Upcoming Ways to Participate

6/11       Payton Class of 2018 Graduation, 5-7PM, Navy Pier's Aon Grand Ballroom, 840 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

Doors open to guests at 4:30PM, and each guest is required to have a ticket. More info can be found on the Senior Information page.

6/12       Local School Council Meeting, 6-8PM, Library

The LSC is an elected body that has three main responsibilities: School Budget; Continuous Improvement Work Plan; and Principal Evaluation, Retention and Selection. All are welcome to attend and to make comments during the Public Comments portion of the meeting.

6/13       Payton Community Meeting, 6-7:15PM, Library

Come hear Principal Devine's update on what's happening at school, learn about ways to get involved through FOP and chat with other parents and guardians. At this meeting, our last of the school year, FOP will hold elections for its 2018-2019 board. All adult family members of current Payton students may vote in the election. Please participate in the meeting!

6/18       Payton Boosters Meeting, 6-7PM, Library

Payton's Boosters Association is dedicated to raising school spirit, fundraising for Payton's interscholastic teams, and celebrating and publicizing the achievements of our incredibly talented Grizzly students. Boosters welcomes all parents and guardians interested in supporting Payton's interscholastic competitive teams (chess, basketball, math team, soccer etc.).

7/12       Local School Council Meeting, 6-8PM, Library

8/20-23 Payton Student Registration, 9AM-12PM, Atrium
During Registration, students will receive their course schedules, take their ID and yearbook photos and submit paperwork required for the 2018-2019 school year. For the first time, families will be allowed to make fee payments using credit cards. Emails will be sent in early August with links to registration forms. The forms should be completed and returned during Payton’s student registration dates, which have been set as follows: 

Class of 2019 (seniors) -- Monday, 8/20, 9am-12pm

Class of 2020 (juniors) -- Tuesday, 8/21, 9am-12pm

Class of 2021 (sophomores) -- Wednesday, 8/22, 9am-12pm

Class of 2022 (freshmen) -- 8/20-8/23, 1-4pm (Freshmen will register with their advisories)

Makeup registration (all grades) -- Wednesday, 8/29, 9am-12pm

8/23       Freshman Family Pizza Party, 4-7PM, Atrium
FOP will host a Freshman Family Orientation and Pizza Party on the last day of Freshman Connection. We hope all freshman families will come to this orientation event. 

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Friends of Payton (FOP) is a parent-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (tax ID #36-4409659) that raises funds and provides volunteer assistance to support Walter Payton College Prep. Our mission is to enrich educational and extracurricular activities with outside resources to supplement the limited funding allotted to Payton through the public school system.

Please note that Payton’s student registration dates have been set for the 2018-2019 school year. Mark your calendars:

Monday, 8/20, 9am-12pm -- Class of 2019 (seniors)

Tuesday, 8/21, 9am-12pm -- Class of 2020 (juniors)

Wednesday, 8/22, 9am-12pm -- Class of 2021 (sophomores)

Incoming freshmen will register with their advisories during Freshmen Connection, 8/20-8/23, 1-4pm. In keeping with tradition, FOP will host a Freshman Family Orientation and Pizza Party, 8/23, 4-7pm.


Our inaugural Grizzly 5K drew 150+ people for a fun morning in Lincoln Park. Our top student finisher was Zack Rose. Our first-place parent finisher was Karl Flener. FOP thanks all the volunteers who helped with the race and the families who made donations to the event. A special thanks goes to Felicia Winiecki, who organized this fun run for our community and brought this concept to life. Please view and download photos from the 5K, provided by the Payton Boosters Association, by CLICKING HERE.