About Us

Thank you for your interest in Our Lady of the Wayside School. OLW has been teaching students in the Arlington Heights and surrounding communities since 1954.

We are a Catholic school dedicated to enriching minds, fostering faith and expanding talents.

Since 1954, we have always strived to provide a rigorous academic foundation while teaching our students about the Catholic faith. OLW has twice been recognized as a Blue Ribbon School, most recently in 2015. We have an outstanding staff devoted to helping our students reach their highest potential. We have integrated a Balanced Literacy Curriculum since 2010 that promotes a life-long love of reading and learning. Middle school students are assigned an iPad to use throughout the school year and Smart Boards, iPads and laptop computers are used throughout the school to support learning as needed.

We are proud of our Buddy Program which introduces students in grades PK-3 to an older ‘buddy’ in grades 4-8. Buddy activities include visits to the Book Fair, reading days, Buddy Bingo, and holiday art projects. Every school day starts with student-led prayer and students attend Mass twice a month. Service activities are an integral part of student life.

Click here to view our OLW Brochure and or our OLW PreK & K Brochure.

Enrollment and Registration for 2018-2019 School Year

Registration for the 2018-2019 school year begins during Catholic Schools Week, January 28- February 3. The Winter Open House will be held on Sunday January 28 from 10:30am – 1:00pm and all classrooms will be open. A parent information night about preschool and kindergarten specifically will be held at 7pm on Wednesday January 24. Please join us at either or both of these events. You may also set up tour during school hours by calling the school office at 847-255-0050  or send an email infomation@olwschool.org.

Information about the OLW early childhood programs is available from the following links.

Preschool and Kindergarten Program Options 2018-2019

PK and K Registration Guidelines and Upcoming Events 2018-2019

Preschool Tuition Rates 2018-2019

Tuition rates for Kindergarten and 1st through 8th grades are published in late January.

Open Enrollment for 2017-2018 School Year
Open enrollment is ongoing throughout the school year, depending upon availability at each grade level. Find out more about our Application Process. Most of the forms and information needed to register for OLW are listed at the right. If you have other questions, please call the school office at 847-255-0050.

2017-18 Tuition Rates            2017-18 School Calendar           School Hours