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6 | January 25, 2018 | 22nd century media private school guide Magic happens at Baker When one hears the words Baker Demonstration School, many think of progressive education and a place that truly embraces the whole child. These threads of thought are pervasive throughout our legacy as an institution whether looking from the perspective of our founders 100 years ago or from the eyes of our master teachers today. First and foremost, children are at the center of all that we do. As we plan for children, we look at children. We view a child as strong and capable, wrapped in the love and experience he or she gets from their family. It is an unsaid agreement that the parents are the experts on their child, while we educators are the experts on the broader developmental level. Together, we form a partnership to help our children become the people they were born to be. Our educators appreciate the full arc of the student experience through time. We understand the “we” nature of three year olds as they move into their first school experience. We see and foster the grand and magical thinking of 4-year-olds. We acknowledge that the serene and sunny five year old’s center of the universe are the parental figures in their lives. We know that the 6-yearold is truly the center of his/her own universe. We recognize that seven brings a kind of turning inward and worry about what others are thinking about them. This knowledge of general developmental patterns and dispositions guides how we make our responses. We also understand that the environment where a child learns is truly the “Third Teacher.” When you walk into our classrooms, you see Please see magic, 14 Sacred Heart School students thrive under right guidance The school mission states: “Sacred Heart School is a faith-based community of faculty, parents and staff dedicated to educating the hearts and minds of children from preschool through eighth grade.” Visitors immediately recognize key elements of the school’s mission in action. From the youngest preschooler to the most mature eighth-grader, Sacred Heart Vikings display a strong sense of community, personal confidence, and a deep commitment to service in order to build a better world for tomorrow. This year, Sacred Heart School started a program called Prayer Families. Eleven Prayer Families, each led by an eighth-grader and made up of students from every grade, meet on a monthly basis. The eighth graders prepare a lesson and activity to share with their group, with a focus this year on the eight Beatitudes. Prayer Families allow students the opportunity to share faith across grade levels while giving the eighth-grade Confirmation candidates a chance to lead and teach younger students. A new Parent and Tot class was also introduced this year, organized and led by Laura Wettersten, Early Childhood Coordinator and kindergarten teacher. This free class is offered to parents in the community and their children (ages 3 months through 3-years old). Classes are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, from 9:15-10:15 a.m. The Parent and Tot class is a wonderful opportunity for parents of young children to connect with other parents while their children socialize, learn, and make new friends. Come join us! The STEAM lab has been up and running since January of 2017. The lab integrates technology exploration with academics in a powerful hands-on, mindson learning environment. Core subject knowledge is reinforced through applied learning – engaging and motivating students while improving academic performance. This updated lab prepares learners to compete in a global economy by developing 21st century skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, project management, communication, and collaboration. The most exciting addition to the lab is the brand new 3D printer. Students are enjoying all the engagements the STEAM lab has to offer. Sacred Heart students thrive under the guidance of a highly qualified faculty focused on nurturing the whole child. To learn more, call the school office at (847) 446- 0005, visit or consider a private tour. While enrollment opportunities are available for the 2018-2019 school year, preschool classes are nearing capacity. Submitted by Sacred Heart School, 1095 Gage St., Winnetka, www., (847) 446-0005. BRIGHT HORIZONS: WHERE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE BEGINS For more than 30 years, Bright Horizons ® has been partnering with Chicagoland families to provide engaging, enriching early education and preschool programs and camps that meet working parents’ needs while preparing their children for elementary school and beyond. Individualized, emergent curriculum for infants through kindergarten prep, plus preschool and school-age camps Flexible schedules for busy, working families with full- and part-time options Locations throughout the city and suburbs, including Northbrook, Skokie, Evanston, and Deerfield Schedule a Visit Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool 877-624-4532 | © 2017 Bright Horizons Family Solutions LLC private school guide 22nd century media | January 25, 2018 | 7 Lake Forest Academy seeks to develop global minds LFA students come from near and far — from Chicago’s suburbs and across the United States, to many different countries around the globe. No matter where they call home, students at the Academy are committed to excellence, possess a curiosity about the world, and are excited to learn in a diverse school community. This year’s student body includes students from 16 states and 40 countries and territories. Students of color comprise 30% of our community, and international students make up 26 percent. The Academy’s focus on globalism stretches far beyond the make-up of the student body. The school places the utmost importance on helping its students become better global citizens. Cultivating a deeper sense of global awareness and understanding is rooted throughout the curriculum. Whether in the classroom, on service trips, traveling with a class, or spending a year abroad, LFA students are encouraged to widen their horizons both figuratively and literally. Head of School, Dr. John Strudwick, points out, “LFA is committed to the education of character, ethics, and a value system based in community, empathy, and support. The term ‘Midwestern Heart’ PROGRAMS AVAILABLE FOR 2, 3, AND 4 YEAR OLDS embodies cooperation, diligence, and an authentic approach to life. LFA is also committed to being a global educational community that embraces a diverse group of students and faculty from around the world, and, through its curricular and extra-curricular programs, encourages the development of a ‘Global Mind.’ The Stuart Center for Global Leadership, which opened in the fall of 2016, offers co-curricular transformative global programs that inspire members of the LFA community to apply classroom concepts to problems in the real world. The Academy offers ample opportunities for students to travel abroad. This year students have the opportunity to travel to Eastern Europe, Greece, Taiwan, Singapore, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Tanzania, as part of the Spring Break trip offerings. Recent graduate, Erin Snoddy ’17, recalls, “I really enjoyed all of the opportunities to succeed and try new things. Because of the immense diversity at LFA, I have become a lot more culturally aware and knowledgeable about the outside world.” Submitted by Lake Forest Academy, 1500 W Kennedy Road, Lake Forest, http://www., (847) 615-3210. Teaching through hands-on experiences. Now enrolling Pre-K through Grade 8 Students thrive with small teacher-student ratios, differentiated learning from master teachers, and a curriculum that focuses on nurturing the whole child. Learn more today. Schedule a campus visit by contacting our Admissions Office: 847.425.5813 Enroll2018_vF.indd 1 1/8/18 3:32 PM