High School Admissions
Application Checklist for 9th through 12th Grades
Parent(s) attend a School Tour & Orientation
RSVP to Admissions Office 773.465.2371 or email@example.com
Contact the Admissions 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 Application (you may apply online or download this printable form)
- Submit Application fee of $75
- Attach photo of the student
Complete and sign Transcript/Records Request (download the form)
Transcript/Records Requests must be mailed or faxed (fax: 773-465-6648) directly to the Admissions 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)
Recommendations must be mailed or faxed (fax: 773-465-6648)
directly to the Admissions office by the recommenders
- Educational or Neuropsychological Evaluation and 504/IEP (if relevant)
- Custody agreement & contact information for all parents/guardians (if relevant)
accepting applications for the 2013-14 year
Note: Post-deadline applications are accepted year-round provided space is available.
<< Our online process allows you to input
information, save it in stages, and edit your
application until you are ready to submit it
Note: 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 Admissions Office by contacting Lisa Payton at 773-465-2371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Admissions 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 Admissions 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.
>> apply online or download our school's Application Form
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 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.