Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the common questions we receive about tuition, financial aid, philosophy, and the day-to-day life of The Field School. If you don’t see your question answered below, please feel free to contact us
When does the school year start and end? When does school start and end each day?
The school year begins on August 24th and ends on June 8th. Each day school begins at 8:30am and ends at 3:15pm. Familes can consult the The Field School 2017-2018 Academic Calendar for a full list of holidays, vacation, and faculty development days.
What grades does The Field School offer?
In fall 2017, we will offer pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade. We will add a grade each academic year, and will eventually serve students through the eighth grade.
How old does my child need to be for pre-k?
4 years old as of September 1, 2017. For kindergarten, the minimum age is 5 years old as of September 1, 2017.
Are partial days available?
The Field School offers two options for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students: 5 full days or 5 half-days. For students in first grade and above, we only offer full days.
What is the teacher-student ratio?
In lower elementary, all classes have a teacher and supporting instructional aide. Classes cap at roughly 18 students.
Does The Field School serve students with special needs?
Students with special needs are very important to The Field School. To ensure that we can serve all of our students with excellence, applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. At this time, The Field School cannot accommodate those with moderate to severe disabilities.
How much is tuition?
Full tuition is $7,500; for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students who only come half-days, tuition is $5,500. Most students will qualify for financial aid.
Is financial aid available?
Yes. Given our mission, we expect that a majority of our students will receive some financial aid, and in some cases, most of their tuition cost. Financial aid is awarded on a sliding scale according to family size and income. To receive the award, families must submit an application through FACTS, a school tuition management service. Visit our Enroll page to learn more.
Is there a tuition discount for enrolling multiple children at The Field School?
Yes, there is a percentage reduction for each additional child.
Is there before- and after-school care?
Yes. Before-care will be available starting at 7:00am. After-care will be provided until 6:00pm.
Before-care is offered from 7:00am - 8:15am on regular and early dismissal school days. During this time students receive unstructured play time outside or in a classroom. They also have time and resources for studying or reading. All students who attend are offered a breakfast snack.
Before-care is broken into two fee intervals. The first interval is 7:00am - 8:00am. The fee for this interval is $4. If you receive SNAP or TANF benefits your rate for this interval to $2. 8:00am - 8:15am is $2 or $1 if you receive SNAP and TANF benefits.
After-care is offered until 6:00pm on regular school days. Any students not picked up during dismissal and not registered in a before school activity are signed in to after-care. Students in after-care receive time for unstructured play outside or in a classroom. Following the unstructured play time students are offered a snack. Then students in first grade receive time to work on their homework or read silently while pre-k and kindergarten students participate in a read aloud and other activities. Additional activities are also provided for those students who stay until 6:00pm.
After-care is broken into three fee intervals; 3:31pm - 4:00pm, 4:01pm - 5:00pm and 5:01pm - 6:00pm. The fee for each interval is $4. If you receive SNAP or TANF benefits your rate per interval to $2. There is a fee of $1 per minute after 6:00 pm.
Does The Field School require uniforms or a dress code?
To help foster a school culture of unity and excellence, all students wear uniforms. The dress code is simple and inexpensive. For more information families can view The Field School Uniform Policy
How would you describe The Field School’s curriculum?
The Field School is influenced by the classical education tradition and work of Charlotte Mason, a 19th-century Christian education reformer who taught children during England’s Industrial Revolution. Our philosophy features a number of distinctives: an emphasis on wisdom instead of knowledge alone, joyful curiosity, and great texts that have stood the test of time. Our curriculum is rigorous, thoughtfully developed, and inspiring to children.
Will The Field School require standardized testing?
We will comply with any standardized tests required by Illinois state law. We are also investigating a standardized test that will help assess student achievement compared with other independent schools.
What is your approach to discipline? Homework? Field trips? Technology?
We believe that education ought to encourage the flourishing of the whole child, helping foster both a focused learning environment and life-giving relationships. Discipline should address the heart and not just behavior. Homework is appropriate according to the age of the student—no homework is assigned for pre-k and kindergarten. We will have a robust schedule of field trips. The Field School believes technology is a remarkable resource, but lower elementary classrooms will be very intentionally "low-tech."
Will you offer "specials" (e.g., P.E., art, music)?
Yes. Physical activity, time spent outdoors, as well as musical and visual art are very important at The Field School. Comparatively speaking, students will spend more time in creative activity than their peers at other schools.
Is The Field School accredited?
Not at this time. We are exploring three different accrediting bodies: the Association of Christian Classical Schools, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, and the Association of Christian Schools International.
Is The Field School affiliated with any local church or denomination?
No. We are independent and non-denominational.
What does "Christ-centered" mean?
The Field School's foundation is the lordship of Jesus Christ. All employees, board members, and other overseers confess and embody this truth. At the same time, the school welcomes all children regardless of background or faith. All students will read, study, and memorize Scripture, attend daily Lauds (morning prayers and hymns), and participate in weekly chapel.