High School Admissions

This enrollment page lists the entire process for applying to grades 9-12.
We are currently accepting applications for the High School for 2016-17.
Follow the checklist below to ensure a complete submission of all materials.

Please direct all High School application inquiries to the Enrollment Office:
Lisa Payton, Enrollment Director  /  773.465.2371  /  lpayton@chicagowaldorf.org

Application Checklist for 9th through 12th Grades

  •  Parent(s) attend a School Tour & Orientation
     RSVP to Enrollment Office 773.465.2371 or lpayton@chicagowaldorf.org
  •  Contact the Enrollment Office to arrange a date for your child (the student)
      to visit and experience their grade for a full day (7:50am-3:45pm)
  •  Complete the Application Form
  •  Submit the application fee of $75
  •  Include a photo of the student
  • 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 the student's:
       -  Math teacher (download the form)
       -  English teacher (download the form) and
       -  Principal or Guidance Counselor (download the form)
      The letters must be e-mailed by recommenders to the Enrollment Office
  • Custody agreement & contact information for all parents/guardians (if relevant)

Begin your online application here:


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<<   Our online process allows you to input
       information, save it in stages, and edit your
       application until you are ready to submit it


Students currently enrolled in CWS 8th grade, need not submit a new High School application, but must apply to the SMART TUITION program if financial aid is desired. Please look for institutional communications or consult with the Enrollment Department (773.465.2371) with further questions.


High School Visit

It is highly recommended that High School applicants visit for a full day. Although this is not a requirement of a completed application, it helps families decide whether or not to apply. We encourage 9th grade applicants to visit during the late fall of their 8th grade year. Visits can be scheduled through the Enrollment Office by contacting Lisa Payton at 773.465.2371 or lpayton@chicagowaldorf.org.

Admission Process

The enrollment staff works collaboratively with the faculty to facilitate an admissions process that is professional, meaningful and pedagogically sound. The most important criterion 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. Students who are well-rounded and highly motivated are most likely to thrive in the high school.

Applications are reviewed by high school teachers. In most cases, applicants are recommended for an interview. The interview is conducted by two members of the high school faculty and, in some cases, an educational support specialist and/or the Enrollment Director. Interviews⎯which involve both the applicant and his/her parents or guardians⎯range in length from 45 to 75 minutes. Applicants will also have an opportunity to share their accomplishments and present examples of their best work. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

Admission decisions are made by the High School faculty. 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 Advisors and the 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: Scholarships, Tuition Adjustment and Sibling Discount
Visit the Financial Aid page for specific information regarding tuition adjustment, High School scholarship and sibling discount.

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 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.