Variable Tuition 

Urban Prairie Waldorf School is committed to supporting economic diversity in our student body. The Variable Tuition program brings our multifaceted, engaging curriculum to Chicagoland families who seek an Urban Prairie education. 

Once a child is accepted into our school, families may apply for Variable Tuition. Our third party tuition management company, TADS, collects the applicant’s financial data to create a tuition package within our variable ranges. 

Every family adds value to the school community, and it is anticipated that each family who applies for Variable Tuition will hold their child’s education as a high financial priority. All Variable Tuition applications are kept strictly confidential and will be viewed only by TADS, our tuition management company, and our Variable Tuition Committee.

We use TADS to provide an objective and consistent method of determining a family’s ability to contribute to educational expenses. All applications must be completed online and all required supplemental financial information must be sent directly to TADS. Please note that TADS will not process applications until all supplemental materials are received.

If you have any questions about our Variance Tuition program, feel free to contact Jennifer Zielinski, Dir of Enrollment Management at 773.733.5337 or


Early Childhood, 5 Day Program – $6,000 ~ $14,626

Elementary Grade School, Grades 1 – 5 – $7,400 ~ $16,429

Middle Grade School, Grades 6 – 8 – $7,400 ~ $16,686

*Variable Tuition is only available for children enrolled for 5 days a week. For Early Childhood children enrolled for 3 or 2 days a week, please refer to the tuition rates below.

  • Half-Day Program – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Full-Day Program – 8:00 am to 3:15 pm

EC Tuition Rates (Half Day/Full Day)

  • 2-Day Program – $4,660/$5,940
  • 3-Day Program – $6,990/$8,910
  • 5-Day Program – $11,000/$14,626

Admission Fee

  • New Student Fee (per student) = $1,000

Early Childhood Supply Fees

  • Early Childhood 2 Day Program = $260
  • Early Childhood 3 Day Program = $390
  • Early Childhood 5 Day Program = $650

Grade School Supply and Trip Fees

  • Elementary School (Grades 1 – 5) = $900
  • Middle School (Grades 6 – 8) = $1,650

Currently Unavailable for Fall 2020

After Care | 3:00 – 6:00 pm

  • 5 days/week: $2,450
  • 1 day/week: $500/day
  • One Time Drop-In: $40/day based on space availability

Non-discrimination Policy

UPWS strives to be an affirming space.  The curriculum that we deliver offers students both a window into the experiences of others and a mirror to reflect their own life experiences.  We actively seek and welcome students and staff regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, or spiritual values. Urban Prairie does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, ability, family composition, ethnic origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial assistance programs, and other school-administered programs.

Parent & Child Programs

Play Groups for Toddlers

(1 – 2 1/2 Years Old)


Parent & Child Programs

Early Childhood

(2 1/2 – 6 Years Old)

Parent & Child Programs

Grade School 1 – 5

Parent & Child Programs

Middle School 6 – 8