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Admissions Welcome

Thank you for your interest in North Shore. Our goal is to know each student and challenge them to become critical thinkers, collaborators with peers and faculty, skilled communicators and responsible global citizens.  We do this through a tightly knit community.  We foster responsibility for self and our environment. And we require all students to expand their awareness of others through service learning. It’s an educational dynamic that leverages learning with strong personal connections, critical thinking, creativity and classroom participation.
Our Admissions staff takes the time to know each and every prospective student and his or her family. We want to understand your educational goals and help you get to know the School, its curriculum and culture.
We encourage you to learn as much as possible about North Shore. Start here on our website, or give us a call at 847.441.3313, or send us an email to arrange a tour of our campus and classrooms. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Upcoming Admissions Events


Thank you for your interest in North Shore Country Day School.  We are finalzing our admissions materials and events for the upcoming school year and will be posting them soon.  In the meantime, please fill out an online inqury form, so that we can contact you once this information is made available.  

Meet Our Team
Jason Giffen
Director of Admissions; Coach
Year Appointed: 2012
A veteran of independent school admissions work, Jason was previously the Associate Dean of Admission at The Lawrenceville School before becoming the Director of Admissions at North Shore.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University in Economics and holds an M.S. Ed. in Private School Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the proud father of two boys (Wyatt '27 and Tucker) with his wife Lizzy who is the Associate Director of College Counseling.

Diane Olson
Lower School Administrative Assistant; Lower School Admissions Associate
Year Appointed: 2002

Leonie O'Donohoe
Middle School Administrative Assist.; Middle School Admissions Associate; Coach
Year Appointed: 2004

Julie Schmidt
Admissions/Community Liaison
Year Appointed: 2002

Gabriel Leggott
College Counseling Associate; Upper School Admissions Associate; Coach
Year Appointed: 2014