Latin School of Chicago


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Profile for College Admission 2023–2024 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 45 Chicago neighborhoods and 15 surrounding suburbs. Our students are ambitious and talented; they think critically and are engaged in their learning. Latin's upper school currently enrolls 513 students—39% 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 $4.9 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 9:1, and 84 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. Community Engagement Latin School of Chicago believes in sustained community engagement that is meaningful, immersive, and reciprocal. It approaches community engagement as a school-wide responsibility, where students engage meaningfully with their communities in a myriad of ways throughout their high school experience. Students can connect with a variety of agencies and organizations and embed service into their curricular and Project Week experiences (see "Curricular Highlights"). Post-COVID, Latin no longer requires service hours but does have an expectation that every student will volunteer 8 hours each high school year. 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 Alexandra Fields, Director Jennifer Taylor, Senior Associate Director Justin Clarke, Assistant Director Alexander Zotos, Assistant Director Veronica Vela, Assistant Thomas Hagerman, Head of School Nick Baer, Interim 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. COVID Statement: Latin ceased on-campus instruction in March of 2020, but courses continued remotely for the remainder of the spring semester. The 2020-2021 school year was at times remote, at times hybrid and at times in person. Beginning in Fall 2021, we were completely in person.

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