Upper School Features

We endeavor to build strong and reciprocal relationships with our service partners in the wider community, and students are encouraged to see service as a potential way of life. When we say in our mission that North Shore students "become self-confident, ethical citizens of the world," we recognize not only that our actions do temporary good in the communities we serve, but also that students' service experiences might have a lifelong impact.


List of 5 items.

  • Advisory

    We take pride in our close-knit community. Through close relationships with teachers, students receive individual attention and are known as individuals. Our advisory program facilitates that and students are highly encourage to work closely with their advisor, developing a relationship of trust and support so that issues or problems can be resolved.

    Advisors work with their advisory group during the week. They focus on issues and concerns that are brought to them by their advisees or topics developed by the faculty and/or student council. Advisors support their advisees in their academic programs and ensure their overall well-being in the School. Advisors’ responsibilities include helping students plan their course of study, serving as an advocate for students in school related matters, communicating with parents when necessary, and taking special interest in the students' activities and achievements. All advisors communicate with parents by phone or email each semester. They also write an advisor letter at the mid-point of each semester.
  • Athletics

    Athletics has been an integral part of the Upper School program since the School was started in 1919. Perry Dunlap Smith, the founding headmaster, believed a school required its students to exercise both mind and body. Therefore, North Shore has always had a strong, varied athletic program. Participation in the interscholastic program is required from 9th through 11th grades.
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  • Clubs

    There are nearly 20 student-run clubs in the Upper School.  Each year, there is a clubs fair to introduce Upper School students to the many options and encourage participation.  Students wanting to create a new club must find a faculty sponsor and submit a proposal to the Head of Upper School.  Among the active clubs are the Community Service Club, The Diller Street Journal student newspaper, French Club, Model United Nations, Prosody Club—an art and literature magazine, and The Mirror—the yearbook.
  • Interim Week

    One week in the fall set aside from regularly scheduled classes for students to participate in an in-depth experience of educational value outside the traditional classroom environment. Teachers seek to establish a learning experience that will challenge students to expand their horizons. The philosophy of the Interim Week reflects the origin of the word education: to lead out into the world.
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  • Senior Service

    Each senior uses this opportunity, a two-week period in May, to conceive, design, prepare and complete his or her own service project. Students may work individually or in groups of four or fewer. Students are encouraged to be independent and to make this opportunity one that is personal, worthwhile and representative of his or her total North Shore experience. It is our hope that each student will learn more about serving a larger community and learn something about himself or herself.
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.