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Sacred Heart educates children’s minds, hearts

Families are drawn to

Sacred Heart School because

of its mission to

educate children’s hearts

and minds in a faithfilled,

Catholic community,

teaching 21st-century

skills. They are proud of

their growing school and

excited that Sacred Heart

was named a 2018 National

Blue Ribbon School

of Excellence. To be a

Blue Ribbon nominee, a

school’s test scores must

place them in the top 15

percent nationally on standardized

tests. Even more,

Blue Ribbon Schools must

demonstrate that they are

extraordinarily committed

to meeting the unique

needs of students, and they

must show that faculty,

teachers, parents and students

collaborate to ensure

students’ success.

School begins each day

with Principal Kristen

Fink personally welcoming

each student by name

into the building. Studies

show that when students

are greeted, or “seen” by

multiple people at the

start of their school day,

engagement in school increases,

test scores go up

and students feel valued.

Throughout this past

year, Fink has had the opportunity

to visit some

high-performing schools

through her participation

as a fellow in the University

of Notre Dame’s Center

for Transformational

Educational Leadership

(CTEL). She learned that

the power of gathering the

entire learning community

first thing in the morning is

striking. Therefore, rather

than starting each day by

going to individual homerooms,

students will come

together as a school in the

gym to pray, build community,

learn from each other

and celebrate success.

Each day of the week will

have a different theme.

Morning Assembly will

provide Sacred Heart with

the opportunity to live out

its root beliefs and grow

together as a faith community.

To accommodate

Morning Assembly and

to avoid losing any valuable

instructional time,

the school day has been

lengthened by ten minutes.

Sacred Heart students

thrive under a faculty

committed to continuous

improvement through

ongoing professional development.

More than 70

percent of teachers have

masters degrees. They

collaborate across grade

levels and subject areas

to provide a rigorous curriculum.

The highly specialized

Student Services

Department — with specialists

in math, reading,

and speech as well as a

counselor — supports

teachers and learners, differentiating

to ensure each

child’s needs are met.

Since 2009, Sacred

Heart has been an Apple

Distinguished School for

successful integration of

technology. The STEAM

lab offers opportunities to

explore and innovate with

circuitry, coding, robotics

and software engineering,

all while collaborating

with peers.

Student life extends far

beyond school hours with

after-school care and a

teacher-supervised Homework

Lab as well as arts,

sciences and athletic offerings.

A highly engaged

drama troupe, band, choir,

enrichment classes and

no-cut competitive team

sports keep students engaged

and filled with

school spirit.

Five years ago, Sacred

Heart introduced its first

three-year-old preschool

class. Today, Sacred Heart

School has two preschool

classes and there are three

junior kindergarten classes

slated for fall, including

one full-day program. Sacred

Heart’s classes are

growing, including the

highest retention in five

years from kindergarten to

first grade.

Submitted by Sacred Heart,

1095 Gage St., Winnetka,

IL, 60093, (847) 446-0005,






Social skills classes for elementary and middle

school students that build social competencies

through engaging, hands-on experiences!




Winnetka Public School Nursery

Educating North Shore preschoolers since 1926

Enroll Today!

Visit WPSN.org

Winnetka’s first Reggio-inspired preschool

Classes available for ages 16 months through Junior Kindergarten

Extended day enrichment programs offered four days per week

Seamless transition to Winnetka Kindergarten due to similar teaching philosophy

Small child to teacher ratio, providing individualized attention to each student

Expansive outdoor play area

Strong family and parent community

Convenient driveway drop-off and pick-up

For registration information, please call WPSN at (847) 446-5153

or email wpsndirector@gmail.com

Weekly 1-hour classes are held at the Winnetka Community House.

Email info@collaborativekids.com for more information.


1155 Oak Street - Winnetka, IL 60093 - (847)446-5153

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Special Gifts Theatre is an educational and therapeutic theatre company for individuals

with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each student works one-on-one with a peer

mentor to breakdown stereotypes related to disabilities within our communities at large.

Fall Program Registration

Now Open for Individuals with Disabilities of All Ages!


In Motion

Ages 7+

Mondays from 5:00-6:00

Crow Island School,


Therapeutic dance & embodied

storytelling creative movement class

Musical Theatre


Ages 10-22

Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:15-5:30

The Skokie School,


Mary Poppins Jr.

Performance in March 2020

Creating Outside

the Lines

Ages 22+

Mondays from 6:15-7:30

The Skokie School,


The Music Man Jr.

Performance in January 2020

For more information and to REGISTER TODAY visit www.SpecialGiftsTheatre.org

Questions? Contact info@specialgiftstheatre.org or 847.564.7704

The mission of Special Gifts Theatre is to foster self-confidence, social, speech and language skills in individuals with disabilities,

using educational and therapeutic techniques with the stage as the platform, integrating creativity and fun.

Love, learn and lead at Saint A’s

At St. Athanasius

School, we offer a rigorous

learning environment

for our students

and we are committed to

the highest standards of

academic excellence. It

is our priority to provide

our students with an outstanding

educational experience,

to prepare them

for academic challenges

that lie ahead and to help

instill a life-long love of

learning. St. Athanasius

students are expected to

work diligently to achieve

their potential. We help

our students become selfdirected,

accountable and

responsible. We recognize

and appreciate individual

learning styles and abilities

and encourage students

to think critically

and creatively. We nurture

a climate of caring

and mutual respect. St.

Athanasius School offers

a wide range of extracurricular

activities to provide

additional opportunities

to support and nurture

development of the whole


We believe that each

child’s sense of self worth

is enhanced through a personal

relationship with

God. We provide a Christcentered


through, which we pass

on Catholic scripture,

tradition, prayer, liturgy,

sacraments and commitment

to service. We challenge

students to live their

faith by participating in

parish life and committing

to the ideals of peace,

justice and respect for all

of God’s creation. We encourage

each student to

“love, learn, and lead.”

Our dedicated faculty

and staff employ timetested

methods of learning,

innovative teaching

techniques and advanced

technology to foster each

student’s success. We

communicate proactively

and comprehensively with

parents about their child’s

development. Our teachers

are involved in all

aspects of school life and

serve as exceptional role

models for our students.

St. Athanasius parents,

as the primary educators,

are actively involved in

their child’s education.

We encourage a strong

parent-teacher partnership,

based on trust and

mutual respect, for the

benefit of all of our students.

Submitted by St. Athanasius

School, 2510 Ashland Ave.,

Evanston, IL, 60201, (847)

864-2650, saintas.net.

FREE Spiritual Education for Children

Ages 4-7 and 8-10 • Sundays, 10-11:30 a.m.

The Bahá’í House of Worship

(Classes meet in the Temple lower level)

100 Linden Avenue Wilmette, IL 60091

Email to learn more or register:


Or call (847)906-3409

Fall session starts with an OPEN HOUSE on September 29th at 10 a.m.

• Classes help children discover and strengthen their inherent virtues like kindness,

patience and generosity through stories, songs, prayers and art.

• Provides a friendly, inclusive and age-appropriate introduction to the spiritual

essence of the world’s religions: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam

and the Bahá’í Faith.

• Discussion group for parents is held during the class sessions.

• Open to families of all faiths and backgrounds.

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Countryside Day School continues to fill niche in community

Countryside Day School, a renowned

institution in Northbrook for more than

50 years, continues to fill a niche in the

educational market by providing students

16 months through eighth grade with an

unique learning experience that emphasizes

not only rigorous academic studies

but also the development of critical character

skills essential for success not just

in school, but more importantly in life.

Countryside is committed to working in

partnership with parents to help young

people become more than great students

but also exceptional adults.

Faculty at Countryside understands

education in a broader and deeper context

than conventional schools. Teachers

see school as an internship to adulthood

in which students develop a strong sense

of agency and empathy. Countryside students

feel a deep responsibility to make

a contribution. This is accomplished in

classes that are “micro-societies” designed

to emulate real life, with mixed

ages, the expectation to take initiative,

permission to follow interests which develops

deep concentration and an intrinsic

love of learning and room to learn that

failing is necessary in order to accomplish

great things.

This great work is also accomplished

with uniquely strong one-to-one studentteacher

relationships where teachers do

more than offer academic content but also

serve as mentors to their students. Teachers’

knowledge of each individual student

is one of the most treasured aspects of

the Countryside experience by both students

and parents alike. It is also what

makes the role of teaching so inspiring

that Countryside Day enjoys very little

teacher turnover.

The final piece of the Countryside success

strategy is a close working relationship

with parents in which faculty share

observations of their students, seek information

from parents about what they

see at home, and make recommendations

regarding parenting based on the expert,

collective experience of master teachers.

The CDS faculty is keenly aware of the

changes in culture that are impacting children

and families and how these changes

are affecting the development of young


The mission of Countryside Day

School is to provide an education that assists

students in developing the qualities

of respect, responsibility and resourcefulness

so they become great students and

exceptional adults.

Countryside’s website, countrysideday.

org, is a great place to start your research,

but families say, without exception, that it

is a visit to the classrooms themselves that

reveal the unparalleled and awe-inspiring

educational experience. Parents are encouraged

to schedule a personalized tour


Submitted by Countryside Day School, 1985

Pfingsten Rd., Northbrook, IL, 60062, (847)

498-1105, countrysideday.org.



Transformingthe LivesofBright

Childrenwith LearningDisabilities




At The Cove School, students with complex learning disabilities receive direct support

to make and maintain authentic peer relationships. Cove’s leading-edge instructional

methodologies, including classroom ability-grouping, allow students to feel at home

within alearning environment. With over twenty-five after school activities, monthly

social events and limited class sizes, Cove gives students the opportunity to find the

community meant for them.

Join us for an Open House at The Cove School on

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Please RSVP to mditthardt@coveschool.org

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350 Lee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062

847.562.2100 • www.coveschool.org

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North Shore Country Day focuses on what matters

In 1919, North Shore Country

Day (NSCD) was the visionary

answer to a fundamental question:

What matters most when

educating a child? Since then,

NSCD has continually refined

its answer to propel the school’s

educational model forward with

purpose and passion, building a

transformative JK-12 community

on four essential pillars:

Purposeful Challenge — Truly

knowing each student allows

faculty to challenge and support

them as people and learners.

