Chicago Free School could not exist without the support of generous individuals who share our vision of student-driven education, without barriers, for all children. Thank you to our friends, family, and neighbors who have helped make our school possible!


The Chicago Free School is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible and may be made using the PayPal button above. We send a donation thank-you letter to the address you list in Paypal, which also serves as a receipt for your tax records.
Checks may also be made out to Chicago Free School. Donating by check allows your full donation to go to our school programs, rather than to processing fees. Here’s how to get in touch with us.

Your gift makes a difference

$50 buys a set of books for a literature circle or a thematic science unit
$100 pays for transportation for our middle-school group to go on 5 field trips
$250 buys a netbook laptop for learning programming, writing a school newspaper, or publishing fantasy stories
$600 sponsors a student for one month. Our sliding-scale tuition means that we want our school to remain affordable for everyone, regardless of income.
$1000 sponsors a student for one whole school year. We believe every year is important for a child’s development toward independence and a lifelong joy of learning.

Other ways to get involved

Our vision of an inclusive, accessible learning community means that we rely on each other’s talents and resources to build the school we imagine. Want to volunteer? Let us know, and we’ll connect with you.

Online give-back programs

CFS receives 10-15% of each sale from when you shop for children’s clothes using our unique link (

You can also give to our school through Amazon Smile when you shop at A small percentage of your purchase will go automatically to CFS.