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

Nov 25
Scholastic Book Fair

Time: 12:00 am

In keeping with the winter holiday gift shopping mood that sets in as Thanksgiving approaches, CGS traditionally hosts a Scholastic Book Fair.  Students are already excited!   Come visit and stock up on books and gifts.  Prefer to leisurely browse and shop online?  Here you go:  CGS Scholastic Bookfair Online Store!

Dec 04
Certamen Competition Round Two

Time: 6:00 pm

CGS seeks to repeat success, having won the Illinois Certamen League Junior High Division – Chicagoland Region for five out of the past six years.  Certamen, meaning “contest” in Latin, exists at the junior high, high school and collegiate levels and is regarded as a Latin Quiz Bowl. Teams of four players compete head to … Continued

Dec 04
Oedipus Rex Field Trip

Time: 10:00 am

As part of our classical studies, the CGS Eighth Grade explores Ancient Greek Theater, culminating with the reading of Oedipus Rex.  We are excited to see the play come to life with the Court Theatre presentation of Sophocles’ great tragedy.

Dec 18
All School Student Show

Time: 5:30 pm

This all-school student performance manifests everything we want to achieve here at CGS: an integration of literature, history, science, music, and art. The children have worked at their individual best, and together in groups. The process that got them to tonight represents the ultimate project work. Watching the process is most satisfying because we see … 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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