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

Mar 19
Science Fair

Time: 2:00 pm

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 the upstairs gym at 2:00 pm to visit the exhibits, ask questions and maybe even learn something … Continued

Mar 21
Kangaroo Math Competition

Time: 9:00 am

Math Kangaroo is an international mathematical competition where over 50 countries are represented. CGS students look forward to participating every year!

Mar 23
Spring Break Begins

Time: 12:00 am

Enjoy Spring Break!  Classes resume Monday, April 8th.  

Apr 09
National Spanish Examination

Time: 9:00 am

Chicago Grammar School students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades take the National Spanish Examination. The purpose of this annual contest is to recognize student achievement and to promote language proficiency in the study of the Spanish language.  The students are tested on their skills in reading, listening, vocabulary and grammar.  The National Spanish Examinations are the most … 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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