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Public Speaking

Stand up and be heard!

Even in today's connected digital world, the ability to communicate ideas in front of a group remains a vital skill. At Chicago City Day School, students begin developing their public speaking skills in kindergarten, and they refine them throughout their time at the School. By the time they are ready to graduate, City Day students are confident learners who are unafraid to take risks.

We build those traits and skills by threading public speaking throughout the curriculum. Committed to the notion that the world will belong to the people who can express and defend their ideas, the School gives all children ample opportunities to speak in front of a group. 

  • Starting in kindergarten, our students present and answer questions about science fair projects in front of peers and parents. 
  • In first grade, students give four formal speeches during the year.
  • In eighth grade, our students speak at the Friends of the Chicago River’s Annual Student River Congress.
  • Every member of the graduating class delivers a speech during the commencement ceremony.
  • In addition to the above, participation in drama productions and musical performances throughout their years at City Day provides additional opportunities for students to perform in front of audiences.

Public speaking is a focus at City Day because it gives students the confidence to develop new ideas. It requires students to think critically, to develop arguments based on logic, to change course when presented with new information. These skills serve our students well in high school, college, and the workplace. 

A City Day eighth-grader speaks at the Friends of the Chicago River Student Congress
Two City Day students speak to class in computer lab
City Day graduate gives speech at commencement ceremony
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A Chicago City Day School student recites an original poem in front of class
City Day seventh-graders speak during science fair event
Two City Day students speak during the Science Fair
A City Day student gives a speech in front of his classmates

I love how City Day approaches public speaking, which is to approach it as a typical and expected part of life. These children grow up being comfortable in front of a group.  They don’t think twice about it. One of many truly amazing things about this amazing school.AmyCity Day Parent