The school was founded in 1888 by Mabel Slade Vickery and is the oldest independent day school in Chicago.
The school is a member of the Independent School League Latin School of Chicago is the oldest independent day school in the city of Chicago.
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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." The Latin language is still taught in the middle and upper schools today.
While it was started as a neighborhood school, Latin School currently is home to more than 1,100 students from approximately 70 ZIP codes throughout the Chicago area.
In high school, Latin offers a large number of innovative electives in every subject area in addition to the core requirements. Upper school students may choose from more than 150 classes each year, including a full range of AP courses.