Urban Prairie Waldorf School

Preparing your child for the test that matters most.  Life.

Urban Prairie Waldorf School is an independent, Waldorf elementary school located in the city of Chicago. We draw on a 90-year-old teaching tradition that engages the “whole child” – intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically – in time with the natural developmental stages of childhood. We are focused not simply on the college your child will attend, but rather the person your child will become: curious, compassionate, self-reliant. With a solid moral foundation and critical-thinking skills, our graduates will be ready to excel academically and socially in the environment of their choosing.

The journey through the Waldorf grades will transform your child.  We invite you to take the first step:

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    "Education is not
    the filling of a bucket,
    but the lighting of a fire."

    William Butler Yeats
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    "All understanding
    begins with wonder."

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    "If you can give your son or daughter
    only one gift,
    let it be enthusiasm."

    George Bernard Shaw
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    "Waldorf education draws out
    the best qualities of young people."

    Gilbert Grosvenor
    President Emeritus
    Nation Geographic Society
Experience UP!

See for yourself why Waldorf education is the fastest growing independent school movement in the world.  Teachers will lead parents through several sample classes including Music, Middle Grades Math, and Upper Grades Science (and much, much more).  Get ready to think on your feet!

RSVP now as space is limited »


What's Happening at
Urban Prairie

Join us for our annual
Winter’s Night Event


Saturday, Feb. 28th
6:30 – 11pm


Come in from the cold and enjoy warm food, cocktails, & a silent auction benefitting UPWS.

Summer will be here before you know it.  We have a great line-up of camps including Circus, Mandarin, Music, and much more.


Reserve your Summer Camp space now!

Employment Opportunities @ UPWS


We are seeking a few exceptional individuals to join our teaching and administrative staffs. View our employment page for details.

Mid-Winter Break Camp


February 16-20


Circus and Painting Camp will fill your child’s days with fun!  Sign up now.