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Our Application Process


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Ready to apply to Chicago City Day School? Wonderful! The first step in the process is to fill out and submit our online application form. Once the School has received the completed form and the $75 application fee, a member of the Admissions Office will contact you to schedule a private visit and begin our admissions process

Chicago City Day School is selective, and we take a holistic approach to the admissions process. Academic aptitude is key. Our admissions team also considers character traits, special interests, and other factors that might indicate a particular applicant would benefit from, and contribute to, life at City Day.

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Junior & Senior Kindergarten

  • Applications for junior and senior kindergarten are accepted during the summer and fall months of the year preceding the child's anticipated entrance into school.
  • Children must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 of the year they enter junior kindergarten, or 5 years old by Sept. 1 of the year they enter senior kindergarten.
  • Each kindergarten applicant will be invited to meet with the kindergarten faculty. The Admissions Office will contact each family to schedule a January or February appointment.
  • Families are notified of the School's admissions decisions in March.

City Day offers both half-day and full-day options in our kindergarten classes.

Grades 1–8

  • Each applicant is invited to spend a full day at the School, participating in classes at his or her grade level.
  • Admission is determined after an evaluation by the Admissions Committee of the applicant's previous school records, performance on standardized tests, and the daylong visit to the School. 
  • Enrollment is contingent upon the availability of space in a grade.

Chicago City Day School is selective, and we take a holistic approach to the admissions process. Academic performance/aptitude is key. Our admissions team also considers character traits, special interests, and other factors that might indicate a particular applicant would benefit from, and contribute to, life at City Day.

Chicago City Day School is a welcoming, inclusive learning community. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or national/ethnic origin.