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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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.
Address
330 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
Telephone
(773) 797-5501

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
1380
9 responses
Average ACT
31
104 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 37 responses
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  • Morning Ex
    22%
  • Cookies
    16%
  • Graduation
    16%
  • 12 Days Morning Ex
    11%
  • Mike and Duane Show
    11%
  • Bagpipes
    5%
  • Homecoming
    5%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
935
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
9:1
National
17:1
Poll
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.14 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.14 responses
Poll
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.14 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Median Household Income
$105,544
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,553
National
$949
Median Home Value
$540,488
National
$184,700
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Francis W. Parker School Reviews

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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.
Small class sizes, teachers are very open and understanding, and the school as a whole tries to progressive. Parker has many traditions and customs, making the community as a whole very close and involved. When it comes to preparing students for college and the college process, the small student body makes it possible for counselors to work one-on-one with families and students. Parker students are definitely fortunate to have the people and resources to assist in every step of the way.

That being said though, the school, despite talks of wanting to improve in terms of inclusion and diversity, is not great about including all voices, opinions, and prespectives in the student body.