Upper School

Three words define the upper school student experience: rigorous, connections, complete.

Rigorous coursework has several advantages. In addition to preparing our students for college life and beyond, important relationships form between students and teachers. We work closely with parents and believe students benefit when teachers, administrators and parents communicate skillfully and work in partnership. The better we work together, the more meaningful the environment we can create for our students.

Yet upper school at North Shore is more than just academics. Students develop into well-rounded adults by stretching themselves with experiences in performing arts, athletics, service, activities and meaningful connections made with their teachers and peers.

Dave Potter
Head of Upper School

What Our Parents Say

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NSCD encourages engagement in many disciplines. You cannot be a bystander at NSCD. They insist each student jump in and participate, and contribute in their own way. Susie ShermanUpper School Parent

I love the way the younger students bond with the older students.  This does not happen at a typical high school and creates a great sense of community.  When our kids first started there, my husband said “it feels like home.”Linda KarminUpper School Parent

I appreciate the school's willingness to communicate and support the kids when additional assistance is required; their ability to appreciate the unique attributes of each child.Mary PhillipsUpper School Parent

I am excited my younger daughter is starting high school at NSCD in the fall. My older daughter just graduated from NSCD and is heading to an amazing university armed with all she learned and experienced. Our family is looking forward to another exciting and fruitful four years. Souad MelloukUpper School Parent

Distinctively Upper School

Program Overview

By the Numbers

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8 to 1

Student to Teacher Ratio

30%

Students of Color

100

Years NSCD has been serving the greater Chicago area

215

Students In Upper Schol

42

ZIPCODES REPRESENTED

63%

FACULTY WITH ADVANCED DEGREES

Meet Our Upper School Faculty

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Erin Aiston

Erin Aiston

Upper School and College Counseling Administrative Assistant
Kiernan Aiston

Kiernan Aiston

Social Studies Department Head; Upper School Social Studies Teacher
Christina Baik

Christina Baik

Upper School English Teacher
Maria Elena Centomo

Maria Elena Centomo

Upper School Spanish Teacher
Becky Corrigan

Becky Corrigan

Upper School Science Teacher
Vincent Cousineau

Vincent Cousineau

Upper School Mathematics Teacher
Timothy Curren

Timothy Curren

Upper School Social Studies Teacher
Matthew Dupont

Matthew Dupont

Upper School Visual Art Teacher
Brian Frederick

Brian Frederick

Upper School Dean of Students; Math Department Head; Upper School Math Teacher
Drea Gallaga

Drea Gallaga

Upper School English and Social Studies Teacher; Director of Live+Serve Lab
Arturo Garcia

Arturo Garcia

Middle and Upper School Computer Science Teacher
Elizabeth Giffen

Elizabeth Giffen

Associate Director of College Counseling; Upper School English Teacher; Coach
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