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28 | January 25, 2018 | The highland park landmark private school guide St. Joseph School strives to build students with academic excellence On Sept. 28, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recognized St. Joseph School in Wilmette as one of 342 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” said DeVos to the honorees. “You are visionaries, innovators and leaders. You have much to teach us: some of you personalize student learning, others engage parents and communities in the work and life of your local schools and still others develop strong and forward-thinking leaders from among your teaching staff.” St. Joseph School is a Catholic grade school offering 2-year-olds through eighth graders in Wilmette and surrounding suburbs. The leadership, faculty, parents, and students of St. Joseph School work together each day to serve the School’s mission of academic excellence while fostering personal and spiritual development within a Catholic community of faith. This collaborative effort has resulted in a school, with over a century of tradition, in which students have flourished academically while successfully developing emotionally, physically and spiritually. Academic Excellence In addition to being named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, students received numerous academic honors in 2017, continuing St. Joseph’s tradition in education. Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Competition – 16 Gold Medals Bellarmine Merit Scholar Award – Loyola Academy Exceeded National and Archdiocesan averages for Aspire Test Results The leadership and faculty have designed curricula to exceed national standards with an appropriate focus on differentiation and individual student development. The experienced faculty, the vast majority with Master’s degrees, instills a sense of confidence and a love of learning within each student. Extracurricular Development St. Joseph students benefit from opportunities to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities include team sports, art, music, and community service projects. These programs are designed to help them become wellrounded, and allow them to explore new interests and learn valuable life lessons beyond the traditional classroom. Enrichment Opportunities St. Joseph School offers a growing enrichment program designed to enhance the educational experience for students by exposing them to areas of study not typically found during the school day. These activities are sometimes playful, sometimes serious, but always enriching and educational. After-school activities complement the academic life of a student and help them grow socially, emotionally, mentally and physically. St. Joseph School strives to build students who are academically excellent, of high moral standards, and have a strong relationship with God. This mission can only be carried out through collaboration with the community and the selfless service of the faculty. St. Joseph School looks forward to addressing the future challenges of this world with confidence while continuing to keep its emphasis on developing and nurturing the whole child. For more information or a private tour, please contact: Principal Mr. Michael Kendrick, St. Joseph School, 1740 Lake Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091, (847) 256-7870, mkendrick@stjosephwilmette. com,, Love Where You Learn! Follow us on Social Media @SJSWilmette facebook. com/SJSWilmette SJS_ Wilmette. Submitted by St. Joseph School, 1740 Lake Ave., Wilmette,, (847) 256-7870. visit us online at private school guide the highland park landmark | January 25, 2018 | 29 The Gow School approach allows its students to thrive The Gow School is a college-prep boarding and day school for students, grades 6-12, with dyslexia and similar language-based learning disabilities. Focusing on small class sizes, 3-7 students per class, and a low 4:1 student to faculty ratio, The Gow School offers a multi-sensory approach to teaching that enables dyslexic students to thrive. The Gow community has a sense of belonging, of equality, and of connection born on common trials and shared triumph. Gow has a start fast, finish strong mentality and students typically start to see progress soon after they step foot in our classrooms. Progress typically comes quickly, soon after they invest themselves in the program. At the School’s core is a structured program designed to help students navigate the academic day and a daily schedule designed to keep students busy. Between a packed class schedule, after-school sports, study hall and Saturday classes, there is little unprogrammed time. The School is settled on a 120 acre campus which gives our students plenty of room to learn and play. Boarding school life does not always allow lots of free time, but it has plenty of room for fun. Students are so involved – playing sports, going on trips, and hanging out with each other – that they get the most out of the rich residential experience. In July, the School’s coed summer program is five weeks of learning and fun for ages 8-16! The Gow School Summer Program is for students who have been experiencing academic difficulties, or have been diagnosed with dyslexia or specific learning disabilities. The Summer Program runs from the end of June to early August with morning academics, afternoon fun and games and weekend adventures! The Gow School Summer Program gives students academic tools and selfconfidence they can take with them wherever they go; to the classroom and beyond. By combining a structured program and environment with flexibility, individualization, and room for fun, Gow provides a rich school experience that is precisely what dyslexic students need to learn and to enjoy learning. Submitted by The Gow School, 2491 Emery Rd., South Wales, NY, www.gow. org, 716-687-2005 “For more than twenty years, I’ve had the pleasure of watching students at LFCDS learn and grow. From high fives in the hallway to my former students returning just to say hello, LFCDS provides students with a safe place to spread their wings and expand their intellectual curiosity. Teachers at LFCDS provide experiential, creative, and innovative ways to deliver lessons. In sixth grade, I use fantasy football to teach math – it’s both engaging and effective – just like my colleagues.” – Ty Stuckslager, LFCDS Upper School Faculty, Chair of the Math Department, and Inspired Teacher OPEN HOUSE Tuesday, February 6, 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, 9:00 a.m. A co-educational independent school for students age 2 through Grade 8. Graduating students of strong character with a passion for learning since 1888. 145 South Green Bay Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045 | | (847) 615 -6151