Chicago Free School

All Understanding Begins With Wonder


Information Sessions

Come meet teachers, learn about our program and curriculum, and ask questions about our school and admissions process

All info sessions are on Saturdays from 12:30pm to 2:00pm, at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, 1100 E Hyde Park Blvd.


  • Saturday, August 11th, 2018

Childcare will be provided at all sessions. If you are coming by car, KAM Isaiah Israel is best accessed by taking 50th street to Greenwood, then turning onto Greenwood and into the parking lot.

The Admissions Process for New Families

We are still accepting applications for 2018-2019!

Click here to apply!

The priority deadline is February 28th, 2018. After that date we will accept students on a space-available basis. We still have a few spaces in grades 2 through 8.

If you’d like to join our mailing list for announcements, email

The application form will include instructions on how to pay our $50 non-refundable application fee. Additionally, families will need to verify their income if seeking sliding-scale tuition.

We ask incoming students going into 3rd through 8th grades to arrange for a school visit as part of the admissions process.  Families of PreK-2nd grade students are welcome to visit as well, but it is not required.  Please email to arrange a visit!

When admissions letters are sent out, you will be notified of your tuition, as well as your registration fee between $175 – $350 depending on your sliding scale tuition amount.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions, and feel free to email us at with any additional questions.

Sliding Scale Tuition

For 2018-2019, our sliding-scale formula is below.  In order to make the Chicago Free School as inclusive as possible, the school calculates tuition on a sliding scale based on a family’s total income. The minimum tuition is $3500 for PreK and $1500 for grades K-8.

Total income consists of adjusted gross income reported on federal taxes plus any non-taxable income such as social security benefits. Total income is multiplied with the appropriate assessment percentage (see table below) and rounded to the nearest $250.
Total income = taxable & non-taxable income
Assessed tuition = total income x assessment percentage

Total income
Assessment Percentage
Below $20,000 7%
$20,000-39,999 8%
$40,000-59,999 9%
$60,000-79,999 10%
$80,000-99,999 11%
$100,000 or more 12%

Sibling discount: we offer a 50% sibling discount for all children after the first child in a family, down to the minimum tuition of $3500 for PreK and $1500 for K-8.