Bennett Day School to Open Fall of 2014 in Chicago

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Private PK-8 school will bring together veteran educators, tech heavyweights and community and corporate trend leaders to advance creativity, innovation, and lifelong learning in Chicago’s children.

[Bennett Day] is a place where children of all ages learn through questioning, exploring and discovering. But perhaps most importantly, Bennett Day School will contextualize their learning within a greater conversation about community and citizenship.

Bennett Day School, a new kind of PreK-8 grade school in Chicago will open its doors to a first class of students beginning fall of 2014.

An inquiry-based learning community rooted in the Reggio Emilia approach to education, Bennett Day School will encourage cognitive understanding inherent to multiple intelligences, as well as global and social awareness.

"At Bennett Day School, we are committed to advancing creativity, leadership and a love of learning within all our students," said Kate Cicchelli, Principal & Chief Academic Officer. "Our school is a place where children of all ages learn through questioning, exploring and discovering. But perhaps most importantly, Bennett Day School will contextualize their learning within a greater conversation about community and citizenship. Our belief is that, by providing this context, we will empower every student to better understand their place in our world and develop the responsibility and leadership qualities that will stay with them throughout their lives.”

Leading the charge at Bennett Day School is a group of veteran educators and professionals, including Cicchelli, COO Shuchi Sharma, and CEO Cameron Smith, whose diverse professional experience will be tremendous assets in helping the school carry out its mission. Bennett Day School with also be partnering with celebrated creative talent and prominent thought leaders here in Chicago and internationally.

The school’s leadership has also appointed an Advisory Board that includes high-profile community leaders and educators such as Erikson Institute professor Jie-Qi (Jackie) Chen; veteran strategist Cyrus Patel; founder and first principal of Walter Payton College Prep High School Gail Ward; Chairman and previous President and CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, Howard A. Tullman; and CTO for Obama for President and Threadless Harper Reed.

Following the school’s 2014 start date at its Early Childhood Campus located at 657 West Fulton, Bennett Day School plans to add an additional grade level each year, in their new Flagship Campus. When completed, the middle school program will provide a rigorous academic, arts, and athletic program for all attending students, both new and returning.

Bennett Day School’s application process opened August 12th, 2013. Interested parents and guardians are invited to sign up for information sessions provided on Bennett Day School’s website.

ABOUT BENNETT DAY SCHOOL
Bennett Day School strives to be a progressive school that provides unparalleled experiences – in our program offering, instructional approaches, and nurturing environment – that will shape our community for a fulfilling, successful, and impactful life. Compelled by curiosity, immersed in complex questions about the world around them, and supported by a diverse faculty and peer population, the Bennett Day School community will ask and seek the answers to those questions that derive from creativity and innovation. Individual and collaborative learning will be central to the work of our school day; students and teachers will be held to the highest standards, not simply in terms of final outcomes, but in the planning and realization of their own learning.

http://www.bennettday.org

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