Intentional Design — NSCD

carefully crafts its entire JK-12

program to optimize learning,

develop skills and prioritize


Courageous Exploration —

The school pushes students to

participate widely and take risks

regularly, ensuring they stretch,

explore stumble and grow.

Conscientious Community —

The diverse community and collaborative

culture help students

understand themselves and their

obligations to each other, their

communities and their world.

North Shore Country Day is a

place where school is engaging,

interesting, rigorous and fun.

Teachers know each student and

set the bar high in order to build

confident, independent thinkers.

Students balance passions with

responsibilities and learning becomes

a way of life.

Early Childhood

Every moment in NSCD’s

junior and senior kindergarten

program is an opportunity for

joyful learning. These youngest

students are known and loved,

they’re empowered and encouraged.

Asking questions, making

choices, listening, participating

in discussions, sharing, reading

books, creating art, making music,

speaking Spanish and moving


Lower School

NSCD believes that learning is

engaging when it’s meaningful,

awakening the senses and opening

the mind. Students develop a

solid academic foundation, venture

into local communities and

are encouraged to think globally

— not only growing in knowledge

but in character. Students

learn to speak up and become

self-advocates. The goal is to

see each child thrive by helping

them develop the self-confidence

needed to truly blossom in

a challenging program.

Middle School

NSCD Middle School faculty

sees the world through students’

eyes, and not only understand

but truly enjoy adolescents. They

also set high standards and demand

academic accountability.

The school welcomes spontaneous

ideas that enhance learning:

An experiment becomes a Science

Olympiad project, a debate

evolves into a Model United Nations

presentation and a servicelearning

exercise builds awareness

to enlighten others.

Upper School

The North Shore Country Day

Upper School is vibrant, challenging,

engaging and intentionally

designed for learning. The

long-block schedule is just one

example. With four 75-minutes

classes per day, students have

time to practice and develop

skills, and understand and analyze

material on a deeper level.

It also provides teachers flexibility

to design a range of learning

experiences. The goal is to

support meaningful academic

engagement, inquiry-based and

experiential learning and a more

balanced and healthy school experience.


The true outcome of a North

Shore Country Day education is

seen in graduates who advance

into college and the world fully

prepared for whatever comes

next. They are exceptionally

equipped with the skills and

the mindsets to make an impact

on their world after years spent

exploring, collaborating and

embracing the school’s motto,

“Live and Serve.”

Submitted by North Shore Country

Day School, 310 Green Bay Rd.,

Winnetka, IL, 60093, (847) 446-

0674, nscds.org.

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School of Saints, Faith, Hope & Charity continues

long-standing tradition of faith-based education

The School of Saints

Faith Hope & Charity has

a long-standing tradition of

providing the highest quality

faith-based education

since 1939. This school

year is no exception, as we

are thrilled to share some

of the many advancements

taking place. The School

of Saints Faith, Hope &

Charity has developed

progressively through the

years while preserving its

deep-rooted traditions of

faith and family.

In our adult lives, our living

and work spaces have

changed over time to align

with how we use or function

in those spaces. The

same is true for our childrens’

classrooms. Flexible

seating will allow our

older students to sit comfortably

in arrangements

that align with the lesson

or activity designed by our

teachers. During a STEM

lesson requiring collaboration,

diamond shaped

desks can be arranged into

small groups to encourage

discussion and problem

solving. During a lesson

requiring independent assessment,

triangle tables

allow students to produce

work without distraction

from a group. During lessons,

Faith Hope students

shift between independent

work time and collaboration

time, it is fitting that

the seating arrangements

shift as well.

Our learning lab will

now include three fulltime

team members dedicated

to serving Faith

Hope students in a myriad

of ways. This dedicated,

knowledgeable and enthusiastic

team will continue

to be available to all

of our students across all

grade levels to promote

and provide assistance in

implementing a distinct


We have successfully

implemented Lucy

Calkin’s Units of Study for

reading and writing in both

third-grade classes. The

Units of Study provide

leveled reading materials

to match individual student

reading abilities. We

will be expanding the implementation

of this program

from second through


As part of our spiritual

life development, we instill

a lifelong desire and commitment

to help others. All

students participate in community

service projects

driven by local, national

and international concerns.

During the past year, students

worked with the following

organizations to

lend a helping hand: JDRF,

Children of Peace Catholic

School, Feed My Starving

Children, St. Jude Hospital,

Misericordia and the North

Shore Senior Center. Additionally,

they provided food

and clothing to refugee

families and the homeless.

Middle school language

arts and social studies

classes have advanced

their analytical writing

skills through the use of

ThinkCERCA. Think-

CERCA provides a vast

library of prompts and

writing assignments that

require students to learn

to make a claim, find evidence

in the text, and provide

reasoning for their

argument. We plan to expand

the use of this writing

tool into 5th grade and to

the science curriculum. In

addition our middle school

mathematics program continues

to prepare students

for advanced classes at

both Loyola Academy and

New Trier. As of 2018,

middle school students can

receive the designation of

Junior National Honor Society

member. Faith Hope

is the only school in Winnetka

with this prestigious

membership club.

Our Fine Arts program

and team continue to expand

and improve. This

school year will see the

addition of three highly

capable Performing Arts

teachers, Dr. Christian

Stirling, Kate Kinyon and

Arlynn Arzet, who will

join the ranks of an already

impressive group that include

Ms. Joanne Bennett

and Terese Dube.

Submitted by The School of

Saints, Faith, Hope & Charity,

180 Ridge Ave., Winnetka,

IL, 60093, (847) 446-0031,


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Regina Dominican, where North Shore

enrollment continues to grow rapidly

“This fall, Regina Dominican High

School is looking at a 51 percent increase

in freshmen enrollment, with the

most significant numbers coming from

the North Shore,” president Elizabeth

Schuster remarked. “Never has the value

of single-gender education been more

important to parents and students than it

is today. At open houses, we outline the

science. There have been significant studies

on the impact of the all-girl environment

during this important developmental

stage — and it shows when these young

women enter college and the workforce.”

Admittedly, the school’s best marketing

comes from its graduates. On average, 91

percent of Regina Dominican graduates

are accepted to their university of first

choice and 46 percent of the 2019 graduates

choose majors in the STEM fields.

“Keep in mind, most of these students

did not walk in the door focused on the

sciences, but given the opportunities we

offered they developed the interest and

confidence to pursue these passions,”

Schuster noted.

Known for launching leaders, the

school’s Leadership Institute has grown

to offer opportunities to all students at every

level, from freshmen to seniors. Students

learn to use their strengths to listen,

inspire and empower others to be the best

they can be and make a difference in the


“We find involvement in the Regina

Dominican Leadership Institute is a key

differentiating factor during the college

application process,” Schuster said. “Universities

are taking note of this program,

the impact it is having on a young woman’s

college choices is evident. Not many

students walk away from high school

with a veritable leadership portfolio, but

at Regina Dominican they have that opportunity.”

Regina Dominican’s campus is also


“We are embarking on a campus redevelopment

plan to ensure the physical

school reflects the innovation seen in our

classrooms,” Schuster explained.

To do this, they are working with alumna,

architect Carol Ross Barney, most recently

lauded for her work on Chicago’s


On the athletic front, the school is more

vibrant than ever with the recent launch of

home fields for soccer, lacrosse and softball,

plus a new athletic director who is

focused on raising the school’s competitive


Open houses are slated for Oct. 17

and Nov. 10, all are welcome. Till then,

please call to schedule a Shadow Day for

your daughter or visit rdhs.org for further


Submitted by Regina Dominican High School,

701 Locust Rd., Wilmette, IL, 60091, (847)

256-7660, rdhs.org.

The SchoolofSaints Faith Hope & Charity

“A school wherestudentsgrow in heart, mind, andsoul.”

in recognition of your outstanding contribution of time,

dedication, and expertise to the 2018 World

Humanitarian Report.

We are thrilled to announce the following curriculum enhancements for the 2019-2020 School Year:

-Three full-time team members dedicated to our Learning Lab.

-Updated Chromebooks for student use.

-Remodeled Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms will be home to a new class for the 2019-2020 school year.

-New Furniture in 3rd-8th Grades allowing for flexible seating to suit classroom needs.

-Enhanced Fine Arts Program.

These are some ofthe many exciting initiatives happening at The School of Saints Faith Hope &Charity with more to follow. As always, FHC is committed

to providing high-quality, research-based instruction in anurturing Catholic environment.

Call 847.446.0031 to arrange your personal tour or visit www.faithhopeschool.org for more information.

Your help has given countless people around the world

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Lake Forest Country Day School dedicated to inspired teaching

Located on more than

30 acres of property,

Lake Forest Country Day

School offers programming

for students aged 2

through eighth grade and

provides a rich and diverse

educational experience

grounded in rigorous academics,

arts, athletics and

social-emotional learning.

Drawing students from

more than 35 local communities,

students across

all grade levels have access

to engaging learning

spaces that include two

Outdoor Classrooms, a

2800-square-foot Innovation

Center, a newly renovated

gymnasium and a

reimagined Performing

Arts Center that was transformed

just last year.

Highlighted by a better

than 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.

“Teaching and learning

are not by rote here,”

head of school Joy Hurd

said. “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


An integral part of the

LFCDS Experience is the

strong public speaking

strand embedded in the

school’s curriculum beginning

with the youngest

students. Learning the

skills required to be a good

audience member in first

STEP builds to extensive

opportunities to present in

front of increasingly larger

groups and culminates

with the Robbie Bermingham

Speaking Competition

in which students in

grades five through eight

research, write, revise

and present a five-minute

speech on a topic of their

choice. During the course

of their time at LFCDS,

students develop their ability

to express themselves,

take risks in a nurturing

environment, and cultivate

the self-confidence to present

to large audiences.

LFCDS faculty and staff

live the school’s mission

with unparalleled dedication.

Whether for an open

house, a Special Speaker

Series lecture or an individual

campus tour, visitors

to the School experience

the palpable warmth and

caring that is a hallmark of

the LFCDS Community. In

short, Lake Forest Country

Day School fosters an environment

in which students

feel empowered to dream,

try new things, take academic

risks and achieve at

their highest level.

