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Welcome to Enthusiasm for Learning...

We are tremendously proud of our wonderful community. Children routinely skip into school in the morning, excited to begin the day. Parents lend their time and expertise to countless school endeavors. Our talented, dedicated faculty is adept at guiding our children to think critically, to ask questions, and to take responsibility for their own learning. Our project-based environment allows children to learn in a way that honors their voices and helps them make sense of the world around them.

Take a look through our website and visit our campus. Learn more about the philosophy of progressive education, about the projects in our classrooms, and about who we are as a community of learners. Be sure to visit our Virtual Tour page for a peek at our facility in action, and for info on scheduling a private tour. 

Please contact us if you have questions or would like more information. We look forward to talking with you!

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Our mission is to nurture students' innate curiosity and love of learning through democratic practice, emergent curriculum, and hands-on projects, helping students become lifelong problem-solvers and engaged citizens.

Project-Based Learning

Hands-on work and group collaboration nourish multiple learning styles, offering depth and breadth of understanding. Each project incorporates several
academic emphases in engaging ways.

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Democracy in Action

Creating active participants in democratic society, honoring all viewpoints and needs to find innovative solutions to community challenges and problem resolution.

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Emergent Curriculum

Our project topics and the direction of study are driven by the curiosity of the students working individually, or in small or large groups throughout each day, week and year. 

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Social Justice Focus

We teach equity, inclusion, and ensuring each person has access to resources they need to thrive within the community -- be it in a school, town or nation.

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The Children's School

820 Ontario Street, Oak Park, Illinois, 60302


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