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 baseball team huddles before a game.
Becoming a team player is a requirement


A JK and 12th grade student sit together and paint.
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 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 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 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


8 to 1

Student to Teacher Ratio


Students of Color


Years NSCD has been serving the greater Chicago area


Students Enrolled





North Shore Country Day Breaks Eighth-Grade Enrollment Record

With 54 students this year, North Shore Country Day’s eighth grade class is the largest in the school’s 105-year history. It’s so big, in fact, that the administration needed to create a fourth section to accommodate the additional students, so instead of having three classes of 16 for humanities and science classes, students are now split into four classes of 13 or 14.

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Anthony Trionfo performs at North Shore Country Day.

Whenever Anthony Trionfo meets some­one who says they want to be a profes­sional musician, his first instinct is to shout, “Go for it!” But then he takes a step back and explains that you have to remember the “why.”

Anthony is a founder of the Umoja Flute Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to providing flutists of African descent with the tools needed to succeed and thrive at all levels of music-making. 

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Photo of four North Shore Country Day fifth graders competed in the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals

Four North Shore Country Day fifth graders competed in the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals after finishing first in the fifth grade division and beating out 2,500 participants for the grand prize across all grades K-8 at the Chicago/Illinois Regional competition in April.

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