If we’ve learned anything this past year, it’s that being a teacher is an incredibly challenging job. Trying to wrangle little learners poses even more challenges, and keeping them engaged throughout the day at home is a major feat of strength (and patience!).

Parents, listen up: Chicago City Day School meets those challenges every day. This independent private school boasts a 40-year track record of academic excellence serving students in junior kindergarten through grade eight. They offer a rigorous academic program that is rooted in tradition and embraces innovation. Their students learn in a culture of kindness, one that gives them the support they need to take risks, challenge themselves and succeed. Sound good? Read on for three reasons why we love Chicago City Day School, especially for the younger set!

Well-Rounded Education

Look no further for a big education for your littles: Junior kindergarten and senior kindergarten classes provide nurturing, play-based activities that build a love for learning. Guided by expert teachers and City Day's "culture of kindness," kids will learn how to share and collaborate, and hone cognitive and fine/gross motor skills. The school’s youngest learners also participate in a slate of “specials” classes, including P.E., a design-based tech program, art, drama, music, and study of either French or Spanish.

By first grade, students take an important developmental step as they begin to explore the school's immersive curriculum. A key feature of their first-grade program is the emphasis on public speaking, something that continues throughout the City Day program. Students show incredible growth over the course of the year, as tentative first attempts at giving speeches become polished presentations by year’s end. Wish you had this opportunity when you were six? Us too.

 

Expert Educators

Step aside and take a breather, moms and dads, expert help is here! What’s brilliant about City Day is how they balance academics and social-emotional growth in a way that inspires children to love school. They stand out because of the autonomy, resources, and faculty they devote to an elementary school population. 

City Day curates an expert group of passionate, caring, and energetic educators. Their teachers specialize in differentiated instruction, ensuring that each student is engaged. All classroom teachers hold advanced degrees and have substantial experience, bringing sound educational thought and practice to their classrooms each day. 

 

A Dream Campus

"Is this real life?!" City Day’s campus is a true oasis of learning in the bustling, urban setting of the Lakeview East neighborhood. Their two-acre campus includes welcoming classrooms, the dynamic Shorey Shop, the professional-grade Hunt Theater for drama and music productions, multiple technology labs and unique outdoor learning spaces, including an 8,000-gallon koi pond—wow. This sounds a lot better than our backyard!

 

Financial aid is available. Schedule a tour today!

 

—Jamie Aderski