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Mission & History

The Latin School of Chicago provides its students with a rigorous and innovative educational program in a community that embraces diversity of people, cultures and ideas. Latin inspires its students to pursue their passions and lead lives of purpose and excellence.
Latin School achieves its mission by:
  • encouraging excellence in all academic and personal pursuits
  • creating an educational environment in which the pursuit of academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by a concern for the moral, physical, psychological and aesthetic development of each student
  • developing and retaining excellent faculty and staff
  • recognizing the fundamental importance of honesty, civility, public service and respect for others and the environment
  • cultivating resilience, independence, leadership and moral courage
  • sustaining a diverse, inclusive and multicultural community that affirms and values each individual
  • attracting dedicated families committed to the mission of the school
  • promoting programs in all divisions that integrate our students with the community
  • developing the financial and physical resources to support the school's needs.
Latin's History
Latin is one of the oldest independent schools in the city of Chicago. Latin School was formed in 1888 when a group of parents in Chicago enlisted Mabel Slade Vickery, a teacher from the East Coast to take charge of a new, parent-owned school. The first class consisted of 10 boys approximately 10 years old.

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."

Latin language is still taught in the middle and upper schools today.