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

Sep 02
In-Person Classes Begin – Welcome Back!

Time: 12:00 am

In-person classes begin September 2, 2020.  The return of our children this autumn to their daily classroom routines will be a blessing for all.  Schools will look different for everyone, and though there will be changes at CGS in our gym, recess and lunchroom protocols, we will be able to provide on-site classes 5 days … Continued

Sep 08
After School Enrichment Clubs Begin

Time: 12:00 am

CGS offers an extended day option, with a variety of after school activities ranging from Math Test prep to Latin Club to indoor and outdoor Fun and Games.

Oct 12
Indigenous Peoples’ Day / Columbus Day – No Class

Time: 12:00 am

It used to be simple:  celebrate the discovery of America and enjoy the day off.  Today, it’s more complicated; and that’s a good thing.  That being said, we recognize that Indigenous Peoples’ Day/Columbus Day classroom lessons must be developmentally appropriate:  we begin with identifying who, where and when before analyzing why.  All classes participate in … Continued

Oct 29
End of 1st Term

Time: 12:00 am

As summer has flowed into autumn, students and teachers have gotten back into the swing of classes and extracurricular activities.  The first term ends and we think about how much has changed since school started.

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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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