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 — a savings of $25 per week. Sliding-scale camp fees are available to current or incoming Free School families.

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

Questions? Email

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:

  • April 6th
  • May 18th

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!

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:!

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!

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.