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Catherine Cook School
ISACS Membership status: Fully Accredited Member School

Address: 226 West Schiller Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Telephone: (312) 266-3381
Fax: (312) 266-3616
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Grade Levels: PK-8
Enrollment: 577
Boarding/Day: Day
Gender: Coed
School Description:

The Catherine Cook School is a Chicago independent preparatory school serving children from preschool (age 3) through eighth grade.  We believe that education is an evolving, dynamic, and lifelong process.  In our rapidly changing society, it is not sufficient merely to pass on the received wisdom of the ages.  We select carefully from older literacies, preserving what is best from the approaches of the past, while at the same time reimagining education with all the tools and capacities of the new century.   We not only cultivate proficiency in the Three Rs, but also help children to develop the Five Cs:  Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Character.  We take seriously our responsibility to educate children for the unknown.

As educators, we teach children, not subjects. We guide inquiry, encourage innovative thinking, acknowledge perseverance, celebrate success, turn frustration into learning opportunities, awaken social responsibility, model fairness and justice—all while building and valuing relationships. We build the capacity for students to construct their education for themselves.

By cultivating learning, honesty, compassion, and integrity among the faculty and staff, we model these values for children. We create a trusting and safe atmosphere for students to explore, question, practice, make mistakes, create, and imagine.  By embracing a set of ethical values, we commit to communicating honestly and compassionately, and to actively questioning our assumptions about others.

We rely on partnerships with parents and guardians to enrich our understanding of their children, to share their unique knowledge and experiences, and to help us maintain a healthy and ever-growing learning community.

55 West Wacker, Suite 701 · Chicago, IL 60601 · Telephone (312) 750-1190 · Fax (312) 750-1193
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