Grace Lutheran School in River Forest, Illinois, provides a high-quality Christian education to children in 3-year-old preschool through eighth grade.
Our school prepares children for a life of discipleship by helping them to grow in faith, knowledge and character.
We keep class sizes small, and provide challenging academics with supports in place to help students reach their full potential.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 215 students
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

Grace Lutheran School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
215 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Grace Lutheran School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
18 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
At Grace Lutheran School, we use variable tuition, also known as sliding scale tuition, to ensure our education is affordable for all families. The amount is determined by multiple factors affecting a family’s financial means. It offers an appropriate tuition level for each unique family, making our quality, faith-based education accessible to everyone. Over half of our families receive variable tuition.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Jordan Easton


Total Sports Offered
4 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
6 extracurriculars
Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Choir, Handbell Choir, Music, Musicals, Orchestra

School Notes

  • At Grace School, education is a shared effort between teachers, students, parents, and church. We take a whole-child approach, guiding students` academic, personal, and spiritual growth. And not just in the classroom, but in worship, on the playground, on athletic teams, and through service. Our educational community is flexible and responsive to the needs of all students, ensuring we cultivate the unique gifts and abilities of every child.
Profile last updated: 07/20/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
My kids have attended Grace for the last 7 years and I cannot say enough great things about our experiences here. Both kids have been challenged academically, developed great friendships, been supported by teachers, and have been involved with sports, which start in 3rd grade. The variety of opportunities here give my kids an incredibly well-rounded education not just with coursework but art, German, music and sports. Both continue to strive to do their best and get insights and clear instructions from caring teachers. I couldn't imagine a better fit for our family given the amazing community we too, as parents, have experienced.
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Grace has been an incredible fit for our family. Our three kids attend Grace and have for the past 2 years. The teachers and staff are incredible. The community is welcoming, tight-knit, and wonderfully supportive. The homework expectations are age appropriate. The teachers push the students to be their best selves but never to the point of overwhelm. They are devoted to their students. My kids have never felt as though their teacher wasn't fully advocating for them.
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I love that Grace Lutheran is really a "christian" school. They have a diverse student body w/ families from many different denominations and backgrounds, as well as socio economic backgrounds. This school has such a great focus on the fine arts, especially for a small school! My kids have experienced things they would never have the opportunity to in public school, even in River Forest. They've gone to the Lyric, worked with clay & printmaking, and studied Shakespeare! The school also has a focus on service. There is ALWAYS some service project going on and so the kids are able to develop a consistent level of compassion throughout the years. This is such a well rounded school!
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Grace offers a loving and nurturing school environment for it's students. From faith formation and character development to Christian teaching and challenging academics, we really couldn't ask for a better school for our kids. The extracurriculars are outstanding, as well, with music offerings, no-cut sports and after school enrichment programs. But probably what we enjoy the most is the family-like community that is Grace.
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Grace River Forest has been an amazing school for my 3 children. We have found that the school is very collaborative and parents, students, teachers, and other staff work towards maximizing the student experience. There is a focus on hard work, character, and faith development and all staff is there to make sure no one slips through the cracks. The teachers love what they do and bring energy, compassion, and excellence to the classroom. I am blessed to have found this wonderful school for my children.
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Grace school is a welcoming and inclusive place, where my children thrive as learners, friends, and members of their school community.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 215 students
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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