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 29
In-Person Admission Tours

Time: 12:00 am

Offered by appointment on weekends throughout the school year and summer.  As we have resumed in-person classes, we are offering tours to prospective families by appointment on weekends 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 … Continued

Jun 01
Scholastic Book Fair

Time: 12:00 am

June 1 – June 9.  As the last day of school approaches, CGS traditionally hosts a Scholastic Book Fair so families can stock up for summer reading.  Students are excited!  Thank you in advance for buying books and supporting our school.  Prefer to leisurely browse and shop online?  Here you go: Virtual Book Fair.  Although … Continued

Jun 04
CGS All School Picnic

Time: 1:00 pm

Celebrate the end of a challenging yet successful academic year! Pick up the kid(s) from school at noon, grab some lunch for the family, and head over to the picnic site! Don’t forget to pack a picnic blanket and fun toys. Small bottled water and individually wrapped popsicles will be available for everyone.  If you … Continued

Jun 05
CGS Eighth Grade Graduation

Time: 1:00 pm

Congratulations Class of 2021!  Chicago Grammar School is thrilled to be able to again hold an in-person graduation ceremony!  The graduates will present their farewell addresses. We look forward to celebrating and wish them continued academic and personal success.  CGS adopted the motto of the Enlightenment, “Sapere Aude – Dare to Know.”  We send off … Continued

Jun 07
Summer at CGS

Time: 12:00 am

June 7 – August 6, 2021. CGS Summer Programming is compliant with IDPH safety guidelines.  Join CGS this summer for a program filled with academic enrichment and socializing activities that prompt curiosity and feed creativity while respecting social distancing guidelines.  Led by our dynamic staff, the CGS summer program features reading and math instruction, and … 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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