The Upper School is a four-year college-preparatory program. To earn a North Shore Country Day School diploma, students have to meet a number of academic and co-curricular expectations. Students are required to take a minimum of five courses each semester, not including physical education. To graduate, four-year students have to successfully complete a minimum of 23 credits, including:
  • 4 full years of English
  • 3 full years of History, including 1 year of United States History
  • 3 full years of the same Language
  • 3 full years of Mathematics
  • 3 full years of Science that includes Physics, Chemistry and Biology
  • 2 full years in the Fine and/or Performing Arts
  • 4 semesters of PE/Wellness

Other Graduation Requirements

  • Students must be involved in two theater productions during their four years: one on-stage and another on-or off-stage in the fall play, winter play, spring musical, or 10-minute play festival.
  • Over a four-year period, students must participate in at least one community service project as part of the Interim Week experience.
  • 9th graders must participate in a fall sport.
  • Students must participate in one season of athletics during the 10th and 11th grade years.
  • 12th graders must complete a two-week Senior Service Project in May.
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.