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 18
Summer Camp Registration!

Time: 12:00 am

Camp Adventure 2020 Join CGS this summer for a Camp Adventure filled with activities that prompt curiosity and feed creativity.  Led by our dynamic staff, Camp Adventure features a wide variety of exciting, hands-on activities including games, nature explorations, art, science, music, drama and much more!  Full Day, Half Day AM, Half Day PM and … Continued

Feb 21
Illinois Junior Classics League Convention

Time: 12:00 am

CGS students join Middle and High School students from all over Illinois to participate in the annual Illinois Junior Classics League Convention.  They have breakout sessions for games, activities, and presentations.  There are also exams in Latin, Ancient History, Greek and Roman Mythology, and Geography of the Ancient World – an opportunity for students to … Continued

Feb 22
MATHCOUNTS Competition

Time: 12:00 am

CGS Mathletes have been eagerly preparing for the MATHCOUNTS competition since the beginning of the year.  While they will all participate as individuals, they have been battling in internal elimination rounds to determine who will represent CGS in the four-person team events!  MATHCOUNTS is a national program that provides students in grades 6-8 the opportunity … Continued

Feb 23
Summer Camp Fair

Time: 1:00 pm

Come stop by the CGS table at the NPN Summer Camp Fair and sign up for CGS Summer Camp Adventure.  You could win a free week of camp!  The event is kid-friendly with activities for the children to enjoy while you browse summer options.

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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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