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March Events
Tuesday, March 18th
Informational meeting for prospective parents and guardians. RSVP to rspiro@wolcottschool.org. 

Wednesday, March 19th
Universal Design for Learning: Keys to Optimizing Learning and Minimizing Frustration. RSVP to naquino@wolcottschool.org
Congratulations to Wolcott's Director of College Counseling, Marybeth Kravets. She recently received The Harvard Club of Chicago's Annual Community Service Award for her dedication to helping students of all backgrounds achieve their college and career dreams. Marybeth will be recognized at the Harvard Club's Annual Award Dinner on April 12th.  
Wolcott Students in the Workplace
Harris Theater
United Airlines

The Second City

Sweet Mandy B's
Sweet Mandy B's

Meet our new Business Manager
Wolcott School is pleased to introduce our new Business Manager, Steve Robbins. Steve graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering Sciences and went on to a successful career as an investment banker in New York City.  Desiring a career change, Steve moved to Chicago in the fall to be close to family and pursue a career in education. "I have always been interested in education, and it is rewarding to apply my finance background in a way that directly benefits students and families."  In addition to bringing his financial acumen to Wolcott, Steve is an accomplished ping-pong player, intrepid traveler (he enjoyed watching free-style skiing at the Sochi Olympics) and basketball coach. 
Head of School Happenings


Preparing our students for success after high school is at the heart of Wolcott's mission. Opportunities to explore future educational and professional experiences are integrated throughout our curriculum, beginning in 9th grade and continuing to graduation.


We believe it is important for students to appreciate that life after high school goes beyond choosing a college. In this spirit, our career week was a huge success. After professional coaches helped our students define their 'brand you', we matched our students with careers of interest and sent them out into the workplace. Future aviators visited United Airlines; future teachers led preschool classes; every student experienced a workplace of interest and presented their impressions to the entire school. Many thanks to United Airlines, The Harris Theater, Rush Hospital, The Second City, Viacom/MTV, Starcom, Sweet Mandy B's, Cappex, Sprouts Preschool and Nova Physical Therapy for hosting our students as well as our panel of professionals who shared their career trajectories.  Click here for a list of all who participated in Career Week. 


Finding a career that speaks to students' individual strengths and interests is similar to the journey of finding the right college. Throughout all years of high school, Wolcott students not only work regularly with our college counselor, Marybeth Kravets, but also meet college admissions officers from around the country and start to develop a better understanding of the differences between colleges and the perspective necessary to make an informed college choice. To date, students have heard presentations from the University of Arizona, Southern Illinois University, University of Denver and Landmark College, and can look forward to many more of these visits.


During the 2014-2015 school year, Wolcott students will experience the world of college while still in high school.  We are fortunate to live in a city with excellent institutions that are interested in partnering with us and share a similar mission. We will be touring local campuses together as a school, creating workshops and developing digital portfolios with colleges such as DePaul University and Columbia College.  Students may also participate in courses taught by local college professors both at Wolcott or on campus.  This opportunity for dual enrollment yields much more than the chance to earn both high school and college credits.  It allows our students to participate in college-level courses while using Wolcott's learning specialists and faculty as active resources.


As an educator for over 30 years, I am inspired by the opportunities available to us and our students and the uniqueness of the Wolcott Way. 

From the Admissions Office
Wolcott Students are Geographically Diverse

If you are a Metra commuter, you may have overheard a group of Wolcott students debating the merits of capitalism at Millennium, Ogilvie and Union Stations, before boarding the free Wolcott shuttle. It offers service in the morning and twice in the afternoon - once immediately after school and then again after extra-curricular activities and academic coaching. Similarly, if you ride the PACE or CTA buses, you may sight our students swiping their student-discounted Ventra cards as they board the bus. Because of the ease and affordability of public transportation, Wolcott students come to us from numerous Chicago neighborhoods and suburban communities. They hail from Lake Forest, Wilmette and Evanston in the north; Aurora, Western Springs and Oak Park in the west; and, Calumet City and Hyde Park in the south. 


Our geographic diversity continues to evolve. The admissions office has fielded calls from prospective families living in northwestern Indiana, St. Louis and just across the border in Wisconsin. We have received queries from England and Canada. Wolcott's tight community and dedication to teaching to the strengths of our students has wide appeal!


Apply Now for the 2014 -15 Academic Year. We are currently accepting applications for 9th, 10th and 11th grades.



Development Office Update
100% Participation from Wolcott Students, Parents, Faculty, Staff and Board of Trustees Achieved!

Thanks to all of those who participated in Wolcott's inaugural Annual Fund Appeal. Your response has been amazing.  We achieved 100% participation from the students, parents, faculty, staff and Board of Trustees!  In just a few months, the appeal has generated close to $200,000 and has increased Wolcott's donor base by more than 200 donors. 


Wolcott Receives First Multi-Year Challenge Grant!


We are proud to announce that Wolcott has received its first multi-year challenge grant.The challenge offers a matching  commitment of $60,000 over a three-year period with contributions from new Wolcott School donors or increased contributions from existing Wolcott School donors.


How Can You Help?


The 2014 portion of the challenge grant is now underway!  Wolcott School needs your help to raise $15,000 in new revenue. Contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations qualify for the match.  Thanks to this opportunity, donors can double the value of their gifts.


If you or someone you know might be interested in supporting Wolcott, please contact Kelly Ramos, Director of Development, at (312) 610-4927 or kramos@wolcottschool.org.  


Wolcott School 
524 N. Wolcott Ave. Chicago, IL 60622