Upcoming information sessions

Come meet teachers, learn about our program and curriculum, and ask questions about our school and admissions process at an upcoming information session. The next info sessions are:

  • August 17
  • October 5
  • November 23

All info sessions are on Saturdays from 12:30-2:00pm, located in our upstairs classrooms at KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd. Childcare is provided.

If you’re coming by car, the school is best accessed by taking 50th St. to Greenwood Ave., then turning south onto Greenwood and into the parking lot.

RSVP by emailing admissions@chicagofreeschool.org or on our Facebook event page. See you there!

“Sip and Paint” Spring Fundraiser

Join us Saturday, June 15 for an afternoon of creativity and fun while supporting our one-of-a-kind learning community! Food, wine, and childcare are provided.

This event is like nothing we’ve done before! We’re inviting our Hyde Park/Kenwood/Woodlawn neighbors to join Chicago Free School for a “Sip and Paint” gala and auction, 2-5pm. Tickets are $50 per adult guest and can be purchased via Eventbrite or from a CFS family or staff member. In order to get an accurate guest count for painting, tickets will not be available at the door.

what is a sip and paint?

At a sip and paint, guests become artists for the afternoon! Sip on wine while painting on your own canvas. Lead artist Meosha Thomas of Local Color Art Studio will be guiding adult guests in an informal group class to help you create a work of art you can take home with you. (Not a professional artist? Not to worry – it’s about a fun experience more than a perfect product!)

Upstairs, CFS teacher DeeAnn Reed will lead a children’s paint party for ages 3 and up. (They’ll be sipping on juice!)

Each adult guest will need a ticket, but the children’s paint party is included with the price of an adult ticket.

What else is included?

  • Wine poured by a professional bartender (so that glasses always stay at least half full!)
  • Food generously provided by Hyde Park Produce, Valois Restaurant, Rajun Cajun, The Sit Down, Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen, and Insomnia Cookies
  • Painting class, materials, and canvas to take home
  • Children’s paint party for children ages 3 and up
  • Entrance to our auction and raffle!

Proceeds of this event help support Chicago Free School, a 501(c)3 nonprofit independent school dedicated to democratic education, serving preK-8 students on Chicago’s south side. We believe in Choice, Voice, Inclusion, Community, and Exploration for all students, regardless of income. Your support means the world to us!

Summer camp at CFS

Chicago Free School camp is returning for summer 2019! We offer a full-day camp for pre-K through 8th grade. Sign up for just one week or all 7!

Families who register before May 10 qualify for the early-bird registration rate. Sliding-scale camp fees are available to current or incoming Free School families. For all other families, camp is $310 per week.

Come cook, create, build, hike, and more! Each week features a different theme and a variety of activities.

Learn more about CFS summer camp here. Registration is here.

Questions? Email CFScamp@chicagofreeschool.org. See you this summer!

CFS Annual Giving Campaign 2019

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The annual CFS online giving campaign is on until the end of January. At CFS, students are given a voice and provided opportunities to develop independence, compassion, and mastery at their own pace. They find their own passions and develop their own strengths. Chicago Free School believes in seeing the whole child. Unlike traditional schools, we don’t approach learning as a one-size-fits-all race; here, creativity and deep engagement are valued above standardized test scores and metrics.
Every family at Chicago Free School has a story of how a CFS education has made a difference in their lives. Please pass along our campaign to friends and family who appreciate the value of the respectful, student-centered approach CFS uses to help each child learn!
About 90% of our budget goes directly into our classrooms. We’re resourceful in making a little go a long way, so your donation of any amount will have a major impact.  You can help us meet our goals here. Thank you!

CFS Holiday Bake Sale

CFS is holding its first ever Holiday Bake Sale this month! Our volunteers are busy planning big batches of Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies, Gooey Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites, Crispy Rice Squares and more.

Support the vision of Chicago Free School by purchasing a fresh batch of homemade cookies or treats! 100% of all proceeds goes to the school–all treats will be baked by volunteers (sign up here to help) donating their time to make this fundraiser happen.

Order forms are due Wednesday, December 5!

Payment is due (collected by a CFS family or via Zelle) by December 5 – any orders not paid by then will be cancelled. We accept electronic payments via Zelle/QuickPay (send to: cfsadmin@chicagofreeschool.org)!

Prefer online ordering? We have a form for that! Same pickup date and locations apply.

Order pickup is Sunday, December 9!

3 pickup locations located around Hyde Park:

A – KAM Isaiah Israel (1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd) 10am-noon

B – Quaker House (5615 S. Woodlawn Ave) 12:30-2pm

C – Regenstein Library (1100 E. 57th St) 2:30-4pm

Thanks for supporting Chicago Free School, dedicated to making hands-on, student-led learning accessible for ALL kids, serving the south side of Chicago!