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
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:
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.
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 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
Student to Teacher Ratio
Students of Color
Years NSCD has been serving the greater Chicago area
FACULTY WITH ADVANCED DEGREES
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.
At just 23 years old, Ava Suppelsa ’15 has a songwriting career not unlike those writers twice her age. Ava grew up on Chicago's North Shore in a home where she was exposed to music ranging from old-school country to jazz and modern pop.
For the first time in more than a year, NSCD students performed live on the auditorium stage March 11-13 for the spring musical production, “Hindsight 2020: Looking Back to Our Past Selves and Looking Forward to Who We Strive to Be.”
North Shore Country Day held its first-ever virtual benefit on February 25, bringing in more than $350,000 for student scholarships and supplemental support—an ever-increasing need for current and future NSCD students.
Be sure to check out this article about #NSCD alum Blair Bobier '09 from the Chicago Tribune (subscription required).
"A dying man grabbing a nurse’s wrist, asking if God could save him. A patient celebrating a birthday, delighted to find out her nurse also had a birthday that week. A man with his mask on his chin at a Walgreens.
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.
Building a relationship-based community requires that we see each other as members of the same group, bound by threads connecting our hearts and minds.