Grace Lutheran School Admissions

Admissions events.

Come to First Look Friday! Get a tour of our school, visit a classroom, ask questions, get answers, and leave with a goodie bag!

If you sign up ahead of time, you are guaranteed a more personalized experience, but you can always drop in last-minute on the following dates between the listed times:

October 13 – 9:00am – 11:00am
October 27 – 9:00am – 11:00am
November 10 – 9:00am – 11:00am
December 8 – 9:00am – 11:00am

We look forward to meeting you!

First Look Friday

We are thrilled to open our doors on Sunday, January 21st from 1-3pm for our annual Grace School Open House. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet the teachers for the classes you are interested in and get detailed information on curriculum, class schedules, homework and more!

If you register and provide us with specific questions ahead of time, we can be even further prepared for your visit.

We look forward to meeting you!

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A community that values each individual.

We are a private Christian Early Childhood, Elementary, and Junior High school in River Forest, Illinois. We’ve built an educational environment that meets the unique needs of each child and family. Our diverse, safe, caring community offers a holistic and accessible education.

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When our students graduate, they go on to prestigious high schools in the area and beyond.

Grace students have been accepted into these reputable schools.

What makes us stand out.

MAP Test Scores

In 2020-21, 80% of our students scored above the national average for math, reading, and language. More than 20% scored in the 90th percentile or higher.

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Small Class Sizes

Our small classes allow our teachers to get to know and work with each student, while also providing opportunities for individualized instruction.

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Committed to Diversity

Our school serves a diverse body of students across neighborhoods, cultures, races, income levels, and religious backgrounds.

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Frequently asked questions.

When should I begin the admissions process?

We begin accepting applications one year prior to the start of the school year in which the new student will be enrolled. It is best to complete the application process as early as possible, as classes fill quickly. Applications, materials and assessments must be completed and returned at least two weeks before the first day of school.

Where do I begin?

The first step is to schedule a tour. Our Director of Enrollment and Marketing will show you around, answer all your questions, and walk you through the admission process.

After my tour what comes next?

You will need to submit an online application and pay a $50 application fee for each student who is applying to the school.

Is there an opportunity to meet the principal?

Every family applying for admission will meet with the school principal, Bill Koehne. Interviews offer parents and the principal the opportunity to ask questions and to determine if Grace Lutheran School is the best fit for the student and family.


Both of our daughters have attended Grace since Pre-School! I’m so glad we made the choice we did. The best things about Grace for us are the family feel and their music program. Grace feels like a family; the fact that it’s on the smaller side yields comfort and safety. The music program – something that many schools these days are doing away with – is excellent! The students work with top-notch musicians in the choir, and handbells, as well as are exposed to band and orchestra opportunities. It was my eldest daughter’s favorite thing about Grace and prepared her for her High School music program beyond measure. I recommend this school to anyone!

Parents of Grace Students

Even though we live in a highly regarded public school district, we have never regretted the money we give to send our kids to Grace. My husband and I are both teachers ourselves and can’t say enough about having our kids in an environment that is small enough to individualize instruction, tend to their spiritual selves, and encourage their participation in everything from basketball to handbells. I can’t say enough about the top-notch teachers who set high standards while also loving our kids fiercely.

Parent of 7th and 3rd grade students

My experience with this school has been wonderful. There is a great sense of community at Grace. Everyone is very involved and treats each other great, it’s a like a family. My child loves going to Grace. There is a lot of attention placed on each child by the teachers. I like that the classrooms are not over populated and there is one-on-one attention given if needed. My child is thriving here at Grace and it makes us happy. I would definitely recommend this school.

Parent of 4th grade student