Founded in 2017, The Field School currently serves 259 students from Pre-K through 8th grade. At full capacity, we will serve 360 students with two classes of each grade. Intentionally located on the West Side of Chicago, The Field School brings to the front of the line children who would not otherwise have access to strong education options. We believe that full expression of the kingdom of God depends on rich and diverse community. The heart of Christ compels a kind of solidarity, fellowship, and mutual care that transcends societal barriers.
Our Home on the West Side
Following five years of renting space, The Field School opened its permanent location in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago in the fall of 2022. This transition was a testimony to God’s faithfulness, fulfilling the initial vision of the school’s founding board members prior to its launch.
The Field School was conceived of in 2015 as a classical, Christian school to serve students from all over Chicago, with particular attention to children from lower income homes. A location on the West Side gives “home field advantage” to students who too often must leave their neighborhoods to access educational opportunity.School History
Our Name and Crest
The Bible depicts the field as a unique place of cultivated life and creativity. God made and sustains the oceans, forests, and wilderness, but he has set the field apart for special fruitfulness and partnership. The field is where divine image bearers are invited to collaborate with God, to participate in the production of all manner of beautiful and useful things. Our name, The Field School, reflects this invitation from God to co-labor with him for the flourishing of the people.
Our crest illustrates our home in Chicago, where a large body of freshwater meets the vast western flatlands and plains. The organic imagery, of grapes and wheat, illustrates our philosophy of education, with an emphasis on nature and discovery. All of creation is made possible through the sustaining power of God, which is depicted here as the sun shining down on the field and the water.