We want every day 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.
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.
All students participate in our buddy program allowing them to connect in meaningful ways across the school through class visits, field trips and service learning projects.
Our Community Partners include:
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
First Sip Cafe
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.
hours of service
upper school students
Authentic community engagement is an essential part of Latin. From Latin’s foundational support of the High Jump program, to the 23-year partnership with the McCutcheon School, to our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. day presence at the Uptown Baptist Soup Kitchen, relationships with these organizations have provided students with meaningful learning opportunities for years.
The Uptown Partnership was established in 2012 in an effort to build
more mutually beneficial relationships. Uptown is one of the most diverse communities in Chicago in terms of culture, race, age, citizenship, artistic heritage and economic status. The partnership provides opportunities for teachers, students and parents in all divisions to move beyond community service and closer to a model of true community engagement. In the past five years, collaborations have ranged from book shares and poetry slams, to designing clay tiles and learning to dance.
CURRICULAR ENGAGEMENTS WITH UPTOWN
Upper school dance mentoring project class
Third grade neighborhood study of Uptown and architecture art project with Courtenay School
Fourth grade Hugo art, reading and movie partnership
Middle school hack-a-thon
Tenth grade community engagement class
Senn High School/Latin visual storytelling Project Week
Design Thinking in Uptown Project Week
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.
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.