Our mission statement directs students to “lead lives of purpose and excellence.” Our students learn that it is not enough to be good, they must also do good – at school, in their neighborhoods, throughout the city and around the world.
As one of our four strategic priorities, community engagement at Latin encompasses both community partnerships and service learning opportunities. We want everyday life at Latin to include meaningful connections to the outside world through which students learn, enhance their empathy and develop a foundation for future civic leadership.
Students in every division, faculty, staff and parents work with more than 30 organizations throughout the city on a variety of initiatives. This work represents the type of interdisciplinary, experiential and entrepreneurial learning that we strive to incorporate in all areas of our curriculum. In addition to helping people, students are solving problems, making connections and becoming active citizens in our school and city. Most importantly, our engagement has influenced our school culture and has become an important part of who we are as a community.
Latin launched the Uptown Partnership in 2012 to provide opportunities for students at all
grade levels to engage with a Chicago community in meaningful ways while serving the needs of a neighborhood. The initiative grew out of two successful, long-term community relationships Latin had with McCutcheon Elementary School and Uptown Baptist Soup Kitchen. Uptown is one of the most diverse communities in Chicago in terms of culture, race, age, citizenship, artistic heritage and economic status.
By working with local civic leaders including the 46th Ward alderman and cultural and community organizations, Latin strives to have a meaningful impact on this neighborhood while providing students in all three divisions of the school with in-depth service learning experiences.
A Just Harvest
Alderman Cappleman's Office
Asian Youth Services
Bethel New Life
Buttercup Park and Playlot
Chicago Lights Tutoring
Cornerstone Community Shelter
Eden Supportive Living
Friends of the Parks
Girls on the Run
Hope for Chicago
Horizons for Youth
JUF TOV Teen
Programming and Uptown Cafe
The Kenwood of Lakeview
Kilbourne Park Organic Greenhouse and Community Garden
La Rabida Children's Hospital
Lincoln Park Community Shelter
McCutcheon Community School Tutoring
The Night Ministry
Obama 2012 Election Campaign
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Republican Victory Center
Robert R. McCormick Boys and Girls Club
Ronald McDonald House
St. Chrysostom's "Neighbors in Need" Program
Sunrise Senior Living
Temple Sholom "Monday Meal Mitzvah"
Two Li'l Fishes
Weiss Memorial Hospital
The partnerships we foster with organizations in this city enrich the lives of our students, faculty, parents and alumni.
Number of service hours completed by upper school students in 2014-15.
Latin is proud to be a founding member of the National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP)--an organization focused on facilitating partnerships between private and public schools.