UChicago and South Side community partnerships infuse our school with vitality, vigor, and innovation. Partnership programs promote friendship, peer interaction, role models, social skill development, healthy risk taking, and growth.


UChicago Origami Club comes to City weekly to support students in expressing themselves and
developing fine motor skills through the art of paper folding.

Southside Scribblers

UChicago students get kids excited about being creative, excited about writing, and excited
about creative writing! Volunteers instruct collaborative and independent


Med-ucate promotes awareness about health and self-care. Classes develop City students’ understanding of human anatomy and physiology and encourage health-conscious decision-making. 

Board Game Club

Board Game Club introduces our students to different types of games. Together in play, we build collaborative and competitive social skills, including turn-taking, working together, and accepting loss with grace.

Students for Disability Justice

SDJ is a community of disability advocates and allies dedicated to community service. Volunteers provide tutoring and engage students in social groups like Comic Book Club.

Culinary Medicine

This partnership explores the intersection of food, science, medicine and nutrition. UChicago medical students share lessons on nutrition and then cook with our students.  

Winning Words

Winning Words brings pre-collegiate philosophy to City Elementary. Classes focus on equity, morality, and other philosophical topics. UChicago student volunteers nurture perspective taking and critical thinking.

Neighborhood Schools Program

The Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP) partners with 40 sites on Chicago’s South Side and involves over 400 University of Chicago student employees and volunteers. City collaborates with NSP to bring math, reading, and writing tutors to our school.

Music Sociality

Music Sociality uses music as a medium to build social connections. Students perform and listen to music collaboratively while working on important social skills like giving feedback and making compromises. 

SEARCH INC : Visibility Arts

Search Inc’s Visibility Arts program brings adults with diverse abilities to City Elementary to create works of art. SEARCH’s participants provide City students with mentorship and space to explore their creativity . 

Our Community Also Finds Support at:

Hyde Park Day School []

The O-School []

LEEP Forward []

Rush Medical Autism Care []

MIND Chicago [] 

IL ABLE Program []

Search Inc. []

Autonomy Works []

Stephanie Boron []

Compass []

The Cove School []

City Elementary is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. City Elementary admits the students of any race to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school, and does not discriminate on the basis of race in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs. Race in this definition includes color and national or ethnic origin.

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