Grade School Admissions
We are currently accepting applications for the Grade School for 2015-16.
Follow the checklist below to ensure a complete submission of all materials.
Please direct all Grade School application inquiries to the Enrollment Office:
Lisa Payton, Enrollment Director / 773.465.2371 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Checklist for First thru Fifth Grade:
- Parent(s) attend a School Tour & Orientation
RSVP to Enrollment Office 773.465.2371 or email@example.com
- Complete Application: Apply online
- Submit application Fee of $75
- Attach a photo of your child
- Complete and sign Transcript/Records Request (download the form)
Top portion of the form must be e-mailed to the Enrollment Office.
- Request Letters of Recommendation from your child's:
- Current Class Teacher (download the form)
- Principal or Guidance Counselor (download the form)
The letters must be e-mailed by recommenders to the Enrollment Office.
- Educational or Neuropsychological Evaluation and 504/IEP (submit if relevant)
- Custody agreement & contact information for all parents/guardians (if relevant)
Begin your online application here:
<< Our online process allows you to input
information, save it in stages, and edit your
application until you are ready to submit it
The enrollment staff works collaboratively with faculty to facilitate an admission process that is professional, meaningful and pedagogically sound. The most important criterion for admission is that the family value and support a Waldorf educational philosophy. It is also important to ascertain if we will be able to meet the needs of the student and the expectations of the family.
An applicant's complete file is given to the appropriate teacher(s) for review. In most cases, the applicant is recommended for an interview and assessment. Interviews are conducted by the class teacher, a eurythmist or an educational support specialist, and the Enrollment Director. Their meeting will range in length from 45-75 minutes, and involves both the student and her/his parents or guardians. The interview will include an assessment involving movement exercises. The teachers observe the student’s fine and gross motor skills in order to determine the extent to which he or she has reached basic developmental milestones. Applicants for fourth and fifth grade will also complete a basic math and reading comprehension assessment.
If, after the interview and assessment, the teachers and the parents/guardians determine that Chicago Waldorf School appears to be a good match for the applicant for second through fifth grades, he or she will be invited to visit the class for two consecutive days. This is an opportunity for the applicant to meet the other students and for the teachers to observe the applicant within the classroom environment.
Admission decisions are made by the interview team. Notification will be sent in writing within three weeks or as soon as possible once a decision has been made for late or mid-year applicants.
There is a three month probationary period for all new students of the Chicago Waldorf School. This gives the class teacher and family an opportunity to discuss the student’s initial adjustment and, if necessary, develop a plan to ensure a successful transition.
>> START YOUR APPLICATION PROCESS BY Applying here
Financial Aid For Grade School Applicants: Tuition Adjustment and Sibling Discount
Visit our Financial Aid webpage for specific information regarding tuition, tuition adjustment and sibling discounts.
Notice of Nondiscrimination Policy
The Chicago Waldorf School does not discriminate against qualified applicants for employment or admissions to the School on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, or physical disability in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship, tuition adjustment, athletic, and other school-administrated programs.
Contact Lisa Payton at 773.465.2371 for more information or to schedule a visit to the Chicago Waldorf School.