Schools of the Present
Today's Schools & Childcare
In the Washington Park neighborhood, schools and other childcare are easily found. These institutions are a great benefit to their surrounding community, as they provide places for children to learn, play, and socialize. Not only are they beneficial for the future generation, but the current generation of parents realizes their value as well. Many parents need to work full time jobs to support their families, and childcare is a great place for their children too young for school to be given the proper care that is necessary while they are away.
There is currently no high school in the area, but there are three schools offering classes for kindergarten through eighth grade. This number has remained the same for a century, but the locations and affiliations of the schools have changed. Where there used to be a school, at the intersection of W. Lisbon Avenue and W. North Avenue, there is now a variety of businesses. Mary McLeod Bethune Academy was built to replace one of the old demolished schoolhouses, and the St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic School became Westside Academy II, the sister school to the other Washington Park school, Westside Academy I. Students begin at Westside Academy I and continue on to Westside Academy II as they get older. By moving schools around, a better business corridor was created, and the schools were allowed to better utilize space.
The registered and licensed childcare providers in Washington Park are spread throughout the area. This variety and versatility of location gives many working parents enough options to choose a center with which they feel most comfortable. Travel time also gets shortened with this close proximity of childcare centers, as parents do not have to go far out of their ways to drop their children off and pick them up.