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

Feb 28
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

Feb 28
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

Mar 03
National Mythology Exam 2022

Time: 12:00 am

Gold Coast Prep students take the annual Excellence Through Classics’ National Mythology Exam. “The most prominent undertaking of Excellence Through Classics is the National Mythology Exam. Since 1989, the exam has been offered to students in elementary, intermediate, and middle school grades three through nine. The NME is consistently given to over 9,000 students in … Continued

Mar 04
Parent Teacher Conferences – No Class

Time: 12:00 am

Gold Coast Prep teachers meet with parents to summarize students’ second term performances, achievements, challenges, and interactions.

Mar 17
National Latin Exam 2022

Time: 12:00 am

At Gold Coast Prep, students in grades six, seven and eight participate in the National Latin Exam. The National Latin Exam (NLE) is a test given annually to Latin students across the United States and around the world.   The basic purposes of the NLE are to promote the study of Latin and to encourage the … 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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