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!