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 is now accepting applications for grades 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 for 2014 transfer enrollment.  The 2nd grade class is full, and transfer applicants for that class will join a waiting pool.  Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 school year also.

Step One – Apply

You can apply online for 2014/15 or 2015/16.  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.

Waldorf schools typically conduct assessments for students entering first grade (or transferring into a later grade). The assessment is designed to determine if basic developmental milestones have been reached by the child. Assessments are conducted by a Waldorf-certified teacher.

Step Three – Two Day Visit

Students wishing to transfer into any grade must have a two-day classroom 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 February 15th for incoming 1st grade students and March 15th for all other 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.