Admissions Process

Chicago Friends School is accepting applications for kindergarten through eighth grade for the 2020–2021 school year.

Admissions occur on a rolling basis. However, we encourage families to apply by January 15, 2021. There is a nonrefundable $75 fee for applications submitted or postmarked by that date. For applications received after that date, the application fee is $100.

There are limited spaces in grades K–8 for 2020-2021 for students who wish to transfer during the school year. Please contact us at or call at 773-442-2371 ext. 1 to learn more.

Before starting the admissions process, we encourage all families to take a tour or come to an open house

Steps in the Admission Process

  1. Application materials and fee

    The first step in the application process is to download and fill out the application. At the same time, please download and have your child’s teacher fill out a teacher questionnaire. We also require the most recent progress report for students coming from another school.

    You can download admissions forms here.

    Application form

    Teacher recommendation form

    Students applying for grades 6–8 should also submit a hand-written, one-page essay that answers the question: “You are unique. Describe one skill, talent, or interest that makes you who you are. Why is that an important part of you? How does it impact your life and the lives of others?”

    Application materials can be mailed to:

    Chicago Friends School Admissions

    1246 W. Thorndale Ave.

    Chicago, IL 60660.

    Applications may also be emailed to

    A nonrefundable application fee is due with the application materials. This fee is $75 for applications submitted or postmarked by January 15, 2021. For applications received after that date, the fee is $100. The fee can be paid by check and submitted with a paper application or paid via PayPal on our donation page. Indicate “application fee” in the memo line.

  2. Half-day student visit

    After the application materials are received, the teacher of the classroom closest to your child’s grade will contact you to schedule a morning to spend in the classroom. On the visit day, your child should arrive at 8:30 a.m. and be picked up at 12:00 p.m. Please send a snack for your child.

  3. Family meeting

    After the half-day visit, the admissions team will contact parents to schedule a family meeting. At this meeting, we will learn more about your family, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions of school personnel and other parents. We feel it is important to understand parents’ perspectives and educational philosophy.

    Family meetings include parents only for grades K–5 and include parents and the prospective student for grades 6–8.

  4. Admission decision

    Following the family meeting, school personnel will contact you with an admissions decision. This usually happens within two weeks of the family meeting.

  5. Enrollment and registration

    After acceptance, the family secures a place in the class by submitting a signed contract and enrollment deposit. After this, we will give your family details on the registration process.

Inquiry Form

If you are not applying for the next year, please contact us to help us stay in touch with you regarding the admission process, Chicago Friends School events, and school fairs at which we will be present.