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8 | January 25, 2018 | 22nd century media private school guide 22ndCenturyMedia.com 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 nonprofit, non-denominational 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 co-teachers 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 small- and 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 fouryear 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. Countryside Montessori School 16 Months through 8th Grade Private School Join us for a Parent Information Chat February 21st 10:30am or 6pm Beyond Private Education: An Internship to Adulthood All Day and All Year Option Available, 7:30am - 5:30pm 1985 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook, IL 847.498.1105 countrysidemontessori.org

22ndCenturyMedia.com private school guide 22nd century media | January 25, 2018 | 9 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’ 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.lfanet.org, (847) 615-3210. We’re a preschool. We’re an elementary school. We’re a family. “Feed the mind, touch the heart, prepare for life!” Call Us Today! 74 Park Drive Glenview, IL 60025 847-724-0057 | glenviewnewchurchschools.org