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.
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Meet the teachers and families that make a classical education possible. Chicago Grammar School is where the traditional meets the progressive. Here at CGS we’re looking to provide children with the ability to develop 1) a base of core knowledge, 2) critical thinking and 3) communication skills. Come to our Open House and learn about life … Continued
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Annual overnight Middle School field trip kicks off the year with team-building exercises, nature exploration and lots of fun.
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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 Columbus Day classroom lessons must be developmentally appropriate: we begin with identifying who, where and when before analyzing why. So while our youngest students chant … Continued
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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.
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.