“Research estimates that

60 percent of the jobs our

students will fill have yet

to be created,” Hurd noted.

“Our ultimate goal at

LFCDS is to graduate students

who are able to think

critically, self-advocate,

persevere when faced with

a challenge, create and

communicate in innovative

ways and interpret the

world around them. The

School endeavors to help

each student craft a durable

foundation that will

provide them with greater

opportunities to pursue

their passions and make a

difference in the world.”

This year, LFCDS was

named 22nd Century Media’s

Best Preschool and

Best Private K-8 Grade

School on the North Shore,

and Better’s Best of 2019


“We are deeply honored

by this recognition,” Hurd.

“These awards are a direct

reflection of the partnership

between our families

and the faculty in delivering

the School’s mission

of inspired teaching, academic

rigor, attention to

individual needs, and a

commitment to responsible


To learn more or to

schedule a tour, please call

(847) 615-6151 or visit


Submitted by Lake Forest

Country Day School, 145 S.

Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest,

IL, 60045, (847) 234-2350,


“Iencouragemystudents to solveartistic problems creatively and to strivefor a

unique perspective. LFCDS students areeager to see what theycan create and

recognizethat theycan reach beyond their expectations of themselves as artists.

Iteach at LFCDS because authenticity and academic rigor arehonored and

encouraged in the teachers, in the curriculum we develop, and in our students.

This combination of individualism and high expectations provides the foundation

for an incredible education.”

–Rhonda Venard-Darin, Lower School &Upper School Visual Art Teacher

145 South Green BayRoad, LakeForest, IL 60045

Aco-educational independent school for students age2through Grade 8.

Graduating students of strong character with apassion for learning since 1888.

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Lake Forest Academy enters new era of globalism

This year, Lake Forest

Academy is proud to welcome

José De Jesús as the

Academy’s 30th Head of

School. De Jesús was born

in Puerto Rico and migrated

to New York City

with his family when he

was 6 years old. Over the

past 31 years, he has been

a student, teacher and administrator

in independent


He was most recently the

head of the upper school

and a history teacher at the

Packer Collegiate Institute

in New York City. He

earned a bachelors degree

from Wesleyan University,

a masters degree in history

from Tufts University and

a second masters degree

in private school leadership

from the Klingenstein

Leadership Program at

Teacher’s College, Columbia

University. De Jesús

began his official duties on

July 1, 2019.

LFA’s community will

also greet over 100 new

students from Chicago’s

suburbs, across the United

States and many different

countries around the globe

this fall. 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


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. 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.

In addition to standard

and individualized coursework,

LFA students have

the unique opportunity to

work with veteran filmmakers.

Last year, LFA

was featured in “The

Global Generation,” a film

produced by LFA former

trustee and Hall of Fame

member Mike Leonard ‘66

and Executive Producer of

Leonard Films Mary Kay

Wall. The film aired on

Chicago’s WTTW channel

on Oct. 25, 26 and 27,

2018. Throughout the year,

Leonard and Wall held academic

sessions on various

aspects of filmmaking and

provided individual evaluation

of student work.

Other students participated

through interviews,

musical contributions,

drone-camera operation,

and technical assistance. A

second edition of the documentary

is currently in the


As LFA students develop

new skills and build on

their interests, they work

closely with their college

counselors at the Academy

during junior and senior

year to create college

lists, attend workshops,

and work on their college

applications. LFA’s Class

of 2019 will matriculate

to 75 colleges and universities

in 23 states and

five countries. Visit www.


for more details about

LFA’s college counseling


For more information

about LFA’s admissions

process and academic program,

visit www.lfanet.

org. LFA’s fall open house

will take place on Oct. 6.

Registration for campus

tours, information sessions

and shadow days can be

completed at www.lfanet.


Submitted by Lake Forest

Academy, 1500 Kennedy Rd.,

Lake Forest, IL, 60045, (847)

615-3210, lfanet.org.

Engage MORE Achieve MORE Become MORE

Why Roycemore?

• 6:1 Student Teacher Ratio

• Individualized Learning

• Onsite Gifted Coordinator and Learning Specialists

• Dual Enrollment Program with Northwestern University

• APClasses and Independent Study Opportunities

• 100% College Acceptance

• Sliding Scale Tuition

• Proven Results Since 1915



K–12 school

in Illinois *


Open House

Sunday, October 27 th

1:00–3:00 pm



College Prep Education For Preschool – Grade 12

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OLPH school celebrates 90 years of Catholic education

Celebrating 90 years of Catholic

education, Our Lady of Perpetual

School is a place unlike

any other — a vibrant 21st-century

Catholic school in an idyllic

eight-building campus filled

with 3 to 14 year olds.

We invite you to discover the

distinction that makes OLPH an

extraordinary place of learning

for children. When you select

OLPH, you join a community

bound by a mission of faith, with

families passionate about education,

students fully engaged in

their learning and teachers committed

to their practice as caring


In every grade, OLPH fosters

the growth and development

of the whole person. Religious

education and its formation of

responsible young adult Catholics

is the foundation of the parish

school and has been since its

inception. As an academic institution,

OLPH is dedicated to

designing an individualized program

of success for each child.

Careful structuring of classes allows

for every child to be known

and loved, while providing a

broad range of learning opportunities

in academics, visual and

performing arts, athletics, service

and leadership.

Additionally, at OLPH School,

parents are active partners in

their child’s education. We do

not simply enroll a student; we

enroll a family. Recognizing

parents as the primary educators

of children, OLPH supports,

supplements and enriches your

family life.

Explore our website. Tour the

school. Ask questions. Become

a part of Our Lady of Perpetual

Help School — a Premier Private

Education in the Finest

Catholic Tradition. We invite

you to schedule a tour or attend

one of our November Admission

events. Preschool and Kindergarten

Information Night will be

6-7 p.m. on Nov. 13. Preschool

though eighth-grade open houses

will be 4-6 p.m. on Nov. 13

and 8:30 a.m.-noon on Nov. 14.

Submitted by Our Lady of Perpetual

Help School, 1123 Church St.,

Glenview, IL, 60025, (847) 724-

6990, olphglenview.org.

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Together we play, together we learn

Are you seeking a nursery-school

experience for

your little ones that engenders

learning while championing

the importance of


Winnetka Community

Nursery School (WCNS)

offers play-based classes

for young 2’s, older 2’s,

3’s and Junior Kindergarten,

focusing on the

whole child. Social and

emotional development,

along with language, literacy,

physical (both fine

and gross) and cognitive

development, are the foundation

of the programming

offered. By fostering play,

WCNS seeks to develop

self-confidence, an ability

to cooperate with others,

and a readiness to progress

into kindergarten and beyond.

We also emphasize

the importance of nature

and outdoor play, with

each class spending some

portion of their day on the

playground, and we will

be unveiling a brand new

state-of-the-art outdoor

play space this Fall.

Additionally, WCNS

has a rich history in the

Winnetka Community.

The school was founded

in 1943 during the World

War II by a group of Winnetka

residents who saw

the need to provide care

for children whose mothers

wished to take part in

the war effort. Over its 75

years connecting families

and brightening the days

of Winnetka’s youngest

residents, WCNS has also

extended the importance

of play to the greater community

each year with its

deep-seated tradition of

the Winnetka Children’s

Fair. This beloved fundraiser

involves a lot of

hard work and dedication

on the part of WCNS

families, faculty and staff,

but endless smiles, long

naps, forged friendships

and lifetime memories are

more than worth the effort.

When your family joins

WCNS, you become a part

of a committed and caring

community. WCNS encourages

family involvement

through a variety

of school and classroom

opportunities. Parents

may serve on the Board

of Directors, volunteer as

a Room Parent or get involved

with school-wide

fundraising efforts that impact

the entire community.

Furthermore, throughout

the school year, many

activities are planned to

promote relationships

among WCNS families,

including: Corridor Coffees,

Weekend Popsicle

Party, PJ Story Time, Family

Winter Gatherings,

Mom’s Night Out, a Portfolio

Celebration and the

Parent Party and Benefit.

The ultimate goal is to promote

and strengthen our

connections both inside

and outside the classroom.

WCNS’ programs offer

everything you need

to introduce your little

ones to the schooling experience

in a warm and

nurturing environment.

To learn more about Winnetka

Community Nursery

School, schedule a tour, or

apply for school, please

visit: www.winnetkacommunitynurseryschool.org.

Come play with us.

Submitted by Winnetka

Community Nursery School,

800 Pine St., Winnetka, IL,

60093, (847) 446-4432,



hearts and minds

ENROLLING NOW in PS-8th for the 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

Due to overwhelming interest, we have added a third section of

junior kindergarten, including SHS’s first-ever full-day JK option.

Our popular preschool also has a few remaining openings! Don’t delay!

For more information, visit our website, or arrange a private tour.

1095 gage street winnetka, il 60093 847-446-0005 www.shwschool.org

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No. 1 ranked Christian Heritage Academy

celebrates 35 years of faith, academic excellence

This year marked the 35-year

anniversary of Christian Heritage

Academy (CHA), a PK-12

Christian school that integrates

faith with academic excellence.

Located on a 15-acre campus at

315 Waukegan Road in Northfield,

CHA has served thousands

of families from over 40 Chicago

communities and 100 churches

with an exemplary Christian

education for students from preschool

to 12th grade.

For two years in a row, CHA

earned the ranking of No. 1

Best Christian High School and

is also the top-ranked Christian

school among private K-12

schools in Illinois (from Niche.

com, an independent agency that

ranks schools based on data from

test scores, college data, and ratings).

With SAT/ACT and standardized

test scores among the

best in the area, students from

recent graduating classes have

been accepted into top-tier colleges

and universities, including

Northwestern University,

University of Chicago, Duke

University, University of Illinois

(Urbana-Champaign), Case-

Western University and Wheaton


From the 2-year-old program

through kindergarten, CHA’s

early education programs offer

age-appropriate and researchbased

learning experiences,

focused on nurturing a child’s

faith, curiosity and love of learning.

