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Mission & Values

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.
We prepare students with a challenging education that requires them to think critically, communicate effectively and engage fully in their intellectual growth and personal development. In doing so, they become self-confident, ethical citizens of the world who embody our motto, "Live and Serve."
Through a range of experiences in and out of the classroom, students are immersed in science, mathematics, humanities, language and the arts. Our broad and ever-evolving curriculum challenges and engages students to strive for personal growth and academic excellence.

We believe in the importance of developing individuals who are resilient, creative, confident and who persevere. We teach students to be self-advocates and expect them to own their education and actions, preparing them for lives marked by integrity, kindness, respect and fulfillment.

Realizing that students discover and develop their talents and passions through action, we require full participation in arts, athletics and service. Engagement in multiple disciplines expands our students' understanding, commitment, teamwork and potential.

We embrace diversity and global literacy to build acceptance, strengthen compassion, instill social responsibility and expand competencies that enable students to succeed in a multicultural world. Students are enriched by the inclusion of individuals with varied talents, voices and backgrounds.

Our students are known and celebrated as individuals. Connections are formed with teachers that endure beyond graduation. Multi-age relationships emerge from our JK-12 campus to foster a strong sense of community. And, we leverage knowing each and every student with our active network of faculty, parents and alumni to help students reach their goals and aspirations.

Although people make up the core of our educational experience, we recognize the value and importance of the campus environment and resources. Our thoughtfully designed classrooms, course materials, outdoor spaces and campus facilities provide the resources necessary to maximize learning.