Started in 1997, Daystar has been serving students from around Chicago for over 20 years. In that time we have grown in depth and breadth to the Pre-K through 12th grade school that we are now. Some things, though, have not changed; we continue to be deeply committed to diversity that reflects the diversity of Chicago both in ethnicity and economics. Daystar's students come from nearly 50 zip codes throughout Chicagoland; from right down the street to the other side of the city. Socio-economically, 60% of Daystar families receive some portion of tuition assistance, while 40% pay full tuition. We pursue this diversity at every level including in our admissions process as we strongly believe that education is most effective when everyone, with a variety of backgrounds, opinions, and voices, is in the room. This can only happen as Daystar makes a private education accessible to all. 

Our desire for this unique community begins with our admissions process. We want to get to know you, prospective Daystar families, just as you get to know us. Daystar families come from a wide variety of different backgrounds and each has different reasons why Daystar is the perfect fit for their family. As you start to discover whether it may also be the best fit for yours, our admissions team is committed to giving you all the resources you need to make the right decision. 

While the information on this website is helpful, we know that nothing comes close to seeing Daystar during a school day. Observing students discovering, getting excited about their learning, and excelling cannot be described; it has to be seen. This is why the first step in pursuing admission at Daystar is attending a tour or open house. Please join us and discover whether Daystar is the ideal fit for your family.

- Aaron Winter | Admissions Director

Frequently Asked Admissions Questions

When Should I Start The Process?

We advise getting started with the admissions process by attending a tour the fall before you are pursuing admission. For the 2020 - 2021 school year, signing up for a tour and getting the process started over the fall months is the optimal idea. 

What If I Can't Make It For The Posted Tour Times?

As constructivists we believe experiencing school in action is key to understanding whether Daystar is the best fit for your family. PThe posted tour dates are the times when we believe you will get the best experience at Daystar and will have the opportunity to engage with our leadership - if you can at all make these times, we promise it will be worth your time! Please reach out to our admissions director directly at to see about scheduling a separate tour. We can't wait to meet you!

Do I Need To Do A Tour?

Yes! Not only do we want to get to meet you, but we want you to meet our team and see school in action. There is no better way to start your Daystar journey than to experience classrooms bustling with activities and students engaging in learning.