country. Francis Parker offers countless opportunities for students to learn in not only different parts of the country, but different parts of the world. In the past 4 years, I have been to Puerto Rico, Belize, New Orleans, Washington D.C., and other locations in and around Chicago and the state of Illinois. This upcoming school year I am looking forward to visiting Iceland with the science department and Mexico with Pride Committee. Parker is a school that encourages students to find their passion(s), embrace it, and share it with the community.