Growing the Free School: New year, new staff

As we excitedly begin our fifth school year on Tuesday, Chicago Free School welcomes our newest staff member, Saengjun (Waew) Luse.


Waew Luse grew up in Thailand, where she received a degree in chemistry and worked as an elementary school teacher before moving to the U.S. and continuing to work with young children. She has been been dedicated to the Free School philosophy for years and has previously been involved as both a CFS parent and volunteer. She writes,

“For me the Free School ticks so many of the boxes that a conventional setting misses. It allows children the space necessary to develop their own interests and abilities (and hence a love for learning), a community versus an isolated teaching space, and a humane system of discipline that treats children like people. Teaching at the Free School seems, in many ways, like the perfect fit because it will allow me to continue my life’s passion of working with children while also sharing many of the hands on skills I learned as a young girl, teaching skills learned at university and as a teacher, and commitment to the development of each child learned as a mother. I cannot wait to meet everyone and start the school year!”

Waew (pronounced “wow”) will lead a new 2nd/3rd grade homeroom, bringing us to a total of 5 classrooms and 6 full-time teachers! We are so pleased to have found another talented homeroom teacher to guide our students.

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 session is:

  • November 17th

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 or on our Facebook event page. See you there!

Spaces available for 2018-2019

We currently are still accepting applications in grades 2 through 8 for the 2018-19 school year. We maintain a short waiting list for pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grades. Please see our Admissions page for information and a link to our application.

If you are interested in applying for fall 2019, we have more information about when and how to apply on our Admissions page. In the meantime, please feel free to learn more about our Curriculum and School Philosophy, attend an information session this fall, and direct any questions to

CFS at the Walk for Equality

In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, on Friday, January 12, we will celebrate with

Walk for Equality: Continuing the Work for Justice

On Aug. 5, 1966, King and hundreds of civil rights activists, religious leaders and community members marched from Gage Park to Marquette Park as part of the Chicago Freedom Movement. Dr. King led the march to protest housing segregation in what was then a predominantly white area.

The 1/2 & 6-8 homerooms will re-enact the protest at Marquette Park after visiting the MLK living memorial.

The 3-5 homeroom will be having a march in the neighborhood in honor of Dr. King. They will be bringing their signs and chants to the LSTC campus and the University of Chicago campus to share their messages about justice and anti-racism as inspired by Dr. King.

The early childhood homeroom will bake a cake to celebrate MLK’s birthday. With each candle they place on the cake they will share their idea on how they will be a peacemaker. Our youngest ones will also create their own peace book.

All families are welcome to join us Friday for any of the events. If you are interested in joining any of the homerooms, please reach out to that homeroom teacher.

“Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”
March for Integrated Schools, April 18, 1959.