With biblical integration and

hands-on STEAM programs, our

early childhood classes develop

a strong foundation for longterm

social and academic success,

while nurturing a heart for

Christ and his call to love and

serve others. Half-day and fullday

preschool options are available,

as well as “lunch bunch”

and extended care.

CHA takes a holistic approach

to educating the child’s mind,

body and heart through all developmental


“While academics are a major

focus, what sets CHA apart is the

Christ-centered environment and

the teachers who love God, pray

for the students, and integrate

the Bible in all subjects,” principal

Joan Okamoto said. “These

days, I do believe we need to

fight harder for the souls of our


Living out the value of “loving

God and loving others,” students

of all ages served both locally

and globally during Service

Learning Week, from younger

students making gifts for pediatric

patients and visiting the

elderly, to the Upper School students’

serving trips to Chicago,

the Texas-Mexico border, Dominican

Republic, and Cuba, to

help families in need.

Parents attribute the spiritual

formation and high-academic

performance of students to the

quality of faculty and staff,

whom CHA calls “living curriculum”


CHA parent, Lisa S. of Glenview,

stated “The hours of 8:30-

3:30 matter. It matters who’s

influencing your children. The

teachers here are ‘living curriculum

teachers’ who follow Christ,

know Him, and love Him.” Joanna

K., a parent of two alumni

said, “CHA has influenced the

course of my children’s entire

lives. From elementary to high

school, they received Christlike

love and nurturing from

the teachers, as well as academics

and leadership opportunities

which led to admissions to

Northwestern University, and

more importantly, to their strong

faith in Christ on campus and in

the workplace.”

Discover how your child can

flourish through a Christ-centered

education that is both academically

excellent and life-transforming.

Interested families may

visit Christian Heritage Academy

during Fall Tour Days or schedule

an individual tour. Contact

Admissions: (847) 446-5252 or

visit www.christianheritage.org.

Submitted by Christian Heritage

Academy, 315 Waukegan Rd.,

Northfield, IL, 60093, (847) 446-

5252, christianheritage.org.

1500 WKennedy Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

847-615-3267 | www.lfanet.org

•Grades 9 to 12

• 30 miles north of Chicago

• 100% College Matriculation

•Class of 2019 will attend 69 colleges

in 22 states and 4 countries

Lake Forest Academy is an independent,

co-ed, college preparatory school for

boarding and day students located in the

Chicago suburb of Lake Forest.

Fall Open House:

October 6, 2019

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Winnetka Public School Nursery uses

play-based approach for success

Winnetka Public School Nursery

has such a strong commitment

to its play-based Reggio

Emilia approach that over the

last several years, eight WPSN

teachers have travelled to the

actual town of Reggio Emilia,

Italy to engage in educational

conferences about the learning

style. Their travels and research

have helped to structure WPSN

as one of the preeminent Reggioinspired

schools in Chicagoland.

Established in 1926 and serving

children ages 16 months

through junior kindergarten,

WPSN has been implementing

the Reggio style for almost 30

years. The approach came about

in post-World War II Italy with

the recognition that in order

to build a different future, the

community had to start by acknowledging

the rights of children.

Today in a Reggio-inspired

classroom, teachers observe

children’s interests and playing

styles and base their classroom

goals off of that. Children’s relationships

with each other and

their teachers are integral to their

learning, and classrooms are set

up to promote social interaction.

To more fully embrace this

style of learning, the teachers

who have so far chosen to attend

the conference participate

in long days filled with intense,

thought-provoking lectures and

school visits.

Between the four teachers who

attended in Spring 2017, they

took 214 pages of notes and attended

58 lecture hours.

Each teacher has taken away

unique aspects of the approach

to incorporate at WPSN, but all

teachers acknowledged what a

valuable experience the conference

is and that they are grateful

for the reminder of how knowledgeable

children are.

WPSN teacher Carolyn Wing

remarked that upon her return,

“The trip most affected my documentation

process: how I observe,

record and process what

I see in the classroom. It helped

me greatly in bringing it to a

higher level and aided me in seeing

the threads that connect the

children’s learning throughout

the year.” Ms. Wing further noted

that the conference allowed her

to look at the classroom space

in a less rigid way, instead opting

for more fluid arrangement

in which materials and explorations

are prepared for the flow of

ideas throughout the room.

Another WPSN teacher, Connie

Pickrell, added that as a result

of the conference “I notice I ask

more open-ended questions, and

when I am asked questions, I respond

with ‘what do you think?’

I engage one-on-one with the

children more often. In fact, the

majority of the classroom time,

I like to get on the floor with the

children and find out what they

are creating and why.” Further

Reggio-inspired decisions Pickrell

has observed other teachers

and herself incorporating are the

use of natural materials and colors

in activities and art.

With the WPSN Board’s support

of teachers’ persisting efforts

to learn more about different

approaches and incorporate

best practices for the children,

teachers will continue to travel

to Reggio Emilia to seek inspiration

in creating joyful, meaningful

spaces where the pre-schoolers

can explore the world and

their relationships with others.

Submitted by Winnetka Public

School Nursery, 1155 Oak St., Winnetka,

IL, 60093, (847) 446-5153,


All Ages, All Abilities.

Fall classes begin September 9!

Don’t delay, enroll today!



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Explore what’s possible at

Codeverse this school year

Explore a world full of

endless possibilities, fun

and creativity at Codeverse

— Chicago’s best interactive

coding studio for

kids ages 6-13.

Codeverse is a modern,

high-tech studio where

kids learn how to code,

build apps and video

games, and interact with

top-notch technology

including, professionalgrade

sound and light

equipment, CraftBot 3D

printers, a 20-ft high definition

TV wall, strobe

lights and robotic arms.

Whether your child is

new to coding or has already

had experience at

school or at home, the

Codeverse curriculum

is designed to be engaging

and easy to digest for

children of all experience.

At Codeverse, kids turn

their creativity into action

through developing their

own video games from

scratch or designing a 3D

print of their own name.

Codeverse gives kids the

tools to invent tomorrow.

Right now, Codeverse is

offering $100 off its Codeverse

Crew Membership.

The Codeverse Crew

Membership includes:

75-minute weekly after-school,

evening, or

weekend classes at the

award-winning studios in

Wilmette, Lincoln Park and

Naperville, one complimentary

‘Kids Night Out’

per month and early bird

specials on Summer Camps

and Day-Off Camps

To celebrate the start of

the school year, sign up for

the Codeverse Crew membership

and receive $100

off at www.codeverse.


Submitted by Codeverse, 517

Green Bay Rd., Wilmette, IL,

60091, (844) 644-CODE,


Rose Hall focuses on

the whole child

Rose Hall Montessori

School has been educating

young children for

over 30 years. 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


Academically, the classroom

is separated into five

key curricular areas: Practical

Life, Sensorial, Math,

Language and Cultural.

The core Montessori principals

of order, coordination,

concentration and in-

Please see rose hall, 22

Structure + Responsibility + Love =

Since 1889, parents around the world have looked to Missouri Military Academy

to give their boys structure, responsibility and love they need to grow, compete

and thrive and become young men in full command of their lives.

Residential boarding school and summer leadership, confidence and academic

programs are available.

Serving grades 7 through 12 PG • Mexico, Missouri

888-564-6662 • missourimilitaryacademy.org



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Roycemore continues over 100-year tradition

Roycemore is an independent

college preparatory school in

Evanston, serving students from

Pre-School to 12th Grade from

all over the Chicago area for

over 100 years.

Utilizing the gifted model of

teaching coupled with a 6-1 student-teacher

ratio, Roycemore

students are challenged in a way

that is perfect for them. Roycemore

is known for its intentionally

small size, as its small

classes lead to a more developed,

cohesive rapport between

students, parents and teachers.

Mixed-age math blocks start in

the Lower School and are reassessed

throughout the curriculum.

Student-led Personal Passion

Projects (the P3 program) is

a signature program of the Middle

School curriculum, allowing

students to work with mentors

and gain important project management

skills. Upper School

students experience January

Short Term (JST), a three-week

annual program enabling them

the time and resources needed

to dive deep into a topic that is

meaningful to them. There have

been a variety of past JST projects

including glass blowing,

medical imaging, fashion design,

ancient engineering, Zoology,

creative writing, flight training

and memory research — just

to name a few. The three-week

period allows students to work

close to home, or travel as part

of their JST experience. The options

are endless and students

find themselves graduating from

Roycemore with a professional

portfolio from their JST projects

over the course of their four


In addition, unlike at most other

high schools, Upper School

students are part of a four-year

college counseling program

that merges the consideration of

academics with a “right fit” approach.

This program has been

credited as a major contributor

to the 100 percent college-acceptance

rate and the fact that 95

percent of Roycemore graduates

receive at least one merit scholarship

to college.

Roycemore’s legacy partnership

with Northwestern University

is unique among independent

schools. Upper School

students who have completed the

academic offerings in a specific

subject area, such as mathematics

or English, can take classes

at Northwestern University

through Roycemore’s NU Option.

This long-standing program

grants students dual enrollment

status earning them college credits

for no additional tuition.

Another collaboration making

waves at Roycemore is a partnership

with Adobe Inc. This affiliation

has brought design thinking

and digital literacy to all students

at every grade level.

Roycemore’s highly rated academic

program is also balanced

with an emphasis on socialemotional

learning, through the

Leader in Me program in the

Lower School and unique Advisory

programs in the Middle

and Upper Schools. These programs

provide dedicated time

to address various topics ranging

from those that support their

academic and intellectual development,

to those that also help

students grow socially and emotionally.

A major priority for Roycemore

is to make private education

a possibility for everyone.

Families who qualify can take

advantage of their sliding scale

tuition policy. Learn more by attending

an open house on Oct.

27. Stop in at any time during the

event to take a tour, meet teachers

and talk with current students

about what the Roycemore experience

has meant to them. Register

at RoycemoreSchool.org.

Engage More, Achieve More,

Become More. Roycemore.

Submitted by Roycemore School,

1200 Davis St., Evanston, IL,

60201, (847) 866-6055, roycemoreschool.com.


