Francis W. Parker School (Chicago)

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Francis W. Parker School
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Everything to help and nothing to hinder [1]
330 W. Webster Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60614
United States
Coordinates 41°55′22″N 87°38′16″W / 41.9227°N 87.6379°W / 41.9227; -87.6379Coordinates: 41°55′22″N 87°38′16″W / 41.9227°N 87.6379°W / 41.9227; -87.6379
School type Independent Private school
Opened 1901[1]
Founder Col. Francis W. Parker[1]
CEEB code 140830[2]
Principal Dan Frank[3]
Grades Junior Kindergarten12
Gender coeducational
Campus type urban
Color(s)      blue
Slogan Every Thing to help nothing to hinder
Athletics conference ISL
Mascot Colonels
Team name Colonels[4]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[5]
Newspaper The Parker Weekly
School fees $310–$2,480[6]
Tuition $27,090–$34,730 (does not include charitable donation)[6]

Francis W. Parker School is an independent school serving students who live in the Chicago area from junior kindergarten through twelve grade. Located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, the school is based on the progressive education all philosophies of John Dewey and Colonel Francis Wayland Parker, emphasizing community and citizenship.[7]


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.[8]

Parker has 938 students, and has undergone considerable physical renovation between 2000 and 2009. Parker added an AstroTurf field which started being constructed 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.[9]

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.[10] The school is a member of the Chicago Independent School League (ISL).[11]


Francis W. Parker[12] is part of the Independent School League (ISL) athletic conference and its mascot is the Colonel, 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, track and field, and field hockey. Parker has a no-cut policy regarding its athletic department, 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.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c A Brief History of Francis W. Parker School, Francis W. Parker School, 2010, retrieved April 4, 2010 
  2. ^ High School Code Search, College Board, retrieved April 4, 2010 
  3. ^ From Our Principal, Francis W. Parker School, 2010, retrieved April 4, 2010 
  4. ^ a b Chicago (F.W. Parker), Illinois High School Association (IHSA), April 1, 2010, retrieved April 4, 2010 
  5. ^ "Institution Summary for Francis W. Parker School", AdvancED profile, North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, retrieved April 4, 2010 
  6. ^ a b Tuition and Fees, Francis W. Parker School, 2015, retrieved April 2, 2015 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ The Francis W. Parker School year book, Volume 1
  9. ^ Construction Complete: North Wing Renovation, Auditorium Renovation and Fourth Floor Addition, Francis W Parker School
  10. ^ Francis W. Parker School Studies in Education, "The Individual and the Curriculum", The Elementary School Journal, September 1920
  11. ^ [2]
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  13. ^ a b c d e f g h Akouris, Tina (February 10, 2009), "Francis W. Parker: A legacy of individual, team titles", Chicago Sun Times, retrieved April 4, 2010 
  14. ^ Carreno, Richard (2011). Lord of Hosts: The Life of Sir Henry 'Chips' Channon. Philadelphia, PA: WritersClearinghousePress. pp. 43–46. ISBN 978-1-257-02549-7. 
  15. ^ Felsenthal, Carol (July 11, 2007). "The Lost World of Kup". p. 6. 
  16. ^ March 2008 Alumni e-Newsletter, Parker Alumni Community

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