Our Lady of the Wayside School offers a preschool environment in which each child learns and grows in a caring, supportive educational atmosphere. OLW is a Blue Ribbon Catholic elementary school in Arlington Heights, IL. We offer full and half day programs for three and four year olds. Thank you for your interest in our school.

It is important to our teachers that every student feels proud of their work every day. Several lessons are taught in small groups, recognizing that each child learns in a different manner.

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, complemented by Handwriting without Tears to teach how letters are formed. Exposure to literature is an important aspect of the early childhood learning experience.

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Preschool Options 2024-25
3-year-olds –  morning only (8:20am – 11:00am)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Tuesday, Thursday
Mon-Fri may be an option for some families.
4-year-olds – morning only (8:20am – 11:00am)
You may choose 3, 4, or 5 days a week. (Please note: choosing 4 days/week is strongly encouraged to get the most of the PK-4 curriculum.)
3 and 4 year olds multiage – full-day program (8:20am – 3:00pm)
You may choose 3, 4, or 5 days a week 
Students may be dropped off as early as 8:00am when the older students are arriving.

Preschool Extension for Morning Only Students – Pray and Play
Pray and Play is available to all half day students. The extended day runs from 11:00am-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.

2024-25 Tuition and Fees – Preschool
2024-25 Options for PK and K
2024-25 Registration Information Sheet

Before and After Care Flyer
Before and After Care  Registration Form
Before and After Care Fees