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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.

Ready to apply?

Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will be open starting on Sept. 1, 2023.

Deadline for submitting applications is Dec. 15, 2023. 

Junior & Senior Kindergarten

  • 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 spend an age-appropriate amount of time in the classroom. The Admissions Office will contact each family to schedule this visit.

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 the appropriate grade level.
  • Admission is determined after an evaluation by the Admissions Committee of the applicant's previous school records, current teacher and principal recommendation forms, 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.