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For the 2021-2022 school year

Erie Elementary is an open enrollment, free public Charter school now accepting applications for K-8 in English and Spanish. We are now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year.

Application process

  1. Complete an application online. You can also submit a paper application in English or Spanish in person or email.
  2. Submit your application between October 1, 2021 - February 28, 2022 to be included in the lottery on March 1, 2022 for the following school year (2022-2023).
  3. Results will be available the next business day after the lottery and you will be notified by mail.

Applications submitted after the the lottery will be added to the waitlist.

Application requirements

  • Kindergarten applicants must be 5 years old by September 1, 2022.
  • All applicants must reside in Chicago, IL

How to apply

To apply for enrollment, submit your application in the format and language you prefer.

Online application

Apply through our online form:

Paper application

Download a paper application:

Why Erie Elementary?

Erie Elementary believes in engaging students, families, and communities as authentic partners in social and emotional development and approach to education.

We cultivate an environment where students are prepared for a rigorous secondary school program and  firmly placed on a path to lifelong learning.

We collaborate to engage students in their learning, so they are independent and self-confident, proficient in Spanish, knowledgeable about their own culture, compassionate and ethical, and understand the collaborative requirements for participating in a diverse global society.

Join us in helping your child achieve their fullest potential.

"My favorite thing about Erie is how the students and the staff look like me and how they understand me."

— Galilea
Salutatorian, Class of 2020

Open house & tours

Visit our facilities and speak with current students and faculty members. Come learn about our academic and extra-curricular programs!

Open house

Already applied? Join us for a Virtual Open House on Thursday, January 28 & Wednesday, February 3 from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

School tours

Considering applying? Sign up for a virtual tour in English or Spanish.

Additional information

Erie Elementary selects applicants using a lottery drawing.

Lottery policy

Lottery date for 2021-2022 school year: March 2, 2021

A video of the lottery will be shared with applicant families immediately following the lottery.

Per Illinois Charter School Law, preference for admission will be given to those who have siblings already enrolled at Erie Elementary Charter School.


Contact our Registrar & Enrollment Specialist, Monica Garcia:

Erie uses the whole child approach.

Monica Garcia

Registrar and Enrollment Specialist

(773) 486-7161, ext. 104