Urban Prairie Waldorf School

Early Childhood Program Admissions

Urban Prairie is accepting applications for our new Prairie Roots program. Children turning 2 by June 1, 2020 are eligible to apply for Fall admission. Our Hummingbird Garden preschool program is also accepting applications. Children ages 3-6 are eligible to apply for either a mid-year entry (must have turned 3 by September 1, 2019) or for the 2020/21 school year (children must be 3 by September 1, 2020).

Questions? Contact jenn.zielinski@urbanprairie.org .

Schedule Options

Half days (8:00am – 12:00pm) & full days (8:00am – 3:30pm)

  • 5 days
  • 3 days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
  • 2 days (Thursday, Friday)
  • Aftercare is available 3:30 – 6:00pm

Application Process

  • Attend a school tour. Private tours are available. Please contact Jennifer Zielinski at jenn.zielinski@urbanprairie.org or 312-858-4562 to schedule your tour today!  
  • File an online application (complete with any applicable evaluations and/or teacher recommendations if your child has attended another school) by the February 15 due date. Applications submitted after February 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis based on space availability in the class. To apply, follow the link to create an account on the BigSis site.  Once your account is set up, click the “New” button in order to start an Early Childhood application.  
  • Upon receipt of a complete application, the Admissions Office will contact you to schedule a time for you to attend an Enrollment Playgroup. These playgroups are for a small groups of applicants (3-6 students) and their parents/guardians. This gives our teachers an opportunity to meet the children as well as answer any questions that parents may have. Parents may also request an individual conversation with faculty.  Teachers may request an individual meeting and/or class visit following the playgroup.
  • The admissions decision is made by the Early Childhood admissions team and will be communicated to families within three weeks of the playgroup or as soon as possible for rolling admissions applicants.
  • Enrollment contracts along with the supply fee and an $800 tuition deposit are due March 15 or within two weeks of acceptance for rolling admissions applicants.

You can find information about tuition and fees here.  Tuition adjustment is available for families (of 5-day students) who demonstrate need.