Admissions policies and procedures


Admissions policies and procedures

Enrollment for the upcoming school year

For more information about Grace School, to schedule a visit, or to receive an enrollment packet, call the school office (708-366-6901) or contact Grace.

Admission Process and Policies

Admission criteria
Grace Lutheran School strives to foster a diverse community for families who wish to partner with the school to fulfill its mission. All applicants should be the appropriate age for the grade level to which they are applying, be able to thrive in the school's environment, and be prepared to follow our challenging curriculum.

Age requirements for preschool and kindergarten programs
Students must be three years old prior to September 1 in order to be eligible for our preschool program. Students must be four by September 1 for our junior kindergarten program and five by September 1 for our senior kindergarten program.

When to enroll
We begin accepting applications one year prior to the fall a child would enroll. Members of Grace Church and siblings of students already in the school should complete the enrollment process in January to be notified of admission in February. Students from families new to the Grace community are notified of admission beginning in March. 

Open House Events
Parents and children interested in enrolling in Grace School are invited to meet teachers and tour the facility at an Open House, usually in late January. You may also drop by for a visit on a First Look Friday. Contact Grace for more information.

Parent Interview/tour
Parents of prospective students are asked to schedule a personalized tour and interview. You will have an opportunity to view the facility, ask questions, learn about the curriculum and meet with the principal. These tours are intended for adults only. The tour/interview will last approximately 45 minutes.  Admissions materials, including an application form, will be provided at this time.

Application form
Please return your child's fully completed application form with the $50 application fee. We begin accepting applications one year prior to the fall a child would enroll.

Student visit and assessment
Applicants for first grade through eighth grade will be asked to visit Grace for an informal admissions assessment.  Copies of transcripts from the last two school years and the current year are required for applicants to second through eighth grades. We would also like to receive copies of any standardized test scores.

Record release form and recommendation forms
Submit the confidential Record Release Form and Teacher and Principal Report forms to your child's current school. These forms should be returned directly to Grace School. They are not required at the time you submit your application; however we require that all transcripts and test scores be submitted before a child is accepted. Links to the forms for each grade level are below.

Kindergarten - Grade 1: 
Record Release Form and K-1 Teacher Report Form

Grades 2 - 5:
Record Release Form2-5 Teacher Report Form, Principal Report Form

Grades 6 - 8:
Record Release FormMath Teacher Report Form, English Teacher Report Form, Principal Report Form

Admission Decisions and Notification
Notification will be sent in writing by notification dates listed below, or as soon as possible once a decision has been made for late or mid-year applicants. 

•    Sibling and Grace Church member applicants will be notified by the end of February.
•    Other applicants will be notified beginning in March and continuing until classes are full.

Notice of Nondiscrimination Policy
Grace Lutheran School considers students on the basis of individual merit and does not discriminate against prospective students or their families on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and identity, or family makeup in the administration of its educational and admission policies and other school-administered programs.

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