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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 2018-19 school year, children who turn three after September 1, 2018 may enroll in Nursery. However, they will 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. - 3:55 p.m.

Admissions Process

The Early Years admissions process consists of the following steps.

Attend a group tour (optional)
We recommend parents attend 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. Group tours run from September to December. To visit us outside of these dates you can request a visit.

Submit an application
Download the 2019-20 application or complete an online application. Applications are due Monday, January 7, 2019. 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:

  • a copy of your child's birth certificate
  • school transcripts from the current year (if applicable)
  • a teacher evaluation form (if applicable)
  • application fee (payable online or by check)

Attend a play group
The play group gives children a chance to interact with fellow applicants their age. The play group is scheduled for early February 2019.

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.

2019-20 Early Years Admissions Schedule

Date Description
First two weeks of September  Online application form opens
September 18th Group tours begin
November 10th All school Open House 1pm-4pm
January 7th Admissions applications due
February 4th Financial aid application due
February 4th Supporting documentation due for Nursery, Reception and Year 1
February 11th Parent Meeting deadline
February 16th Play Group 10am - Noon
February 20th 2019-20 Admissions notifications for Nursery, Reception and Year 1
March 18th Signed enrollment contracts due


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