May 24 is Fundraiser Night: Silent Auction and Performance

Join us on Wednesday May 24th for an evening of student-led entertainment and a silent auction that highlights businesses in the Chicago Free School’s local community.

The event, featuring several student performances, refreshments, and a silent auction, will help fund the addition of more classroom space for the Chicago Free School.

See flyer below. Join us and help us grow!

  • Who: Open to the community
  • What: Snacks, student performances, and silent auction
  • When: Wednesday, May 24th 5:30-7:30pm
  • Where: In the social hall at KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago
  • How much: Suggested admission is $5-40 per family, pay what you can

Community School Supply Fundraiser

Please consider taking part in our Community School Supply Fundraiser. We are committed to offering play-based, socially democratic learning spaces for students from diverse backgrounds. We are raising funds so we can have $175 per student to support our projects and creative spaces through the end of the school year.

Some of the things that make our school special are:

  • Maker Space – a creative time for 1-8th grade to create, build, and have the freedom to bring their imagination to life. This can be through robotics, 3D printing, creating vinyl images, beading, weaving, or any combination!
  • Student-led clubs – Students have time and space to explore ideas that are important to them. This could be creating signs to advocate or protest, making newsletters or posters to bring awareness to issues they value
  • Rotating electives – exploring subjects in multi-age groups to bring mentorship and use peer-to-peer teaching to help fully explore ideas
  • Field trips – Chicago Free School makes a point to see and explore Chicago as a regular part of their curriculum, using public transportation to see spaces like the DuSable History Museum, Michigan Lake Shore and other nature preserves that are accessible by bike, all parts of the Museum Campus downtown, and the Indiana Dunes.

Some of the items we would like to purchase are:

  • Wire and components for robotics projects
  • Supplies to complete 3D printing projects
  • Paper, glue, pens, and markers
  • Yarn and textiles
  • Bins and containers

Any amount will help, and if you can please share, we know that through many hands and gifts, our goal can be reached!

Go to our GoFundMe page to donate. Thank you for your support!

Now accepting applications for 2023-2024 school year

The time is upon us to reflect on the joys and sorrows of the past year and to start looking forward towards the future and all that this year will bring. We are grateful for having had the chance to get to know each of the unique, curious kids that have been with us this year, and to help spark their wonder and curiosity while helping them navigate the world and feel a sense of belonging.

If you’re interested in becoming a part of the CFS community, here’s what you need to know about enrolling your child in Chicago Free School.

Tuition Info 

We understand that family budgets are limited, and we take seriously our obligation to create a learning space that is truly based on democracy, equity and inclusion. Our income-based sliding scale tuition helps to keep CFS as equitable and accessible as possible. Visit our tuition page for more information on how tuition is calculated, sibling discounts, and a tuition calculator to help you plan. 

How to Apply 

We are now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year: Apply here

Our priority deadline is February 28, 2023.  Visit the admissions page for more information on how to apply, application fees and what information you will need to provide.

Admissions for current (2022-2023) school year 

We still have limited space available in grade PreK/K, 1/2/3, and 6/7/8. Please contact if you have questions about joining the wait list, or apply here.

You can visit our Admissions page for more information or email We look forward to talking with you and getting to know your child!