WCNS offers play-based classes for

young 2s, older 2s, 3s, and Junior

Kindergarten. In addition, we offer

a robust list of enrichment classes for

our 3s and JK as well as an option for

extended day JK.

To learn more about Winnetka

Community Nursery School, please visit


800 Pine Street

Winnetka, IL 60093


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Studio North Academy of the Performing Arts readies for fall

Ah, the fresh smell of fall — the

falling leaves, crisp air and pumpkin

spice. It’s that time of year

again. Studio North Academy of

the Performing Arts, or SNAP, invites

you to discover your child’s

passion in our fall performing arts

classes. Located at 414 Linden

Ave, SNAP is starting their ninth

season and couldn’t be more excited

to get the year started.

The studio offers a wide variety

of dance classes in various styles

for ages 2 to adult, as well as music

and voice lessons. Ballet, jazz,

tap, lyrical, modern, contemporary

and hip-hop are what you will find

when you explore options to enroll

your dancer. Boasting a large

variety of dates and times for the

Preschool Dance Program, these

classes are always the first to fill

up, so don’t delay.

SNAP has a thriving Adult

dance program, as well. Understanding

that all adults lead busy

lives, Adult classes are dropin

only, meaning you “pay as

you go.” Adult Ballet is held on

Wednesday afternoons, and Adult

Tap is held Thursday evenings and

Friday afternoons. New this year,

we have Adult Jazz dance, on Sunday


SNAP offers something for

everyone. There is a robust and

thriving Recreational dance program,

but also an Academy Track

for the more serious dancers (with

minimum class requirements) as

well. If you are new to the studio,

SNA P will help evaluate your

dancer and place them in the appropriate

class level based on their

skill set and interests. The levels

offered at SNAP start from beginner

and progress up to advanced/

pre-professional. SNAP has many

graduates currently in exclusive

university dance programs.

SNAP is a ballet focused studio

that prides itself in offering

the very best performance training

possible, while maintaining

a FUN atmosphere. Pamela Sue

Fox, the owner and artistic director

of SNAP, couldn’t be more

thrilled for the fast-approaching

Fall season.

SNAP is located at 414 Linden

Ave in Wilmette and their business

contact is (847) 251-7627 or


You can enroll via phone, email

or by visiting their website at studionorthacademyoftheperformingarts.com/.

Submitted by Studio North Academy

of the Performing Arts, 414 Linden

Ave., Wilmette, IL, 60091, (847)

251-7627, studionorthacademyoftheperformingarts.com








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22nd century media | august 8, 2019 | 17

Young men learn to take

command of lives at

Missouri Military Academy

Since 1889, thousands

of parents have looked to

Missouri Military Academy

(MMA) to give their

boys the structure, responsibility

and love they

need to grow, compete and

thrive — and ultimately

become young men who

are in full command of

their lives.

Students come from

across the United States

and around the world to

attend MMA. Focused on

the education of boys in

grades 7 through 12 and

post-grad year, the Academy

is a college-preparatory

boarding school with a

military tradition. MMA’s

comprehensive 360° Education

empowers boys and

young men to unlock their

full potential. Through

MMA, families give their

boys gifts of courage,

strength, heart and pride

— an edge to triumph in

college and in life.

“We have known what

potential he has and he

is now seeing for himself,”

MMA parents Bob

and Jennifer Wever said.

“MMA has been the best

decision we have ever

made for our son.”

MMA understands and

embraces how boys learn

and what inspires and

challenges them. Through

MMA’s tight-knit environment,

supported by peers,

teachers, and mentors,

boys learn personal accountability,


and self-discipline.

“MMA has given my son

the ability to think about

his choices and to take

responsibility for them.

He has learned that he is

in charge of his freedom,

privileges, and future,”

MMA mom Dr. Victoria

Thompson said. “He said

to me, ‘I know I don’t tell

you enough, but I am very

grateful for the opportunity

you have given me to be

able to go to MMA.’”

Known for their sense of

character and strong leadership

traits, MMA graduates

consistently achieve

100 percent college acceptance

and earn an impressive

number of scholarships.

The Class of 2018

earned more than $6.5

million in college scholarships,

and recent graduates

have been accepted

to Loyola Marymount

University, Case Western

Reserve, Savannah College

of Art and Design, the

Citadel, the U.S. Merchant

Marine Academy, University

of Washington, and


MMA’s unique Triumph

Program gives students

an early start on college.

Qualifying students can

finish high school with one

year of college -- or even

earn their associate degree.

Supported by MMA’s

structured environment,

students take classes with

William Woods University

faculty on MMA’s campus.

Parents and students

benefit from a map to college

graduation, starting as

early as middle school, to

help understand their college

investment and academic


Located in central Missouri,

approximately six

hours from Chicago, Missouri

Military Academy’s

288-acre campus provides

a safe, supportive, and scenic

setting for learning and

growth. Visit missourimilitaryacademy.org

for more


Submitted by Missouri Military

Academy, 204 N. Grand

St., Mexico, Missouri, (573)

581-1776, missourimilitaryacademy.org.

North Shore

Country Day

Chicagoland’s vibrant, engaging independentschool

for junior kindergarten through grade 12.


310 Green Bay Road, Winnetka




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Hyde Park Day School offers students tools, strategies

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 19 years ago, the school currently

supports students at three campuses:

Chicago, Northfield and Lemont. Since its

founding, HPDS has enabled 482 students

to successfully transition back to schools in

their home community.

“Our goal is transition,” said 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 five-to-one 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 selfdoubters

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


A Long-Term Outcomes Study released

in 2015 found that 90.2 percent of those

alumni for whom we have information have

enrolled in a four-year college or university.

The school created the Bright Futures

Scholarship Fund to help those students

who require tuition assistance to attend

the school. The fund enables more students

to access this type of specialized

learning environment, regardless of the

family’s financial situation.

Monthly open houses are held on each

campus for prospective parents and professionals

looking to learn more about the

school’s highly individualized program.

For more information about Hyde Park

Day School, call (847) 446-7025 or visit


Submitted by Hyde Park Day School, 980 Old

Willow Rd., Northfield, IL 60093, (847) 446-

7025, hydeparkday.org.

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Goddard School offers best childhood preparation for success in North Shore

For over 30 years, The Goddard School

has been a trusted name among parents

and families. Its classrooms are safe,

nurturing environments for children six

weeks to 6 years, offering age-appropriate

opportunities to explore and discover.

From infants to toddlers, preschoolers to

pre-kindergarteners, highly trained teachers

lead each child to reach developmental

milestones, preparing the children for

social and academic success.

At The Goddard School located in

Skokie, the on-site owners, Andrew and

Mary Fratini, work to make sure every

family enjoys a warm, positive experience.

They strive to provide the best quality

program for each child year-round,

offering full-time and part-time schedules

with open enrollment. The F.L.EX.

Learning Program ensures that they meet

high standards specific to early learning,

development and care.

The F.L.EX. Learning Program (Fun

Learning Experience) is grounded in research

on how children learn best: Children

experience the deepest, most genuine

learning when they are having fun.

It’s designed to help build each child’s

emotional, academic, social, creative and

physical skills — including 21st-century

skills such as communication, collaboration,

creativity and critical thinking — to

provide a well-rounded experience and

help each one become school-ready, career-ready

and life-ready.

Twenty-first century skills also tie in

directly with STEAM learning (science,

technology, engineering, arts and mathematics).

Introducing these subjects early

on helps promote children’s natural curiosity

in them, increasing the chance that

children will pursue STEAM-related careers

later on in life.

“Supporting STEAM learning at the

preschool level involves identifying activities

children naturally do for opportunities

to further guide them,” Andrew

said. “When children solve puzzles or

play with blocks, they create pathways in

their brains that help with more advanced

STEAM skills later on.”

The preschool and pre-kindergarten

classrooms integrate this play-based

learning philosophy into their lesson


In the preschool classroom, children use

a variety of interesting, hands-on learning

and reading materials to make play more

complex and challenging. Their play also

becomes more social and cooperative as

they build their social skills, make friends

and learn to collaborate.

Children continue their journey of exploration

and discovery in the pre-kindergarten

classroom. Teachers help them

apply their developing literacy and math

skills through fun, purposeful learning experiences.

Play-based learning is so effective

that the results of a recent review by the

Children’s Progress Academic Assessment

(CPAA) show that Goddard School

students score 45% higher on mathematics

and literacy assessments compared

to non-Goddard peers. CPAA is an early

childhood assessment system that assists

teachers in making informed and individualized

instructional decisions.

Submitted by The Goddard School, 9651

Gross Point Rd., Skokie, IL., 60076, (847)

773-0200, goddardschool.com.


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Spanish, Music, Yoga

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Natural and Organic Meals

Celebrating 50 Years, Established 1969


2160 Chestnut Avenue

(Lehigh Avenue and Chestnut Avenue)



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Cove School gives students with learning disabilities education they deserve

The Cove School provides

highly individualized

education and life strategies

for students with complex

learning disabilities.

For over 70 years, Cove

has believed that every

child, given the appropriate

support, accommodations

and time, has the potential

to learn, grow and flourish.

The Cove School has

changed lives and built futures

for countless students

and their families.

A private K–12 day

school in Northbrook,

Cove is a national leader

in learning disability education,

a special education

center approved by ISBE to

serve students with Learning

Disabilities, Speech

and Language Disabilities,

Other Health Impaired

(OHI), Emotional Disabilities

and Traumatic Brain

Injury (TBI).

Cove’s dual purpose is to

provide students with customized

learning strategies

to complete an academic

curriculum and to facilitate

the development of

their social, emotional and

self-advocacy skills. This

approach creates a space

for students to build the

self-confidence necessary

to make a successful transition

to their community

schools or to make postsecondary


While serving nearly

170 students from over 50

school districts each year,

Cove limits class sizes to

no more than 10 students

per class. Cove’s 118 staff

members range from unitlevel

teachers to clinical

support-minded specialists,

such as speech and language

pathologists, social

workers, reading teachers,

occupational therapists and


At all unit levels, Cove

provides individualized

“whole child” education,

implementing robust programs

in STEAM, art, music,

drama, PE, transition

services and more. In the

classroom, Cove integrates

cutting-edge research into

every aspect of its instructional

methods, including:

A school-wide executive-functioning


embracing the

development, growth and

utilization of students’ E.F.


