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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


We invite you to discover

the distinction that

makes OLPH an extraordinary

place of learning.

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 professionals.

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. 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


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,


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


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


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 selfadvocacy

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 post-secondary


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 unit-level teachers

to clinical support-minded

specialists, such as speech and

language pathologists, social

workers, reading teachers, occupational

therapists and more.

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 cuttingedge

research into every aspect

of its instructional methods, including:

A school-wide executivefunctioning

curriculum, embracing

the development, growth

and utilization of students’ E.F.


Orton-Gillingham, a proven

multi-sensory approach to reading,

incorporated into every

reading lesson.

Neurobiological understandings

of core cognitive processes,

matching methodologies to each

student’s learning attributes.

Cove parents, teachers and

specialists work hand-in-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 Cover School,

350 Lee Rd., Northbrook, IL, 60062,

(847) 562-2100, coveschool.org.

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The 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 21stcentury

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


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 plans.

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


Submitted by The Goddard School,

9651 Gross Point Rd., Skokie, IL.,

60076, (847) 773-0200, goddardschool.com.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School

A Premier Private Education in the Finest Catholic Tradition


NOVEMBER 13 & 14


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Love, learn, lead at Saint Athanasius School

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.

Rochelle Zell Jewish High School



Sunday,November 3, 2019 • 1:00 -3:00 p.m.





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

1095 LakeCook Rd, Deerfield • 847.470.6700 • www.rzjhs.org

Apartner with the Jewish United Fundinservingour community.




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847.562.2100 • www.coveschool.org

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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 likeminded

parents, Kensington

families join with staff

to celebrate and encourage

the young children in our


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 Glenview.

Submitted by Kensington

School, 2160 Chestnut Ave.,

Glenview, IL, 60026, (630)

990-8000, kensingtonschool.


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St. Norbert School prepares students for lifelong success

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


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

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,


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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 “microsocieties”

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

student-teacher 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


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 people.

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 anytime.

Submitted by Countryside

Day School, 1985 Pfingsten

Rd., Northbrook, IL, 60062,

(847) 498-1105, countrysideday.org.





Experience the St. Norbert difference and

give your child the best start in school.

Contact our admissions office to learn more

and schedule your tour.

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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.

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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 Rd.

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


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and Spa, 2757 Pfingsten Rd.,

Glenview, IL, 60026, (847)

832-1300, onstagesalon.com.


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Mathnasium makes math fun again

Students are settling into

the new school year and

learning new math concepts

nearly every week.

Math topics introduced in

class today build on concepts

taught prior years.

Sometimes students have

knowledge gaps from previous

years. These gaps

can prevent kids from

keeping up with the class

— and cause them to fall

behind. Other times, students

may lose interest in

math because they don’t

feel challenged. They are

finishing work early and

acing their tests and quizzes.

Either way, Mathnasium

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“Children don’t hate

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Our approach, the Mathnasium

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student in an individual

setting—our unique approach

enables us to effectively

explain concepts

and teach a personalized

learning plan that addresses

each child’s specific

needs. With regular

attendance at Mathnasium,

we’ll teach your child how

to think the way natural

mathematical thinkers do

and open doors.

Is Your Student Ahead?

“With understanding

comes passion, and with

passion comes growth—a

treasure is unlocked.”

At Mathnasium we love

math — using it, talking

about it and especially

teaching it. We think math

is exciting, fun and interesting.

Every day, students who

excel at math and are eager

for greater challenges attend

Mathnasium for math

enrichment to broaden

their math knowledge and

learn from our experienced

math tutors.

Our Approach

Our programs are designed

to give kids more

than they get at school.

Our specially trained instructors

are exceptional

at math and love working

with kids — they make

all the difference. Our

educational materials and

teaching techniques are

designed to challenge students

in grades 2–12 beyond

what they’re learning

in school and broaden their

horizons in math. In our

centers, we nurture and

grow your child’s natural

enthusiasm for math by

broadening skills and challenging

students to think

the way that natural mathematical

thinkers do.

How can Mathnasium help


The experts at Mathnasium

can help by conducting

a thorough assessment to

learn more about your student’s

math strengths and

weaknesses. The next step

is developing a customized

plan to get your child

back on track or start to

get ahead and celebrating

math successes throughout

the school year! To learn

how Mathnasium can help,

call your local learning

center today.

Submitted by Mathnasium,

various locations, mathnasium.com.

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St. Catherine Labouré offers nurturing environment

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.


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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.

