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Urban Prairie

Private | 1-3 | 52 students

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $174,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $790.

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Posted July 14, 2012

The best kept secret in the city! We have loved our experience at Urban Prairie. The school offers a rigorous curriculum with all the extras that were really important to us--foreign language (Spanish and Mandarin), daily art, music, movement, and recess! We're not faced with countless, meaningless worksheets or overloaded with standardized tests--rather my child is engaged and excited to go to school every day. The teachers are passionate, and they get to know the children very well because they stay with them for their morning lesson from grade 1 to 8. The community is also very caring and active. Overall a win for my whole family!
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Posted June 1, 2012

This is not the school for everybody. That having been said, it may be the perfect school for your child and your family. This new gem was started with the blood, sweat and tears of the parents of the graduates of City Garden Early Childhood Center in Pilsen. If you need a school that looks like a big techno-computer lab run by a cold bureaucracy, go elsewhere. This is a tiny school with small class sizes governed largely by passionate and invested parents. The classrooms are gorgeous and devoid of all signs of current trends and fads. The teachers have been through a rigorous teacher training program called Arcturus, which is based upon the 100 year-old Rudolf Steiner pedagogy--which is taught around the world. The school is full of programing that has received the axe from mainstream curriculum: art, recitation, languages, theatre, movement, music and yes, recess. The conscientious parent who wants their child to do more than be proficient at test-taker will notice this school attracts a different kind of parent and creates a different type of child.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 51%
Hispanic 13% 24%
Black 11% 18%
Two or more races 8% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1601 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (312) 733-5337

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