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RZJHS maintains ‘culture of academic excellence’

Why do families choose

Rochelle Zell Jewish High

School? They believe in

the school’s mission 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.

The school’s philosophy

is to nurture the whole

student — academically,

spiritually, physically and


Teachers at Rochelle Zell

come to know their students

as multi-dimensional

human beings. The close

Individualized learning helps students flourish at Cove School

Cove School’s mission

is to provide highly individualized

and lasting education

and life strategies

for students with complex

learning disabilities.

For more than 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 build

futures for countless students

and their families.

and meaningful 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


RZJHS offers students

an exceptional college

preparatory curriculum

that includes honors and

AP classes in all subject

areas as well as an intensive,

integrated and comprehensive

Jewish studies

curriculum. The dual curriculum

is supplemented

by strong athletic and

As 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

• 2, 3 & 4Year Olds Pre-School Programs

• Full Day, Partial Day, Full Time and

Part Time Programs

• Preschool For All

• Researched-based Curriculum

• Fine Arts Programming

• State CertifiedTeachers

• Meals Included

fine arts programs and

numerous extracurricular,

social and leadership


Rochelle Zell Jewish

High School is committed

to an intellectual and

religious environment in

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 post-secondary


While serving almost

170 students from over 50

school districts each year,

Cove limits class sizes to

no more than 10 students

Register today.

Call 847-432-3301



640 Ridge Road

(In West Ridge Park)

Highland Park

which questions, critical

thinking, experiences, and

relationships are nourished

and fostered throughout

Jewish and secular general


The fullness of Jewish

life and learning are

embraced, and Jews from

across the denominational

spectrum are welcomed.

Rochelle Zell alumni are

per class. Cove’s 118 staff

members range from unitlevel

teachers to clinicalsupport-minded


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 leading-edge

research into every aspect

of its instructional

methods, including:

• A schoolwide executive-functioning

(EF) curriculum,

embracing the

development, growth and

utilization of students’ EF


• 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


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 authentic peer

relationships and friendships.

Cove’s leadingedge

instructional methodologies,


classroom ability-grouping,

allow students to feel

at home within a learning


bright and articulate young

women and men who have

enrolled at the nation’s

leading colleges and universities.

They are wellrounded

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, on Facebook and Instagram,

call (847) 470-

6700 or email tigers@


Submitted by Rochelle Zell

Jewish High School, 1095

Lake Cook Road, Deerfield;

(847) 470-6700; rzjhs.org.

With more than 25

afterschool 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.

Follow us on social media!

Facebook: @coveschoolnortbrook,


@cove_school,Twitter: @

CoveSchool, LinkedIn: The

Cove School (Northbrook,


Submitted by the Cove

School, 350 Lee Road,

Northbrook; (847) 562-

2100; coveschool.org.

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MSLF sees unique potential in each student

Montessori philosophy

sees each child as a unique

individual, with magnificent

potential that is all

their own. It emphasizes

learning through handson

experience, utilizing all

five senses, not just listening,

watching or reading.

Children learn at their

own pace and according

to their own choice of activities

from hundreds of

possibilities. Learning is

an exciting process of discovery,

leading to concentration,

motivation, selfdiscipline

and a lifelong

love of learning.

During the first three

years of life, the brain absorbs

and processes more

information than at any

other time in life. Children

are born learners but

need the right environment

to grow, learn and unlock

their full potential.

The Montessori School

of Lake Forest offers a

weekly Parent-Infant program,

which provides just

such a place to begin. This

is an educational resource

for parents and children

as they begin to explore

the larger world, with the

support of a Montessoritrained


As children start to interact

with their peers and

develop their language and

movement skills, they are

preparing for the learning

opportunities of the MSLF

Toddler Program. This program

maximizes the development

of young children

through meticulously

prepared environments.

The Montessori-trained

toddler directors conduct

carefully planned activities

that lead the toddler-aged

child to build sensory-motor

skills, high self-esteem,

inner security and abiding

habits of concentration.

Starting at age 3, Montessori

classrooms group

children across three-year

age spans. Each child

moves through periods

of being the observer, the

participant and the teacher.

Older children help younger

children learn, which reinforces

their own knowledge.

