A Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster School

Tuition-Based Pre-K

Program Specifics

  • CPS Tuition-Based Pre-K (TBPK) is a full-day program.

  • The Ravenswood Tuition-Based Pre-K receives all of the special classes that are offered to the rest of the school including dance, drama, art, and physical education. We also bring in special events and programs and go on numerous field trips throughout the year because of the longer day.

  • Lunchtime is from 11:45-12:30 everyday. If you would like your child to have a hot lunch provided by CPS and Preferred Meal Systems please notify the teacher.  These meals are free for all families. If you child brings lunch, you can purchase milk for the day. Please give the appropriate amount in an envelope to your child’s teacher at the beginning of each week. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information or any questions you may have. The school lunch menu can be found here. Lunch provides a wonderful time for practicing language, math, and social skills. http://cps.edu/About_CPS/Departments/Pages/MealMenu.aspx

How to Enroll

See CPS’s Early Childhood Education page for more information including eligibility requirements, an Application Form, and a TBPK parent handbook. For more specific questions about our program at Ravenswood please email the classroom teacher, Elif Yeliz Zurawic at eyzurawic@cps.edu

Application Process: For the upcoming school year, a non-refundable two-week deposit is required with each application.  Please check the CPS website for an application.

Tuition is collected using the SMART Tuition Collection system. There is a 10% discount for siblings.

Applications are also available in the school office and must be accompanied by a two-week deposit; enrollment is first-come, first-served, according to the order in which applications and deposits are remitted to the school office, with preference given to in-boundary families and siblings of current Ravenswood students.

There are 20 available seats in each of two classrooms with one certified teacher and two assistant teachers in each room.

To enroll, children must be three or four years old by September 1st of the current school year and toilet trained.


Communication with families is integral to our program. Each classroom will has their own password-protected website that will be updated regularly. This website will include important classroom dates, events, volunteer opportunities and much more. It is expected that you will check the class website regularly. To learn more about what is happening in your child’s classroom each teacher will post monthly website updates, photos, and newsletters.

For more information, please see our Tuition-Based Pre-K Program Handbook

Daily Schedule (subject to change each year)

A typical day in our program looks like this:

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.  Arrival Activities: Signing-In and Small Group Activities

8:45 – 9:15 a.m. Storybooks/Journals

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Gathering (Circle Time)

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Outdoor/Large Motor Activity Play

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Centers

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Small Groups

11:30 – 11:45 a.m. Pre-Lunch Activity – i.e. newstime, yoga etc.

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Time

12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Outdoor/Large Motor Activity Play

12:45 – 1:00 p.m. Bathroom Break

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Naptime / Quiet Time

2:30– 2:45 p.m. Getting ready for Enrichment Classes

2:45 – 3:35 p.m. Enrichment Classes (Art, Drama, Dance and Gym)

3:45 – 4:15 p.m. Snack Time

4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Afternoon Activities (art, cooking, group game, sensory project, movie day, etc.)

4:45 – 5:15 p.m. Outdoor/Large Motor play in the gym

5:15 – 6:00 p.m. Classroom Activity/Clean Up

School Tours

Come see for yourself! Ravenswood offers school tours when school is session. Tours are led by Ravenswood parents knowledgeable about the school curriculum and activities. Visitors have the opportunity to see our facilities, observe classrooms in action, ask questions, and experience our school community firsthand (60 minutes). After the tour, the principal or assistant principal joins the group for a question-and-answer session (30 minutes).

Reservations are not necessary. For a schedule of our upcoming tours, please click here.