At City Day, we offer a challenging academic program in a supportive and kind school climate. Our curriculum combines the best of traditional academics with innovative learning experiences. We prize intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, risk taking, joy in discovery, and the realization that learning is a lifelong experience.
Chicago City Day School holds students to high standards, AND we provide the encouragement and support students need to meet those challenges. Our program is uniquely rigorous and compassionate.
All students at City Day speak in front of an audience multiple times during their tenure with us. Public speaking gives students the confidence to defend their ideas and develop new ones. It enables students to think critically, develop logical arguments, and change course when presented with new information. These are skills our graduates use in high school, college, and beyond.
Classroom learning comes alive in a vivid way when applied to real-world problems and situations. City Day's service learning program sends students to the natural environments along the Chicago River and the coral reefs found in the Bimini region of the Bahamas. Students use the skills they acquire in science class to conduct meaningful research and help improve the world.
In an ever-changing and increasingly sophisticated age, students must bring a design mindset to the use of technology, so they can create solutions to next-generation challenges. We provide students with the tools they need to imagine, design, and build.
Our urban campus includes bright, friendly classrooms; fully equipped science and tech centers; and numerous outdoor learning spaces, including a greenhouse, an ice rink and an 8,000-gallon koi pond. As one student said: "It's the kind of school you don't ever want to go home from."
The teachers at City Day bring exceptional levels of wisdom, expertise, passion, creativity, and kindness to our classrooms every day. They are experts at differentiated instruction, ensuring that every student feels heard, engaged, and inspired.
Read a Chicago Parent article about why City Day believes in JK-through-8 education.
Our sixth-graders removed invasive plants from the forest preserve and studied Chicago River wildlife.
City Day students studied ancient rock formations, land conservation, and the habitats of cranes.