Chicago Grammar School

CGS Preschool-JK program provides a loving and caring experience inspired by Reggio Emilia approach to early education.
CGS provides a rigorous classical liberal arts education that teaches children to think. CGS is unique in that it provides a classical liberal arts education beginning in elementary school.
The CGS motto, Sapere Aude-Dare to Know, represents both the process and the endpoint of a classical liberal arts education. Rather than waiting until high school or college, CGS students form the mindset for critical thinking and learn cultural literacy from the very beginning of their educational journey.
They are taught the integrative nature of knowledge.  Their broad education includes history, literature, art, and the systematic natures of language (English, Latin and Spanish), as well as math, science, and logic.
This rigorous curriculum, with a well defined program for the development of critical thinking, is designed to create the global leaders of tomorrow.
The children`s education is further enhanced with both national and international travel.
The CGS program is well designed for the academically talented or gifted student.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded2005
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesPrice varies

Student Body

Total Students91 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Chicago Grammar School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$24,840
Tuition NotesPreschool 8100 part time and 14850 full time
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$10,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorPhillip D. Jackson


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess, Computer Programming, Cooking Club, Dance Club, Games Club, Latin Classics Team, Math Club, Spanish Club, STEM Fun

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber Choir, Music Lessons, Spanish Guitar

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fitness, Swim Club

School Notes

  • The Chicago Grammar School seeks to admit students from families who are committed to partnering with CGS educators for the purpose of the academic, social and emotional development of their children.

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    59 W North Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60610
    (312) 582-6000
    0.9 PK-12
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    Chicago, IL 60610
    (312) 266-3381
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    0.9 miles
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    Chicago, IL 60642
    (773) 907-5000
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    (312) 236-6388
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    Chicago, IL 60654
    (312) 466-0700
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
CGS is a robust environment that focuses on challenging kids to think outside the box. I wish I had gone to school here, but sending my daughter here is the next best. We've been a part of the community for two years now and I couldn't be any happier with our experience. The teachers are very engaged and easily accessible to us parents, same as the administration. Visit and see for yourself!
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This is an excellent school designed to educate children broadly so they become thinkers and rise to their full potential. The curriculum is classically based and rigorous. Children are challenged, and they achieve. Excellence is the goal for all the children and the curriculum is individualized as needed, but they are all encouraged to think, explore and advance. And they do. There are annual events such as a 2-day trip to Camp Tecumseh where students and teachers expand the education into an outdoor setting and a camp experience. The school has annual service projects everyone participates in and enjoys. The school is small but the benefit of this is that children across grades build friendships and allows for all-school performances, movie nights and the like. If you want your child to have a solid educational foundation which will allow them to be an engaged citizen, look no further.
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This is our second year at CGS and if you are looking for a private school for your child, CGS should be on your must see list. CGS is nine years old and is graduating their first class of 8th graders in 2014. All should go to the best high schools in Chicago. Class sizes are small, none over 15, so your child will get more attention. That is what we feel we are paying for. From the first grade, your child will have more than one teacher who is teaching their specialty. Another plus. Our headmaster, Mr. Jackson comes from a special needs background, so it is an excellent choice if your child is smart, but has some challenges. Our daughter she needs a lot of repetition especially with math. With the small class sizes, she is getting that at CGS. We had her tested this summer and discovered that even though she was in the "lower" groups for reading and math, she is reading more than two grades above level and her math was also above grade level after only one year at the school. The fact a child reading over two grades above grade level was in the lower group, also speaks about the student quality. If you want your child challenged, this is the place. If you want to go to work and brag how your child is a straight A student and the smartest in their class. Good luck at CGS. Now to why this school is not for you. We are in an office building. If looks matter, go to British, Cook or Parker with their beautiful campuses. Sports, we do not have a volleyball or basketball team. This apparently is a big deal to many in Chicago at the elementary level and why some parents do not choose CGS or use as an excuse to leave. At CGS, the parents make sports happen, We have the only traveling snow sports club with its own ski school at any school in Chicago, a Taekwondo Grand Master teaching in our after school program as well as weekly yoga and swim club in our after school program. Other student are excelling in hockey, figure skating and golf outside of school. So we are a very sports conscious and active school. There is a music school upstairs that will pick up your child from after school for their lessons. How great is that. We are a private, for profit school. What does that mean. To me, the best part of all, no giving fund or annoying fundraisers. Both my spouse and I are self employed and have work commitments 7 days a week. We do not have the time to sell chocolate, or mattresses like was expected at our daughter's former school. Your tuition might seem higher than your friends at FXW, Old St. Mary's or Urban Prairie, but those schools have "mandatory" giving and/or significant pressure to make large purchases at their fundraisers, so in the end we are about the same amount out of pocket. There is no other school in Chicago we would rather be at, my only wish is we had a High School :-)
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