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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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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Residential boarding school and summer leadership, confidence and academic

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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 College.

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.

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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


“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


St. John’s Northwestern (SJN-

MA) 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 long-established

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 student-instructor 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


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 highly-dedicated

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 Director.

A variety of sports are offered,

including football, basketball,

baseball, cross country, wrestling,

swimming, golf, tennis and


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 ninehole

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 available.

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-CA-


Submitted by St. John’s Northwestern

Military Academy, 1101 N.

Genesee St., Delafield, WI, 53018,

(262) 646-7199, sjnma.org.








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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, forward-thinking

Artificial Intelligence curriculum for

our students in first through eighth grades.

It is an honor to be the only elementary/

middle school in the nation to have this

opportunity to work with Microsoft.

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 changemakers.

“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


Quest Academy serves children in preschool

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 multi-disciplinary

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 development.

“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


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 body.

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 www.questacademy.org.

Submitted by Quest Academy, 500 N. Benton

St., Palatine, IL, 60067, (847) 202-8035,


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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


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 Instagram.

Submitted by Rochelle Zell Jewish

High School, 1095 Lake Cook Rd.,

Deerfield, IL, 60015, (847) 470-

6700, rzjhs.org.

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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.

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Missouri Military Academy teaches young men

how to take command of their lives

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, perseverance,

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 plan.

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 information.

Submitted by Missouri Military

Academy, 204 N. Grand St.,

Mexico, Missouri, (573) 581-1776,


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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


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Lake Forest, IL, 60045, (847)

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Forest Bluff School fosters independence

in joyful learning environment

At Forest Bluff School, an

internationally renowned AMIaccredited

Montessori school in

downtown Lake Bluff, students

between the ages of 18 months

and 14 years experience the joy

and satisfaction of a self-directed

learning approach that honors

their innate curiosity, encourages

independence and respects

the individuality of each child. A

Forest Bluff School education focuses

on the child’s skills for discovery

and exploration through

hands-on learning opportunities

at every age. The child-centered

instructional methods allow students

to take ownership of their

learning and provide students

with the skills and confidence to

take risks, challenge themselves,

and embrace their “failures” as

learning opportunities.

Forest Bluff School students

begin developing their independence

in the youngest of classrooms,

where they are given the

opportunity to choose their own

work, ranging from practical life

skills such as preparing food and

setting a table for a communal

meal to painting, sewing and arranging

flowers. As they progress

through the years, students

take on greater responsibilities,

such as creating daily and

weekly work plans, coordinating

small-group field trips to supplement

their classroom research

and participating in service

learning trips that require detailed

planning and preparation,

all of which the Secondary Level

(ages 12-14) students do themselves.

By allowing children the

freedom of choice in their learning

at every age, a Montessori

education allows children to be

the primary agents in developing

their own intellect and character,

an experience that is both profound

and joyful for Forest Bluff


As a true Montessori school,

we support the development of

the whole child. Students at Forest

Bluff School not only exhibit

academic excellence, but also

the many qualities that constitute

positive character development:

empathy, integrity, grit, resilience,

responsibility, initiative,

self-discipline, self-reflection

and respect for themselves, others

and the environment.

Graduates of Forest Bluff

School achieve excellent records

at public and private high

schools, large and small, local

and national. Recent graduates

have gone on to attend Lake Forest

High School, Lake Forest

Academy, Woodlands Academy,

St. Paul’s School and Phillips

Exeter Academy, among others.

Every member of the Forest

Bluff School faculty holds

a Masters degree and is AMI

Montessori certified. Our experienced

and dedicated teachers

work closely with one another,

sharing their wisdom and best

practices for supporting all students

in their quest for knowledge,

understanding, and genuine

human connections.

Forest Bluff School recognizes

the importance of building

strong relationships with the

families it serves. As such, we

maintain close communications

with parents on an ongoing basis

through our Parent Education

programs that include book discussions,

Parent & Baby classes

(for children under 18 months),

guest lecturers, and more. Adults

and children alike benefit from

the supportive and welcoming

parent community at Forest

Bluff School. For more information

or to schedule a tour, please

contact Lynn Lillard Jessen at

847-295-8338. For practical parenting

suggestions, read our blog

at forestbluffschool.org/blog/.

Submitted by Forest Bluff School,

8 W. Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff, IL,

60044, (847) 295-8338, forestbluffschool.org.

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,


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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 wellness.

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


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 about.

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


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 service-learning

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



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,


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,


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