Grade School

Apply Now | Grades 1-5

Grade School Application
Instructions for Prospective Families

  1. Click on the Grade School Application button above.
  2. Select the "Create Account" link to create username and password.
  3. After entering your basic information, select the "Create Account" button.
  • Our system may recognize you by your email address.
  • If the system recognizes your email address, your email address will be highlighted after you press "Submit."
  • If this occurs, select the "Forgot Login?" button. You will then be prompted to enter your email address to receive an automatic reply containing your Community Portal username and password.
  • Once you receive a Community Portal username and password you will have access to complete the online application. You can then monitor your student's progress through the admissions process.

Instructions for Current CWS Families

  1. Click on the Grade School Application button above.
  2. Please enter your existing Community Portal username and password when asked.


Application Process | Grades 1-5

  1. Parent(s) attend a School Tour
    Register Online
  2. Complete the Application Form
    • Submit the application fee of $75
    • Include a photo of your child
  3. Complete and sign Academic Record Release Form and email to lgrenholm@chicagowaldorf.org
  4. Request that teachers email recommendations directly to lgrenholm@chicagowaldorf.org
    Class Teacher Recommendation
    Principal or Guidance Counselor (or another teacher of your choice)
  5. Submit the following if relevant:
    • Educational or Neuropsychological Evaluation and 504/IEP
    • Custody agreement & contact information for all parents/guardians
  6. Teachers review the file and determine if applicant moves forward to interview.
  7. Interview with applicant, parents/guardians and faculty.
  8. For students applying to grades 2-5, a two-day class visit will follow.

Admissions Process | Grades 1-5

Upon receipt of a complete application, the Enrollment Office will schedule a playgroup for a small group of applicants and parents/guardians.

Parents may request an individual conversation with a teacher. Teachers may also request an individual meeting and/or class visit following the playgroup.

Admission Decisions are made by the Early Childhood faculty. Notifications will be sent within three weeks of the playgroup or as soon as possible for summer or mid-year applicants.

Tuition Adjustment / Financial Aid
Please visit the Tuition Adjustment page for more information.

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.