Younger children

admire their older classmates

and eagerly anticipate

the day when they too

will have enough knowledge

to act as role models.

MSLF provides the caring,

supportive and prepared

atmosphere that promotes

the development of

responsibility, collaboration

and cooperation.

Continuing the multiage

classroom into the elementary

years, students

now strive for intellectual

independence. While following

their interests and

passions, they naturally

collaborate with others

and self-direct their efforts

creating an atmosphere of

intellectual rigor, experimentation

and challenge.

By the time these MSLF

students complete the elementary

cycles, they are

well prepared to meet the

challenges ahead of them

in middle-school and

succeed, academically,

socially and emotionally.

MSLF’s approach emphasizes

the development

of the whole child and

encourages academic and

character development

equally. Curricula at each

developmental level are

broad and deep. Our standards

exceed the Illinois

State Board of Education’s

requirements, and students

thrive at every level.

MSLF alumni go on to

succeed at renowned high

schools, universities, postgraduate

institutions and


Our programs include

Parent-Infant, ages 0 to

15 months with caregiver,

complimentary; Toddler,

15 months to 3 years; Primary,

3 to 6 years; Lower

Elementary, 6 to 9 years;

Upper Elementary, 9 to 12

years. Full Day and Full

Year Options are available

Monday through Friday

7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Montessori School

of Lake Forest is currently

enrolling in all programs,

with immediate openings in

our new Toddler classroom,

for children ages 15 months

to 3 years, and children ages

3 to 6 in our Primary program.

Please come visit our

school to learn more. Call us

at (847) 918-1000 or email

admissions@mslf.org to

arrange a visit.

Submitted by The Montessori

School of Lake Forest, 13700

W Laurel Dr., Lake Forest;

(847) 918-1000; mslf.org.

“Lake Forest Country Day School is filled with educators who are purposeful, lifelong learners

with an internal drive to continually develop and grow alongside our students. I see this energy

reflected in my students who actively seek to engage and learn throughout the School,

whether it is in the classroom, on the stage, in the Innovation Space, or on the playing field.

We make a promise to know and love each child for who they are, which gives them the

confidence to take risks and try new things in a supportive environment.”

–Paul Hedlund, Grade 4 Teacher, Girls & Boys Soccer Coach, Alumni Parent

Come See Inspired Teaching in Action!

145 South Green Bay Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045 • 847.234.2350 • lfcds.org

A co-educational independent school for students age 2 through Grade 8. Graduating students of strong character with a passion for learning since 1888.

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For an education

that is anything

but textbook.

Nationally recognized for educational excellence,

we balance academic rigor with whole child

development, giving students the skills, stamina

and ethical framework to succeed in life.

PS-8th grade students thrive in our innovative,

experiential learning environment.

To schedule a personal tour or for more information,

please call 847-425-5800 or

email admissions@bakerdemschool.org.

201 Sheridan Road, Wilmette


Children thrive in joyful learning

environment at Forest Bluff School

Located in downtown Lake Bluff, Forest

Bluff School is an internationally

renowned AMI-accredited Montessori

school serving children ages 18 months to

14 years.

Here, children experience the joy of a

child-centered learning approach that respects

their natural curiosity, encourages

independence and embraces the individuality

of each child. 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

deeply satisfying for Forest Bluff students.

Forest Bluff students have daily opportunities


• Develop independence and deep concentration

through self-directed, rigorous

work and uninterrupted three-hour

blocks of work time

• Collaborate with classmates in multiage

classrooms that encourage mentorship

and mastery

• Move freely throughout the classroom to

engage with tactile materials that support

hands-on, interdisciplinary learning

• Challenge themselves, take risks and

embrace mistakes as learning opportunities

• Develop executive function skills, such

as time management, task initiation,

short- and long-term planning, goal setting

and organization

• Nurture a love of reading at home, in

lieu of traditional homework

• Feel a deep sense of competency and

self-efficacy, at any age

As conventional schools increasingly

migrate to screen-based learning and

standardized tests (despite a lack of convincing

research supporting such moves),

Forest Bluff School continues to adhere

to authentic implementation of Dr. Maria

Montessori’s revolutionary educational

philosophy, a developmentally based approach

that emphasizes the process of

learning itself, rather than a finite, predetermined


In our rapidly changing world, no one

can predict exactly what students will

need to know to be productive members

of society, but we can reasonably assume

that they will have to be adaptable, collaborative,

curious, analytical, creative, and

above all, willing and able to learn on a

continuous basis.

