Chicago School Choice

Like many other Chicago parents, you have questions about which school is right for your child. Our year-long series will give you the answers you seek about your Chicago school options. We have invited experienced parents, school choice experts, and school representatives to participate in lively and informative sessions to help with your school search. NPN's Chicago School Choice programs offers unparalleled information on Chicago Public School options AND private, independent and parochial schools as well.

Our programs include:

--  Chicago Private School Directors of Admissions Panels

--  Chicago Public Schools - CPS 101 and CPS Parents' Perspective

--  Hidden Gem Schools Panel 

--  ABC's of Preschool Philosophies

--  Separation Anxiety for Preschool & Beyond

--  Insider's Guide to Preschool & Kindergarten Admissions

--  and many more!

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor Real City Living Residential for their generous support of the Chicago School Choice programming.  Thank you to our host supporting sponsor Erikson Institute, Center for Children and Families and Fussy Baby Network for their support and partnership. 

Next Event

  High School Parents Perspectives Panel @ St. Stanislaus Kostka School
Location: St. Stanislaus Kostka School
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM · Oct 25, 2017
Who: Members & Non-members - Adults only
Parking: Free parking in attached lot and neighborhood street parking.
Cost: NPN Members: Adults $0.00, Children $0.00, Family Four-pack $0.00
Non-members: Adults $10.00, Children $0.00, Family Four-pack $0.00
Coordinator: Didi Lewis

Mark your calendars for our High School Parents Panel discussion!

Choosing the right high school environment can be a daunting task for you and your child, and there may be no better resource for assistance and guidance than other parents who were once in your shoes. Join active high school parents who successfully navigated the high school application and decision process and lived to tell!

Parent panelists from a variety of schools and programs will share their experiences on everything from selecting potential schools, to application Do's and Don'ts, to Selective Enrollment testing and handling the waitlist process. You'll also hear more about what day-to-day life is like for students (and parents) in various programs around the city.

The following schools will be represented by parents:

  • - Lincoln Park HS (IB, Double Honors, Performing Arts & Neighborhood)
  • - Disney II (Magnet)
  • - Amundsen HS (IB, CTE & Neighborhood)
  • - Northside College Prep (Selective Enrollment)
  • - Lane Tech (Selective Enrollment HS & Academic Center)
  • - GCE Lab School (private, independent
  • - Lycee Francais (private, independent, IB)


Please login and scroll down to RSVP; space is limited. NPN members are free, non-member price is $10. Please be respectful of our presenters & sponsors and honor your RSVP.  

Special thank you to our presenter, Grace Sawin and Ginger Hecht of Chicago School GPS and our presenting sponsor, Real City Living Residential.

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Meet the Co-Chairs

Didi Lewis Didi joined NPN in 2010 while researching school options for her son and seeking support from other working moms. When her daughter came along the following year, her fondness for NPN, its activity-packed event calendar, and its active discussion board grew. With a JD and certificate in Family Law from DePaul College of Law, her dedication to the local parent community in her downtown neighborhood, and her passion for advocating family life in the big city (she’s also a proud CPS grad), Didi happily joined the NPN staff in 2013. As School Choice, Programming and Outreach Manager, Didi is excited about helping Chicago parents learn about educational options within the city and discover all of the amazing benefits NPN has to offer for new and growing urban families. After spending her entire life as a north-sider, Didi now lives in the South Loop with her south-sider husband Rod and their city kids, RJ and Rio.

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