FAQ

When do we begin the admission process?

It is recommended to begin the application process one year prior to entry.  Student visits and campus tours begin in late September. Children must be three years of age by September 1 to enter Early School, five years of age by September 1 to enter Kindergarten, and so on.

Is there an application deadline?

Prairie School admits students on a rolling basis, and we do not have specific application deadlines, however we encourage families to apply the fall/winter before they wish to enroll. We will continue to accept applications even after a grade has been filled and will notify applicants if placed on a waiting list.

How do we determine if we can afford Prairie School?

Prairie offers a limited amount of financial aid to families who meet the necessary qualifications. Official financial aid applications are available in January of every year. Prior to January, families may complete a Preliminary Financial Aid form, which allows the School to review the family’s financial circumstances to determine if they may qualify for assistance and, if so, in what range. Contact the Admission Office at 262.752.2525 for more information or visit our Affording Prairie Education page.

How do we apply for financial aid?

All families who wish to apply for financial aid must annually complete a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). This may be obtained through Prairie’s Business Office or completed online at www.sss.nais.org/parents. Prairie School also requires copies of most recent federal tax return and W2’s.

When do we schedule a visit day for our child?

Students applying to Prairie School are required to spend a day in the life of the School. Applicants for grades 1-12 will spend an entire school day at Prairie. Applicants for Early School and Kindergarten will remain for a three-hour morning visit.

When will we know if our child has been accepted to the program?

After all pieces of the application have been submitted, the student has visited and has been assessed, only then the family will be contacted regarding the admission decision.

Does Prairie offer before-and-after school care?

Yes, students may arrive as early as 7:15 a.m. and remain until 6:00 p.m. in our Stay and Play program. Students may also attend Stay and Play during faculty in-service days and during one week of Spring Break. Families are billed monthly for this service.

Does Prairie offer bus transportation?

Yes. For families in the Racine area, busing is included with the cost of tuition. For our Kenosha area families, there is a $500 annual charge for the service. For families north of Racine, we anticipate having service for the 2014/2015 school year.

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