Chicago Schools Getting Bigger, Growing Quickly

Wendy Donahue, Chicago Tribune
12:03 pm, September 9, 2015NPN Preps Anxious Parents for Chicago School ApplicationsEvery fall, staff at Chicago’s Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) watch the clouds of anxiety roll in as its members apply for coveted spots at selective enrollment public and private schools for the next school year…”Some of the elite schools are getting bigger…Bennett Day School is growing very quickly, adding a grade a year through eighth grade. They’re currently in Fulton Market, but they’re converting a giant, beautiful old building on Grand Avenue into an awesome high-tech school. The philosophy is based on Reggio-Emilia, which emphasizes social awareness and learning through play…” – Christa Reed, Associate Executive Director at NPN.

“There are more choices. Where you used to have a heavy European curriculum — very strict — or Montessori, and there wasn’t anything in between, now there are more curated curricula. It’s a great time to be a parent in Chicago…”