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Early Years Admissions

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about the Early Years admissions process and help you get to know British International School of Chicago, South Loop.

Our Early Years admissions process is for children in: 

  • Nursery (Preschool)
  • Reception (Junior Kindergarten)
  • Year 1 (Kindergarten) 

View age requirements and grades. For the 2021-22 school year, children who turn three after September 1, 2021 may enroll in Nursery. However, they may need to repeat Nursery with their age-appropriate cohort the following year. This will be an open discussion and determined during the Parent Meeting. 

The School Day

Nursery children may enroll in our morning (8:25 a.m. - noon) or full-day program (8:25 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.). 

Reception children attend school 8:25 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Year 1 children attend school 8:25 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Admissions Process

The Early Years admissions process consists of the following steps.

STEP 1 - Book a school tour 
We recommend parents book a group tour to explore our school with a member of the Admissions Team. You'll observe children in the classroom, learn about the admissions process and have a chance to ask questions of faculty. To visit us you can request a visit.

STEP 2 - Submit an application
Complete an online application. Applications for the 2021-22 school year are due Monday, February 1, 2021. After this initial deadline we accept applications on a rolling basis and welcome families to submit applications. 

In addition to your application, you’ll need to submit the following items:

  • school transcripts from the current year (if applicable)
  • a teacher evaluation form (if applicable)
  • application fee (payable online or by check)

STEP 3 - Attend a virtual playdate
The virtual play date gives children a chance to interact with BISC-SL staff. The playdates will be in November and December.

STEP 4 - Attend a parent meeting
During the parent meeting, you'll meet with a member of the Admissions Team to learn more about each other, your educational values and what makes our school special. You can also ask any questions you may have about the school tour, application or admissions process. We schedule parent meetings as applications are received.


The Enrollment Management Association
If you have an Enrollment Management Association account, you can apply for enrollment here.

2021-22 Early Years Admissions Schedule

Date Description
September 1, 2020 Online application form opens
February 1, 2021 Admissions applications due
February 1, 2021 Financial aid application due
Starts November 16, 2020 Virtual Play Date for Applicants (Applications and RSVP Necessary)
March 10, 2021 2021-22 Admissions notifications
April 10, 2021 Signed enrollment contracts due


Early Years Application Checklist

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