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New Summer Issue of THE VOICE is Here!

Click here to read a new Summer 2017 issue of "The VOICE," a quarterly newsletter from The Children's School. Feel free to forward this link to friends, grandparents, other family members and neighbors who may be curious about TCS and progressive education.

If you would like a print copy, they are available in the school administrative office and will also be available at parent orientation. We'd love your feedback and any story suggestions you may have for future issues.

2017-18 School Supply Lists

Ah! What's better than the smell of fresh pencils and notebooks?  Check out this year's school supply lists here. 


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade - updated 8/3/17!

8th Grade - updated 8/3/17!


Summer Tours! Now Enrolling for 2017-2018!

The Children's School is now enrolling for the 2017-2018 school year! We invite you to schedule a personalized Summer Tour at a time that works for you. You can see our facilities, learn more about our innovative project-based curriculum, speak with administrators and see all the advantages of our progressive education approach. Please call 708-484-8033 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before stopping by so that we can welcome you, as our summer hours vary. 


2017-2018 Academic Calendar is Here!

The Children's School 2017-2018 academic calendar is here.

Please click here to view, download or print a pdf.  

Click the icon down below at the bottom of the page to view our online Google Calendar.


New Issue of "The VOICE" Newsletter is Here!

We are thrilled to reintroduce everyone to The Children's School's periodic publication featuring the work of TCS students and teachers. Following the progressive education model, each of the projects here emerged from our students' wonder and curiosity. We invite you to take a few minutes to see just how fun, rich and exciting learning at TCS can be.

We welcome your comments. If you like what you see, or have suggestions for future content, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Click here to read the full edition.


Thanks to Associated Bank!

The Children’s School has received a generous donation from Associated Bank to help fund student programs in hands-on project-based learning. Associated Bank has contributed in the past to TCS, and is one of several community businesses supporting the progressive elementary education we offer. “We are grateful that Associated Bank is investing in the future through its support of innovative educational programs like The Children’s School,” says Christina Martin, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at TCS.


TCS 3rd Graders Build 3-D Human Body Project

Third-graders at The Children's School gave presentations to the school community and family members, showing the amazing detail of their Human Body Project.  The students, under the guidance of their teacher Angela Whitacre, created each organ system, muscles, and bones, to fit inside a mannequin.  They scaled each piece to fit together in the life-size model, which provided integral learning in science, math, construction and crafting principles and more. Special thanks to Antoine Taylor, Jenn Richards and Papa George for all their help with the mannequin. 

Here are photos of this amazing project!



Hootenanny Raises $3000 for Westside Health Authority

Each year at The Children’s School of Oak Park, fourth and fifth-grade students plan and execute the “Hootenanny,” a large fundraiser featuring games, food, entertainment and more. This year’s 2017 Hootenanny drew more than 300 people and raised more than $3000 for the Westside Health Authority.

The students themselves plan, promote and manage every aspect of the Hootenanny fundraiser. They start by identifying a problem or need that they are concerned about. This year, the children were concerned about community healthcare, worried that kids in their community or in nearby neighborhoods might not have access to a doctor. They worked with Polly Smith, our school librarian, to identify local agencies that might offer doctor visits to kids in need.

Once the students agreed on the need, they learned in the classroom how to evaluate organizations and their websites to make sure a non-profit was legitimate and delivered the services it promised. The students considered several non-profits related to healthcare. They ultimately chose the Westside Health Authority as their beneficiary after a school field trip to the WHA where they saw first-hand the programs and facilities the WHA offers.

The students learned how to plan and execute a successful fundraising event from start to finish. For the 2017 Hootenanny, the students made promotional posters and buttons. They planned crafts, goods and food to sell, as well as which carnival games, entertainment and activities would round out the evening’s schedule of events. Students set up schedules to take turns working at each table and game throughout the evening. They practiced how to greet customers and cashier skills like making correct change when selling their items.

“I’m proud of our students and how much initiative and hard work they put into this project in taking it from idea, to plan, to execution,” says Cathy Schroeder, fourth-grade teacher at The Children’s School.

Westside Health Authority would like to thank The Children’s School’s fourth and fifth-grade class for their gift provided through the Hootenanny fundraiser. Their thoughtful gift will go towards helping children and teens on the west side of Chicago improve their health and wellness by providing clean clothing, undergarments, and toiletry items to those in need,” says Tina Cooper, director of youth programs at Westside Health Authority. 

“The Hootenanny is a great party for having fun and donating to organizations that help the world,” says Abby, a fourth-grader who worked on the Hootenanny project.


Diversity Guidelines, Toolkit and Non-Discrimination Policy

The Children's School recently moved forward in our discussion of diversity in our school community. Our JustDREAM committee compiled this terrific resource: The Diversity Toolkit.  The materials are designed to equip parents with vetted resources to talk with their children about issues of diversity and social justice.  Check out the toolkit and join the conversation.

In addition, TCS adopted revised our non-discrimination policy to broaden our commitment to inclusivity on gender identity and expression. The following is our updated statement to guide our work with students, families, and colleagues:  The Children’s School admits students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities accorded or made available to students at the school.  The Children’s School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, hiring policies, admissions policies, financial aid program, or any other school-administered programs.

TCS will continue to proactively create a school culture that respects and values all students and fosters understanding of gender identity and gender expression within the community.  These guidelines are to assist and provide direction for the TCS community to address issues that may arise concerning the needs of students who are transgender, transitioning, gender questioning or otherwise gender non-conforming.  To learn more, check in with the School Office.


2017-2018 Admissions & Financial Aid Applications Now Available

Applications for the 2017-2018 year are now available. The Children's School offers both online applications for admission and applications for financial aid. We are using the TADS system to make online admissions and financial aid applications convenient for families of both current and prospective students. Click here to apply for 2017-2018.  If you have admissions or financial aid questions or need help completing the online TADS forms, please contact the school office at 708.484.8033.  Thanks!


Now Accepting Applications for 2017-2018!

We have grown into a full Kindergarten through 8th grade program!  Our graduates attend a variety of excellent high school programs, including St. Igancious, Nazareth, Oak Park-River Forest High School, and Trinity.


"It takes a village to raise a child."
African Proverb

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