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

May 14
In-Person Admission Tours

Time: 12:00 am

Offered by appointment on weekends throughout the school year.  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 … Continued

May 14
Record Day – No Class

Time: 12:00 am

Classes are not in session as teachers begin to prepare final assessments and report cards.

May 26
Science Fair

Time: 12:00 am

CGS middle school students participate in our annual science fair.  They have to conceptualize a project, conduct research, perform the experiment itself, create the poster for the fair, and write the lab report that accompanies it.  Parents are invited to attend via Zoom, where they can visit the exhibits, ask questions and maybe even learn … Continued

May 27
Sixth Annual CGS Talent Show

Time: 12:00 am

CGS Talent Show is one of the most favorite and highly anticipated events of the year.  Students enjoy both performing and watching their classmates perform. We can’t wait to see what treats are in store this year.  In the past, we have been regaled with comedy sketches, puppet shows, and dramatic recitations, vocal and instrumental … Continued

May 31
Memorial Day – No Class

Time: 12:00 am

Memorial Day:  to many it means a day off of work or school, time for a picnic, the Indy 500 and parades, the unofficial start of summer, and a license to wear white shoes.  The solemnity of the day is often buried beneath the roar of NASCAR, a tummy full of BBQ and fun in … Continued

Jun 02
CGS Awards Assembly

Time: 12:00 am

As the academic year comes to a close, CGS celebrates student achievements.  Our students participated in math, language, and art competitions and contests.  The Certamen and Math Counts teams did not allow social distancing to deter them and gamely adjusted their playing styles to an online format.    Highlights this year include awards for accomplishments … 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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