A coeducational day school serving students JK-12

Mark Copestake, Director of Enrollment Management

Mark Copestake
Director of Enrollment Management & Financial Aid

 

Welcome

On behalf of the Enrollment Management team we want to thank you for your interest in Latin School of Chicago.

Selecting the best possible school is an important process, and our Office of Enrollment Management is committed to making every family’s experience as personal, informative and welcoming as possible. It is our goal to provide you with everything you need to determine whether Latin is the right school for your family. Our comprehensive admissions process allows us to get to know your student and ensure that they can feel successful and happy at Latin.

While we wish we could meet you in person this fall, in consideration of safety and in response to COVID-19, our admissions process will be virtual this year. We have a number of resources and extensive material on our website, so please click around to learn more about the outstanding academic and extra-curricular opportunities, the devoted faculty and the welcoming community that make Latin an exceptional learning environment.

Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions at admissions@latinschool.org or 312.582.6060 as we would be happy to help.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Best regards,

Mark Copestake
Director of Enrollment Management & Financial Aid


 

Why You Belong at Latin

You may think it is our excellent academics, supportive community, and dedication to a personal, inquiry-based, and inclusive education, but what makes the Latin experience unique is YOU. 


You will be encouraged to step outside the limits of your comfort zone, try new experiences and discover your passion.

 


You will be part of a caring community that encourages you to reach your full potential without fear of failure.

 


You will lead. You can start your own club, create your own affinity group, and take control over your learning.

 

Students are well versed in the "power of yet" and the value in continuing to grow, defying expectations or limitations.

- Latin parent

Latin should never change how comfortable it makes us feel. Which means that we aren't afraid to make mistakes.

- Middle school student

Participating in middle school and high school productions taught me so much about empathy and creative expression, and as I got older, I realized how much those skills in particular prepared me for leadership in the Latin community and beyond.

-alum

Latin at a Glance

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1888

The year Latin was founded
number of total students: 1189

497
Upper School
ninth-twelfth grade

307
Middle School
fifth-eighth grade

385
Lower School
JK-fourth grade

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$5.9 million+

OF FINANCIAL AID IS AWARDED ANNUALLY
 
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87%

teachers with advanced degrees
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80%

upper school students play sports
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40

performing arts productions and concerts in the middle and upper school

 

Students of Color

39%
Upper School
ninth-twelfth grade

32%
Middle School
fifth-eighth grade

45%
Lower School
JK-fourth grade

How We Approach Teaching and Learning

Head of School Randall Dunn talks about how every member of the Latin community learns together in an environment that is personal, inquiry-based and inclusive. 

"Our students leave Latin equipped with powerful skills to solve today's and tomorrow's challenges."

 - Upper School Director Kirk Greer


mistakes welcome

Research says the deepest learning comes from reflecting on mistakes that have come up in the process of problem solving.

MISTAKES WELCOME

The upper school honors precalculus classroom discussions are entirely student-led. Students do six rich, exploratory problems for homework, which can often be done in more than one way or might have more than one answer. They then bring their work to the classroom and present it on the board to discuss as a group. If no one is willing to share his or her errors, then everyone misses out on opportunities for learning. To incentivize this behavior, students are encouraged to utilize the class’s marble jar, dropping in a marble each time a mistake is shared. When the jar is full, the class celebrates with a pizza party.

middle school students with Syrian Refugee project

When learning resonates with the students' own values and beliefs, the content is seen as relevant and tied to real-world concerns and projects.

Scratching beneath the surface of the syrian refugee crisis

Seventh grade students in the Global Perspectives course researched the lives of individual Syrian refugees and told their stories using a programming language called Scratch. The project takes users on the journey of a real-life Syrian refugee, the choices they face, as well as the realities of the refugee experience.

Singapore Math

The value lies in the well-formulated question rather than on the right answer.

SINGING THE PRAISES OF SINGAPORE MATH

As part of the lower school Singapore Math curriculum, fourth grade teacher Amanda Schirmacher noted that her students love sharing their methods, which she can project on a screen after taking a picture of the method with her tablet. "They are getting more comfortable with their speaking and presentation skills," she said. "It enables them to be confident in sharing their thinking," a skill that will serve them well as they enter middle and high school. "The earlier you find your voice, the better," she said.

hopes and dreams

In a responsive classroom, the exercise of naming hopes and dreams is critical to feeling personally connected to and engaged in learning.

Hopes and Dreams

Lower school students took the school's theme of action to heart and defined things they hoped to accomplish over the course of the school year.

