Located along Ridgeland Avenue, a key gateway into Oak Park, and in a neighborhood that is attracting families with young children, Irving School is a vital asset in the southeast Oak Park community. Several core principles guide the Irving Schoolyard Project, which puts into action an ambitious plan for what was once a school—and community—for which high expectations were not the norm:
Innovative Learning Experiences—
The Irving Schoolyard Project establishes an outdoor classroom for students by offering a number of innovative curricular opportunities in numerous areas of interest to students, teachers and families. Recently installed solar panels and the school garden are examples of how learning opportunities have already begun.
Health, Safety and Wellness—
The Irving Schoolyard Project responds to the increased need for safe places for children to play before, during and after school. Its inspired landscape design creates creative and diverse areas for children and families to play.
Accessibility—The Irving Schoolyard Project respects the unique physical, cognitive and social emotional needs of all children, and will provide accessible opportunities for children to play, learn and develop.
Sustainability & Environmental Responsibility—
The Irving Schoolyard Project will dramatically improve Irving’s environmental footprint by incorporating rain gardens, permeable pavers, natural construction materials, and a construction plan that prioritizes water reclamation.