Wolcott School

                                        Fall 2013
Wolcott Classes of 2016 and 2017
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Kelly Ramos
 Director of Development

Wolcott School is pleased to introduce Kelly Ramos who joins our team as Director of Development. Kelly comes to us from the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs where she served most recently as Director of Development.  Having spent 13 years at the Union League, Kelly has a long history of planning and executing development strategies, managing campaigns, writing grants and developing marketing materials. "It's such a small world. I started my career in this building working for the Union League and relish the chance to be back in this space promoting those things that mean the most to me - kids and education." 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 28th at 6:30pm
The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. Screening co-hosted by the Tyree Center and Everyone Reading Illinois at Deerfield Library. 

Wednesday, November 3rd 
Wolcott Open House
Open house for prospective families. More information.

Wednesday, November 13th
Calming the Nerves: How to Survive the College Admissions Process
presented by Christine VanDeVelde. Hosted by the Tyree Center. More information. 

December 3rd
Informational meeting for Prospective Parents. 

Wednesday, March 19th
Universal Design for Learning
Presented by Jimmie Smith, Director of the Learning Effectiveness Program at University of Denver. Hosted by the Tyree Center. More information to come. 
Special thanks to all of Wolcott's supporters, including those who helped make the 2013 Golf Outing a great success. Click here for a complete list of donors. 
2013 Golf Outing Participants with PGA player, Ryan Palmer 

Head of School Happenings

Even after 36 years in education, no experience compares to August 26th, as I welcomed Wolcott students to the first day of school. That rush of excitement continues. There have been so many highlights from these first weeks of school. Here are a few: 
  • Listening to faculty members share how they have incorporated different strategies and created lesson plans designed to teach to the strengths of the students. 
  • Watching students collaborate in school work, develop friendships and help shape our community. 
  • Hearing students' reactions to each new experience, whether it be a surprise visit from a civic leader, a physical education class at the West Loop Athletic Club, or a Physics field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry.
  • Observing students debate topics ranging from the British colonization of India to the creation of the Wolcott mascot. 
It is clear to me that Wolcott offers an educational environment where students are free to take academic risks instead of constantly confronting barriers to entry. I am energized by the students, faculty and warm feeling of the school community. Thanks to the generosity of all of our supporters, Wolcott can now say 'school is in session.' 
"Wolcott is a place where teachers say they want to teach using whatever strategies help you learn best, and they mean it!" - Wolcott student ambassador speaking at local high school fair. 
Admissions Update
Please join us at our upcoming Open House to learn more about the Wolcott curriculum and community. Encourage interested friends and family to attend. 

Wolcott Open House
November 3rd
2:00 - 4:00pm

Our application for the 2014-2015 school year is now available online. Visit here to find the application and more information about the application process. We are committed to making Wolcott accessible to students from all backgrounds, regardless of economic need. Tuition assistance is available for eligible families. 
For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Rachel Spiro, Director of Admissions, at 312.610.4925 or rspiro@wolcottschool.org. 
Priority Application Deadline - December 13th
Meet the WolcottArts Team

Spotlight on WolcottArts
Wolcott's Creative Arts Program
Led by a team of educators who are practicing artists, students are singing, creating art blogs and practicing improvisational skills.The goal of WolcottArts is to create an interdisciplinary dialogue for students to examine the processes by which they learn about themselves, each other and their impact on global culture. Engaging in the arts as a way to foster self-discovery and critical thinking, WolcottArts is a fundamental part of our curriculum. Read our Theatre I, Art and Visual Culture and Vocal Ensemble course descriptions to learn more. 
After School Academic Coaching
Our academic coaching program, offered daily, is thriving. Staffed by faculty and academic coaches, students are taking advantage of this resource. As one student noted, "I stay after school for coaching because I'm able to complete most of my homework and know that I'm doing it correctly. I now have much more time at home to do the things I enjoy most." We attribute the success of this program to our academic coaches. Many thanks to Margaret Cohn, Julie Gertler, Elana Lazarus and Stephanie Strauss for generously offering their expertise.
Wolcott School 
524 N. Wolcott Ave. Chicago, IL 60622