FAQs

Answers to the questions most frequently asked can be found in the information below. Of course, if there is anything else you would like to know please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you!

What is a play-based pre-school?

We believe that children learn through purposeful play. The activities and curriculum designed by our teachers support science, math, literature, small and large motor work, social and ecological responsibility and presentation and public speaking skills. When children play, they are experimenting. Play is about self-discovery, self-analysis and self-awareness. Children are learning about themselves and they are learning about their friends while teachers observe, ask questions and offer support and guidance.

Does my child need to be potty-trained?

No, children do not need to be potty-trained. Mary Meyer School believes that toilet training is specific to the individual child and therefore is not a requirement of admission to the school.

How do you handle parent and child separation?

We believe that it is equally important to help parents separate from their children as it is for children to separate from their parents. It is a key component in our work at the beginning of the school year. We have a staggered start to our school day. The school year begins with a brief 20-minute classroom visit for pairs of students. We transition to half-group half-day visits for children and their parents and then gradually to our typical half-day schedule. We require parents or caregivers to remain inside the schoolhouse to support this transition to the child’s life as a student. We support both parents and children through this process, and sometimes encourage parents to leave, but stay nearby. Our gentle approach is reflective of what children will experience once they have adjusted to their student life. We insure that we are creating an environment that feels safe, warm and welcoming to the pace of every child who is left in our educational care. Parents also have the opportunity at drop-off to spend time with their child for the first 15 minutes of each school day.

Do you go outside?

Yes! Our preschool is one of a few preschools in Chicago with an attached outdoor playground. Our Playgarden serves to provide children with the opportunity to run and bike and climb developing their gross motor skill and continuing to develop their social and negotiation skills. Utilizing our out door space is integral to our daily curriculum. Even in winter we bundle up with snow pants, gloves, hats and boots and take advantage of our Playgarden space to run, jump and interact. This allows our students to develop their gross motor skills, their social skills and negotiation skills, when it comes time to share bikes or sandbox tools.

Where do Mary Meyer School students attend elementary schools?

Mary Meyer School children are represented in private, public and parochial schools throughout Chicago.

What is the annual tuition?

The annual tuition for the 2016-17 school year is $10,490 per child. (2017-18 Tuition Fees will be available later in this school year)

What are my chances of being accepted?

Siblings or children of former Mary Meyer students are given priority. In admitting other applicants, the school aims to strike a balance between factors such as the ages, genders, and backgrounds of the children. We seek a diverse student body, and we encourage applications from children of all backgrounds, races, and faiths.

What programs do you have?

We have a morning and an afternoon program. The morning program runs from 8:45-11:30am, Monday through Friday. The afternoon program runs from 12:45-3:30pm, Monday through Friday. In each class, there are 18 students under the care of 3 teachers (6:1). We also have a two-year old parent/child class that is available to siblings of returning families.

How old does my child need to be to attend Mary Meyer School?

Children eligible to apply for the 2017-18 morning program need to be 3 years old by December 1, 2017, and therefore children must be born between December 2, 2013 and December 1, 2014. Children in the afternoon class must be born between September 2, 2012 and June 30, 2014.

How do you select new students?

Siblings or children of former Mary Meyer students are given priority. In admitting other applicants, the school aims to strike a balance between factors such as the ages, genders, and backgrounds of the children. We seek a diverse student body, and we encourage applications from children of all backgrounds, races, and faiths.

How many spaces are typically available for new families?

Each year is different, but typically there are 6-10 spaces available in each of the morning and afternoon classes.

How early can I apply for admission?

We only accept applications one year in advance of entrance. For example, to apply for the 2017-18 school year, you should apply in the fall or winter of 2016-17. Applications for 2017-18 are due by February 3, 2017.