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

All Parent Evening


Thursday, Aug 28, 7-9pm


Welcome all new UPWS families, and learn more about the upcoming school year.

School Open House

Friday, Aug 28, 9-10:30am


Come and see your new classroom (and some old friends)!  Please feel free to bring any items that will be left in cubbies (change of clothes, rain boots, etc.).


Rose Ceremony and 1st Day of School

Tuesday, Sept 2, 8:20am


The 1st graders will get their roses, and school will officially begin!  Please join us for this sweet ceremony.

Parent Meetings


1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade – Wednesday, Sept 10, 6:30-8:30pm

4th, 5th, and 6th grade – Wednesday, Sept 17, 6:30-8:30pm


Please plan to attend.

Employment Opportunities @ UPWS


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

Beach Day!

Tuesdays at 31st St Beach


Join us each Tuesday for a little fun (with classmates) in the sun.  Families start arriving around 10am and come and go throughout the day.