A classic Montessori education fosters

all of these qualities and is indeed an education

for the future.

At Forest Bluff School, we support

the development of the whole child. Our

students not only exhibit academic excellence,

but also the many qualities that constitute

positive character development:

empathy, integrity, 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 master’s degree in

education and is AMI Montessori certified.

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. We offer Parent

Education programs that include book

discussions, lectures and Parent & Baby

classes (for children under 18 months).

Adults and children alike benefit from the

supportive and welcoming community at

Forest Bluff School.

For more information or to schedule a

tour, contact Lynn Lillard Jessen at (847)

295-8338 or info@forestbluffschool.org.

Submitted by Forest Bluff School, 8 W.

Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff; (847) 295-8338;


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A Joyful Education

Serving Children Ages 1-14 Years

Call for a Tour Today!

Now Enrolling for 2020-21

Forest Bluff School is an internationally renowned AMI-accredited Montessori school where children have daily opportunities to:

• Develop confidence, independence, and deep concentration

through self-directed, rigorous, hands-on work

• Collaborate with classmates in multi-age classrooms that

encourage mentorship and mastery

• Challenge themselves, take risks, and embrace mistakes

as learning opportunities

• Be enriched by a school community that gathers throughout the year

for Parent & Baby classes, lectures, book discussions, and more

“Forest Bluff School instilled in our children a true love of learning and empowered them to take responsibility for their own educations. The invaluable life skills

they acquired at Forest Bluff—work ethic, time management, leadership, collaborative group dynamics, empathy, self-confidence, self-discipline, respect for others,

and common courtesy—have had a profound impact on their future success and that of their Forest Bluff classmates.” — Parent of Forest Bluff School Alumni

Contact Lynn Lillard Jessen at 847-295-8338, or info@forestbluffschool.org to set up your tour today.


8 West Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff, Illinois | 847-295-8338

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Countryside Day School: Beyond great students ... exceptional adults

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


Faculty members at

Countryside understand

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


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 reveals

the unparalleled and

awe-inspiring educational

experience. Parents are

encouraged to schedule a

personalized tour anytime.

Submitted by Countryside

Day School, 1985 Pfingsten

Road, Northbrook; (847)

498-1105; countrysideday.



Leadership Lives Here




Rated the

Best Christian

High School

in Wisconsin

Rated a

Top Christian

Boarding School

in the US



Visit our campus or attend an Open House 800-752-2338 www.sjnma.org/visit

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Community, faith, academics drive families to choose St. Norbert School

We live in a rapidly

changing world. For

adults, we all know the

work landscape is changing.

We feel the pressures

every day.

Whether it’s evolving

technology or globalization

changing the nature

of how we do our work,

change is an inevitable

part of our day. But what

exactly does that mean for

our children? How do we

best prepare our kids for

life ahead?

We can anticipate that

change will continue as a

constant. Our children will

not only need top-notch

academics, but also the

appropriate skills and resilience

to navigate such a


For more than 100

years, St. Norbert School

has prepared students for a

life of success by instilling

the values and beliefs that

guide a person throughout

one’s life. It is these values

and beliefs that build

the resilience needed to

navigate life’s challenges.

“At St. Norbert, our

challenging curriculum,

the unique culture of care,

inclusivity and community

grounded in values

and faith, come together to

create the conditions that

empower our students to

achieve a higher standard

of excellence. Students

graduate from St. Norbert

inspired and prepared to

make a difference in our

world. And they have developed

the confidence,

critical thinking, resilience

and responsibility

needed to do so,” said St.

Norbert Principal Stephen


Curt and Rhonda

Schaller have five children

who have all attended

or are still attending St.

Norbert School.

“We moved to Northbrook

15 years ago from

the city and enrolled our

daughter in preschool.

What we have come to

appreciate as our children

grow older is the strong

faith foundation our kids

have built at St. Norbert

School. Whether it’s a

difficult test, a situation

with a friend or an athletic

game, children need

to know they can turn to

God to guide them through

any situation. Parents, society

and peers can all put

extreme pressure on kids

to be academically, athletically,

or socially successful.

