< Back What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children? What are some examples of these schools? Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools? Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)? How are most kids transported to and from school? When does the typical school year start and end? Is there anything else I should know about local schools? What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children? There are many excellent public, private and charter schools in Chicago and the surrounding areas. Public schools are free, publicly funded, and adhere to a standard curriculum. Private schools charge a fee for attendance and usually offer a more specialized curriculum. Charter schools are non-profit, self-managed public schools, operating under a performance contract with the local school board. Although charter schools are authorized and monitored by the local school district, they operate independently. They are sometimes referred to as independent public schools. Most parents choose a school for their child dependent on the child's needs and interests. For more information on schooling options, contact Crown Chicago, check the local yellow pages or visit the Web sites listed below. ↑ Top What are some examples of these schools? Because of the large number of both public and private schools and the diverse educational needs of children, it would be in your best interest to consult with Crown Chicago or your real estate broker who can assist with your educational requirements and concerns. ↑ Top Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools? If your child will be attending a public school, there is no competition. Public schools are zoned so they are obliged to accept all children within the school zone in which you live. Private schools, however, typically have entrance requirements and waiting lists. If you plan to send your child to a private school, it is recommended that you apply as soon as you arrive in the area to guarantee a spot on the waiting list. ↑ Top Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)? Yes, preschools are widely available, at a cost. ↑ Top How are most kids transported to and from school? Most schools operate school buses, or parents drive their children to and from school. Many parents also rely on car pools. Children also walk if the school is within walking distance from their home. When does the typical school year start and end? The school year begins in late August/early September and ends in May/June. ↑ Top Is there anything else I should know about local schools? It is generally a good idea to research homes and schools at the same time, as one may affect the other. Selecting a school may depend on the neighborhood or suburb where you reside, as boundaries often determine which school your child may attend. ↑ Top IMPORTANT NOTE: Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.