When students are conscious and proactive about learning, it provokes a more personal response to engaging with the material.

SEEING STARS

The upper school Advanced Acting Company class performed the play “Silent Sky” by Lauren Gunderson during the 2018-19 school year. This true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, whose quest to measure the distance of stars begins at Harvard Observatory and ends up changing our understanding of the universe.

Advanced Acting Company is made up of juniors and seniors who have taken classes in the upper school acting curriculum. The course culminates in a production fully produced and managed by students. With the rehearsal process embedded into class time throughout the semester, it allows the cast and crew to delve deeper into the play, spending more time on script and character analysis, ensemble building and dramaturgy, while also providing students opportunities to oversee behind-the-scenes work like costume and makeup design.

Our students are able to take their own interests outside of school and bring them into the classroom and share their passions with others authentically.

Sugar, Spice and Everything They Impact

Students in the upper school class "Spice: Food, Trade & Culture" took a field trip to the world’s largest Starbucks to study the globalization of companies and to see in action the impact commodities have on society.

You Will Thrive in College and Beyond

Latin measures its success by ensuring that each student is prepared with the academic and emotional skills needed to thrive in college and beyond.

College counseling is a four-year process as individualized as the rest of our curriculum. Our counselors work with students to match their interests and strengths with the best-fit schools. Each student’s college search is an opportunity to learn about one’s own educational and social needs and to develop decision-making tools that will help shape future choices both in and out of the world of academia.

College Signing Day

I understood the value of this education first hand when I went off to college. My persistence and strong desire to learn and connect with my professors was a reflection of the close relationships I made with my teachers at Latin.

- Alum

When I got to Kenyon, I had a head start because of Latin. It wasn't just that I was confident in writing a paper. It was that while everyone else was learning to write a paper, I had time to think about the bigger picture.

- Dan Streicher '06

🗓Noteworthy Dates
  • Application available: September 4
  • Application deadlines: middle and upper school: November 6; JK students November 6; SK-4: April 9
  • JK teacher recommendation forms due: January 6
  • Application materials (letters of recommendation, transcripts, exam scores, etc.) for grades 5 - 12 due: January 6
  • Financial aid applications due: January 1 for current families and January 6 for new families
  • Decision letters emailed: March 5

Meet Us Online

While we wish we could meet you in person this fall, in consideration of safety and in response to COVID-19, our admissions process will be virtual this year. We remain committed to ensuring you get to know our school community and can easily navigate the application process. We invite you to join us for one of our information sessions to learn more about the Latin experience. You will have the opportunity to hear from our Head of School, Division Director and Director of Enrollment Management and participate in a Q&A. We look forward to seeing you online!

Please register for only one date as we are offering the same exact session on three different dates. 

Experience Latin

Who is a Latin Learner?

Every member of the Latin community is a Latin Learner: students, families, faculty, staff, alumni and our partners in the city and around the globe.

Inspired Artists

Art encourages students to adopt the mindset of a learner by exploring new ideas, embracing creativity and trying something new.

Excellent Academics

Our vision for educational excellence is to reinforce the value of an exemplary liberal arts education that makes learning inquiry-based, personal and inclusive. Our educational approach will expand each Latin Learner's capacity for purposeful learning - whether in our school, our city or our world.  

Disciplined Athletes

Latin’s interscholastic program strives to develop confident, enthusiastic and disciplined athletes who use their full physical potential and learn the value of teamwork and the importance of sportsmanship. We strive to develop leadership and ethical behavior in our athletes, while encouraging a life-long love for sports and fitness.

Our Stories, Our School

Find out what's happening at Latin, learn our stories and read about our successful alumni.

Once a Roman, Always a Roman

Latin boasts a vibrant, supportive and active alumni community to help you on your journey after Latin.

Our Shared Values

Our shared values of excellence, community and integrity affirm and define us. They serve as guideposts for all we do, and connect us — students, teachers, parents and alumni — to each other and to Latin.

Follow Us Online

Get a sense of our community by following us on social media. Look for us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Become a Latin Learner

You belong at Latin!

Questions? We have answers.

Want to learn more? Contact us at admissions@latinschool.org.

Mark Copestake
Director of Enrollment Management & Financial Aid

Ashley Ehrhardt
Lower School Developmental Readiness Assessor

Rachel Jacobson
Assistant Director of Enrollment Management

Jovita Monarrez
Associate Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid

Vanessa Ruiz
Enrollment Management Assistant

Sara Salzman
Associate Director of Enrollment Management

Annessa Staab
Associate Director of Enrollment Management

Admissions

We Look Forward to Meeting You