Latin School of Chicago

Latin School Profile for College Admission 2019

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Profile for College Admission 2019–2020 Latin School of Chicago, founded in 1888, is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for students in junior kindergarten through grade twelve. The school is an urban campus located on the near-North Side of Chicago adjacent to the 1,212-acre Lincoln Park. The upper school is located on the southeast corner of Clark Street and North Avenue. Chicago's rich cultural and intellectual resources are integrated throughout Latin's curriculum, giving faculty and students numerous opportunities to take advantage of the school's urban location. Student Body Latin enrolls a diverse community of more than 1,190 students from 74 Chicago neighborhoods and 18 surrounding suburbs. Our students are ambitious and talented; they think critically and are engaged in their learning. Latin's upper school currently enrolls 500 students—35% of whom consider themselves students of color—who come from different ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and are nurtured in an environment that embraces their diversity. Latin awards more than $4 million annually in financial assistance to families with demonstrated need but provides no merit scholarships. Faculty Approximately 100 dedicated members comprise the Latin middle and upper school faculty. Our student/faculty ratio is 8:1, and 86 percent of our classroom teachers have earned master's degrees or higher. Activities Students participate in more than 20 different competitive varsity and junior varsity sports teams and over 50 different clubs, organizations and affinity groups. Several theatrical performances are staged throughout the year, and our students enter a variety of local and national arts and academic competitions. Latin hosts a championship Scholastic Bowl team and a variety of nationally recognized publications and service organizations. Service Learning Latin students complete 30 hours of direct service with an at-need community before their junior year, though most students continue to engage meaningfully with their communities in myriad ways throughout their high school experience. Through Latin's Uptown Partnership, our students connect with a variety of agencies and organizations in an urban neighborhood and embed service into their curricular and Project Week experiences. (See "Curricular Highlights") Latin School of Chicago believes in sustained community engagement that is meaningful, immersive, and reciprocal. Accreditation and Affiliation A member of College Board and the National Association of College Admission Counselors, Latin complies with the CEPP of NACAC as well as other professional ethical guidelines. Latin School is also a founding member of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools. Latin is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Independent School Association of the Central States and is a member in good standing of the National Association of Independent Schools. At Latin 100 percent of students are admitted to and choose to attend 4-year colleges and universities. Several students each year choose to defer enrollment to explore non-academic opportunities. CEEB/ACT Code # 140935 59 W. North Blvd., Chicago, IL 60610-1492 p 312.582.6025 f 312.582.6401 College Counseling Office Elizabeth R. Pleshette, Director Jennifer Taylor, Associate Director Alexandra Fields, Associate Director Veronica Vela, Assistant Randall Dunn, Head of School Kirk Greer, Mary Gertrude White Upper School Director Our Vision 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 approach expands each Latin Learner's capacity for purposeful learning—whether in our school, our city or our world.

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