Apply online

The Children's School uses T.A.D.S. as a convenient online tool where families can apply for admission, re-enroll for the next school year, make all tuition and fee payments, as well as apply for financial aid. Parents can apply for admission, complete enrollment, apply for financial aid, and process tuition payments through TADS with just a few clicks.  You must have already applied to TCS before applying for financial aid, or your financial aid application will not be processed.

Once you are on the T.A.D.S. website, begin the application process by following the prompts. Any questions? Feel free to contact us in the school office (708.484.8033) or to talk with a TADS representative directly. Contact TADS by telephone by calling 1-800-477-8237 Monday-Friday between 8 am and 8 pm Central Time. The general support email is

To learn more about TADS go to and click on any of the "To Learn More" options.

To use the T.A.D.S. system for the first time, you will need to create an account. Afterward, you can simply sign in.

To access the T.A.D.S. system and apply for admission, click the button below and choose the academic year you are applying for:

“Education is not preparation for life;
education is life itself.” 

John Dewey

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