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

Jan 18
PSAT Testing

Time: 8:00 am

Weather Update:  WE ARE OPEN FOR THE PSAT TESTING DESPITE THE SNOW!  Chicago Grammar School is a testing site for Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS), a research-validated program that utilizes above-grade-level assessment, as a means of gifted testing, to help parents and educators better understand their students’ educational needs. NUMATS allows eligible students … Continued

Jan 20
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day – no class

Time: 12:00 am

I have a dream that my…children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. In a speech addressing hundreds of thousands at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. uttered those now iconic words.  … Continued

Jan 28
Cradles to Crayons Service Project

Time: 10:00 am

CGS Student Council chose to work with  Cradles to Crayons as a school service project to help children in need.   They’ve initiated a toy drive and CGS families are rallying to provide new and gently used toys. The students (with some parents and teachers) will work at the Cradles to Crayons warehouse.  They’ll sort, clean and organize … Continued

Jan 30
Chicago Shakespeare Theater – Comedy of Errors

Time: 10:00 am

The annual CGS trip to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater is a student and teacher favorite.  This year they are attending a production of The Comedy of Errors. Grades four and up prepare for the performance by learning the story, studying some text and discussing the plot points.  The story comes alive as they illustrate scenes, … 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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