Whittier Is Enriched!


WISE (Whittier IS Enriched) is a fee-based, after-school enrichment program available to all Whittier students. The program provides experiences in the arts, academics and athletics. We offer three sessions of classes throughout the school year. We touch many children in the Whittier community, as demonstrated by our 2017-2018 statistics below.

When planning classes, we try to bring as many local teachers and programs into WISE as possible because Oak Park is a tremendous community, full of individuals who can share their experiences and talents with your children. We especially love our classes taught by our Whittier staff and Whittier parents.

The WISE program is 100% parent-volunteer supported. We have had an amazing group of dedicated parents each session that help us run the day-to-day attendance and dismissal of our classes. Please watch your email for details on how to sign up – it’s a fun and easy way to contribute! And thank you to all our past and present parent volunteers, as WISE could not run without you!

How does it work?

The students meet our parent volunteers in the auditorium, where they receive a nut-free snack and take a seat to eat while attendance is taken. The instructors then come to get their classes and the fun begins! At 4:15, the instructors bring the students down to the dismissal volunteers, and the kids are counted and dismissed outside to their grown-ups. We make sure all students are accounted for at attendance and dismissal.

So, please, take a look at the wonderful classes we have to offer. If you have any questions, you can email the WISE Planning Team at WISE@whittierpto.org. We are always looking for assistance, and we know the Whittier community is full of talent! WISE is growing every year, and we are proud to be able to bring a variety of offerings to help make your child’s after-school experience as enriched as their in-school experience!


Monday, September 10 to Thursday, December 20

The PTO is happy to offer WISE (Whittier IS Enriched), which is a 100% volunteer-run, fee-based, after-school enrichment program available to all Whittier students. We provide experiences in the arts, academics, STEM and athletics.


  • Registration is online at http://whittierpto.org/index.php/wise/ and also in the Whittier office (see more detailed instructions below).
  • Registration opens Friday, August 24th and ends Friday, August 31.
  • All scholarship requests MUST be received by Wednesday, August 29th.
  • Register by Wednesday, August 29th to save $10/class.
  • All classes are eligible for cancellation due to low registration.


Our Fall 2018 WISE after-school enrichment program has something for everyone, including some old favorites, and a few new ones!

Day Time Class Grades Price (Early Bird/Regular)

(12 classes)

No class: 10/8, 10/22, 11/19

3:15 – 4:15 Hip Hop Dance 1-5 $165/$175
Chicago Edge Soccer K-3 $115/$125
Toyology -SOLD OUT 2-5 $170/$180
Science Lab K-2 $165/$175
Let’s Get Crafty 2-5 $170/$180

(12 classes)

No class: 10/23, 11/6, 11/20

3:15 – 4:15 Yoga Kids K-5 $165/$175
Kitchen Wizards – SOLD OUT K-5 $175/$185
Multi-Sport Madness K-2 $140/$150
Learn to Knit 3-5 $145/$155
Coding for Kids 3-5 $155/$165
Jr. Engineers K-2 $165/$175

(13 classes)

No class: 10/24, 11/21

2:45 – 4:15

(note: 1.5 hour classes)

Floor Hockey/Dodgeball 3-5 $195/$205
Good Food Experience K-5 $190/$200
Actor’s Garden K-5 $180/$190
Gadget Creation Enrichment K-2 $345/$355

(13 classes)

No class: 10/25,


3:15 – 4:15 Giving Artfully 2-5 $175/$185
Taekwondo K-5 $155/$165
Dynamic Chess K-5 $185/$195
Experiential Painting K-5 $220/$230


The PTO will continue to offer need-based scholarships to those who qualify (maximum one course per child). Check the box on the sign-up form to request. Scholarships, like all WISE classes, are first-come, first-served. No scholarship requests will be accepted after Wednesday, August 29th.

Registration begins Friday, August 24th and ends Friday, August 31st. In the past, many classes have filled up the first day, so register early. There are two ways to register:

  • Place the completed registration form and your check (payable to Whittier PTO) in an envelope and deliver it to the Whittier office. Forms should NOT be given to your child’s teacher, as this will delay the registration process.
  • Go to http://whittierpto.org/index.php/wise/ to register and pay online via PayPal (total will include a convenience fee). This is a two-step process (one to register, one to pay).

You will receive registration confirmation by email the week before classes begin. No registrations will be accepted after the session has begun, and no refunds will be issued after the second class. Registrations without payment will not be accepted unless you are requesting a scholarship.


  • After the dismissal bell, your child will report to the auditorium, where attendance will be taken and children will receive a nut-free snack.
  • Instructors will escort your child to the front office of the school at the end of WISE. Parents/guardians should pick up their children PROMPTLY at 4:15 pm.
  • If your child will be absent, please mention WISE when you call the school office, so that we are alerted. We take your children’s safety very seriously, and we must account for every child.


WISE needs volunteers for our program to run. If you are able to help take attendance and supervise students before classes start OR help dismiss them when classes end, please keep an eye out for an email to sign up. Email WISE@whittierpto.org with questions. Thank you for your continued support.

Please email WISEwhittier@gmail.com or call the Whittier office at 708-524-3080. If you have suggestions on how to improve the WISE program, please email us a WISE@whittierpto.org.