Three words define our high 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 NSCD 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.
What Our Parents Say
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
By the Numbers
8 to 1
Student to Teacher Ratio
Students of Color
Years NSCD has been serving the greater Chicago area
Students In Upper School
ZIP CODES REPRESENTED
FACULTY WITH ADVANCED DEGREES