Teaching our faith in

Jesus Christ in conjunction

with academics, relieves

much of that pressure and

helps children to grow in

love, kindness, forgiveness,

resilience and confidence.

It is incredibly

reassuring knowing St.

Norbert is helping prepare

our kids for whatever they

experience in life ahead.”

For Curt and Rhonda’s

son Louis, the benefits of

a St. Norbert education

continue as he finishes his

senior year at GBN. “As

the captain of the GBN

football and wrestling

teams, I’ve been able to leverage

the leadership and

sportsmanship skills from

my time at St. Norbert.

They have a no-cut sports

policy, so kids can try any

sport they want. I joined

the football and basketball

teams at St. Norbert

because all my friends

played. Being a part of

those teams helped build

my confidence and leadership

skills and allowed me

to explore athletics when I

wasn’t so sure of myself.”

Now a sophomore at

Colorado State, Curt and

Rhonda’s oldest daughter,

Gigi, recognizes the

benefits of her St. Norbert


“Small class sizes allowed

teachers to provide

me with the individualized

academic support I

needed to succeed in high

school and college. Now at

a school with over 26,000

students, I’m confident

in navigating my way

through difficult classes.”

A sense of community is

a common thread among

the families.

“St. Norbert has been

more than a school to

our family over the past

15 years,” said Curt and

Rhonda Schaller. “It has

become our second family.

We know our children

are loved, supported and

looked after by others in

our community even after

graduation. Whether they

are congratulating them on

a successful accomplishment

or helping them to

make better choices, this

type of support is both reassuring

and heartwarming

to our family. It’s this type

of community that makes

St. Norbert such a special

place in shaping the next

generation of faith-filled

leaders our future needs.”

Submitted by St. Norbert

School, 1817 Walters Ave.,

Northbrook; (847) 272-0051;


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School of St. Mary committed to each child’s unique gift

The School of St. Mary

is committed to the development

of the unique gifts

of each child: spiritual,

intellectual, physical and


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


Faith development,

self-awareness, 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

state-of-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 learning.

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 school.

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


Our standardized test

scores are in the top 3 percent

of the Archdiocese and

the top 10 percent nationally.

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) 295-4830.

Submitted by School of St.

Mary, 900 W. Everett Road,

Lake Forest; (847) 283-

9800; schoolofstmary.org.

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St. John’s Northwestern:

Shaping tomorrow’s

leaders today

For 136 years, parents

across the country and

globe have looked to St.

John’s Northwestern to

provide their sons and

daughters with the structure,

guidance and nurturing

they need to become

the leaders of tomorrow.

An independent, coeducational,

college preparatory

boarding school

for grades 7 through 12,

St. John’s Northwestern

is located on a beautiful

110-acre wooded campus

in the western Milwaukee

suburb of Delafield.

Accented by historic,

early 20th century architecture,

the campus

features a nine-hole golf

course; outdoor playing

fields; obstacle course;

rappelling tower; tennis

courts; and an indoor

athletic complex with

Olympic-size swimming

pool. Academic buildings,

residence halls, a student

rec center and a stunning

century-old chapel round

out the campus.

St. John’s Northwestern

is known for its elite coed

military academy, receiving

a perfect score on the

2019 JROTC Program of

Accreditation review, and

recently made exciting

news that it will open an

additional academy, offering

a coed, non-military,

prefect leadership option

this fall.

The academic program

at St. John’s Northwestern

features a studentteacher

ratio of 6:1 with

an average class size of 11

taught by highly dedicated

faculty. Students learn outside

the classroom through

field trips, excursions and

study abroad.

Diploma options include

STEM Honors, Humanities

Honors, as well

as technical diplomas,

and paths to earn dual

college credit. Courses

in leadership or JROTC,

music, art, engineering,

technology and aviation

provide unique learning


St. John’s Northwestern

places a high value

on spiritual and character

development as a solid

foundation for emerging

leaders. All students attend

weekly chapel services

and participate in character

development sessions

overseen by the staff

chaplain and faculty.

