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
Why Waldorf?

This video from our friends at Marin County Waldorf School, CA is a quick and enjoyable way to learn about Waldorf.

What's Happening at
Urban Prairie

Spring Class Observation dates have just been added.  Sign up now!


Come and see how challenging, inspiring, and engaging education can be.

Employment Opportunities @ UPWS


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

Summer will be here before you know.  We have an amazing line-up of summer camps including Circus, Mandarin, Music, Art, and much more.


Sign up now to reserve your space.

Urban Prairie is a green school!


Visit our Environmental Working Group page to learn more about our school’s efforts decrease its footprint.


Stay tuned for Green Month events in April.

Home Health Seminar

April 18, 9:30 – 11:00am


Dr. Rentea will teach parents about home remedies that can be very useful in combatting many childhood (and adult) illnesses.  RSVP now to reserve your space and childcare if needed.