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10 | January 25, 2018 | 22nd century media private school guide 22ndCenturyMedia.com Countryside Montessori School: A place not only to learn but to grow up with good character Countryside Montessori School is unique among the many independent schools on the North Shore and has carved out a niche market for families who are looking for an educational experience that focuses both on academic rigor, but also on the development of social-emotional learning that is the foundation necessary for the development of good character. In fact, Countryside’s faculty can often be heard saying, “We are committed to more than great students – we are committed to exceptional adults.” Countryside is able to achieve this goal by creating classrooms that emulate real life, giving its students the opportunities to make independent choices, learn from mistakes and failures, share the responsibility of class management with the teachers, and be peer mentors, teachers and mediators. Whether that means helping a friend in the toddler class put her socks on after gym or design a micro-business to run in the Middle School. Parents of CMS have reported that after their children have started at CMS, “They are eager and excited to learn. They have developed greater selfconfidence. School has become a joy for them! In addition, much progress has been made in developing respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness in our children; all qualities that will serve them well throughout their lives.” Countryside is more than a school for students. It is also a school for parents who want to consider carefully the choices they are making in their daily lives that will impact the development of the children’s character and be a part of a community with a shared vision for how to accomplish the goal of raising young adults who are ready to take their place in the world when they are 18 years old. Countryside just celebrated its 50th year serving the North Shore community. Students can begin as early as 16 months and continue all the way through eighth grade. The school has a remarkable dedicated faculty with very little turnover, many of whom have been at the school for more than fifteen years. The teachers in the school say that they always have their minds on the adults each of their students will become and what decisions will best prepare them for their independent futures. CMS holds monthly information sessions. Families can sign up on their website or call the school for a tour. They also have an extensive portion of their website dedicated to interviews with graduates, parents of graduates, and objective data on how the students perform academically during their time at CMS and after they graduate (see Outcomes in the menu bar). The next Parent Information Sessions are at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 21. Submitted by Countryside Montessori School, 1985 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook, www.countrymontessori.org, 847-498-1105. “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 | www.lfcds.org | (847) 615 -6151

22ndCenturyMedia.com private school guide 22nd century media | January 25, 2018 | 11 Development & Leadership • Committed to family, Catholic faith and community service • Focused on leadership, social and spiritual development • Proven academic results in Language Arts, Math and Science • Active team sports, art, music, and community service programs Academic Excellence • 2017 Academic Honors include 16 Gold Medals – Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Competition • Bellarmine Merit Scholar Award – Loyola Academy • Exceeded National and Archdiocesan averages for Aspire Test Results Student Enrichment • 2 year old thru 8th grade including full-day Kindergarten • 15:1 student teacher ratio • Gifted and advanced math program • Buddy system to foster leadership • Flexible before and aftercare and after school enrichment NatioNal Blue RiBBoN School of excelleNce #LoveWhereYouLearn To schedule a private tour, call Principal Michael Kendrick at 847.256.7879 or email mkendrick@stjosephwilmette.com Rooted in tradition… educating for the future Follow us on social Media: Twitter: @SJSWilmette • Facebook: @SJSWilmette Instagram: SJS_Wilmette 1740 Lake Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091 | 847.256.7870 | stjosephwilmette.com