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The schools merged in 1953 to form the co-educational Latin School of Chicago.
The school was designed to provide students with a rigorous college-preparatory education in the classical tradition, with a curriculum that was heavily influenced by Classical studies and the study of the Greek and Latin languages, hence the name “Latin School." The Latin language is still taught in the middle and upper schools today.
Students are given a strong foundation in the core subject areas of English, math, science, social studies, history, world languages and the arts.
Starting in the lower school Latin’s curriculum takes an interdisciplinary approach.
In high school, Latin offers a large number of innovative electives in every subject area in addition to the core requirements. Upper school students may choose from more than 150 classes each year, including a full range of AP courses.
Mabel Slade Vickery, a teacher from the East Coast, was invited to Chicago to open the school with a small class of ten 10-year-old boys.During the early years, classes were held in private homes on Chicago's near North Side.Latin School of Chicago is the oldest independent day school in the city of Chicago.Latin School was formed in 1888 by a group of parents seeking a better education for their children.While it was started as a neighborhood school, Latin School currently is home to more than 1,100 students from approximately 70 ZIP codes throughout the Chicago area.
The school awards more than $3 million in need-based financial aid each year.