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


Students work on a science project in class.
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 '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 MedvinUPPER 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





ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT - Caroline Kullberg ’83

During the summer of 1974, my family moved from Minneapolis to Evanston. I started at North Shore that fall, and would be there until I graduated in 1983. Having been there for nine years, I have a lot of memories of the school and my time there. Most notably, North Shore instilled in me the importance of service in my community. Whether implied or directed, service was a recurring theme in my North Shore experience. At home, my parents reinforced the idea of giving back to the community, and it has been a strong theme in my life.

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Juniors Get a Taste of College Life During Annual “Bus O’ Fun” Trip

Over spring break, 15 NSCD juniors hopped on a plane to Philadelphia, where they met a bus driver who would chauffeur them around for the week. But they weren’t headed for a relaxing vacation or a historical tour. These students, accompanied by college counselors Matt Mettille and Kristen Kaczynski, visited 14 college campuses across the Mid-Atlantic region in five days. Known as the “Bus O’ Fun,'' this annual tradition exposes students to the wide range of college and university options available to them. Students explored schools ranging from 1,400 to 40,000 students in rural settings and urban city centers. While there, they had a chance to observe a wide array of teaching styles and campuses, and hear about different curricula and programs, which will ultimately impact their college search and developing preferences moving forward. 

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Trina Sandshafer inspects the Mac Gym construction site.

It’s been a whirlwind of activity on the east side of campus over the past two months and renovation of the Mac Gym is well underway. Demolition of the swimming pool, west gym facade and interiors is complete, and an earth retention system has been installed. Inside the building, the bleachers and lower-level walls and utilities have been removed, and the “rough-in” stage is beginning as electricians and plumbers lay down pipes and wires. Over spring break, a parade of cement mixers hauled in eleven truckloads of concrete to lay the foundation for the south addition, and the elevator shaft is beginning to take shape. 

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First grade student focuses on molding clay.

You may be wondering, what are executive function skills? Executive functions are the skills we use every day to get things done. When children demonstrate weak executive functioning skills, it has nothing to do with how bright they are or how much effort they put in. It’s a disconnect in their brain’s ability to coordinate and carry out tasks. 

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Ann Goodrich directs the Winter Instrumental Ensemble Concert.

As the world we live in grows more automatic each day, it’s important for children to find activities that force them to slow down and help them learn the value of working on something over time. While there are endless activities for students to choose from, learning a musical instrument helps students develop a sense of responsibility, build emotional resilience, and grow in self-confidence and awareness.  

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From Talley’s Alley to Skid Row: Behind the Scenes of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

In this year’s spring musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” with performances at 7 p.m. March 7, 8 and 9, a meek floral assistant named Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” — after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Seymour as long as he keeps feeding it—BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination.

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