A commitment to athletics

and wellness is instilled

through varsity-level competition,

intramural sports

and activities. St. John’s

Northwestern competes in

the WIAA Midwest Classic

Conference Division

3, with its football and

soccer teams reaching the

playoffs in 2019.

Enrollment is underway

for the 2020-2021 school

year. Open houses are

held monthly to tour the

campus, meet academy

leadership, and learn about

the various scholarship

and financial aid options


SJNMA is a 501(c)(3)

nonprofit organization. To

learn more about St. John’s

Northwestern Academies,

visit www.sjnma.org or

call (800) 752-2338.

Submitted by St. John’s

Northwestern Academies,

1101 N. Genesee St.,

Delafield, Wisconsin;, (262)

646-7199; sjnma.org.

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Upper Grade Center, 185 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest

Twice Recognized by the

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Boys learn responsibility, accountability

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Since 1889, thousands of parents have

looked to Missouri Military Academy 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

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the Academy is a college-preparatory

boarding school with a military tradition.

MMA’s comprehensive 360° Education

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their full potential. Through MMA,

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strength, heart and pride — an edge to

triumph in college and in life.

“We have known what potential he has

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“MMA has been the best decision we

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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,” said MMA mom Dr. Victoria

Thompson. “He said to me, ‘I know I

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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. 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 more.

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 248-acre campus

provides a safe, supportive, and scenic

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Submitted by the Missouri Military Academy,

204 N. Grand St., Mexico, Missouri; (888)

564-6662; missourimilitaryacademy.org.

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Woodlands Academy inspires female leadership

Modest gains in the number

of women holding top

leadership positions in the

nation’s top 1,000 companies

was seen between

2018 and 2019, according

to a study conducted by

Korn Ferry, a global organizational

consulting firm.

The analysis found that

across the most prominent

C-suite titles in several industries

an average of one

quarter (25 percent) of the

top leaders are women.

That is up slightly from a

year ago, when 23 percent

of leaders in the studied

C-suite positions were


Woodlands Academy’s

“Imagine Yourself in the C-

Suite” program, launched

last year, aims to narrow

that gap even further by

inspiring young women to

consider careers in finance,

science, technology, and


“We have so many students

who have the talent

and skill for top jobs, but

a lot of them just haven’t

envisioned the way up into

the C-Suite,” said Head of

School Meg Steele.

This envisioning process

is the key.

As a part of the study,

Korn Ferry interviewed

dozens of current and former

femaleCEOs. According

to Jane Stevenson,

Global Leader of Korn Ferry’s

CEO Succession Services,

the majority shared

that they never would have

considered vying for the

big chair had a sponsor

not told them they were


“It’s critical that both

talented women and those

around them focus on

creating a clear path for

advancement,” she added.

The self-selecting out

of ambitious career paths

starts at an alarmingly

young age.

A study by Dr. Sarah-

Jane Leslie, Princeton

University and Dr. Andrei

Cimpian, New York University,

found that “girls

as young as six can be led

to believe men are inherently

smarter and more

talented than women, making

girls less motivated to

pursue novel activities or

ambitious careers.”

Single-gender learning

environments are known

to create spaces that negate


“Girls need to ‘see it, to

be it’ to make them more

aware of the possibilities in

their own lives and help set

them on their own brilliant

paths,” said Megan Murphy,

Executive Director of

the National Coalition of

Girls’ Schools.

That ‘see it, to be it’ mantra

is precisely the blueprint

for the school’s innovative

new program, which provides

Woodlands students

and Chicagoland schoolaged

girls the opportunity

to engage in dialogue

with leading professionals

and with one another.

Featured speakers include

CEOs and executives who

share their success stories –

as well as the failures that

helped shape their professional

development – to

inspire achievement, build

confidence and embolden

girls to forge pathways to


“This series is about using

the lens of success

in specific industries to

highlight the individual

journeys leaders take. The

stories are specific, but in

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Baker Demonstration School: The value of progressive education

Baker Demonstration

School is a nationally

recognized leader in exemplary

progressive education.

The School’s experience-based


responds to the unique

needs and strengths of

each child.

