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North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919.  With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.

Year Founded: 1919

Campus Location
: 16 acres in the Chicago suburb of Winnetka, Illinois.  North Shore is located about 16 miles from downtown Chicago.

Student Body
: 525 students total.  215 in Upper School. 135 in Middle School.  175 in Lower School.  50% female.  50% male.  25% students and 15% faculty/staff of color.  From more than 18 suburbs and Chicago.

Faculty: 78 teaching faculty.  15 years average teaching experience. 60% with advanced degrees.

Student/Teacher Ratio: 8 to 1.  College counselor student ratio: 2 to 48

Financial Facts: $16 million operating budget.  $23 million endowment.  $1.2 million annual giving.

Financial Aid: $1.5 million allocated to 19% of the student body.

Mascot:  The Raiders

School Motto: Live & Serve

Colors: Purple and White

Songs: Wake the Echoes; O'er the Fields

Accreditation: The School is a member of and accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).

Memberships: North Shore is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS).
What is a Day School?
Day schools originated in the U.S. in the late 19th century.  By building schools in the country, near city limits, students could be immersed in education during the day and return to home at night.  These schools preserved the best of the boarding-school experience without losing the benefits of living at home.