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: 





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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


8 to 1

Student to Teacher Ratio


Students of Color


Years NSCD has been serving the greater Chicago area


Students Enrolled





News & Events

Students Raise More Than $16K for Alzheimer’s Research

North Shore Country Day’s Dunk Alzheimer’s Basketball Bash looked a little different this year, but students rallied to find a creative way to keep the fundraiser alive for its ninth consecutive year. Despite limitations brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the NSCD community raised more than $16,000 to support Alzheimer’s research during a reimagined outdoor event on Saturday, April 24

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Camp Is Back!

The North Shore Country Day Camp is back for its 71st season! On June 21, campers arrived on the school's 16-acre campus, ready with sunblock, swim gear and a strong desire to make new friends, learn new skills and push themselves to grow.

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NSCD Returns to Full-Day, On-Campus Learning

When North Shore Country Day students returned to in-person learning after spring break on April 12, it was the first time all three divisions were back on campus for full days in more than a year. “Our goal all year has been for all of our students JK-12 to have the academic and social benefit of learning on campus all day,” wrote Head of School Tom Flemma in an email to parents when he announced the change.

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Steve Smith '12 Voted One of Forbes' 30 Under 30

North Shore Country Day alumnus Stephen Smith, who graduated in 2012, was recognized in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for healthcare, released Dec. 1. Steve is the CEO and founder of NOCD, a digital health startup focused on obsessive-compulsive disorder. He wants to make one of the most effective therapies—known as exposure and response prevention—more accessible. NOCD has a smartphone app that facilitates virtual visits with therapists combined with exercises for patients to reinforce what they're learning in therapy.

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