Chicago Free School

All Understanding Begins With Wonder


The Chicago Free School needs YOU! Our fundraiser continues through the end of the year!

Building the Chicago Free School was a fantastic event filled with the sights, sounds, and tastes of democratic education and community learning (and some of Hyde Park’s best restaurants), and if you made it there, we’re glad you did!

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But our fundraising effort is not yet complete. It runs through the end of the year, and we can’t do it without you! We believe we can reach our goal that allows us to continue providing groundbreaking education and a sliding tuition scale to keep our school inclusive and affordable for myriad families in Chicago. Please help us make a difference–donate today!

Our Indiegogo campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/building-the-chicago-free-school

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Building The Chicago Free School: A Fundraising Event

Building The Chicago Free School, a fundraising event dedicated to showcasing how choice, voice, community, inclusion, and exploration guide our learning community, is happening on November 15! We’ll have videos, testimonials, and examples of students work, along with hors d’oeuvres, drinks. live music, and hands-on fun! We hope to meet you and that you’ll help be a part of building The Chicago Free School. Augustana Lutheran Church, $25, 6:30-8:30 PM


Welcome to a different kind of school!

We believe that students should be empowered to direct their own learning by making choices about what they want to learn and how they can learn it best.

Our democratic free school will give students a voice in their learning.  We believe that students who chart their own course in school are able to discover and follow their passions, develop intrinsic motivation, and engage deeply in authentic learning.

Our school will be a caring and inclusive community.  We empower students to learn to resolve their own conflict in a safe environment.  We welcome all students regardless of race, ethnic or national origin, family income, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or physical disability.

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