Gold Coast Prep

A Classical Education for Today's World

The Gold Coast Prep program is designed to immerse the child in complex interactive experiences that are both rich and relevant.  The three elements of a classical curriculum:  content, process, and communication are integrated into the learning experience from preschool through 8th grade.

Explore the Gold Coast Prep Classical Curriculum

The Middle School Years

During Middle School, Gold Coast Prep students develop knowledge and skills, learn to manage emotions and relationships, and acquire attributes and abilities that will be important for enjoying their adolescent years and assuming adult roles.

Grades 5-8 at GCP

Lower Elementary

Too often, the scholastic elementary school experience dampens the spirit and inherent wonder of a child’s curious mind.   At Gold Coast Prep, the teachers’ effective use of what is relevant to a child is the key to maintaining both attention and curiosity in this highly academic program.

Explore GCP Grades K-4

Art Integration and Project Work

When learning is accomplished through student-initiated projects coupled with dynamic and responsive teaching, the results can be compelling.  Art is integrated within the curriculum, affording students hands-on opportunities to do something with the knowledge they are acquiring.  Gold Coast Prep is committed to this constructivist orientation from Early Childhood through 8th Grade.

Arts Integration from a Student Perspective

Reggio-Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education

The Gold Coast Prep Early Childhood environment is strongly inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education and draws on the child’s interests and curiosity as the basis for the course of study.

Preschool and Junior Kindergarten at GCP

Upcoming Events

Jan 01
Introducing Tuition Grant Initiative for New Applicants

Time: 12:00 am

Celebrating 15+ years of preparing our students for the most selective schools in Chicago, a Gold Coast Prep grant initiative has been established to allow new students to join our highly successful program. Each grade, Kindergarten through Eighth, has six (6) grant awards available to eligible applicants:  two (2) $12,000 grants, two (2) $9,000 grants, … Continued

Jan 01
Admission Tours

Time: 12:00 am

Offered by appointment.   We recognize the value of a visit, so come meet with our Head of School and learn about the admission process and life at Gold Coast Prep.  We warmly invite you to see first-hand the work the children are doing and the benefits of the Gold Coast Prep experience.  Of course, virtual tours … Continued

Jan 03
Teacher In-Service Day – no class

Time: 12:00 am

Teachers get ready for 2022!  No classes for the students.

Jan 04
Classes Resume!

Time: 12:00 am

Happy 2022!  Classes resume this week after a restful and fun Winter Break.

Jan 17
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – no class

Time: 12:00 am

I have a dream that my…children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. In a speech addressing of hundreds of thousands at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. uttered those now iconic … Continued

Feb 02
Certamen Competition Round Three

Time: 5:30 pm

Gold Coast Prep seeks to repeat success, having won the Illinois Certamen League Junior High Division – Chicagoland Region for six out of the past eight years.  Certamen, meaning “contest” in Latin, exists at the junior high, high school and collegiate levels and is regarded as a Latin Quiz Bowl. Teams of four players compete … Continued

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Classical Education at Gold Coast Prep: Core Knowledge, Critical Thinking and Communication Skills

Ready to Conquer the World

Gold Coast Prep kids are nice, they like to have fun and they like to learn.

From their first day of class, our students experience the passion of artful, enthusiastic and nurturing teachers, the satisfaction of learning new things, the challenge of thinking beyond the obvious and the wonder of creating art, all within the richness of the classical curriculum with ample opportunities to showcase and communicate their knowledge throughout the year.

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