It’s almost time: back to school! Finding the right school for your child can be challenging, especially for the elementary school set at this crucial time in their development. Kids at these ages don’t exactly have the mental matureness to know what their values and needs are, so it’s even more important they have the support of the right education system to guide them along their learning journey.
What’s on our list for an excellent school? A commitment to academic excellence rooted in tradition, combined with life skill learning—a place that gives kids the support they need to take risks, challenge themselves and succeed. Basically, we want it all and Chicago City Day School fits the bill, as an independent private school with a record of success, a palpable “culture of kindness” and the adaptable spirit needed to succeed in our world today. Read on for five reasons why this school may be just what you’ve been looking for.
1. A Balance of Academics & Social-Emotional Learning
This is their recipe for success: inspiring a love of learning, confidence, and comfortability in the social and academic environment of school for years to come. City Day combines this winning formula with its unique urban campus, making students feel safe and inspired. They’ve also developed curriculum-based programming to support their students and prepare them for the world beyond school, with hands-on real-life experiences. City Day stands apart because of the autonomy, resources and faculty they devote to their elementary school population—it’s a rare gem.
2. 40+ Year Track Record of Academic Excellence
Founded in 1981, City Day promises and delivers an academic program that draws on the best of traditional education thought and practice while also embracing innovation. Their students take on a multitude of creative and intellectual challenges, including composing poems, building rockets, measuring the quality of the Chicago River, and creating sculptures—all while honing reading, writing and math skills that will help them navigate a complex world.
3. An Independent School for Independent Thinkers
City Day stands out from the crowd yet again by teaching young kids how to think, not what to think. They accomplish this in their classrooms, where students work collaboratively in a study of the core subjects of math, science, reading and social studies. They also take field trips throughout the city, visiting museums, attending plays and even helping maintain local forest preserves. City Day also offers travel opportunities including Space Camp, France and Spain, Washington D.C. and a research expedition in the Bahamas. By the time City Day students graduate eighth grade, they have developed a worldview that allows them to respond to complex problems in high school and beyond—we can’t think of a better gift you could give your child.
4. Junior K-Grade 8 School Offers a Unique Opportunity
City Day's school model gives students a chance to establish roots in their community as young as four years old. It allows students in grade six and up to be true leaders on campus and act as mentors to the younger grades. It also allows all of their students access to the resources and campus of a much larger school. And it prepares students for brand new experiences in high school—a transition that builds confidence strengthens character and equips kids with skills they need to succeed.
5. City Day Adapts to Our Ever-Changing World
City Day is an independent school that's developed an adaptive curriculum that grows in complexity with the students and responds to their individual needs. City Day’s expert teachers differentiate their instruction, and this, combined small class size ensures that each student is challenged and supported.
Unlike public schools, they have the ability to quickly enact new practices and programs to stay current and meet new challenges. City Day was able to remain open for the entire school year during 2020-2021. City Day successfully reconfigured its spaces and programming so that students and teachers could safely work together in person rather than through a screen.
City Day’s Statement of Inclusion:
“Chicago City Day School is a welcoming, inclusive learning community. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or national/ethnic origin.”