Grace Lutheran School Admissions

Schedule a visit, get a tour of our school, visit a classroom, ask questions, get answers, and leave with a goodie bag!

See the available time slots and sign up. You can also drop in last minute on the following dates between the listed times:

February 9 – 9:00am – 11:00am
March 22 – 9:00am – 11:00am

Signing up, guarantees you a more personalized experience.

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.


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

Grace is such an amazing school. We are thankful to have a principal and staff that we can rely on and connect with when needed.

Thedora, Parent of 2nd Grade Student