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

Aug 19
Aug 26
Parent Orientation

Time: 9:00 am

Back to School!   Come chat with your child’s teachers, connect with other parents and preview the upcoming academic year.

Aug 28
First Day of School – Noon Dismissal

Time: 8:30 am

Welcome to the first day of school.  Some of you are excited to be here and some of you are probably wishing it was still summer.  That’s totally understandable, everyone needs to adjust to the routine of being back in school.  But before getting wrapped up in the day to day, take a few moments … Continued

Sep 02
Labor Day – no class

Time: 8:00 am

Much of the world celebrates International Labor Day on May Day (May 1) with parades and rallies, but not the United States.  Why do we celebrate with BBQ’s on the first Monday in September and not on May Day? Here’s the short answer:  May Day’s origins can be traced right here in Chicago, where the … 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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