Ms. Kruenegel reads to her 2nd grade class.
Leveraging relationships is the foundation of the student experience


Students perform in a musical at North Shore Country Day.
Expanding beyond academics is essential for discovery and growth


5th grade students work on a project in the Live and Serve Lab.
“Live and Serve” is our motto put into action


The soccer team huddles before a game.
Becoming a team player is a requirement


Students work on a science project in class.
Constantly building bridges within and beyond our diverse community


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


An aerial view of the 16-acre campus.
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: 





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Our Programs

Lower School

Lower School


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 '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 ShermanParent of alumni

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 MedvinUPPER 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


8 to 1

Student to Teacher Ratio


Students of Color


Years NSCD has been serving the greater Chicago area


Students Enrolled





Emily Culbert works with her class on an art project.

As the lower school visual arts teacher, Elliot Eisner’s approach to art education is one of the key educational philosophies that guides my work in the classroom: “The arts celebrate multiple perspectives,” Eisner said. “One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.” 

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Books in the library.

In honor of Black History Month, NSCD librarians Jenna Loise and Jared Branahl have curated a list of books from the Hall Library’s collection, celebrating the rich tapestry of Black lives and experiences. The list features both fiction and nonfiction books by Black authors and illustrators for JK through adult readers.

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An interfaith panel discussion for all seventh through 12th grade students

On January 24, students in middle and upper schools took time out of their regular schedule to participate in an X-Day about the power of storytelling and the importance of empathy. The goal of this day-long workshop was to further the ongoing conversations that have been happening in each division around antisemitism and Islamophobia, helping students understand history and develop the skills to speak up, confront bigotry and build community through positive action. 

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