CFS Holiday Bake Sale fundraiser

CFS is holding its first ever Holiday Bake Sale fundraiser 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.

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