Award Year: 2013

The Skokie School

520 Glendale Avenue
Winnetka, IL, 60093-2520

(847) 441-1750

April Jordan, Principal at time of Nomination

Winnetka School District 36

School Website


The Winnetka Public Schools is a community that honors the whole child, fosters creativity, inspires lifelong learning, and develops civic responsibility.

Student Demographics
  • White: 91%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 4%
  • Two or more races: 3%

The Skokie School is a fifth & sixth grade campus located on the shore of Lake Michigan, north of Chicago. The essence of who we are is embedded within our long-standing core values of: reflection, life-long inquiry, honoring the whole child, civic responsibility, acknowledging student voice, creativity and innovation, and collaborating for meaningful and purposeful learning. We emphasize these values in all of our professional development, curriculum planning, and instruction for children.

Our district is historically rooted in Progressive Education and we believe that a developmental, child-centered approach to education is the most effective way to meet the needs of our students and help them become problem solvers and critical thinkers. Progressive educator and pioneer, Dr. Carleton W. Washburne (inspired by John Dewey) came to Winnetka District 36 in 1919 as the superintendent. His innovations - individualized instructions, hands-on learning, and attention to the development of the whole child - are now cornerstones of progressive schools across the country and throughout District 36. We are proud of the academic prowess of our students, but more importantly, their commitment to respecting others and giving back to the world.

The Skokie School is a special place because we recognize that every child’s voice matters. Through a democratic system, we allow students to explore a variety of learning experiences on our campus. Students are supported through a social-emotional program we have created called REACH (Responsibility, Empathy, Appreciation, Courage, and Hope). We strive to provide a supportive and safe environment where the students can engage in critical thought through core academics, service projects, the fine arts, kinetic wellness, and world languages.