It is with great sadness that we have cancelled our four weeks of in-person Build A Summer Education Camp. Click below for more information.

Spoken Word Club

Calling all Spoken Word fans! Our weekly middle school club is now meeting virtually on Monday afternoons.


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Every K-8 Oak Park public school student participates in at least six free hands-on residencies during their time in D97.


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Award-Winning Programs

Architecture Adventure

Architects design, build and explore the human-made world with K-5th graders.

Art Start

Artists animate the curriculum through visual and performing arts with K-2nd graders.

Geared Up

3rd-grade students engineer simple machines using specialized LEGOs.

Science Alliance

Working scientists conduct experiments and lead field trips with 3rd-8th graders.

Spoken Word

Middle schoolers find and cultivate their unique voices by reading, writing and performing poetry.

Vex Robotics

Tech experts work with teams of middle schoolers to design, build, program and compete with robots.

What’s New

BASE Camp Cancelled for Summer 2020, Seeking New Ideas

BASE Camp Cancelled for Summer 2020, Seeking New Ideas

It is with great sadness that we have decided to cancel our four weeks of in-person BASE (Build A Summer Education) Camp. We’ve consulted with our board, staff, D97 leaders and other community partners, and it has become clear that there will be no way to safely run...

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BASE Camp Update and Response to Pandemic

The following is the most recent communication around the planning and status of BASE Camp. This letter was sent to our community April 17 after the governor's announcement about the closure of school buildings and extension of remote learning through the end of the...

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Spoken Word Club resumes virtually

Spoken Word Club resumes virtually

Calling all Spoken Word fans! The OPEF after-school club for Julian and Brooks students is back and running virtually on Monday afternoons from 3-4:30 pm through the end of May. Here is the link by video: Students also can join on the...

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Summer Scholarship Soiree

September 6, 2019 – Late summer gathering with food, drinks, and conversation–all to benefit OPEF’s BASE Camp Scholarship Fund.

Super STEAM Saturday

November 9, 2019 – Join us for a family friendly fun day of science and art in Longfellow’s new space and learn a little more about OPEF and our programs.

Battle of the Bots

March 7, 2020 – Exciting all-day competition for local middle school VEX Robotics teams

Bingo Bash

April 17, 2020 – Join us for Bingo Bash, a new kind of FUNdraising.

Respect The Mic Spoken Word Slam

May 2020 – Middle School Spoken Word Club members gather at School of Rock to showcase their poetry and writing skills

See Us in Action!

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“There isn’t any other part of our curriculum that is like this. It gives students a glimpse into a very specific world of science through a person who is making a career of it, but it also carries over into our everyday science units in school. I appreciate the time the scientists give this program.”

District 97 Teacher