Urban Prairie Waldorf School
"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."
Douglas Sloan
(Professor Emeritus, Columbia University)

Application Process

Urban Prairie continues to accept applications for the 2015/16 school year for grades 2, 4, 5, and 6.  Other classes are full and currently have no openings.  You are welcome to apply to be placed on a wait list for full classes.

Step One – Apply

You can apply online for transfer in 2015/16 or fall enrollment in 2016/17.  You will need to create an account on the TADS site in order to apply. A complete application consists of:

  • An application for admission
  • Application fee ($50 by electronic funds transfer or credit card paid through TADS)
  • Teacher recommendation form
  • 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.

Step Two – Orientation Interview and Student Assessment

Once you have filed your completed application, 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 access 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 two-day classroom visit. Students applying to grades 6 – 8 must have a week-long 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 race, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations and spiritual values. Urban Prairie does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, ethnic origin, or physical disability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial assistance programs, and other school-administered programs.