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2 | January 25, 2018 | 22nd century media private school guide 22ndCenturyMedia.com Rose Hall educates the whole child Rose Hall Montessori School has been educating young children for over 30 years ago. Based on the philosophy and educational methods of Maria Montessori, Rose Hall’s mission is to educate the whole child by providing a stimulating and nurturing environment that allows children to grow socially, emotionally and intellectually. The ultimate goal is to help children reach their highest potential and gain a lifelong enthusiasm for learning. This holistic focus is still at the heart of Rose Hall Montessori School today. At Rose Hall the priority is to help each child become the person that he/ she is meant to become; to develop a strong sense of self and confidence. The teachers and staff work hard to provide a supportive, caring, peaceful environment in which young children feel safe to explore, grow, learn and become independent. Academically, the classroom is separated into 5 key curricular areas – Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language and Cultural. The core Montessori principals of order, coordination, concentration and independence are priorities throughout the classroom. At Rose Hall they believe that the development of these core executive functioning skills will assist in building lifelong learning skills. In addition to the 5 core areas the curriculum is enhanced with a variety of additional units including botany, art, music, the 5 senses and more. Each unit is taught with a hands-on approach – even down to creating a large art studio in the gym for Jackson Pollack Day. In addition to all of these rich learning opportunities, French is taught weekly, and yoga is offered once a month. Every day begins with student and teachers greeting each other, followed by work time and typically ends with a fun line time with songs, dancing and peace curriculum. Gross motor play is an important component of every day as well. While the school takes academic rigor seriously, it recognizes that there are other equally important life skills that are formed and cultivated in very early childhood years such as patience, humility, empathy and compassion. A strong emphasis is placed on Maria Montessori’s passion for peace and community. The teachers invest a lot of group class time, called “Line Time” or “Peace Circle”, in helping the children address issues of compassion, conflict, respect and problem solving. Rose Hall teachers believe that fostering an environment of peace in the classroom not only aids in the children’s academic success but also enables them to begin the long work of becoming responsible, respectful and loving members of our larger communities. Rose Hall recognizes that every child brings his/her own unique personality and talents and therefore, the teachers don’t try to enact a one-size-fits-all approach to their learning. The teachers observe the children intently so that they understand how the children react, what motivates them, what areas need to focus on. Rose Hall’s classrooms are a place where your child can feel at home, feel loved, and feel the freedom to explore and grow. Submitted by Rose Hall Montessori School, 1140 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, www.rosehallmontessori.org, 847-256-2002. 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 St. Francis Xavier inspires, challenges learners St. Francis Xavier is a Blue Ribbon school educating preschool through 8th grade students from Wilmette and the northern suburbs of Chicago. School families value the role of engaged and motivated teachers within a stimulating environment that prioritizes lifelong learning, faith development in the Catholic tradition, and the formation of informed and compassionate individuals. The school was founded in 1910 and draws inspiration from a rich legacy of faith in action, calling students to make the world a better place by promoting a culture of care and concern in service to others. St. Francis cultivates curious learners through a framework of academic excellence, faith tradition, collaboration and innovation in which students are known and honored for their gifts in their many forms. SFX families form a tight-knit community that enriches the school through service, regular and meaningful collaboration with administration, and authentic support of faculty, programs and traditions. Students are held to high academic and moral standards, and teachers feel called to participate in the formation of individuals who are aware of their gifts and their responsibility to use them to make a difference in the world. SFX students are called to develop their talents to “be the best they can be” as articulated through the school’s Crusader Covenant, encouraging students to lead with integrity, serve community, prioritize faith, and live in harmony with others. The school’s annual Respect Each Difference (RED) campaign leverages perspectives from speakers across the U.S. and the world to build bridges of understanding. RED connects St. Francis learners to writers, artists and speakers, encouraging curiosity for all the world has to offer and establishing relationships with members of a vast global community. A year long One Book, One Community read invites nationally-acclaimed authors to campus linking themes to Language Arts curriculum where they are further developed through classroom dialogue. A Poet in Residence Program, math and reading differentiation, and rich extra curricular offerings add depth and support to curriculum to inspire and challenge learners. Fulltime support staff in the areas of reading/math, technology integration, social work and nursing complement administrative depth provided by the addition of Early Childhood and Middle School Directors. SFX thrives because it collaborates and innovates frequently and well. STEM and out-of-the-box learning experiences are housed under an EPIC framework that invites students to Explore, Play, Invent and Create. EPIC guides lesson planning and cultural vocabulary, fuels curiosity, and cultivates problem-solving skills. EPIC is unique because of its intrinsic ability to connect the dots between the importance of play and innovation and the need to frame the development of curious learners within the values of the greater learning community. The school’s Make an EPIC Difference Fund enables programs that support a vibrant learning community, including elite professional development experiences for faculty such as the Center for Transformational Educational Leadership through the University of Notre Dame, service learning in Africa, continuing education at the Teachers College at Columbia University, and workshops at the M.I.T. Media Lab’s Center for Future Children. A technology integration specialist works with students in Preschool through 8th grade to challenge and inspire. Through classroom EPIC hours, collaboration across grades, and project-based innovation, this transformative role prepares learners for careers that don’t yet exist by encouraging curiosity, maker-skills, digital citizenship and a relationship with emerging technologies. SMART Boards, 3D printers, Google Chrome Books, and a 1:1 iPad Middle School initiative support student-centered methods to promote creativity and critical thinking. Digital portfolios, worldwide Skype relationships, and virtual learning experiences including the Global Day of Design are but a few examples of how technology has transformed learning at St. Francis. Partnership with Shedd Aquarium has yielded SFX teams in the annual Underwater Robotics competition. Robotics sequences with Legos, coding, and tech tools spanning Beebots to 3D printing engenders curiosity for how and why technology exists to benefit humanity. St. Francis Xavier is grateful to be part of the robust educational landscape of the Wilmette community. To learn more or request a tour, contact jackiepetrozzi@sfx-school.org or call (847) 256-0644. An open house is set for 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, to kick off Catholic Schools Week. All are welcome. Submitted by St. Francis Xavier School, 808 Linden Ave., Wilmette, www.sfxschool.org, (847) 256-0644.

22ndCenturyMedia.com private school guide 22nd century media | January 25, 2018 | 3 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, Christian Heritage Academy gives students strong foundation for success 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 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 SFX Jan 18 Priv Sch Guide Ad.pdf 1 1/12/18 9:47 AM 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. Become a Host Family & Earn a Monthly Stipend! Expand your perspectives and get paid. Host an international student today for Regina Dominican High School! Receive a $300 referral bonus for each host family who is approved by Cambridge & mentions your name as the referral source! For more information, call 617-749-8505 or visit thecambridgenetwork.com C M Y CM MY CY CMY K OPEN HOUSE ST. FRANCIS XAVIER SCHOOL PRE-K THRU 8TH GRADE Explore our Blue Ribbon school on... January 28th 10:30am-12:30pm WWW.SFX-SCHOOL.ORG