Parker’s athletics program is designed to provide all students with the opportunity to participate on an interscholastic team. The program emphasizes the positive development of student athletes and aims to help them maximize their athletic potential while establishing lifelong habits of fitness.

The school is committed to a no-cut policy with respect to its athletic teams. This philosophical approach provides all student-athletes an opportunity to participate in interscholastic sports regardless of their skill or experience. The program is based on a sports curriculum that becomes progressively more challenging as student-athletes move through each grade.

Parker fields 18 interscholastic teams in six sports during the fall season, 12 teams in three sports during the winter season and 19 teams in five sports during the spring season. More than 65 percent of our students participate in team sports and our campus features three gymnasiums, a fitness center and a soccer/field hockey field to support the program.

Francis W. Parker School athletes learn self-confidence, discipline, teamwork and sportsmanship, while demonstrating empathy and support for their teammates as they give their all in every practice and competition.

Our athletic teams compete with other member schools within the Independent School League (ISL) and a wide variety of other Chicago-area schools.

Parent members of Parker’s Athletics Council are instrumental in enhancing and supporting the school’s athletic programs by furthering sportsmanship, athletic excellence and school spirit.

The ISL is a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to further cultivate a positive atmosphere at all athletics events. As a nationwide, non-profit based at Stanford University, the PCA has been instrumental in transforming the culture of youth sports so that every athlete can have a positive, character-building experience.


Bobby Starks
Athletic Director

Laura Gill
Assistant Athletic Director

Athletic Department Fax: 773.797.5597
Sports Game Line: 773.797.5557

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