Children thrive when they are known and supported as their whole, authentic selves. Affinity groups are just one tool to help middle schoolers dig deeper into understanding themselves, each other and their world.
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:
Our integrated curriculum and program help children see the world through more courageous, compassionate eyes, planting the seed for a lifelong love of learning.
We believe in the unique capabilities of our adolescent learners, and our curriculum reflects that. Our teachers challenge students to stretch themselves.
Students develop into well-rounded adults by stretching themselves with experiences in performing arts, athletics, service, activities and meaningful connections made with …
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
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We asked Anne Marion, director of after-school programs, to tell us about her work, as well as some of the ways she has worked over the past year and a half to expand auxiliary programming in the lower school.
Interim is consistently remembered as a highlight of NSCD students' upper school experience. This year, students had the opportunity to choose from one of five travel-based Interims or 11 local ones.
The fall 2023 athletic season truly was among the greatest in Raiders history — in part because of record-breaking accomplishments on the field, but also because of the grit, determination and hard work our athletes put in off the field.
North Shore Country Day is proud to announce that Isabella Cho ’20 was named a 2024 Rhodes Scholar. She is one of 32 outstanding students from across the United States who will commence their studies at Oxford in October 2024.
The frigid autumn air was filled with excitement (and snowflakes) Tuesday morning during North Shore Country Day's annual Halloween Parade—one of the most anticipated days of the entire school year.
Something extraordinary is happening on the top floor of the lower school at North Shore Country Day, where students in David Green’s and Stephanie Mangum’s third grade classrooms are celebrating the identities of their classmates in a few creative ways.
For the second year in a row, the annual upper school Take 10! Play Festival shifted to the fall from the spring. Students in the directing studio class spent a great deal of time writing 10-minute plays based on personal experience, observations, media events or just pure creativity. They then assumed the role of producer/director by auditioning their peers, creating a concept, blocking their actors and rehearsing.
This fall, North Shore Country Day’s middle school athletics season was a testament to growth, teamwork and determination. Here are a few of the highlights from the middle school cross country, field hockey, flag football, boys soccer and girls volleyball teams.