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

May 07
CGS Fall 2020 Update

Time: 8:00 am

CGS is looking forward to Phase 4 of Reopen Illinois.  Anticipated for the fall, the return of our children 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 … Continued

May 07
Spring Academic Enrichment Class Registration Begins

Time: 8:00 am

CGS Academic Enrichment Classes are open to all. This is a difficult time for everyone, but it can be particularly difficult for families with school-age children. While many schools are doing their best with limited resources, it is a fact that many children aren’t getting the kind of in-depth education that a classroom setting can … Continued

May 07
Summer Program Registration

Time: 12:00 am

CGS Summer Programming will be compliant with IDPH safety guidelines.  Join CGS this summer for a program filled with academic enrichment and socializing activities that prompt curiosity and feed creativity while respecting social distancing guidelines.  Led by our dynamic staff, the CGS summer program features reading and math instruction, and a wide variety of exciting, … Continued

Mar 30
Remote Learning

Time: 8:00 am

Chicago Grammar School commenced remote learning on Monday, March 30, and will remain in a remote model for the remainder of the academic year. We commend our teachers for having stepped up to the challenge of creating a virtual CGS experience that is both meaningful and robust. Our parents have expressed gratitude and appreciation. The health … 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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