Orton-Gillingham, a

proven multi-sensory approach

to reading, incorporated

into every reading


Neurobiological understandings

of core cognitive

processes, matching methodologies

to each student’s

learning attributes.

Cove parents, teachers

and specialists work handin-hand

to ensure the best

possible educational plans

for students. When students

arrive at Cove, they immediately

feel the difference

that comes from a nurturing,

supportive setting.

They feel safe yet challenged

to reach their fullest

potential, and they often

make new friends, establishing

the social relationships

that are so important

in life.

Furthermore, students at

Cove receive direct support

to make and maintain those

authentic peer relationships.

Cove’s cutting-edge

instructional methodologies,

including classroom

ability-grouping, allow students

to feel at home within

a learning environment.

With over twenty-five after

school activities, monthly

social events and limited

class sizes, Cove gives

students the opportunity to

find the community meant

for them.

If you know a child

who could benefit from an

enhanced learning atmosphere,

we invite you to

explore our website, coveschool.org,

and visit our

school for an in-depth personal

tour. We look forward

to sharing our vision for a

world where every child

finds the tools they need to

adapt, to learn and to grow.

Join us for an open house

at The Cove School on

Oct. 16 at 9:15 a.m. Please

RSVP to mditthardt@coveschool.org.

Submitted by The Cove

School, 350 Lee Rd., Northbrook,

IL, 60062, (847) 562-

2100, coveschool.org.

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Woodlands Academy prepares

tomorrow’s global leaders with

global education today

As aptly stated by the

Brookings Institution,

“The challenges that face

the world today — from

global poverty and climate

change to financial

systems and conflict —

require globally-minded

solutions. Global competency

skills are necessary

so that young people can

invent a future that appropriately

addresses global


Additionally, research

shows that students who

learn about global issues

are more than twice as

likely to see the importance

of personally taking

social action. Global learning

encourages awareness

and critical thinking about

issues such as poverty, climate

change, religious and

cultural differences, world

trade and politics.

Graduate of Woodlands

Academy of the Sacred

Heart Julie Bateman was

inspired to help solve

global challenges because

of the experiences of

her Rwandan-born high

school best friend who

was forced to flee her native

country because of the

country’s cruel past. After

receiving an engineering

degree from University of

Michigan, Bateman spent

two years at Vayu Inc.,

a company dedicated to

delivering vital supplies

anywhere, anytime using

drone technology. The

company spends a great

deal of time working in

Africa. This is just one

of the many examples of

Woodlands alumnae applying

the global competencies

they learned to

make a difference.

Woodlands graduates

are uniquely qualified

to understand and solve

challenges of global significance

thanks to the

school’s long-standing tradition

of global education

and commitment to social

justice. Blending traditional

classroom learning with

opportunities for meaningful

community service

and global experiences,

Woodlands Academy educates

tomorrow’s global

leaders. The Center for

Global Studies equips students

to navigate through

and flourish in a rapidly

changing global landscape

by preparing each student

with essential global competencies.

As a part of the worldwide

network of Sacred

Heart Schools that spans

the United States and 40

other countries, internationality

is a part of

the school’s DNA; the

school’s international exchange

program dates to

the 1930s. Founded in

1858, Woodlands Academy

is an independent,

Catholic, college preparatory

day and boarding high

school for young women

of all faiths. The school’s

identity is rooted in Saint

Madeleine Sophie Barat’s

desire to inspire young

hearts and minds to excel,

to lead lives of integrity

and to serve. By empowering

girls to lead, compete,

engage, and explore,

Woodlands Academy empowers

girls to change the


Submitted by Woodlands

Academy of the Sacred

Heart, 760 E. Westleigh Rd.,

Lake Forest, IL, 60045, (847)

234-4300 woodlandsacademy.org.

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Baha’i House of Worship

offers free spiritual education

You want your child to

be well-rounded, you want

them to do well, both in

sports and academically,

and you want them to get

off to a good start getting

along well with others.

You can foster their social

interactions at an early

age by helping them discover

and strengthen their

innate spiritual qualities

like kindness, patience

and generosity.

Bring your child to a series

of fun classes devoted

to their spiritual education

in a warm and welcoming

environment. Our classes

are based on the inclusive

teachings of the Baha’i

Faith and are open to families

of all faiths and backgrounds.

We have two groups,

one for ages 4-7 and one

for ages 8-10. Children

will have fun while they

learn through meaningful

stories, songs, prayers

and art projects. They

will be introduced in an

age-appropriate way to

spiritual concepts found

in the world’s religions.

The focus is on learning

about the Founders of the

faiths, God’s Divine Educators,

including Krishna,

Abraham, Moses, Buddha,

Jesus, Mohammad

and Bahá’u’lláh.

While the children’s

classes are in session, parents

will have a chance

to learn and discuss how

to foster their children’s

spiritual growth at home.

The classes are free

and meet on Sundays, 10-

11:30 a.m.

The fall session runs for

nine weeks and starts with

an open house at 10 a.m.

Oct. 14.

Submitted by The Bahá’í

House of Worship, 100 Linden

Ave., Wilmette, (847) 906-

3409, activities@WilmetteBahais.org.

rose hall

From Page 14

dependence 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


In addition to the five

core areas the curriculum

is enhanced with a variety

of additional units including

botany, art, music, the

five senses and more. Each

unit is taught with a handson

approach – even down to

creating a large art studio in

the gym for Jackson Pollack


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, (847) 256-

2002, www.rosehallmontessori.org.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School

A Premier Private Education in the Finest Catholic Tradition


NOVEMBER 13 & 14


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Kensington School a partner in community

What parent doesn’t

want the best for their

child? As parents, we want

to see our children grow

successfully, achieving

more than even we ourselves

have accomplished.

When searching for a first

full-day school experience

for young children, parents

seek a program in which

their child is encouraged

and educated, nourished

and loved.

Nearly 50 years ago,

Kensington School’s

founder, Barbara Marlas,

believed what studies

would later show: the optimal

time for setting the

stage for future learning

begins in the early years.

Determined to provide an

environment specifically

created for the education

of pre-kindergartners, she

opened her first school in

the Chicago suburbs in


Since that first year,

Kensington School has

developed into a leader in

early childhood education

and recently opened its

10th location in Glenview

and will soon open its

11th in Arlington Heights

and 12th in Hinsdale. The

educational integrity and

the sustained determination

to provide children

with the best possible

learning opportunities

have been keenly fostered

over the years by Marlas,

her family and her staff of

educators. Never stagnant,

always evolving, Kensington

School’s carefully designed

curriculum encourages

children from infancy

through kindergarten age

to be curious, to explore

and to seek answers.

Kensington School actively

partners with families

and the community at

large. The social and academic

skills that will serve

a child throughout their

life begin with this partnership.

As a community

of like-minded parents,

Kensington families join

with staff to celebrate and

encourage the young children

in our midst.

From comprehensive

curriculum for every age

to natural and organic food

served family style, to

talented teachers, beautiful

materials and environments,

the magic of learning

and the hum of activity

fill Kensington School’s

classrooms each and every


Gardening in the Kensington

organic garden,

expanding Spanish vocabulary

through songs

and games with our Spanish

specialist and building

strength and flexibility

with our yoga instructor,

children participate in additional

enrichments that

broaden their interests.

The Kensington Tinkerlab

gives students ages 3 and

above the unique opportunity

to wonder, think and

dream as they build with

open-ended, real materials.

From the youngest infants

to our oldest kindergarten

students, music

plays an important role in

every child’s day. Songs

gently guide children

through transitions; fullbody

music and movement

activities provide powerful

links to learning; and seasonal

performances are a

highlight for parents and


Kensington School’s

standards for excellence in

early education align with

the mission and values of

The National Association

for the Education of Young

Children (NAEYC), the

premier accrediting body

for early childhood programs.

All eight eligible

Kensington School locations

have achieved this

gold standard accreditation.

Kensington School’s

new locations will strive

for this accreditation as

soon as they are eligible.

When a child attends

Kensington School, they

are not only experiencing

a superior early childhood

education, but their family

is part of a support system

that communicates, encourages

and delights in

the joys of raising a child.

See kensingtonschool.

com or call (630) 990-

8000 for more information

or to arrange a tour

of Kensington School of


Submitted by Kensington

School, 2160 Chestnut Ave.,

Glenview, IL, 60026, (630)

990-8000, kensingtonschool.


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Ronald Knox Montessori School: A 55-year tradition of excellence

Why choose a

Montessori School

for your child?

Research has shown

that the best predictor

of future success is

confidence along with

a positive sense of self.

Beginning your child’s

education at a Montessori

school during their most

formative, impressionable

years can set them firmly

on that path.

Fundamental to the

Montessori approach is

that children become independent

by developing

their sense of order, coordination,

and concentration.

As a result, they

develop positive character

qualities, self-discipline,

and the ability to “think

out of the box.”

Why choose Ronald Knox

Montessori School?

In dedicating ourselves

wholly to Maria Montessori’s

philosophy, we

adhere to the highest

standards of Montessori

education. Ronald Knox

Montessori School is fully

accredited, meeting or exceeding

standards set forth

by the American Montessori

Society (AMS). We

have over 55 years of educating

and instilling the

love of learning in children

on the North Shore —

many of our “graduates”

are now sending their own

children to Ronald Knox!

Ronald Knox Montessori

School offers children

a warm, welcoming

environment, where they

are encouraged to explore

a world of activities in

mixed age classrooms,

supervised by nurturing

teachers and their assistants.

Our teachers are

highly qualified, with credentials

from AMS certified

training centers. Our

beautiful classroom environments

are designed,

built, and maintained for

the children, following

Montessori philosophy.

“The child, making use

of all that he finds around

him, shapes himself for the

future,” Maria Montessori


The children in all of our

programs are guided by

their teachers as they make

discoveries and learn in a

natural, intuitive, handson

manner. Children develop

skills they will use

both inside and outside

the classroom, such as

creative problem solving,

grace and courtesy, respect

for themselves, others, and

the world around them.

