Francis W. Parker School (Chicago)
Francis W. Parker School is an independent school serving students who live in the Chicago area from junior kindergarten through twelfth (senior year in high school) grade. Located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, the school is based on the progressive education philosophies of John Dewey and Colonel Francis Wayland Parker, emphasizing community and citizenship. Tuition and fees range from $29,710 for kindergarten to $37,240 for grade 12.
|Francis W. Parker School|
330 W. Webster Ave.
|School type||Independent Private school|
|Motto||Everything to help and nothing to hinder |
|Founder||Col. Francis W. Parker|
|Average class size||67|
|Slogan||Everything to help, nothing to hinder|
|Song||"We Thy Children"|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Tuition||$29,300–$37,240 (does not include charitable donation)|
Founded in 1901, Parker boasts the first official parents' association as well as one of the first school newspapers to be written, typeset, and printed by students: The Parker Weekly, which began publishing in 1911.
Parker has 944 students, and has undergone considerable physical renovation between 2000 and 2009. Parker added an AstroTurf field which started construction in June 2012, and it was finished in September 2012. During the 2008–09 school year, the Auditorium was completely renovated, with new classrooms, more seating, office space and a balcony. In the 2016-17 school year, renovation began for the new Kovler family library. The new library will include a balcony, reading nooks, a Lego table, and movable bookshelves.  
Parker announced that the University of Chicago will take over publishing responsibilities for the school's publication of Schools: Studies in Education, a national education journal featuring the narrative and analytic reflections of educators and students nationwide. The school is a member of the Chicago Independent School League (ISL).
Many notable figures have spoken at Parker during the school's tri-weekly assemblies known as "Morning Exercise", including Barack Obama, Albert Einstein, Jane Addams, and John Lewis. In addition, the Chicago Humanities Festival frequently utilizes Parker's auditorium for guest speakers. Doris Kearns Goodwin, Camille Paglia, and Ta-Nehisi Coates have all spoken at Parker's Heller Auditorium for the festival.
Parker is part of the Independent School League (ISL) athletic conference, and its mascot is the Colonel named after the school's founder, Colonel Francis Wayland Parker. The school has six sports during the fall season with eighteen interscholastic teams, three sports in the winter with fourteen teams, and five sports in the spring season with nineteen teams throughout the middle and high school. Sports at Parker range from boys and girls soccer, to tennis, basketball, baseball, cross country, track and field, and field hockey. Parker has a no-cut policy regarding its athletic department in the middle school, meaning any student who tries out for a team will make it, and over 65 percent of the students play on at least one team throughout the academic year. However, the high school hosts both varsity and junior varsity teams.
- Paul Adelstein, actor
- Jonathan Alter, liberal journalist, critic, author, and editor for Newsweek.
- Jennifer Beals, actress (Flashdance, Devil in a Blue Dress, The L Word).
- Alexandra Bruce, filmmaker and writer
- Sir Henry Channon, Member of Parliament (U.K.), diarist.
- Bobby Florsheim, screenwriter
- Eric Forsberg, filmmaker
- Chuck Gelatka, football player
- Edward Gorey, writer and illustrator
- Justin Hall, pioneer blogger
- Daryl Hannah, actress (Blade Runner, Splash, Kill Bill).
- Sarah Haskins, comedian
- Anne Heche, actress (Donnie Brasco, Psycho, Six Days Seven Nights).
- Katharine Holabird, author
- Celeste Holm, Oscar-winning actress
- Arnold Horween, Harvard Crimson and NFL football player
- Ralph Horween, Harvard Crimson and NFL football player
- Peter Jacobson, actor
- Karyn Kupcinet, actress
- Amy Landecker, actress
- Kate Levant, artist
- Kevin A. Lynch, urban planner
- David Mamet, playwright (Glengarry Glen Ross), author, and screenwriter (The Verdict, Wag the Dog).
- Joan Mitchell, artist best known for her painting in the abstract expressionism movement.
- Alicia Patterson, editor and publisher
- Elise Paschen, poet
- Edith Pattou, author
- Alan Pierson, conductor, co-founder of the Alarm Will Sound ensemble, Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic
- Mark Pincus, founder of social game company Zynga
- Ayanna Pressley, Democratic US congresswoman
- Jay Pritzker, entrepreneur
- Jonny Radtke, guitarist (Kill Hannah, Filter (band))
- Barney Rosset, entrepreneur, publisher
- Jeremy Sisto, actor
- Brad Thor, author
- Ping Tom, civic leader
- Carleton Washburne, educator and author
- Jacob Weisberg, journalist and editor of Slate.
- Jordan Weisman, founder of FASA Corporation & WizKids
- Haskell Wexler, cinematographer (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, for).
- Hillary Wolf, actress & two-time U.S Olympian in judo
- Billy Zane, actor
- Lisa Zane, actress, vocalist
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