"A Child Miseducated Is A Child Lost"- John F. Kennedy

Exciting New Developments From Wolcott School
Head of School Hired
After conducting a nationwide search, we are thrilled to announce the hiring of our founding head of school, Miriam Pike. Ms. Pike currently holds the position of Special Education Department Chair at Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Illinois, where she has worked with staff members, students and their families for over 20 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, a M.A. in Learning Disabilities, and a B.S. Ed. in Special Education and Elementary Education. Ms. Pike will be joining Wolcott School full time beginning in August. We are delighted with this appointment and confident her expertise and years of experience will shape Wolcott into a model of excellence in Chicago. 

Campaign Update
Thanks to our wonderful donors, $5.3 million of our $8 million Phase One goal has been committed thus far! We are making great strides toward our total $12 million campaign goal. For information on making a gift to the Capital Campaign, please call 847.942.6071. To view a sample of available naming opportunities, please click here.

Groundbreaking Coming Soon
Permits have been applied for and construction is slated to begin in March.

Wolcott Has a New Look
The logo has been designed, the campaign brochure is completed, and the website is under construction. Stay tuned for the roll out in March.
Click here to learn more about Wolcott School.

Why Wolcott, Why Now?  

Wolcott School offers a local option for Chicago students who learn differently.
Below, meet Sam and Joshua, two young men with learning disabilities who attended boarding school during their high school years, after struggling to find an appropriate school in the Chicago area.  

"It would have been great to be in a high school in Chicago that supported me in the way Wolcott is planning to support its students- I would have had more time to work on my art instead of constantly going to tutors; I would have been part of a group of kids with similar issues as me. The Wolcott School Class of 2017 will be a lucky group!"
-- Sam S.

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Lacrosse Star Paul Rabil and Writer Philip Schultz Advocate for Learning Disabled
Click here to read this article by
Valerie Strauss in the New York Times.

Thank You to our Generous Donors!
Click here to see a list of donors to the
Wolcott School Capital Campaign.

For information about making a gift to Wolcott School, please contact or 847.942.6071

Wolcott School:
Changing the Lives of Students with Learning Differences

Wolcott Leadership
Miriam Pike,
Founding Head of School

Pearl Rieger, Psycho- educational Diagnostician

Board of Trustees
George Gaines, President
Jeff Aeder

Heidi Albert
Sheryl Bellick

Bruce Halbeck
Eric Henschel
Jennifer Levine
Don Monroe

Conor O’Neil
Jamie Diamond Schwartz

Howard Sharfman
Nancia Shawver

Professional Advisory Council
Dr. Pam Adelman,
Former Executive Director,
Hyde Park Day School
Dr. Mary Ellen Caron,
Former Commissioner, Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
Jane Herron,
Educational Consultant,
Former Head of School, Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

Dr. Josh Price,
School Psychologist
Dr. Peter Rastelli,
School Psychologist
Pearl Rieger, Psycho-educational Diagnostician
Dr. Warren Rosen,
Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Joe Ruggiero, Head of Upper School, Francis W. Parker School
Alyse Siegel, Private
Learning Specialist

Carol Sonnenschein, M.A., Nationally Certified
School Psychologist

Joanne Steinback, Former LD Teacher and Board Member,
Hyde Park Day School


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