Tuition-Based Preschool

South Loop Elementary School

Tuition-Based Preschool

Registration Now Open For 2020-21 Pre-K School Year!

Tuition Information | Where to Register 

Through common goals and high expectations, South Loop School is dedicated to building a strong foundation and igniting a lifelong passion for learning with the students and families under their care.

Certified early childhood educators prepare students for the future by providing challenging and rewarding educational experiences in engaging, literacy rich learning environments that encourage all students to learn.

Location & School Hours:
South Loop School, Building 1:
1915 South Federal Street, Chicago, IL 60616
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Family Style Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. – Instruction Begins

NOTE: Tuition-Based Preschool follows the CPS calendar for scheduled dates the school will be closed.


Class Size and Staff Qualifications:
Each classroom has between 18-20 students. Each class is staffed with early childhood certified teachers and two teacher assistants with at least 60 hours of college credit.


The daily schedule provides a routine designed within each classroom to provide:

  • A balance of active and quiet activities
  • Individual, small group, and large group activities
  • Outdoor play
  • A balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed activities
  • Reading time
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Naps and Quiet time
  • Incorporates early literacy and mathematic skills
  • Use of the Creative Curriculum and Learning Centers


Progress Reports:
Parent conferences are scheduled at least twice during the school year to discuss your child’s progress with the teacher.


Toileting Guidelines:
Based on requirements by CPS Office of Early Childhood Education, it is recommended, but not required, for children to be toilet trained prior to beginning preschool.  If a child is not toilet trained, staff is unable to change or assist with toileting if there is an accident. Parents are then asked to inform staff how they wish toileting issues to be addressed if there is an accident, with the understanding that staff cannot change diapers/Pull-Ups or provide toileting assistance.

Tuition-Based Preschool

Tuition & Deposit

Tuition for the 2020-21 school year will be $15,275, exclusive of meals. Meals may be purchased at the school or brought from home. Please submit a two-week, non-refundable deposit of $700.

Applications submitted without the deposit will not be considered. The payment must be in the form of a check or money order and should be made out to: CPS Tuition Based Program; cash will not be accepted. Your child’s name should be written in the memo section of the check. This deposit will only be returned to you if your child is not placed in a TBP program or if the proposed program does not open in this school. If you choose not to enroll your child in the program for any reason, the deposit will not be returned.

NOTE: The tuition for children entering as three-year-olds in September 2019 and returning as four-year-olds in September 2020 will remain the same.

Tuition-Based Preschool

Registration Information

All Chicago residents are welcome to apply for tuition-based preschool, regardless of neighborhood school boundaries. All students must apply. See below for documents required for registration.

Early registration is recommended so the administration can adequately plan for teacher assignments. Registration is now OPEN for 2019-2020 school year.


Registration is at the BUILDING 2 OFFICE ONLY
1212 South Plymouth Ct
8:00am – 3:00pm
Monday thru Friday, except Chicago Public Schools holidays


  Tuition-Based Preschool Application and Deposit*

  Parent or guardian’s Illinois Driver’s License or State I.D.

 One of the following as proof of residency:

  • Original Lease/Mortgage
  • Two original utility bills (gas, electric, water – not cell phone) (or)
  • One original utility bill and original voter’s registration form

One of the following as a proof of child’s age: Preschool enrollees must be 3 but not yet 5 on or before September 1 of the upcoming school year. 

  • Child’s original birth certificate
  • Child’s baptismal record
  • Passport
  • Court documents

  Medical with up-to-date immunizations
Must be provided during registration or as soon as they are available to you.


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