Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the common questions we receive about tuition and financial aid, our educational philosophy, and the day-to-day life at The Field School.
How old does my child need to be for Pre-K or Kindergarten?
Your child must be four years old by September 1st of the year he or she would begin Pre-K and five years old by September 1st for Kindergarten. While many students' birth dates fall close to this date, we adhere strictly to this deadline to maximize success for all students. Please click HERE for a more detailed list of student requirements for admission to Pre-K or Kindergarten at The Field School.
What are the class sizes?
Classes cap at 18 to 20 students. In Pre-K through 1st grade, each teacher is supported by an instructional aide.
Can students enroll in half days?
Pre-K students may enroll in half days, and tuition will be charged accordingly. For students in Kindergarten and above, only full days are available.
Do students have opportunities for free play during school?
Yes! Students enjoy outdoor recess every day the weather permits, and the younger grades have additional discovery time for free play.
Does the Field School serve students with special needs?
To ensure that we can serve all of our students with excellence, applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. The Field School cannot accommodate those with moderate to severe disabilities.
Does The Field School require students to be Christian?
The foundation of The Field School’s educational philosophy and community life is Jesus Christ. All staff members confess and embody this truth, and students regularly study Scripture and attend morning worship each day. At the same time, The Field School welcomes all children regardless of religious background or faith.
Is The Field School affiliated with any local church or denomination?
No, the Field School is independent and non-denominational.
What kind of test must my child take to be considered for admission?
Each child will take a short in-house math, reading, and behavioral assessment (please click HERE for more information about Pre-K/Kindergarten assessments) with a teacher from the child’s respective grade to determine class readiness.
Does The Field School employ regular standardized testing?
The Field School complies with any standardized tests required by Illinois state law.