Ronald Knox children

are more than prepared to

enter elementary schools

upon “graduating.”

Our teachers respect all

children as unique individuals.

They understand that

children develop and learn

at their own pace. They

strive to instill a life-long

love of learning in all of

the children, setting them

on a path to reach their

highest potential.

Our strong, involved,

and supportive community

of parents, faculty and administrators

are dedicated

to ensuring that Ronald

Knox continues to maintain

its level of excellence.

Ronald Knox Montessori

School offers the following


Parent/Child (6-23

months of age), Toddler

(2-3 yrs of age), Primary

(3-6 years of age): full &

half- day programs, including

full-day Kindergarten.

Also offered are

the options of early arrival

(Early Bird), lunch, aftercare,

a selection of enrichment

programs, and summer


To learn more about

Ronald Knox Montessori

School, please visit

our website: ronaldknox.

org, and/or contact Anita

McGing, Director of Admissions

and Enrollment

Management, at (847)

256-2922, ext. 19, or anita_mcging@ronaldknox.


Submitted by Ronald Knox

Montessori School, 2031

Elmwood Ave., Wilmette,

IL, 60091, (847) 256-2922;


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Leadership lives at St. John’s

Northwestern Military Academy

Beyond the gates of St.

John’s Northwestern Military

Academy lies a historic

institution that has

prepared teens for college

and a lifetime of opportunity

for 135 years.

“We attract a diverse

group of young boys and

girls capable of significant

achievement, and looking

for guidance on how to

maximize their potential,”

said Tom Stocks, president

of St. John’s Northwestern

and a 1969 alumnus.

St. John’s Northwestern

(SJNMA) opened in

1884 as a private, college

preparatory and leadership

development school.

In 1995, it merged with

Northwestern Military

and Naval Academy of

Lake Geneva to become

St. John’s Northwestern.

Nestled in the center of

beautiful Delafield, Wisc.,

SJNMA is principally a

boarding school for boys

and girls, grades 7-12;

while also offering an active

day student program

to the local community.

SJNMA follows a longestablished

military format

for the benefit of structure,

and the advancement of

honor, dignity and respect.

Hundreds of its graduates

have been admitted to

the Five Military Service

Academies, and the overwhelming

majority advance

to notable colleges

and universities. Prominent

alumni include Curtis

“Buzz” Roosevelt, the

actor Spencer Tracy and

Martin Torrijos Espino,

former president of the

Republic of Panama.

The academic curriculum

at St. John’s Northwestern

features a studentinstructor

ratio that allows

for personal support by

highly dedicated faculty.

“Individual attention

and classroom interaction

optimize mastery of

the subject matter, and the

learning process itself,”

said Dr. Eric Wozniak,

SJNMA’s Headmaster.

In addition, cadets learn

outside the classroom

through field trips, excursions,

community service

and study abroad. Diploma

options include STEM

Honors, Humanities Honors,

as well as technical

diplomas and paths to earn

dual college credit. St.

John’s Northwestern also

offers courses in English

as a Second Language,

music, art, engineering,

technology and aviation.

St. John’s Northwestern

places a high value on faith

formation as a foundation

for solid character development.

Cadets are taught

the importance of service

before self through a variety

of community service

activities. The stunning

Noble Victory Chapel —

St. John the Divine, was

constructed by highlydedicated

returning cadets

serving in World War I.

The chapel is part of the

Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee

and is celebrating

its 100th anniversary.

A commitment to athletics

and wellness is yet

another important pillar

of SJNMA’s program.

“Through varsity-level

competition or intramural

sports or activities, athletic

competition instills valuable

life lessons such as

teamwork, dedication, and

good sportsmanship” said

Mike Fink, SJNMA’s Athletic


A variety of sports are

offered, including football,

basketball, baseball, cross

country, wrestling, swimming,

golf, tennis and lacrosse.

The Academy’s 110-

acre campus is a sight to

behold. The beautiful terrain

is accented by historic

early-20th Century

architecture and features a

nine-hole golf course, impressive

outdoor athletic

complex, obstacle course,

tennis courts and indoor

swimming pool.

St. John’s Northwestern

is rated a top Christian

boarding school by Boarding

School Review and

received a perfect score at

the 2019 JROTC Program

of Accreditation review.

Open houses are held every

month for families to

tour the campus, meet the

leadership, and learn about

the various scholarship

and financial aid options


SJNMA is a 501C-3

non-profit organization.

To learn more about St.

John’s Northwestern Military

Academy, visit www.

sjnma.org or call (800) SJ-


Submitted by St. John’s

Northwestern Military Academy,

1101 N Genesee St.,

Delafield, WI, 53018, (262)

646-7199, sjnma.org.



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St. Norbert School prepares students for lifelong success

Quest Academy launches new AI curriculum with Microsoft Collaboration

As a leader in gifted

education for over 35

years, Quest Academy has

remained true to its mission

of serving the gifted

child through a dynamic

and innovative approach

to learning. Quest students

benefit from an advanced

curriculum that is not

limited by the age of the

child; instead highly qualified

teachers ensure that

academic foundations are

supported and the work is

appropriately challenging

for the individual student.

Quest Academy is excited

to announce an exclusive

partnership with

Microsoft to develop an

exceptional, forwardthinking

Artificial Intelligence

curriculum for our

students in first through

eighth grades. It is an

honor to be the only elementary/middle


in the nation to have this

For over 100 years, St. Norbert

School has enriched the lives of

students from Pre-K-8th grade

through its challenging curriculum

designed to prepare students for a

life of success. This curriculum,

when combined with our unique

culture of care, inclusivity and

community grounded in values

and faith, facilitates the development

of the whole child that is

ready to thrive in the 21st century.

At St. Norbert School, we are

committed to equipping students

with the skills needed for success

in a rapidly changing world.

This means students learn how

to learn. They learn to navigate

knowledge, think critically and

develop a viewpoint all while

exhibiting respect, integrity and

excellence — three of our four

core values. This ensures our

students are prepared to enter the

unknown and thrive in whatever

they choose to do.

More importantly, a high-quality

education such as that found

at St. Norbert School ensures all

our students develop not only

academically but also spiritually

by instilling the sustaining values

that ensure our kids do what

is right when no one is watching.

Instilling these lessons at a

young age ensures the next generation

of leaders have the moral

foundation needed to lead our

world in the years to come. This

is what drives our foundation of

faith where students learn compassion

for others and a shared

sense of service. Service to our

world and to God — our fourth

core value and the foundation

with which we live.

Just as it is important to develop

the mind and spirit, our holistic

approach to learning ensures

students have the opportunity to

participate in an array of athletics.

Students can choose from nine

different sports and our no-cut

policy ensures every child gets

opportunity to work with


Artificial Intelligence,

or AI, is revolutionizing

how we interact with the

world around us, specifically

as it pertains to the

technology we encounter

everyday. Inspired by this

ever-changing landscape,

Quest Academy has embraced

the philosophy of

“learning today, leading

tomorrow” to ensure that

tomorrow’s leaders are

indeed equipped to be AI


“Our knowledge of the

gifted child and gifted curricula,

coupled with Microsoft’s

research on Artificial

Intelligence, affords us a

perfect opportunity to develop

an AI curricula for

21st-century learners,” said

Jacque Negus, Quest Academy’s

Head of School.

Quest Academy serves

children in preschool

the chance to do so because it’s in

these opportunities that kids learn

invaluable skills of teamwork,

sportsmanship and discipline.

Whether it is cheerleading, basketball,

track and field or football,

there is an array of athletic opportunities

for kids to try.

Students at St. Norbert School

are inspired to become confident,

independent, lifelong learners

skilled with the critical thinking,

collaboration, resilience and

responsibility needed to reach

their full potential in school and

in life.

St. Norbert School creates

the path for success, but it’s our

students that reach for it and

achieve it during their time with

us and beyond.

Submitted by St. Norbert Catholic

School, 1817 Walters Ave., Northbrook,

IL, 60062, (847) 272-0051,


through eighth grade on

its Palatine campus that

includes a large main

school building, additional

preschool and junior

kindergarten spaces and

a beautiful west campus

featuring athletic and outdoor

education facilities

for extended learning opportunities.

Drawing from

over 50 different Chicago

area communities, parents

seek out Quest for their

gifted learner when other

educational settings are

not equipped to extend

the curriculum beyond

grade level or when the

child exhibits both a desire

and ability to work ahead

of the typical classwork.

The curriculum combines

liberal arts content with

innovative and inspiring

instructional methods facilitated

by teachers who

collaborate to create multidisciplinary

projects that

elicit original thinking and

creative problem solving.

In addition to a unique

approach to academics,

Quest Academy is committed

to nurturing the

whole child through character

education, service

learning and social emotional


“We have been at Quest

for 11 years. The school

fulfills its mission — an

advanced curriculum

with nurturing teachers.

My children entered high

school so prepared. They

are also confident problem

solvers, a skill they learned

very early at Quest. Quest

teaches students lifelong

educational and social

skills that will help them in

high school and college.”

(Quest Parent)

The Quest Academy

experience includes a 7:1

student-teacher ratio that

supports individual student

growth. After school

options such as competitive

sports, clubs, activities

in the arts and academic

competition teams provide

additional enrichment opportunities

and build community

throughout the student


Quest Academy invites

families to learn more

about what sets the school

apart from the traditional

learning experience. To

arrange for a tour of the

campus, contact Amanda

Davey, Director of Enrollment

Management, by office

phone (847) 202-8035

or by email admission@

questacademy.org. Learn

more about the school, visit


Submitted by Quest Academy,

500 N. Benton St., Palatine,

IL, 60067, (847) 202-8035,


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St. Catherine

Labouré offers



St. Catherine Labouré

School warmly invites all

parents to come and see

our welcoming, caring

and faith-filled community.

The school is a onestory

building, located in

a quiet residential area,

on lush green grounds at

3425 Thornwood Avenue

in Glenview.

