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.
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
Student to Teacher Ratio
Students of Color
Years NSCD has been serving the greater Chicago area
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FACULTY WITH ADVANCED DEGREES
As the entire North Shore Country Day community gathered on the playing fields on a breezy Wednesday morning for the school’s first all-school assembly of the school year—known as Opening Morning Ex—they reflected on the strength that comes from being together.
For both educators and parents, sparking a love of literature in children is a task that’s often joyful, but can also be onerous.
In this Q&A, Patrick McHugh takes us through his path to NSCD, the extraordinary changes in our athletics program since 1994, and the moments that define his coaching legacy.
Jackson Berner ’24 is wrapping up his second summer season as co-manager and coach at Alternative Baseball Northbrook, an adaptive baseball league for teens and adults with autism, Down Syndrome and other special needs.
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.
Brendan envisioned programs nurturing four goals for participants: their minds, bodies, nutrition and discipline. In 2010, he founded Hoops4Health.
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.
Jim Tuthill ’65, shares how his experience at NSCD has impacted his life and why he gives back.