Application Process

Registration for the 2021-22 school year is ongoing.
Most classes are still open but some are getting close to capacity. We encourage you to fill out the registration form and make the registration fee payment right away. We are currently able to offer tours after school when students are not in the buildings. Please fill out a form to schedule a tour. You can also send your question to
For this current school year 2020-2021, our classrooms are at max capacity to keep everyone safely distanced. There are some openings in preschool, but we are not accepting registrations for immediate enrollment in other grades.
For the next school year of 2021-2022, we are currently enrolling in all grades from PK to 8th grade. Many grades are close to capacity so we encourage you to register right away.
To begin the registration process, please complete a paper OLW Registration Form or find the appropriate box on the right for an online registration form. You will also need to provide the following:
— a certified birth certificate issued by the county/state (not by the hospital)
— a baptismal certificate
— cash, check, or money order for the $150 per student registration fee*
*Your registration fee will only be refunded in the event that you move out of town or are unable to secure a position in our school.
Our Lady of the Wayside School is operated under the auspices of the Catholic Bishop of Chicago, a corporation sole, in the Archdiocese of Chicago. OLW admits students of any race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students in this school. OLW does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, loan programs, athletic or other school-administered programs. 
The State of Illinois requires documentation of the following:
— a physical exam by a licensed physician in Illinois, as well as a record of updated immunizations for all students entering school for the first time (including preschoolers), kindergartners and sixth graders BEFORE the first day of the current school year.
— an oral health examination by a licensed dentist in Illinois for all kindergartners, 2nd graders, and 6th graders due by May 15th of the current school year.
— a complete vision exam by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist in Illinois for students entering an Illinois school for the first time (not including preschoolers) and all kindergartners due no later than October 15th of the current school year.