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Students and teachers are warm and inviting. Everyone always has a smile on their face. Classes are engaging and fun, they push you to think about the world from a different perspective.
As a new student as a freshman, I was welcomed very warmly in the community. The staff is amazing and will help you through any problem you have, whether it's in or out of school, and the same applies with students. Diversity lacks in a 70%-ish white school, but what I like the most about this school is that they don't care about your race, ethnicity, religious background, etc. They see you as a fellow student of the Latin School of Chicago.
I loved the emphasis on academics here and the wide range of classes offered and the high level at which they were taught. As someone who thoroughly enjoys sports, I wish they would improve upon that aspect of the school.
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Latin is going through a jarring transition, both socially and academically. Despite claiming to have a focus on academics, it is surprising to have learned the Lower School reduced the amount of hours per week of Spanish for its students. By contrast, gym class, as well as "critical" morning & closing meetings increase in time. Languages are a fundamental part to understanding & integrating cultures – how can it be these are sacrificed for gym? Socially, as a caucasian father, I feel my family's opinions do not count, unless, of course it is fundraising time. The community is divided and not everyone is treated equally/fairly. Parents’ questions/concerns often go unanswered. Top administration lacks solid partnership with parent body. Latin lacks an ethical school culture. I feel as if Latin is going through an identity crisis in which solid leadership (Board, Head of Schools and certain Division Heads) is lacking to straighten this sinking ship. Latin appears to be “Dunn.”
A school should inspire curiosity & thirst for learning. Latin has turned into an institution that tells students what to think, not how to think. It’s wrong to hear students say they know when to "keep their mouths shut" because of teachers' differing views. Biased teaching is not preparing students for the real world, rather it strips them of freedom of thought, weakening their real world perspective.

The administration, including Head of School continues to ignore bullying that exists across all divisions within the student, faculty & parent bodies. I feel my children are targeted for who they are and do not feel they are fully safe. Members of the community feel they can't truly be themselves without being unfairly treated. This is only underscored by allowing biased organizations to script curriculum.

If you are looking at Latin, seriously consider another as this school's academic legacy appears to be slipping quickly.
Latin is average at best in terms of academics, especially as it does not fully value diversity... diversity of thought is not respected. As a parent, I feel that my children and I can't be our true selves for fear of not being liberal enough. The administration has allowed mental bullying to occur across all divisions, within the student, faculty and parent bodies.
I have attended the Latin School of Chicago from grades JK-Senior year. The education is phenomenal, and the facilities are great. The teachers foster and intimate setting where learning is fun and easy, and the offered resources are bold enough so that the only thing keeping you from prospering is yourself.
However, the school's developing initiative for diversity and college readiness is still on the way. The college counseling office is not willing to listen to the students as much as their own agenda sometimes, which is why plenty of students seek out of school or independent guidance in the process. Nevertheless, every year the secondary institutions that are attended are fantastic.
I went here for high school and I had the worst time of my life. I got bullied by the students and the teachers never helped me. I would try to go get help but there was nowhere I could go. The teachers made me incredibly uncomfortable. I don't recommend this high school for most students, it is filled with cliques, and it is very hard to make new friends. I felt extremely uncomfortable there as a new student and I urge this school to work harder on making new students more comfortable.
This school is great. Everything is great. I would give it 5 stars if not for the food. The Food used to be great but the last few years its gone down in quality and variety and in general its BAD. Wish I could have given it a 5
Given that Latin is an independent school, the administration makes a concerted effort to keep all students safe, healthy, and secure. Entering and exiting the school, students and faculty are required to badge in and to with their ids. Any guests or other people have to sign in and state a purpose before being allowed entrance into the school. Health wise, the trainers and nurses to a great job of working with students and student-athletes to minimize injuries and sicknesses.
Extracurricular opportunities at Latin are awesome because they are so accessible to every student. A small school and tremendous faculty and administration ensures that team sports are competitive, well- run, and inclusive. Additionally, a wide range of electives are offered for students who are interested in the arts and sciences. The student run clubs may define latin best, as they represent the students passion, curiosity, and motivation for helping non profits and achieving goals for certain significant causes.
The school its self is unparalleled. The students are offered an independent, intimate, and joyful academic experience that includes rigorous and interesting courses; The teachers truly care and go out of their way to better their students' abilities and minds; The opportunities within the school are endless and are very accessible to new students. Despite all of this, I would have to strongly say that the students at the school are liberally elitist. The population of students is homogenous-- mostly and white and very wealthy. Additionally, a majority of the wealthy, white students feel entitled which leaves some students, especially minorities, to be marginalized and completely excluded, especially in social activities and plans outside of school. The major problem with this is that a lot of Latin students will be friendly in school-- they will say hi, eat lunch with everyone, and also hang out and have conversations in the library and cafeteria all due to the small grade sizes and intimate environment. However, these occurrences are extremely misleading and fake because the environment outside of school is cut throat and somewhat disgusting to be honest. Kids start drinking alcohol in social situations as early as 9th grade and use many kids' homes as a setting for this disgusting behavior; often using a kid for his house and then never communicating again outside of school as if they ate half an apple and threw the rest away in the garbage. Kids are excluded and marginalized from the social scene outside of school despite friendliness and inclusivity in school. Its utterly ridiculous.
The teachers at Latin are tremendous. They go out of their way to help students given the intimate academic environment, and they are qualified, enthusiastic, and passionate about what they do. Teachers often develop strong relationships with students by junior and senior year given the frequent meetings not only for classes but also clubs, sports, and other activities. By going to the Latin School of Chicago, students learn better than anywhere else due to the outstanding teachers.
some drug problems, there have been attempts to make minority students feel more comfortable, but when they bring in speakers for shool gatherings, there's usually some backlash and calling the school "liberal"
Very underrated because of the rigorous curriculum. The arts aren't very emphasized, you can finish the requirement in around 3-4 quarters. (semester and a half, full year)
I'm going to have great opportunities outside of this school, but there are social situations that are not handled well. They usually result in very ignorant and mean statements. There is a liberal majority, but not as loud as there is a politically, economically, and socially conservative minority. The school attempts to care for everybody, but sometimes the school becomes an uncomfortable place to be an actual (non-ideological) minority.
The teachers here are incredible, and really try to help you succeed. There are some issues amongst students in which teachers are brought in to handle potentially delicate situations but a very secretly intolerant student body often shake up the situation and make it difficult.
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The school is a safe environment generally, but mental health is horrible. Eating disorders, depression, and anxiety are huge problems that no one seems to address. The stress of doing well academically is crippling.
It really depends how much you want to put into it, but it's hard to fully dedicate yourself to more than one if you really want to succeed.
As an academic institution, Latin is by far the best choice I could have made, but it's still really struggling in emotional and social aspects. Mental health is not addressed as much as it should (not even close), and the financial gap between students creates an awkward environment.
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