Urban Prairie Waldorf School is a progressive, inclusive pre-k through 8th grade school located minutes from downtown Chicago, educating and preparing students to be responsible global citizens. 

Our education lights the fires of enthusiasm, creates a sense of agency in the world, offers teaching that is an art form based on love for the children and fosters a community of mutual support and conscious parenting.

We innovate on the 100-year-old Waldorf teaching tradition to engage today’s child intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Our hands-on curriculum unfolds in time with the developmental stages of childhood, from the busy preschooler to the newly self-aware 3rd grader, from the “golden year” of 5th grade to the exciting complexities encountered in 8th.

We’re focused on the person your child will become: curious, compassionate, self-reliant. Our graduates are ready to excel academically and socially in the environment of their choosing.

Our Programs

Mom adjusts flower crown on smiling toddler at May Fair, while parent in background works on making more crowns.

Play Groups for Toddlers

(1 – 3 Years Old)


Smiling little boy in the Early Childhood program plays with plants.

Early Childhood

(3 – 6 Years Old)

A group of 6 grade school students standing in a row and singing.

Grade School 1 – 5

A middle school girl and boy in the foreground work on a physics experiment, while two boys in the distant background also work on a science experiment.

Middle School 6 – 8