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22 | January 25, 2018 | The lake forest leader Private School Guide LakeForestLeader.com Lake Forest Country Day School hosts open house on Feb. 6 Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS) will host an Open House at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6. This Open House offers an opportunity to tour the campus, speak with teachers and students, observe classes in session, and meet families from the LFCDS community. LFCDS delivers a diverse and rich educational experience grounded in academics, arts, and athletics to two-year-old through eighth-grade students. The LFCDS experience ensures that talented teachers inspire and challenge individual students at the top of their abilities, according to their needs. At LFCDS, students from more than 30 communities thrive in a state-of-the-art, hands-on learning environment that encourages self-expression and confidence through inspired teaching, academic rigor, individualized attention, and responsible citizenship. “Two important beliefs are at the heart of our teaching philosophy,” Head of School Bob Whelan said. “Social and emotional development is inextricably linked with academic achievement, and experiential learning creates a foundation for deeper understanding.” Mr. Whelan notes, “Teaching and learning are not by rote here. The classrooms, technology offerings, laboratories, art spaces, and playing fields all serve as vital staging grounds for a rich program, designed to prepare LFCDS graduates to be compassionate, independent thinkers with a strong sense of personal integrity and intellectual curiosity.” Highlighted by a 7:1 student/faculty ratio, an LFCDS education sets the stage for a bright future in secondary school and beyond, with 20 percent of LFCDS graduates attending colleges and universities ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, LFCDS offers limited morning bus service from several area communities. To register for an Open House, please visit www. lfcds.org or call the Admission Office at (847) 615- 6151. Submitted by Lake Forest Country Day School, 145 S Green Bay Road, Lake Forest, www.lfcds.org, (847) 234-2350. Rochelle Zell Jewish High School Curriculum Night February 1, 2018 • 7:00 p.m. • Meet department chairs, parents and students. • Learn more about the freshman curriculum, schedule, coursework and more. Contact us — admissions@rzjhs.org www.rzjhs.org • 847.470.6700 A partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. Join us for an Open House at The Cove School Wednesday, March 14th | 9:15am - 11:30 am At Cove, we provide an individualized approach with integrated specialized services that enables students with learning disabilities to shine. At this Open House, you will hear from Cove leadership, staff and current families, as well as have the opportunity to see the school and our students. RSVP to mditthardt@coveschool.org Northbrook, IL | 847.562.2100 | coveschool.org Hyde Park helps children with learning disabilities transition back The challenge facing children with learning disabilities is real. Hyde Park Day School is here to help these children reach their full potential, transforming the lives of our students and their families with our student-centered approach. Hyde Park Day School is the leading Chicago-area, full-day grade school specializing in the needs of children of average to superior intelligence who have learning disabilities such as dyslexia and language impairments. Founded 18 years ago, the school currently supports students at campuses in Chicago and Northfield. Since its founding, it has enabled 413 students to successfully transition back to schools in their home community. “Our goal is transition.” says Dr. Casey Crnich, executive director of the Hyde Park Day School. “We give our bright students the tools and strategies they need to recognize and compensate for their learning challenges. Our 5:1 student teacher ratio ensures that each child gets personalized attention and a customized program of academic support as well as Speech, Social Work, and Occupational Therapy. Hyde Park Day School transform its students from self-doubters to self-champions; they become more self-confident and develop a love of learning which makes them successful as they move into more mainstream learning environments.” Increased demand for this type of specialized instruction has resulted in a robust enrollment; this year Hyde Park Day School is serving approximately 120 students on its two campuses, and is looking at a potential expansion to the western suburbs. Monthly Open Houses are held at both campuses for prospective parents to learn more about the school’s programs. Submitted by Hyde Park Day School, 1980 Old Willow Road, Winnetka, www. hydeparkday.org, 847-446- 7025.

LakeForestLeader.com Private School Guide the lake forest leader | January 25, 2018 | 23 Forest Bluff School fosters independence through self-directed learning Walk into a Forest Bluff School classroom on any given day, and you will see students deeply engaged in a wide array of meaningful work of their choosing, perhaps identifying the parts of speech in a favorite poem, researching the burial customs of ancient Egypt or collaborating with classmates on an original play about the structure of a leaf. At Forest Bluff School, an internationally renowned, AMI-accredited Montessori school in Lake Bluff, students between the ages of 18 months and 14 years experience the joy and satisfaction of a self-directed learning approach that respects their innate curiosity, encourages independence, and embraces the individuality of each child. Since its founding 35 years ago, Forest Bluff School has adhered faithfully to the educational philosophy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. We believe that the search for understanding, as opposed to the memorization of information, is the essence of a meaningful education. A Forest Bluff School education focuses on the child’s skills for discovery and exploration through hands-on learning opportunities at every age. The child-centered instructional methods allow students to take ownership of their learning and provide students with the skills and confidence to challenge themselves on many levels. Many of the learning experiences that students most enjoy at Forest Bluff School are those that take place off campus. Schoolwide theatrical productions, Secondary Level (ages 12-14) work trips, small group outings to supplement classroom research, and regular visits to local parks and the public library are just some of the ways in which our students are given frequent opportunities to apply their learning outside of the classroom. As a true Montessori school, we support the development of the whole child. Students at Forest Bluff School not only exhibit academic excellence, but also the many qualities that constitute positive character development: empathy, integrity, grit, resilience, responsibility, initiative, self-discipline, self-reflection, and respect for themselves, others, and the environment. Graduates of Forest Bluff School achieve excellent records at public and private high schools, large and small, local and national. Recent graduates have gone on to attend Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest Academy, Woodlands Academy, St. Paul’s School, and Phillips Exeter Academy, among others. Every member of the Forest Bluff School faculty holds a master’s degree in education and is AMI Montessori certified. Our experienced and dedicated teachers work closely with one another, sharing their wisdom and best practices for supporting all students in their quest for knowledge, understanding, and genuine human connections. Forest Bluff School recognizes the importance of building strong relationships with the families it serves. As such, we maintain close communications with parents on an ongoing basis through our Parent Education programs that include book discussions, lectures, parent and child classes (for children under 18 months), and more. Adults and children alike benefit from the intimate, supportive, and welcoming parent community at Forest Bluff School. Submitted by Forest Bluff School, 8 W Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff, (847) 295-8338, www.forestbluffschool.org. WOODLANDS ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART Studies show girls’ school graduates are three times more likely to consider majoring in engineering and six times more likely to consider majoring in math, science and technology. Empower your daughter today! ATTEND THE SPRING OPEN HOUSE ON APRIL 17. Or call (847) 234-4300 for your personal tour of our campus. 760 EAST WESTLEIGH ROAD | LAKE FOREST, IL 60045 | 847.234.4300 | WOODLANDSACADEMY.ORG | visit us online at LAKEFORESTLEADER.com