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 25
2nd Annual Echoes of the Civil Rights Movement CGS Speech Competition

Time: 1:30 pm

CGS students 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 will be awarded for first and second place in Grades 1-3, Grades 4-5, and Grades 6-8.   This year’s quotes are as follows: When the whole world … Continued

Feb 26
Argonne National Lab

Time: 9:45 am

CGS Middle School STEM class visits Argonne National Lab to participate in a  Learning Lab on Extreme X-Rays and Particle Accelerators.  Students will learn how a particle accelerator works and they will have the opportunity to practice some of the skills scientists need in order to make and utilize these extreme x-rays.  The Learning Lab consists of two … Continued

Feb 26
Shedd Aquarium

Time: 9:00 am

Our youngest CGS students have been exploring ocean life.  From the strange octopus to the ever-fascinating shark, they have been reading books and learning facts.  They’ve been constructing an ocean on an installation board to display the sea creatures they painted and created.  They are excited to visit the Shedd and are eagerly anticipating spotting some of … 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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