Frequently Asked Questions

What does diversity look like at NPES?

At NPES, we strive to provide a just, inclusive, equitable, and diverse experience for all members of our school community. To learn more, please visit our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion page.

How diverse is NPES?

Currently, 24% of our families identify as families of color and we have a spectrum of gender identities represented in our community. Our student population now comes from 18 different zip codes. We can feel our reach expanding at this point in our history, and the school is moving with intention toward greater diversity in all its forms.

What is the class size at NPES?

 Classes are capped at 24 students, with the exception of preschool 3, which is capped at 20 students.

What is the student to teacher ratio?

Student-to-teacher ratios are different for different grade levels. They are generally as follows: 

Middle School 18:1
4th/5th Grade 16:1
K-3rd Grade 12:1
Preschool 8:1
What is the average teacher tenure at NPES?

The average teacher tenure at NPES is 10 years.

What is the admissions process?

Depending on the age and grade of your child, acceptance into NPES requires a completed application form, a $150 non-refundable application fee, and a family questionnaire and interview. For more information, visit our Preschool Admission page or K-8th Admissions page.

What are the age requirements for admissions?

Children applying for preschool 3 class must be three years old by September 1.  Children applying for the preschool 4 class must be four years old by September 1. Children applying to kindergarten must be five years old by September 1.

Besides tuition, what are the other fees at NPES?

Additional fees include Association dues, a capital assessment as well as a per student fee that covers supplies, technology, field trips, and educational programming. Please refer to our Fees & Tuition page for detailed information on the fees outside of tuition.

Does NPES offer financial assistance?

Currently, NPES does not have a financial assistance program. However, school leadership is actively exploring the implementation of a program in the near future.

What is the average tuition increase each year?

On average, tuition increases between 4-6% each year.

Are there giving expectations at NPES?

Yes. We rely on the geneoristy of our families for financial gifts and gifts of time. Please see our Giving overview page for more information.

What are the times of the school day?
Grades Start of Day Dismissal
Preschool Half Day 8:35 11:15
Preschool Full Day 8:35 3:00
K-2 8:30 3:10
3-5 8:25 3:15
6-8 8:20 3:18
How is drop off and pick up handled?

NPES has a “kiss-n-go” drop-off policy in the active drop-off zone in front of the school on Montrose Ave. Middle school students, under the supervision of faculty members, serve as safety patrol during drop off to assist younger children getting into and out of cars safely. 

Dismissal is supervised by faculty and staff members. Preschool through 2nd grade students are dismissed from our play lot, while 3rd-5th grade students are dismissed from the front doors. Parents may utilize the drop-off zone on Montrose Ave if they choose.

What are the days for full or part-time preschool?

Our three and four year-old preschool programs are five mornings a week. If you prefer a full day preschool, you may choose from the following full day options: T/Th, M/W/F, or M-F.

What extracurricular activities and extended care options are there?

There is care available for all students before and after the standard school day for an additional fee. Before care opens at 7:30 am and after care runs until 5:45 pm. NPES also offers an array of before and after school activities to all students including band, theater, Model UN, coding, Science Olympiad, and basketball. Visit our Beyond the Classroom page to learn more.

Does my child need to be potty trained before starting preschool?

Yes, before starting preschool, your child must be fully potty trained. You can read our Toilet Training Policy here.

What are our options for school lunch?

All students may bring lunch from home or you may purchase school lunch through Gourmet Gorilla for an additional cost.

How much attrition do you see each year?

While attrition varies from year to year and grade to grade, we typically see attrition rates of 6-8% per year.

Where do NPES graduates go to high school?

NPES graduates attend a wide range of public, private and parochial high schools in the city of Chicago. Please visit our High School Placement Program page for a comprehensive list of high schools.

Admissions

ADMISSIONS COFFEE

Parents and guardians are welcome to join us for one of our Admissions Coffees from 9:15-9:45 am followed by a school tour from 9:50-10:30 am.

To register for an Admissions Coffee please complete this Inquiry Form.

Please note that if you are attending an Admissions Coffee in-person, attendance will be limited to 30 individuals and we require that all attendees show proof of full vaccination prior to being admitted into the building. Masks are required at all times. All attendees will be emailed a Zoom link one week prior to the Admissions Coffee, should you decide to attend the information portion of the event virtually.

Admissions Coffee Dates:

Watch this space for 2022-23 dates!

If you would like to schedule an in-person tour, please contact npesadmissions@npeschool.org.

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