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Chicago Grammar School

900 N. Franklin
Chicago, IL 60610

(312) 944-5600


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

The Chicago Grammar School modifies the traditional Classical Curriculum approach by beginning instruction in preschool. The children's own interest and curiosity are the means that lead to the creation of rich and thoughtful experiences for the purpose of developing processing abilities in the areas of motor skills, vocabulary, language, math, music and emotional control, a foundation necessary for academic and athletic success.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught The preschool program is comprised of work in pre-reading, writing, math, social studies and science topics, as well as music, gross motor, and daily art.

From the Director:

The CGS program is designed with opportunities for the children's neuro-development in order to maximize what researchers call "sensitive periods". These periods are the important times in which the brain responds to certain types of input to create or consolidate neural networks.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Opportunities for neural-development are enhanced by a small student/teacher ratio. The staffing allows teachers to listen to and observe each child, to hypothesize on how the child is constructing knowledge, the support the child's inquiries, to introduce novel ideas that resonate with the child's past experience, and to assess the child's current level of development and plan for that child's continued growth.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of the Chicago Grammar School is to provide children, preschool through eighth grade, the means to construct knowledge through experience, within the richness of a classical curriculum, informed by emerging research. The program is designed to foster life long learners by developing academic skill and proficiency, intellectual curiosity, personal wisdom and virtue, and responsible participation in society. Our motto is "Sapere Aude" Dare to be Wise.

A Typical Day

Part-time schedule: 8:30-9:30 Language Arts work/play
9:30-10:15 Gym-motor activity
10:15-11:00 Art
11:00-11:45 Math work/play
Noon Dismissal for Part-time
Full-time schedule 11:45-12:30 Lunch and play
12:30-1:45 Nap
1:45-3:00 Social Studies/Science
3:00 Dismissal


Separation is Handled through:

  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year