Founded in 1918, Baker

was established to provide

an innovative education

for children in preschool

through 8th grade. Today,

Baker attracts students

from 25 different

communities throughout


“We want for students

who graduate from Baker

to have the two most vital

qualities for their future

success intact: their love

of learning and their selfconfidence

in being able

to think in creative and

critical ways,” said Head

of School Carly Andrews.

With an 8:1 studentto-faculty

ratio, Baker’s

teachers facilitate dynamic

classroom environments

that nurture the

intellectual, social and

emotional lives of young

children and early adolescents.

In addition to the

core disciplines of math,

science, language arts and

social studies, Baker’s

curriculum includes art,

drama, music, library,

technology, dance, physical

education — including

swimming in Baker’s pool

— sports, outdoor education,

identity exploration

and service learning.

Baker’s play-based preschool

program offers a

caring and stimulating environment

that fosters curiosity

and wonder. Self-initiated

play allows children

to learn about themselves

and their world. It develops

intellectual, social and

emotional skills as well

as lays the groundwork to

promote leadership, collaboration

and problem


Kindergarteners delve

into numerous project- and

inquiry-based experiences.

Literacy and math concepts

are explored every

day through meaningful

and authentic activities.

An exploration about the

life cycle of a butterfly,

for example, lends itself

to learning about patterns,

counting and symmetry.

Weekly outdoor nature explorations

provide context

to build confidence and

develop a sense of wonder

about our world.

For students in 1st-3rd

grade, a thematic approach

provides a range

of contexts to introduce,

explore and reinforce content

goals. Children’s curricular

experiences invite

them to make connections

within their learning and

to apply acquired skills

in real-life situations.

Classroom activities like

building a Rube Goldberg

machine or studying

the physics of light and

sound through the “Baker

School of Dragonology”

are engaging, fun

and collaborative ways

to foster deeper and more

expansive thinking.

Fourth- and fifth-grade

students are empowered

to use their voices and ingenuity

to become agents

of change. Through their

studies, they learn about

diverse current and historical

exemplars of community


One curriculum highlight

is the Baker Business

School, entrepreneurial

experience where

students pitch ideas and

work through a designthinking

process to ideate,

prototype and manufacture

products culminating

in the BBS Community

Market where students

sell their products.

Our middle school is an

intellectually stimulating

and supportive environment

where students apply

their critical thinking

skills and take greater responsibility

for their own

intellectual growth. Rich,

thematic study continue in

the core disciplines of language

arts, social studies,

science, mathematics and

world languages.

One hallmark of our

middle school program

is the choice-based Arts

Core program where students

choose two electives

per semester, allowing

them to explore a

broad array of arts-based



Baker students thrive

both academically and

socially at competitive

private and public high

schools throughout the

Chicagoland area and go

on to attend highly-selective

colleges and universities.

And, they grow

into the next generation

of thinkers, inventors, and


Underlying it all is their

strength of character and

their passion for lifelong

learning, which all began

at Baker.

Submitted by Baker Demonstration

School, 201

Sheridan Road, Wilmette;

(847) 425-5800; bakerdemschool.org.




Bring out the best in your child

through the St. Norbert difference.

Contact our admissions office to learn more

and schedule your tour.

Preschool - 8th Grade

1817 Walters Ave, Northbrook





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12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

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LFCDS puts students on path to ‘bright future’

Lake Forest Country Day

School will host an Open House

on Tuesday, March 10, starting at

9 a.m.

Our Open House offers an opportunity

to tour the campus,

speak with teachers and students,

observe classes in session, and

meet families from the LFCDS


Located on more than 30 acres

of property, LFCDS delivers a

diverse and rich educational experience

grounded in rigorous academics,

arts, athletics and socialemotional

learning to students

ages 2 through the eighth grade.

At LFCDS, students from more

than 36 communities thrive in a

state-of-the-art, hands-on learning

environment that prepares

them to be critical thinkers, innovative

problem solvers and effective

communicators. Across all

grade levels, each student has access

to engaging learning spaces

that include expansive outdoor

classrooms, a 2800-square-foot

Innovation Center, a newly renovated

gymnasium and a redesigned

Performing Arts Center,

which opened last fall.

An integral part of the LFCDS

Experience is the strong publicspeaking

strand embedded in the

School’s curriculum, beginning

with the youngest students.

