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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Time: 9:00 am
Students get a sense of the grandeur of the Ancient Near East as they visit the Oriental Institute. They have been immersed in the Ancient World. They’ve read and acted out stories from Gilgamesh; they’ve studied Ancient Egypt, depicted themselves as pharaohs, and experienced mummification first hand with pork cutlets (the great King Porkenhaten!) At the … Continued
Time: 9:00 am
Students enjoy Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt, an opera for young people. Lyric Opera presents the story of famed paleontologist Dr. Henry Fairfield Osborn, who with Charles R. Knight, the famous naturalist artist, create vivid paintings that bring ancient fossilized creatures to life for the museum. Together with little Rhoda, the students experience wonder and awe at … Continued
Time: 6:00 pm
CGS seeks to repeat success, having won the Illinois Certamen League Junior High Division – Chicagoland Region for four out of the past five 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
Time: 12:00 am
Every Thanksgiving the CGS Preschool children create a cookbook for their families. An all time favorite is the “Cranberries” recipe that includes 44 pink stuffs, 1,000,000 red stuff and 35 salts in its ingredients list! We are so thankful for the CGS community – our students, parents, teachers and staff – all working together in … Continued
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.