St. Catherine Labouré

School offers a program

of academic excellence in

a nurturing environment

to all students in the Glenview


The school features a

wonderful Early Childhood

Education Program for 3-

and 4 year olds with halfday

and full-day options

and an outstanding full-day

academic kindergarten.

Academic excellence

is the primary focus of

St. Catherine Labouré

School’s rigorous Pre-

K-8th grade curriculum.

The students consistently

score in the 90th percentile

on standardized testing,

making it one of the best

schools in the Archdiocese

of Chicago. Convenient

and economical Extended

Care is available 7-8 a.m.

and 2:30-6 p.m.

St. Catherine Labouré

School’s multicultural

learning community is

dynamic and provides

students with a chance to

build meaningful relationships

with people from

a wide range of cultures.

The devoted staff and great

community of parents create

a closely-knit, safe

environment that embodies

a family atmosphere.

All students are given an

opportunity to experience

success through academics,

sports, fine arts and

character building.

Because our Catholic

faith is the cornerstone

of St. Catherine Labouré

School, students are instilled

with Christian values

of service to God, to

others, and to our home

communities. The school

embraces the Catholic faith

with frequent celebration of

the Sacraments, a dynamic

prayer life, and high expectations

for moral behavior.

Submitted by St. Catherine

Laboure, 3535 Thornwood

Ave, Glenview, IL, 60026,

(847) 729-1414, stcatherinelaboure.com.

On Stage Salon and Spa

continues local success

When Steve Stavros left his hometown

in Greece to come to America

he had scissors in his hands and

a dream in his heart. He wanted to

make the world a better place, one

haircut at a time. Stavros knew that

one day his passion for hair and love

for the business would eventually

pay off. Before long, Stavros and his

wife Effie made their dream a reality

and in June of 1973 when their first

baby was born — On Stage Salon

and Spa.

Steve and Effie’s very first shop

was located in Niles. On Stage then

moved to Skokie and then Highland

Park before planting its seeds and

growing to its full potential in Glenview

in the late `90s, when Stavros

built his very own place at 654

Waukegan Rd. After the heartbreaking

loss of his wife, Stavros’ daughter

Vasi and his two sons Dean and Alex

all helped their dad run the shop. His

entire staff thought he would retire

in that building but a business opportunity

arose and Stavros once more

packed up his shop and moved his

passionate employees to Plaza Del

Prado at Willow and 2757 Pfingsten


The On Stage family feels right

at home here in the Plaza. The surrounding

shops located in the mall

are convenient for our staff and clients

who are coming to get their hair,

makeup, nails, or waxing done. We

have come to love Glenview, the

surrounding suburbs and the clientele

we’ve had the pleasure of getting

to know over the past 40 years.

Since being in our new location, we

have gained so many incredible new

customers who we truly appreciate.

We hope to continue the tradition of

making them life long clients and


The Tsornis family has grown the

salon and its staff to include so many

amazingly talented employees. They

are dedicated to their craft and continuing

their education by attending

classes and events held by the top

educators in the industry. Learning

and surrounding themselves with

the industry’s finest products, techniques

and styles to share and pass

on to their amazing clientele, is the

secret sauce to their creative spark

and endless passion.

On Stage Salon and Spa offers

customized consultations to offer

the perfect personalized service just

for you. Services including an array

of hair coloring, beautiful haircuts,

smoothing keratin treatments, thickening

or lengthening extensions,

amazing up-dos, pampering nail services,

relaxing spa services and a full

make up lounge in devotion to endless


A part from being experts in their

craft, they are committed to ensuring

your investment in yourself by

using and recommending only the

best products that are enhancing and

nourishing to the hair, skin and nails,

allowing the wonderful salon experience

to continue for weeks at home.

Blessed with an extremely loyal

team and 46 years of amazing and

beautiful clients, the owners and

staff always strive to put their hearts

into their work. We will continue to

grow our small business and serve

the community with as much passion

for beauty as when we first started.

Submitted by On Stage Salon and Spa,

2757 Pfingsten Rd., Glenview, IL,

60026, (847) 832-1300, onstagesalon.


Why do families choose Rochelle Zell Jewish High School?

At Rochelle Zell Jewish High School, we nurture the

whole student — academically, spiritually, physically and

socially. Our mission is to create a culture of academic excellence

that inspires and prepares our students to think

critically, achieve their full potential and live Judaism as

responsible and involved citizens in the modern world.

Rochelle Zell Jewish High School is committed to an

intellectual and spiritual environment in which questions,

critical thinking, experiences and relationships are at the

center of our Jewish and secular general studies curricula.

Teachers at Rochelle Zell come to know their students as

multi-dimensional human beings. The close relationships

that form between them contribute to students’ confidence

in their ability to advocate for themselves and for others in

high school, in college and beyond.

RZJHS offers students an exceptional college preparatory

curriculum that includes honors and AP classes in

all subject areas as well as a comprehensive Jewish studies

curriculum. The dual curriculum is supplemented by

strong athletic and fine arts programs and numerous extracurricular,

social and leadership opportunities.

Rochelle Zell alumni are bright and articulate young

women and men who have enrolled at the nation’s leading

colleges and universities. They are well rounded and confident

and possess a strong sense of values and a commitment

to making the world a better place.

Visit us at www.rzjhs.org or find us on Facebook and


Submitted by Rochelle Zell Jewish High School, 1095 Lake

Cook Rd., Deerfield, IL, 60015, (847) 470-6700, rzjhs.org.

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The Gow School approach allows students to thrive

The Gow School is a

college-prep boarding and

day school for students,

grades 6-12, with dyslexia

and similar languagebased

learning disabilities.

Focusing on small class

sizes, three to seven students

per class and a low

4:1 student-to-faculty ratio,

The Gow School offers

a multi-sensory approach

to teaching that enables

dyslexic students to thrive.

The Gow community has

a sense of belonging, of

equality, and of connection

born on common trials and

shared triumph.

Gow has a start fast, finish

strong mentality and

students typically start to

see progress soon after

they step foot in our classrooms.

Progress typically

comes quickly, soon after

they invest themselves

in the program. At the

School’s core is a structured

program designed to

help students navigate the

academic day and a daily

schedule designed to keep

students busy. Between

a packed class schedule,

after-school sports, study

hall and Saturday classes,

there is little unprogrammed


The School is settled on

a 120 acre campus which

gives our students plenty

of room to learn and play.

Boarding school life does

not always allow lots of

free time, but it has plenty

of room for fun. Students

are so involved – playing

sports, going on trips, and

hanging out with each other

– that they get the most

out of the rich residential


In July, the School’s coed

summer program is five

weeks of learning and fun

for ages 8-16! The Gow

School Summer Program

is for students who have

been experiencing academic

difficulties, or have

been diagnosed with dyslexia

or specific learning

disabilities. The Summer

Program runs from the end

of June to early August

with morning academics,

afternoon fun and games

and weekend adventures!

The Gow School Summer

Program gives students academic

tools and self-confidence

they can take with

them wherever they go; to

the classroom and beyond.

By combining a structured

program and environment

with flexibility,

individualization, and

room for fun, Gow provides

a rich school experience

that is precisely what

dyslexic students need to

learn and to enjoy learning.

Submitted by The Gow

School, 2491 Emery Rd.,

South Wales, NY, www.gow.

org, (716) 687-2005.

School of St. Mary develops students’ unique gifts

The School of St. Mary

is committed to the development

of the unique gifts

of each child: spiritual,

intellectual, physical and

emotional. In a supportive

atmosphere, students are

challenged to academic excellence

and provided with

the knowledge and skills

necessary for future success.

In an atmosphere that

deepens Catholic values,

students pray and worship

while focusing on responsible

decision-making and

cooperation. Faith development,


academic achievement and

responsibility prepare our

students to be leaders with

high integrity. We accomplish

this mission in a partnership

with cooperative

parents, highly qualified

faculty, as well as supportive


Many factors contribute

to the excellence of

the School of St. Mary.

Our students benefit from

a rigorous, differentiated

academic curriculum. Faculty

offer acceleration as

well as honors courses. We

are blessed with a stateof-the

art STEAM Lab,

both Spanish and Latin instruction,

art appreciation

and expression, as well as

music theory and performance.

Additionally, we

integrate technology into

all disciplines; all classrooms

utilize interactive

technology to enhance instruction.

Students in all

grades have access to computers

in addition to iPads.

We provide a Chromebook

to every student in sixth,

seventh and eighth grades.

St. Mary’s remains committed

to maintaining

small class sizes for optimal


St. Mary’s believes

in educating the whole

child both in and out of

the classroom. We offer a

variety of extracurricular

clubs and organizations,

including a dynamic athletic

program, vocal and

instrumental musical opportunities,

science and

math clubs, chess, Junior

National Honor Society,

Student Council, as well

as an extended day program

both before and after


Service to others remains

central to our mission. All

students participate in programs

and projects that

foster heightened awareness

of the needs of others

throughout the world. This

offers students the experience

of both giving and receiving

from those served.

Our Catholic based

education provides graduates

with the foundation

to compete in challenging

academic environments.

Many of our students are

recognized in their respective

high schools as

valedictorians, student

council and class officers,

club leaders, exceptional

service providers, athletes

and talented contributors to

various aspects of the fine

arts. Additionally, we are

recognized for fostering

social emotional growth

in our students through research

based programs and


The United States Department

of Education

has twice recognized the

School of St. Mary as a

Blue Ribbon School of

Excellence. Likewise, the

Archdiocese of Chicago

Office of Catholic Schools

praises the School of St.

Mary for the “outstanding

efforts of school administration,

faculty, staff and

pastor in maintaining a

school of the highest caliber

in the areas of Catholic

identify and academic excellence.”

Our standardized test

scores are in the top-3 percent

of the Archdiocese.

The Illinois State Board of

Education also recognizes

the School of St. Mary.

For more than 100 years,

the School of St. Mary has

remained true to its motto:

To Learn, To Serve, To

Lead. Hopefully, you will

schedule an appointment

to see these words in action.

For further information,

please call (847) 295-


Submitted by The School of

St. Mary, 900 W. Everett Rd.,

Lake Forest, IL, 60045, (847)

283-9800, schoolofstmary.


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