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30 | January 25, 2018 | The highland park landmark private school guide hplandmark.com Christian Heritage Academy gives students strong foundation for success Are you looking for a school where your child can thrive intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually? A place where a love of learning is cultivated in the rich foundation of Christ-centered excellence? Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) has been integrating vibrant faith with academic excellence since 1984. Located on a 15-acre campus at 315 Waukegan Road in Northfield, CHA has served thousands of families from northern Chicagoland for over 30 years, providing an exemplary Christian education to students from preschool to 12th grade. CHA earns No. 1 ranking in Illinois. With ACT, AP and standardized test scores among the best in the area’s school systems, Christian Heritage Academy’s programs are synonymous with academic excellence. In 2018, CHA earned the ranking of #1 Best Christian High School and #8 Best Private K-12 School in Illinois by Niche.com, an independent agency that ranks schools based on rigorous analysis of data from test scores, college data, and ratings. Students from recent graduating classes have been accepted into top-tier colleges and universities including Northwestern University, University of Illinois (Chicago), Wheaton College, and Baylor University. Nurturing young men and women in faith, character, leadership. In an increasingly competitive culture, CHA takes a holistic approach to educating the child’s mind, body and heart. Through mentoring programs for middle and high school students and weekly chapels, students connect biblical truth to their daily lives and receive spiritual support. Innovative programs, such as the “Winterim” term in January, allow students to enjoy special courses and programs such as a Leadership Camp at HoneyRock through Wheaton College, serving trips to the Dominican Republic, or internships at local hospitals. One parent stated, “My child has grown in spiritual maturity and character, but she has also taken advantage of the academically rigorous honors and AP courses and has had more club leadership opportunities Experience emergent curriculum at Bright Horizons than she would have had at a huge school. She is thriving in every way and at the same time building a strong portfolio for college.” “Christian Heritage Academy is unique among schools in this region, combining academic excellence with a Christian worldview,” CHA President Hutz Hertzberg said. “Christian Heritage Academy partners with parents to develop future leaders who will take their faith into the world and serve their communities with excellence.” Visit Christian Heritage Academy and discover the difference a Christ-centered education can make in your child’s life. We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year for Pre-K through 12th grade. Learn more by contacting Admissions Director Cynthia Strull at (847) 446-5252 or by visiting www.ChristianHeritage.org. Submitted by Christian Heritage Academy,315 Waukegan Road, Northfield, www. christianheritage.org, (847) 446-5252. For more than 30 years, Bright Horizons® has been partnering with Chicagoland families to provide engaging, enriching early education and preschool programs. Bright Horizons prides itself on providing high-quality early childhood education, focusing on school readiness by using top of the line educational resources. Implementing an approach to educating the child as a whole, Bright Horizons offers an emergent curriculum tailored to the individual child. The term “emergent curriculum” is rooted in the work of noted early childhood theorists like Dewey, Piaget, and Vygotsky, and is defined as a process where teachers plan activities and projects based on the specific group of children they are working with, taking into account their skills, needs, and interests. In an emergent curriculum program, what happens in side by side classrooms will look different because of the varying skills, interests, and needs of the children within those classrooms. A teacher takes into account what she knows about individuals and the particular group of children she teaches and plans accordingly. A successful emergent curriculum approach means that teachers thoughtfully plan the environment, offering visible choices, based on the children’s skills and needs. Teachers conduct observations to help with planning, Teachers practicing emergent curriculum utilize reflective practice, taking time to reflect and act on their observations of children. Teachers still plan according to age group objectives and appropriate content including school readiness skills such as letter and number concepts. They also follow state early childhood standards where available and may use a system for tracking children’s progress such as Teaching Strategies GOLD. Project work is often another component of programs that successfully practice emergent curriculum. Projects allow children to study a topic in more depth over a period of days or weeks and can involve a small group or the whole class. Projects in an emergent curriculum classroom often focus on answering children’s questions such as “Where does water go when you water plants?” Teachers take note of children’s questions and where appropriate, build project work to help answer those questions. Emergent curriculum is a developmentally appropriate approach to planning for children’s learning in early childhood settings. Through this approach, teachers gain greater understanding of each child’s individual needs, allowing for thoughtful and individualized programming. To see emergent curriculum in action, schedule a visit at one of our convenient locations throughout Chicagoland: visit www. brighthorizons.com/sg18 or call (877)-624-4532. Submitted by Bright Horizons, (877) 624-4532, www. brighthorizons.com.
hplandmark.com private school guide the highland park landmark | January 25, 2018 | 31 Northbrook Community Nursery School’s tradition continues in downtown Northbrook Founded 66 years ago, Northbrook Community Nursery School (NCNS) is turning over a new leaf this year. The non-profit, nondenominational preschool will relocate to The Village Presbyterian Church in downtown Northbrook in July. The move signifies a homecoming, as NCNS was previously based at the corner of Shermer Road and Church Street from 1955 to 1975. The location offers NCNS bright, big classrooms and excellent facilities perfectly suited to school’s play-based philosophy. A beautiful back garden, soon to be equipped with a new playground, invites children to explore outside. NCNS has a strong reputation for preparing children for kindergarten and beyond. Each preschool class is taught by two highly-experienced coteachers using the Creative Curriculum model. This flexible curriculum engages students in theme-based study units while fostering development across social/ emotional, physical, cognitive, and language platforms. A day’s activities include a range of dramatic play, creative art, scientific exploration, storytelling and literature, and outdoor play. Students engage in a mix of smalland large-group activities. Each week, children spend dedicated time with the school’s music specialist. Pre-K classes also include a focus on math and science in addition to daily practice of Handwriting Without Tears. Beyond the independent classes for two-, three-, and four-year olds, NCNS offers enrichment programs. Students are invited to extend the day with Lunch Bunch classes ranging from yoga to Spanish to cooking. Along with their caregivers, children ages 18 to 23 months experience their first taste of preschool in the popular Parent & Tot program. In addition to a commitment to excellent education, Northbrook Community Nursery School is known for its inclusive atmosphere and deep local ties. The school hosts several popular family events each year, bringing parents and children together. The return to downtown Northbrook will grant families easy access to The Village Green as well as many local events in which the school participates, including Northbrook Farmers Market, Fourth of July Parade, and Northbrook Days. “Northbrook Community Nursery School is a special place. Our students learn from an early age the importance of being a part of a community, participating in local events and service,” Board President Kelly Parikh said. “Many of our parents attended the school, and are now enrolling their own children here. We look forward to many years at our new location instilling a love of learning in all our little ones.” Northbrook Community Nursery School is now enrolling. Tours are available on request. For more information, please follow NCNS on Facebook and visit www.ncnskids.org. Submitted by Northbrook Community Nursery School, 2700 Willow Road, Northbrook, www.ncnskids.org, (847) 272-5430. School of St. Mary A Roman Catholic School since 1917 Primary Grade Center 2 Year-Old Preschool - 3 rd Grade 900 West Everett Road, Lake Forest Upper Grade Center 4 th - 8 th Grade 185 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest www.schoolofstmary.org 847.295.4830 Please join us for our open houses Thursday, January 25 Primary Grade Center 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, January 28 Primary Grade Center Upper Grade Center 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 20 Primary Grade Center 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.