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

Apr 09
National Spanish Examination

Time: 12:00 am

Chicago Grammar School students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades take the National Spanish Examination. The purpose of this annual contest is to recognize student achievement and to promote language proficiency in the study of the Spanish language.  The students are tested on their skills in reading, listening, vocabulary and grammar.  The National Spanish Examinations are the most … Continued

Apr 09
Street Smarts: Biking & Walking Safety

Time: 12:00 am

April 9th and 10th.  The weather is getting nicer and the bikes are coming out! The City of Chicago has a program called “Complete Streets, “ whose mission is to ensure that everyone – pedestrians, transit users, bicyclists and motorists – can travel safely and comfortably along and across a street.  Bike Ambassadors travel all over … Continued

Apr 12
Trojan Horse and Beowulf: Performances and Art Show

Time: 2:00 pm

First grade has been studying Ancient Greece.  They have constructed Trojan Horses and are performing a play based on scenes from the Iliad.  Second grade has been entrenched in the Medieval world.  Most recently they have been studying Beowulf.  They are showcasing paintings from the story and acting as bards, as they perform a choral recitation … Continued

Apr 15
Standardized Testing Week

Time: 12:00 am

April 15th-18th.  CGS administers annual tests to measure students’ performance and ability.  Beginning with the third grade, CGS students take standardized tests provided by the College of Education of the University of Iowa:  The Iowa Assessments (previously the Iowa Test of Basic Skills), known colloquially as ITBS tests.  They also take The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT).  … 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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