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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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
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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
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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
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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
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.