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The Chicago City Day School is an independent, elementary school with an academic program that is rigorous yet sensitive to the individual needs and abilities of children.

While recognizing and, to the extent possible, accommodating the individual abilities of children, we place a high premium on the academic achievement of every student. The atmosphere is appropriately supportive, actively moral, and challenging.

Students are encouraged, through one-to-one dialogues with teachers and guided classroom discussion, to feel that they belong, that their ideas are respected, and that they are valued members of the group.

Independence is fostered through a traditional academic curriculum that requires diligent, consistent study habits, mindful completion of assignments, and attention to personal responsibility.

The classroom atmosphere promotes open discussion among students and between students and teachers. We seek to encourage intellectual curiosity, aesthetic sensibility, critical thinking, joy in learning, a lasting commitment to physical activity and healthful living, and the realization that learning is a life-long experience.

We believe that students' success is best achieved in a cooperative and vigorously non-competitive environment. Through participation in the Schools' program and activities, the students will develop strong academic skills; sensitivity to the aesthetic; the ability to think and communicate critically; participation in physical activity; and a sense of self-esteem, personal responsibility, and concern and respect for others.