Pre School Admissions


Our Lady of the Wayside School offers a preschool environment in which each child learns and grows in a caring, supportive educational atmosphere.

OLW will be at the Arlington Heights Library Fair On Wednesday January 16 at 7pm. No RSVP is needed and the event is open to all, not just AH residents. 

The OLW Preschool and Kindergarten Information Night will be held on Wednesday January 23 at 7pm in the school Multi-purpose Room. Please enter the school from the front doors on Mitchell Ave.

The All-School Open House for OLW is at the beginning of Catholic Schools Week – Sunday, January 27, from 10:30am – 12noon. All buildings and classrooms will be open. Tours are available. 

Preschool Options 2019-2020

3 year olds ~ 2 day morning program (Tuesday and Thursday) (8:20am-11:00am) 

3 year olds ~ 3 day morning program (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) (8:20am-11:00am) 

4 year olds ~ 4 day morning program (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) (8:20am-11:00am) 

4 year olds ~ 5 day morning program (Monday through Friday) (8:20am-11:00am) 

Multi-age ~ 5 day ALL DAY program (Monday through Friday) (8:20am-3:00pm) (3 & 4 year-olds) 

Students may be dropped off as early as 8:00am when the older students are arriving.

Preschool Extension – Pray and Play

Pray and Play is available to all half day students. The extended day runs from 11:20am-12:45pm. Students are required to bring their own lunch to Pray and Play. It is offered five days* a week and students may sign up for one or more days a week at an additional yearly fee of $550 for each day of the week attended ($440 for Mondays).

*A minimum of six students is required for the extended day class to run on any given day.

 EARLY CHILDHOOD GRADE OPTIONS 2019-2020    PRESCHOOL Tuition and Fees 2019-2020

Registration INFORMATION Sheet 2019-2020

Registration Timeline and Events 2019-2020

Preschool at OLW School

Our teachers encourage playtime because it teaches young children a lot about cooperation. Crafts give children an opportunity for hand-eye coordination exercises and also allows them to show creativity. Our preschool classrooms include different selections of art mediums, books, building materials and dramatic play supplies.

Each preschool classroom has a SMART Board. Jolly Phonics is used to teach letters and sounds. Exposure to literature is an important aspect of the early childhood learning experience. Several lessons are taught in small groups, recognizing that each child learns in a different manner.

It is important to our teachers that every student feels proud of their work every day.