A coeducational day school serving students JK-12

Community Engagement

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.

Our Partnership with Uptown

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.

View some of our Community Partners.

A Just Harvest

Alderman Cappleman's Office


Asian Youth Services

Bethel New Life

Big Shoulders

Buttercup Park and Playlot

Chicago Cares

Chicago Lights Tutoring


City Farm

Common Threads

Cornerstone Community Shelter

Eden Supportive Living


Friends of the Parks

Girls on the Run

High Jump

Hope for Chicago

Horizons for Youth

Inspiration Corporation


Programming and Uptown Cafe

The Kenwood of Lakeview

Kilbourne Park Organic Greenhouse and Community Garden

Lakeview Pantry

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


Urban Initiatives

Weiss Memorial Hospital

The partnerships we foster with organizations in this city enrich the lives of our students, faculty, parents and alumni.

- Sarah Bunger, Director of the Uptown Partnership

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.