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In 1913, a girls section was incorporated by Miss Vickery and became The Chicago Latin School for Girls.The schools merged in 1953 to form the co-educational Latin School of Chicago.Education in the Lower and Middle schools are relatively standard and students are given several opportunities to pursue personal interest.However, in the Upper schools are given much more flexibility with their schedule and class choice.The school also has a high-achieving scholastic bowl team.The average class size is 14 students and the student-to-faculty ratio is 8:1 in order to create a comfortable working environment and strong relationships between teachers and students.
Mabel Slade Vickery, a teacher from the East Coast, was invited to Chicago to open the school with a small class of ten 10-year-old boys.
Latin has a strong visual arts department, notable for its many extracurricular/elective opportunities and its Global Studies: Visual Arts class.
The school is also noted for its Mickey & The Masters project where, as a culmination of their study of the History of Western Painting, ninth grade students recreate master paintings with the added challenge of substituting Mickey Mouse as the main character.
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.
Seniors may also decide to work on a Capstone Project in which students have the opportunity to work with a faculty member to create a year-long interdisciplinary curriculum that links research to Chicago community resources.