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Before continuing with your application, please be sure to read the application requirements and the terms below. As part of the process of applying online, you will be asked to pay your application fee and submit the personal information we will need in order to enroll you.

Upon completion, you will immediately receive an automated confirmation; an admissions representative will be in touch with you to personally confirm the receipt of your application and begin working with you on the remaining pieces.

Are you a new student/first time applicant?

Apply online today! Application Essays and Application Fee are included in the online application process.

Are you a returning student?
Returning students have completed one or more of the following programs/courses: L'Art de la Pâtisserie, L'Art du Gâteau or L'Art de la Boulangerie. Complete the petition requirements online to petition into the desired program. Petition Essays and Petition Fee are included in the online petition process.

If a student takes two or three programs consecutively, a student needs to fill out the Petition but is not required to submit the support documents (letters of reference, resume, completed uniform order form, copy of valid State ID, essay questions). The French Pastry School defines "consecutive" as taking programs no more than one semester apart.

new students

L'Art de la Pâtisserie
The Professional Pastry and Baking Program,
a 24-Week Certificate Program

L'Art du Gâteau
The Professional Cake Decorating and Baking Program
a 16-week Certificate Program

L'Art de la Boulangerie
The Artisanal Bread Baking Course
an 8-week Session

returning students

L'Art de la Pâtisserie
The Professional Pastry and Baking Program,
a 24-Week Certificate Program

L'Art du Gâteau
The Professional Cake Decorating and Baking Program
a 16-week Certificate Program

L'Art de la Boulangerie
The Artisanal Bread Baking Course
an 8-week Session

Application Requirements

Application - Are you a new student/first time applicant?

Apply online today! Application Fee is included in the online application process.

First-time applicants, you may also mail in/fax your first-time application.

In order to be considered for admissions to The French Pastry School please submit the following along with:

  • Application fee of $150 is required with your application submission. Credit/debit card payment only. The application fee will be applied toward tuition.

  • Two letters of reference.  These should be from someone who can comment on your contribution to the community, career or academic progress (e.g. teachers, employers, clergy, and community leaders) with examples of commendable achievements or attributes.  These letters may be mailed, emailed or faxed.  References from family members will not be considered.

  • Your current resume.  This should detail your past employment, education and volunteer history.  You are not required to have previous experience in the food industry.  You resume may be mailed, emailed or faxed.

  • A digital photo of yourself.  This will be used for your Student ID and a free public transportation pass provided by the Chicago Transit Authority.  This photo may be emailed.

  • An official copy of your GED, High School or College Transcript.  The GED, High School or College Transcript must be mailed to the school and bear the official school seal. 

  • A completed Uniform Order Form.  Please fill out the form and either email, fax or mail it back.  We also welcome you to come in and try on the uniforms in person.

  • Copy of valid State ID.  This can may be mailed, emailed or faxed.

  • Your responses to the essay questions.  Each of the five essay questions should be answered in 150 words or less and can be mailed, emailed or faxed.  You can find the essay questions below:

  1. Why have you chosen to pursue a career in pastry? Outline what exposure you have had to the pastry profession.

  2. What do you consider are the most important qualities in a successful pastry chef?

  3. What do you think will be your greatest challenge in completing the program at The French Pastry School?

  4. What are your expectations of the food industry when it comes to hours, pay and overall chef to employee demeanor?

  5. Why did you select the French Pastry School for your pastry education?

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Petition Requirements

Petition - Are you a returning student?

Apply online today! Petition Fee is included in the online application process.

Returning students have completed one or more of the following programs/courses: L'Art de la Pâtisserie, L'Art du Gâteau or L'Art de la Boulangerie. Complete the petition requirements online to petition into the desired program. Petition Essays and Petition Fee are included in the online petition process.

If a student takes two or three programs consecutively, a student needs to fill out the Petition but is not required to submit the support documents (letters of reference, resume, completed uniform order form, copy of valid State ID, essay questions). The French Pastry School defines "consecutive" as taking programs no more than one semester apart.

Returning Alumni, you may also mail/fax your program petition.

In order to be considered for alternate programs you must petition into them. Please submit the following along with your completed petition form and petition fee:

  • Two letters of reference. You must submit different letter of reference than you used in your original application.  One may be a general character reference.  The second must refer to your experience in the food industry since graduating or while attending school.  These may be e-mailed, mailed or faxed.
  • Your current resume. An updated copy of your resume. This may be e-mailed, mailed or faxed.
  • Completed Uniform Order Form.
  • Copy of valid State ID.
  • Your responses to the essay questions.  Each of the five essay questions should be answered in 150 words or less and can be mailed, emailed or faxed.  You can find the essay questions below:

    1. How do you define professionalism? 
    2. What does the term Hospitality mean to you? 
    3. Why should we select you to enter into this program/course?
    4. Who do you admire and why?  Who inspires you? 
    5. What is the ideal pastry, celebration cake, or bread?  Give a detailed description.

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