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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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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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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.

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 complete our inquiry form online, or contact our school office  at (708) 366-6900. We will answer your questions, and walk you through the application and enrollment process.

How can I see the school?

We want you to see the many things our school has to offer. We are scheduling in-person tours by appointment. Contact us to schedule a personal tour.

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. Once all application materials and fees are returned the admissions process begins!

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.


A wonderful community for our kids to grow up in. Fantastic teachers who are the best in their profession and a supportive culture that promotes inclusion. Also, an affordable option for those looking for private pre-K through 8th grade education.

Wayne, Parent

We could not be happier at Grace! Our children are receiving an amazing education with a strong focus on academics AND character. Every child has a different way of learning and the teachers and staff at Grace understand that. They see each child as an individual and support them as needed so they can succeed. It’s a wonderful school and community!

Emily, Parent