Learning the skills required

to be a good audience member

in 1st 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 5-8

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.

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.

Highlighted by a 7:1 student-tofaculty

ratio, an LFCDS education

sets the stage for a bright future

in secondary school and beyond.

Need-based financial assistance

and merit-based scholarships are

available to make LFCDS an affordable

choice for families. In addition,

the School provides transportation

options to various areas.

For more information or to register

for an Open House, please visit

lfcds.org or call the Admission

Office at (847) 615-6151.

Submitted by Lake Forest Country

Day School, 145 S. Green Bay Road,

Lake Forest; (847) 234-2350; lfcds.



From Page 11

hearing from leaders with

specific paths each student

is able to see a whole

diverse array of possibility

regardless of the industry

or career path she ultimately

decides to pursue,”

Steele said.

The school will host

it’s second public panel

discussion on March 12

featuring Mary Callahan

Erdoes, CEO J.P. Morgan

Asset & Wealth Management

and Wan Ling Martello,

former CFO Nestle.

The program is free and

open to the public; preregistration

is required.

Submitted by Woodlands

Academy, 760 E. Westleigh

Road, Lake Forest; (847)

234-4300; woodlandsacademy.org.

Explore the Difference at

Carmel Catholic

High School

High school marks a significant transition for students. At Carmel Catholic,

we recognize the value of this opportunity and provide our students with

the support and resources to excel while developing an awareness of their

potential to serve, lead and contribute.

Enrollment for the 2020-2021 School Year is OPEN

Carmel Catholic is moving forward with some of the most sweeping

changes in the school’s history. A $6 million initiative called

Advantage: Carmel is slated to be in place by Fall 2021.

Learn more at carmelhs.org/advantage/.

Belong. Believe. Become.

Mundelein, IL |carmelhs.org

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St. John in Libertyville achieves ‘exemplary’ Christian education

St. John Lutheran

School in Libertyville was

recently awarded a renewal

of its “Exemplary”

national accreditation by

the National Council for

Private School Accreditation

and WELS School


For more than 40 years,

St. John has been nurturing

children in faith and

intellect, equipping them

for Christian lives of service.

The school strives to

provide its students with

opportunities to develop

mentally, physically, socially

and spiritually in a

Christ-centered and family-friendly


Individualized instruction

Small class sizes enable

St. John teachers

to learn each student’s

strengths and weaknesses

and what methods of instruction

work best for the

education of each child.

Teachers are trained to

differentiate instruction to

meet individual needs and

offer additional help and


St. John creates intellectual

curiosity in a safe

environment in a smaller

classroom setting that

gives every child the

opportunity to excel.

Family, character, values

For quite some time, St.

John’s church and school

invitation has been to

“Come Join Our Family!”

St. John’s teachers truly

get to know your child,

care for the safety of its

families and children — in

body, heart and soul —

and seek to prepare them

to succeed in this world

and to be welcomed into


Christian values are

taught daily and modeled

by our administration,

teachers, aides and older


International school

St. John is wonderfully

diverse, multicultural

school serving students

from various countries and

cultural backgrounds. St.

John’s U.S. SEVP-certified

International Student

Program provides a nurturing

“home away from

home” for students from

around the world and is

blessing to international

students, host families and

the St. John student body

as a whole.

Project Lead the Way/


To address today’s

global, local, and personal

challenges, students must

know problem-solving

strategies, think critically

and creatively, communicate

and collaborate

with others, and persevere

when something does not

work the first time.

St. John’s nationally

recognized Project Lead

The Way curriculum and

pathways in computer

science, engineering and

biomedical science engage

students in hands-on activities,

projects and problems,

empower students

to solve real-world challenges

and inspire them

to reimagine how they see



St. John recognizes the

importance of a preschool

education and believes

children learn best when

they feel they are loved,

safe and accepted. It is in

preschool that children

develop vital academic,

physical, social and emotional

skills that prepare

young children for later

success in school and life.

St. John’s 3-year-old

and 4-year-old programs

are well-balanced in learning

and exploring.

To learn more about the

“Exemplary” Christian

education or to schedule a

personal tour, at St. John

Lutheran School, visit its

website at www.stjohnslib.

com or call Principal Jon

Woldt at (847) 362-4424.

