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Leveraging relationships is the foundation of the student experience

   

Expanding beyond academics is essential for discovery and growth

   

“Live and Serve” is our motto put into action

   

Becoming a team player is a requirement

   

Constantly building bridges within and beyond our diverse community

   

Creating buddies, JK-12,  is how students learn from each other

   

Our 16-acre campus is a breath of fresh air

What Matters Most

Since our founding we have committed to answering a fundamental question: 
What matters most when educating a child?

Our answer? A holistic, intentionally designed learning experience where all members of our community are focused on: 

Connecting

 

 

 


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Challenging

 

 

 


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Engaging

 

 

 


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Exploring

 

 

 


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Our Programs

Early Childhood

Early Childhood

Grades JK and SK

Every day, our youngest students bring to school boundless curiosity and creativity—we honor and nurture these traits with a rich, innovative kindergarten program.

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Lower School

Lower School

Grades 1-5

Our integrated curriculum and program help children see the world through more courageous, compassionate eyes, planting the seed for a lifelong love of learning.

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Middle School

Middle School

Grades 6-8

We believe in the unique capabilities of our adolescent learners, and our curriculum reflects that. Our teachers challenge students to stretch themselves. 

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Upper School

Upper School

Grades 9-12

Students develop into well-rounded adults by stretching themselves with experiences in performing arts, athletics, service, activities and meaningful connections made with …

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NSCD continuously goes above and beyond in ways one cannot imagine. It often amazes me how the administration is always one step ahead in making decisions about the well being of the children and working toward ways they can encourage growth.

Ashleigh Palmer Weathers '04Lower School Parent

I have found that the NSCD teachers are very committed to their students. They want the kids to learn the topics thoroughly and also feel challenged. They also are there for their students way beyond the classroom.

Susie ShermanUpper School Parent

Every single teacher seems to have a smile on his/her face and a twinkle in the eye—everyday. It’s a wonderful thing to witness because it’s obvious that those smiles and twinkles are powered by the pure joy of loving one’s work. And, seeing that magic come through in remote learning brought a tear to my eye more than once last spring.
Trish ThomasLower and Middle School Parent

It started by looking for a full day of kindergarten. My family quickly learned the attention to students’ needs was amazing and we never looked back.

Jennifer MedivnLower School Parent

What distinguishes NSCD is the background of teachers, college placement results and the focus on whole-student development to include giving back to the community.

Dean NelsonMiddle & Upper School Parent

By the Numbers

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Student to Teacher Ratio

30%

Students of Color

100

Years NSCD has been serving the greater Chicago area

525

Students Enrolled

44

ZIPCODES REPRESENTED

63%

FACULTY WITH ADVANCED DEGREES

News & Events

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NORTH SHORE COUNTRY DAY Celebrates Class of 2020 With Drive-In Commencement

The evening of Friday, June 5, seniors and their immediate families drove their cars onto the field and formed neat rows in pre-marked spaces.  While the ceremony was slightly pared down from a typical year, omitting a traditional processional, chorus performances and the ringing of the School bell to close out the evening, many of the important elements remained.

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Louder Than a Bomb

One by one, our individual poets went up on stage and wowed everyone in the room. Their words resonated and their performances were impassioned and thoughtful. Our group poets also impressed the audience with their honest portrayal of high school in their piece.”

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