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Winnetka, IL
Students enrolled: 530
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310 Green Bay Road
Winnetka, IL 60093

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(847) 446-0674
(847) 446-0675
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July 30, 2015
My daughter excelled at NSCDS academically and socially. She is now at a traditional public school and is thriving beyond our expectations both academically and socially. That tells us that NSCDS was not a good fit for a student who is independent, social and loves school. It turned out that NSCDS was a smothering place that focused on parents first and students second. (FYI - she has not kept in touch with anyone from NSCDS)

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2015
I think the last comment about it being a country club is wrong, but we know people who children weren't successful there that blamed it on that. But usually it was lack of achievement academically or that the child and or the parent didn't assimilate socially. Academically it is very solid school. Several of the previous comments about limited class selection in the upper school are true, but like a small college the trade off is ok with smaller classes leading to more intense and higher quality education. Having had several children here and at the local public high school we have seen the benefits and the challenges of NSCD. The small total class size can be challenging socially but parents need to be part of the mix and that all works out. Lastly I can't say enough about the quality of the college advisory process. With 3 people doing admissions for 55 kids we have been extraordinarily pleased with the thought process ,the selection and the quality of schools our child was admitted to etc. That may be one of the most significant advantages of NSCD.

- submitted by a parent

March 19, 2015
North Shore is very much true to its reputation of elite academics. No matter the academic course, there will be homework, and lots of it. However, it is clear that this work is not in vain, considering some of the colleges that the Class of 2015 is headed to next year (Yale, MIT, Caltech, Amherst, Washington University, Northwestern). Furthermore, North Shore is tied for 2nd best academics at a private school in Chicago (according to Niche rankings). No complaints regarding academics (that is pointed at you, "North Shore is not a real high school" person). All in all, I get that we're sheltered, much more than our public school counterpart (New Trier). However, this school is a downright academic powerhouse, so nay-saying parents - please be quiet.

- submitted by a student

May 30, 2014
I went to North Shore and, overall, had a good experience. I was fortunate to have a great teacher/advisor in Mr. Randolph. North Shore is a fine school for kids who need to be pushed and need that extra attention. Some kids will get lost at New Trier and that's not going to happen at North Shore- academically. But socially, students are not going to have the same opportunities. An education is also about developing interpersonal skills and finding out who you are. North Shore can be limited in that regard. So depending on the kid, this is a school that can be short on providing certain opportunities but for a different kid, it can certainly be the right school.

- submitted by a community member

July 05, 2013
North Shore Country Day School is an outstanding institution providing academic excellence, opportunities to lead and enriching experiences. Nothing is perfect, but each day is positive and productive.

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2011
North Shore has been an excellent school, giving my child access to high level classes and talented teachers. The work level at North Shore is much higher than other schools in the area; the advanced class work pushes students to become better students

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2011
Fantastic school. Rigorous, fun, and creative curriculum. My son has had an amazing educational and developmental experience at North Shore. The classes are small, allowing teachers to focus on the students' individual learning styles and interests. The school has been instrumental in helping my son develop writing, math, public speaking, and critical thinking skills far beyond his grade level. The curriculum is incredibly rich and creative. For example, in addition to the rigorous fundamentals, the fifth-graders learn to make documentary movies, write and record a song in a studio, and have numerous opportunities for public speaking. The school also focuses on instilling children with a sense of self-confidence and community ethics. Something my wife and I believe is important. We believe North Shore has been well-worth the investment.

- submitted by a parent

October 12, 2010
Excellent school. Very attentive. High quality teachers who are especially committed and insightful. Parents are pretty laid back and not pushy, which is nice. The programs are excellent, with specials teachers for most subjects, even in the lower (grade) school.

- submitted by a parent

May 28, 2010
lower school teachers are very helpful. Parents with money and prestige have too much power at this school..... The middle class folks aren't given board or leadership positions. The major fundraiser is really a competition to show how much money you can flash.

- submitted by a parent

February 15, 2010
North Shore is a really good school. Small so that teachers pay attention to you when you need help, and everyone is friends with each other. Great academics. However, I wish that the high school had more course selections and that we had more of a traditional high school experience. I also wish that we had more sports, but with such a tiny school you really can't or the teams won't be big enough.

- submitted by a student

December 16, 2009
I am a grade of NSCDS's upper school and my two older brothers attended both the middle and upper school. I found the school to offer excellent college preparation in english, history, science and the visual and performing arts in particular. A great experience socially and academically. Also a very strong athletics program.

- submitted by a student
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April 07, 2009
North Shore Country Day is a school where students are known by the faculty and staff and because of this they are challenged to do their best, to grow , stretch, go outside their comfort zone and experience not only a great education but a lesson in how to self advocate and be your best at everything not just the things you like. The opportunities to participate in sports, the arts, student government and more are vast and encouraged. One of our children who is curretnly a Junior at a top 10 college, has found that North Shore prepared him for college better than almost all of his classmates. What better thing can one say about a school?

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 11, 2008
NSCDS is an excellent school! The standards are high. The teachers are intuitive, creative and know how to challenge the kids. The academics are challenging. The kids are well behaved and very respectful. Students are well rounded and well prepared for the world. The faculty is attentive and knows how to challenge the kids. I give this school top ratings.

- submitted by a parent

October 15, 2008
So small that students have nowhere to go if they run into trouble. The entire school is basically one big clique. Are cliques nurturing? Sure, to the ones in it. If you're going to spend that kind of money, buy a house in the New Trier school district and send your kids there. They'll get just as good an education and they'll have many more options to find their way as they navigate childhood and adolescence.

- submitted by a community member

September 16, 2008
NSCDS is the way every school should be! It is small, nurturing, challenging and well rounded. The students are extremely well behaved and know what is expected of them. While it is very expensive, I would live in a shack just so that I could afford to send my children there. The sheltered thing is ridiculous! We have more students from many,many communities around the Chicago area! There is no better place!!!

- submitted by a parent

August 07, 2007
The best experience of my entire school career. Including college. Small classes, very good teachers. The commitment of the school to inspire students to get into the best schools possible. Would not change anything in the world about NSCDS

- submitted by a student

February 20, 2007
I attended NSCDS from first through 12th grades. Unlike people I know who attended local public schools, I and most of my classmates adored our school days. Yes, in some ways we were sheltered. But we received a superior education in a small and nurturing environment. There was a very strong focus on the arts, which now as a parent I see less of in schools.

- submitted by a student

June 29, 2004
Sent my child there for five years. Average school, Kids are too sheltered and don't recieve enough exposure. Not a real high school.

- submitted by a parent

May 30, 2004
Excellent school! Wonderful, caring, supportive faculty, great learning opportunities. Best decision we ever made for our child.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
Fabulous school, with a very caring faculty. Scholastically challenging with a terrific support system.

- submitted by a community member

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North Shore Country Day School
310 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, IL  60093
(847) 446-0674
Last modified North Shore Country Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
North Shore Country Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top