Submitted by St. John Lutheran

School, 501 W. Park Ave.,

Libertyville; (847) 362-4424;


Serving a Christian Based Education Pre-K through 8th Grade


• A Christian education with emphasis on Jesus Christ and faith

• Achieved exemplary WELSSA and NCPSA accreditation

• Emphasis on creating intellectual curiosity in a safe environment

• 1:1 Technology (grades 3-8 use Chromebooks)

• Experienced, caring teachers who truly get to know your child

• SEVP-Certified International School Program



501 W. Park Ave., Liberyville (corner of 176 and Garfield)


Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM

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Carmel Catholic announces forward-thinking ‘Advantage: Carmel’ initiative

At last check of Carmel

Catholic High School’s

profile, the school draws

a near-capacity number of

1,150 students from more

than 100 grade schools

in a four-county area. It’s

one of less than 10 schools

nationwide to receive

the U.S. Department of

Education’s Blue Ribbon

award for excellence four


The Class of 2019

boasted a 100 percent

graduation rate, with 99

percent of students bound

for college and more than

$44.4 million in college

scholarship offers. The

number of academic and

extracurricular offerings

provides every student an

opportunity to excel.

Yes, Carmel has much

going for it. However, Carmel’s

leadership believes

right now represents the

best time to move forward

with some of the most

sweeping changes in the

school’s recent history.

Expansion and refinement

of several academic

programs, design and implementation

of a modern

classroom aesthetic, and

completion of key projects

already in the works characterize

the $6 million initiative

that is slated to be in

place by Fall 2021.

Call it Advantage: Carmel.

Driven by the school’s

mission, this advancement

reinforces Carmel Catholic’s

roots, relevance and



Creating an environment

where students experience

the presence of God,

connect with one another

in true community and

live out service to others

is central to the school’s


• Introduction of Spiritus

Speaker Series

• New Kathy A. Nemmers

Welcome Center

• Remodeling of the

Brandsma Chapel

• Mission-based makeover

of hallways, common

spaces and meeting areas


Carmel Catholic’s educational

offerings provide

a distinct academic advantage

while preparing students

to excel in a globally

competitive learning environment.

• More robust dual credit

program – 20+ dual credit

courses offered for 2020-

21 school year

• Conversion of classrooms

to student-centered,

technology-driven learning


• Debut of international

student program during

2019-20 school year

• Further investment in

faculty development

• A 25 percent increase

in tuition assistance

• Upgrades in transportation

to and from Carmel

for families, including a

carpool mobile app

• Additional course offerings

for junior high



Families choose Carmel

as a partner to help them

realize their goals. The

school’s resources are designed

to deliver valued


• Increased capacity in

the College and Career

Counseling Center

• A college-style academic

support center

• Integration of ACT

prep into the curriculum

• Remodeling of the


• Athletic program upgrades

• Remodeling of the

Engineering Center

This robust initiative

is designed to strengthen

Carmel’s competitive

distinction. The school’s

commitment illustrates

its ongoing investment in

the principles, people and

programs that have always

been core to Carmel’s


Submitted by Carmel Catholic

High School, One Carmel

Parkway, Mundelein; (847)

566-3000; carmelhs.org.





February 11, 2020

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Get an inside look into our school

community, our curriculum

and the vibrant student life of

Rochelle Zell Jewish High School.

RSVP at www.rzjhs.org

under Admissions Events


A partner with the Jewish United

Fund in serving our community.



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350 Lee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062

www.coveschool.org • 847.562.2100




At The Cove School, students with complex learning disabilities

receive direct support to make authentic peer relationships and find

the community meant for them. Our curriculum includes:

• Leading-edge instructional methodologies

• Classroom ability-grouping

• 25+ after-school activities

• Limited class sizes

• Monthly social events

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Education can be more than academics.

We strive to develop the character skills

students need for success in the classroom

and beyond their school years. At

Countryside we have moved beyond the

goal of great students; we have our sight

set on exceptional adults.

Call or visit us online to schedule

a tour to learn how we bring learning

to life, and life to learning.

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847-498-1105 I www.countrysideday.org

where learning meets life

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Open House

on February 3

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16 mos to

8th grade

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

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