Welcome to Admission at Parker!

We are excited to get to know you! Parker is a private independent coeducational day school located in the heart of Chicago. A Parker education is rooted in the progressive tradition of Colonel Francis W. Parker and John Dewey. Parker’s timeless and transformative approach to education teaches students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse democratic society and global community.
 
Located on our beautiful six-acre urban campus in Lincoln Park, Parker welcomes 936 students from 53 zip codes across the city to learn and grow together in Grades Junior Kindergarten (age four) through 12. We are a school deliberately composed of a diverse group of people, dedicated to opening our doors for broad access and aiming to overcome systemic obstacles to a Parker education. Forty percent of our student population identifies as students of color and more than 25% of our students receive some sort of financial assistance.
 
We are committed to equity and inclusion throughout the school community and curriculum. Small class sizes provide the opportunity for our inspiring faculty to nurture children’s innate curiosity, encourage persistence and foster a growth mindset. Students learn to work collaboratively with their peers and never lose sight of the joy of learning. Parker students go beyond basic coursework and excel in their exploration and mastery of learning. Equipped with a Parker education and the Parker spirit, how will your student be able to change the world?
 
Like all schools in the spring of 2020, Parker quickly adjusted to the restrictions imposed the COVID-19 pandemic. We have now begun a new school year with even greater resolve, knowledge, creativity and the guidance of science as we opened our doors to our students. For more about our 2020 Return to Campus Plan, click here. In keeping with the highest regard for health and safety standards, our admission process will be virtual for at least the remainder of the 2020 calendar year and likely into the spring of 2021.
 
To discover how your child will thrive at Parker, explore our website resources and attend our virtual events. Stay in touch with us for updates to our process and for further information by submitting your Inquiry at ravenna.com or your child’s Admission Application at fwparker.org/apply. Visit with us virtually and meet our Team for a warm welcome to Parker! Feel free to email or call us with any questions at admission@fwparker.org or 773.797.5107.

Enjoy the journey of your child’s school selection process. We stand ready to assist you as you discover how Parker can transform your child’s future!

Kindest regards,

Karen G. Fisher
Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid

Meet our Team

Karen G. Fisher
Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid
773.797.5111
kfisher@fwparker.org
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Julia Martinez
Assistant Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid
773.797.5112
jmartinez@fwparker.org
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Katy Buoscio 
Assistant Director of Admission: Grades JK–5
773.797.5184
kbuoscio@fwparker.org
Paige Walus 
Assistant Director of Admission: Grades 6-12
773.797.5110
pwalus@fwparker.org
Stacey Huynh
Admission Coordinator
773.797.5107
shuynh@fwparker.org
Francis W. Parker School educates students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse democratic society and global community.