How to Apply

Interested in applying for fall 2022?

Thank you so much for being so interested in applying to Chicago Friends School

The online application includes student information, family information, other supporting documents, and a $75 application fee*. We ask for submitting the application form by February 1, 2022, but we accept applications on a rolling admissions basis.

*For applications submitted after February 1, 2022, the application fee is $100.

Before starting the admissions process, we strongly encourage all families to take a tour or attend a virtual open house.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at or call at 773-442-2371 ext. 1 to learn more.

Steps in the Admission Process

1. Application Materials

The first step is to complete the online application and forward the online teacher recommendation to the student’s current teacher.  Also, you may upload require the most recent progress report for students coming from another school.

To begin the application process, click here.

Teacher Recommendations

K-2  click here

Grades 3-5 click here

Grades 6-8 click here

*Students applying for grades 6–7 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?”

2. Student Visit

After the application materials are received, the director of admissions will contact you to schedule a time for your child to visit and sit in the classroom.

For kindergarten and early elementary applicants, this will be a half-day.  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. 

For older applicants, we may schedule a full day, from 8:30 AM to 3 PM in consultation with parents.  On that day please pack a lunch and a snack.  

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 school personnel and other parents questions. 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 10-14 days after 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.

6. Inquiry Form

If you are not applying for the next year, don’t hesitate to contact us to stay in touch and sign up for our newsletters to learn about our admission process,  school events, and open houses.

Other sections in Admissions

Online Admissions Application

K-2 Teacher Questionnaire Form

Grades 3-5 Teacher Questionnaire Form

Grade 6-7 Teacher Questionnaire Form

Admissions Events

Admissions Inquiries and Scheduling Tours

2022-2023 Tuition and Financial Aid

Saving For Your Child’s Education

Diversity and Inclusion

Upcoming Open Houses