The language curricula in the Upper School continue the sequence begun in junior kindergarten (Spanish) or 6th grade (French and Mandarin). Proficiency in using another language, an understanding of other cultures and their languages, and an enriched understanding of one’s own language and culture are the goals of the Language Department. The department promotes interdepartmental curricular exchanges. There are various opportunities for language immersions, cultural exchanges and field studies, which are highly encouraged. Students must study French, Mandarin or Spanish for at least three years in Upper School, with many continuing to advanced levels. The opportunity exists for some students to consider adding a second foreign language. AP language courses offered are based on the number of students and the proficiency level of those students, and may vary from year-to-year.  
North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919.  With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.