Chicago Grammar challenges children to construct knowledge
through experience, within the richness and demands of a Classical
We believe that the over-arching purpose of a school is to
educate for understanding, flexibility of thought and the
ability/security to act on one's talents. We want the education
provided by CGS to allow our grown children to develop new
technologies, lead others in a moral/ethical manner, direct films
and musicals, recognize and finance innovative businesses, or write
and implement public policy. In summary, we want an education that
fosters active, ethical and successful engagement with life and
The achievement of this ambitious vision for our children's
future requires careful thought and implementation at the
front-end-an elementary school environment rich with experience in
both the creative and scholastic spheres. This thinking has led us
to integrate prime elements from the best of both traditional and
progressive educational methods that span time and space. Using
18th century refinements to a classical curriculum, current
neuro-scientific breakthroughs, Italian educational philosophy and
Asian mathematics, CGS prepares our students for the challenges of
a global 21st Century.
Serving PreK - 7th grade for 2012-13. CGS combines the rigor
of traditional learning with the creativity of progressive
practices: project based work that integrates science, literature,
history and the arts, is complemented with explicit instruction in
reading, writing and math. Our Preschool program, full day and half
day, is inspired by Reggio Emilia approach. Special
scholarship opportunities for incoming 3rd-7th Graders.
Students are losing the ability to think in innovative ways. Deresiewicz delivers a ground-breaking manifesto for people searching for the kind of insight on leading, thinking, and living that elite schools should be—but aren’t — providing, candidly exposing where the system is broken and clearly presenting solutions.
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