Chicago Grammar School

A Classical Education for Today's World

The CGS program is designed to immerse the child in complex interactive experiences that are both rich and relevant.  The three elements of a classical curriculum:  content, process, and communication are integrated into the learning experience from preschool through 8th grade.

Explore the CGS Classical Curriculum

The Middle School Years

During Middle School, CGS students develop knowledge and skills, learn to manage emotions and relationships, and acquire attributes and abilities that will be important for enjoying their adolescent years and assuming adult roles.

Grades 5-8 at CGS

Lower Elementary

Too often, the scholastic elementary school experience dampens the spirit and inherent wonder of a child’s curious mind.   At CGS, the teachers’ effective use of what is relevant to a child is the key to maintaining both attention and curiosity in this highly academic program.

Explore CGS Grades K-4

Art Integration and Project Work

When learning is accomplished through student-initiated projects coupled with dynamic and responsive teaching, the results can be compelling.  Art is integrated within the curriculum, affording students hands-on opportunity to do something with the knowledge they are acquiring.  CGS is committed to this constructivist orientation from Early Childhood through 8th Grade.

Arts Integration from a Student Perspective

Reggio-Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education

The CGS Early Childhood environment is strongly inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education and draws on the child’s interests and curiosity as the basis for the course of study.

Preschool and Junior Kindergarten at CGS

Upcoming Events

Feb 17
In-Person Admission Tours

Time: 12:00 am

As we have resumed in-person classes, we are offering tours to prospective families by appointment on Saturdays only in order to maintain the health and well-being of our students and faculty.  We recognize the value of a visit, so come meet with our Head of School and learn about the admission process and life at … Continued

Feb 17
4th Annual Echoes of the Civil Rights Movement Speech Competition

Time: 12:00 am

CGS students participate in celebrating our First Amendment right to Freedom of Speech.   They select a quote.  They write and present a speech explaining why their chosen quote is still relevant and important today and how it applies to them personally. Prizes are awarded! It’s always amazing to hear about justice and fairness from our … Continued

Feb 17
Echoes of the Civil Rights Movement Art Competition

Time: 12:00 am

For the very first time, CGS is excited to host an art competition in conjunction with our Echoes of the Civil Rights Movement speeches.  Students in all grades have the opportunity to submit original artwork with themes of justice and equity, inspired by the vision of a future in which all people are accepted regardless … Continued

Mar 11
Free Parent Webinar: Finding the Right School

Time: 7:00 pm

Join us for a Chicago private grade schools webinar to learn more about PK-8th grade schools in your area.  Choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent and navigating through all the information and factors to consider may seem daunting.  Topics discussed at this webinar include … Continued

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Classical Education at CGS: Core Knowledge, Critical Thinking and Communication Skills

Ready to Conquer the World

CGS kids are nice, they like to have fun and they like to learn.

From their first day of class, CGS students experience the passion of artful, enthusiastic and nurturing teachers, the satisfaction of learning new things, the challenge of thinking beyond the obvious and the wonder of creating art, all within the richness of the classical curriculum with ample opportunities to showcase and communicate their knowledge throughout the year.

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