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"What every parent would wish for his or her children, Waldorf education provides. The fullest development of intelligent, imaginative, self-confident and caring persons is the aim of Waldorf education."
Grade School Admissions Process
Urban Prairie continues to accept applications for mid-year transfer for 2017/18 or fall admission for 2018/19. The deadline for applicants is January 20, 2019. If you have any questions about the application process, you can request information here.
Step One – Apply
Please apply online for transfer during the 2018/19 school year or for 2019/20 fall enrollment. You will need to create an account on the Big Sis site in order to apply. Once you have an account set up, you can click the “New” button in order to start an application. A complete application consists of:
- An application for admission
- Application fee ($50 by electronic funds transfer or credit card paid through Big Sis)
- Teacher recommendation form (for non-City Garden students)
- A Transfer of Records form must be filed for any student wishing to transfer into Urban Prairie.
It is strongly recommended that all families attend a Class Observation or Open House before applying to Urban Prairie.
If you would like to apply for tuition assistance, you can find more information here.
Step Two – Orientation Interview and Student Assessment
Once you have filed your completed application including appropriate forms, a school representative will contact you to schedule an orientation interview. This is a chance for parents to ask questions about our school and for the class teacher and/or a member of the Admissions Committee to learn more about the child and family.
We conduct assessments for all students. The assessment is designed to determine if basic developmental milestones have been reached by the child, and for children potentially transferring into higher grades, it will assess the child’s comfort level with material that has been covered in that grade. Assessments are conducted by a Waldorf-certified teacher.
Step Three – Classroom Visit
Students wishing to transfer into grades 1 – 5 must have a three-day classroom visit. Students applying to grades 6 – 8 must have at least a three-day visit. This is an important step in the application process: it helps the student to get a sense of the school, and it allows the teacher to interact closely with the student.
Step Four – Acceptance letters, contracts and deposits
Applicants will be notified, on a rolling basis, of their acceptance status in February. Deposits and a signed contract are due by March 15th for all students. Deposits will be credited toward tuition payment. Families applying outside of the normal admissions timeline are asked to enroll within two weeks of acceptance.
Notice of Nondiscrimination Policy
Urban Prairie is committed to fostering a fully inclusive school community. We actively seek and welcome students and staff of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations and spiritual values. Urban Prairie does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, or physical disability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial assistance programs, and other school-administered programs.