Tuition-Based Preschool

South Loop Elementary School

Tuition-Based Preschool

South Loop Elementary’s Tuition Based Preschool (TBP) offers families an affordable ten hour school-based educational program. This program is offered in a small number of elementary schools. There is a fixed tuition for all participating children.

Why Tuition Based Preschool?

The Tuition Based Preschool program provides:

  • Ten hour school day for a fixed tuition
  • High quality preschool experience
  • A standardized curriculum: Creative Curriculum Literacy Approach is used in all classrooms, providing a research-based structure to support student growth and learning
  • Operation is the length of the CPS school year
  • Enrichment activities and field trips

South Loop School Tuition-Based Preschool registration is now open for the 2019-2020 School Year. 

All students must apply, regardless of whether they live within the school’s boundary.  See below for documents required for registration.



Registration is at the Building 1 Office:
1915 South Federal Street
8:00am – 3:00pm
Monday thru Friday, except Chicago Public Schools holidays



Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year will be $14, 617, 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.

Building 1 (Branch) Tour

Preschool Application

Required Forms

Optional Forms