North Shore Country Day School
|North Shore Country Day School|
|310 Green Bay Road
Winnetka, Illinois, Cook County, 60093-4094
|Type||Private country day school|
|Motto||Live and Serve|
|Head of school||W. Thomas "Tom" Doar III|
|Campus size||16 acres (6.5 ha)|
|Color(s)||Purple and White|
|Newspaper||Diller Street Journal|
|Diller Street Theater|
North Shore Country Day School was founded during the Country Day School movement with the goal of providing academics on par with the best boarding schools of the East Coast but with students able to live at home. There are no class rankings and no academic awards. The founder and first headmaster was Perry Dunlap Smith, a disciple of Francis Wayland Parker.
The school was one of 27 schools selected from a group of 250 candidate schools in the U.S. chosen in 1933 for alternative admission standards for admission to 200 selective colleges. As a progressive country day school, there was to be an enriched core curriculum with independent study. The school sought to fit the curriculum to the students' needs, rather than to require a fixed course of instruction.
At the height of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, in 1963, the school was one of 21 schools that publicly supported the Kennedy administration's policies of racial equality, stating that independent schools must offer the benefits of a quality education to all qualified students.
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- Student Council - Students are elected for the council by their classes to discuss different things throughout North Shore.
- The Mirror - School yearbook. Students actively contribute, taking pictures of advisories, clubs, and events at North Shore.
- Chorus - Students practice singing songs. Several times a year, they perform for the school.
- Community Service Club - Students create ideas about how to help the needy and will have many different "drives."
- Diller Street Journal - Students print a newspaper that is comprised, usually, of op-ed pieces by both students and faculty, but will also include school wide news.
- Gay-Straight Alliance - Students meet together once a week to discuss Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual related issues.
- Dance Club - Students work together to create dances for school events.
- Ultimate Frisbee Club - Students meet on one of the fields of North Shore and play pick up games.
- Anime Club - Students meet together twice a week to watch anime related T.V. shows and films
- Kaleidoscope - Students meet together to discuss the issues plaguing contemporary society.
- International Club - Students learn about different cultures and serve corresponding ethnic foods.
- P.I.L.L.O.W.S. - Students get together in the V and do what they want, whether it's a poem, music, or nothing. The acronym P.I.L.L.O.W.S stands for Poetry In the Literary Lives of Worldly Students.
- Environmental Club - Students discuss ways to clean up the Skokie Lagoon, forest preserve, and recycle around the school. Every Tuesday and Friday during clubs time, students volunteer to wear blue and green capes and roam around the school recycling.
- Prosody - The school literary journal. Students submit their pictures or stories to Prosody. It is then published and distributed among teachers and the student body.
- Cereal Club - Students meet every Wednesday and Friday mornings to eat cereal.
- Ping-Pong Club - Students meet every Tuesday and Friday to play a casual game of ping-pong.
- Shakespeare Club - Students meet weekly to discuss Shakespeare and to prepare for competitions
- Diller Street Capital - Students meet every Friday to discuss investing in the stock market and general economics
- Loft Club - Students organize more dances for the high school
Physical education is required at all grade levels, and interscholastic competition is required of students in 6th to 11th grades. North Shore is a member of the Chicago Independent School League and competes against eight other independent schools in the Chicago area.
- "History". Winnetka, Illinois: North Shore Country Day School. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
- "Directory". Winnetka, Illinois: North Shore Country Day School. Administration - General. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
- "Welcome". Winnetka, Illinois: North Shore Country Day School. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
- "Fast Facts". Winnetka, Illinois: North Shore Country Day School. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
- "Our Campus". Winnetka, Illinois: North Shore Country Day School. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
- "Publications". Winnetka, Illinois: North Shore Country Day School. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
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- "'Progressives' Hail New Type School; Advocates of 'Unshackled' Preparation Say Students Met College Tests. Entered Without Credits Records of 332 Men, Women In 18 Institutions Are Offered for Comparison. Social Problems Emphasized." By Eunive Barnard. The New York Times. New York, N.Y.: August 1, 1937. pg. 77
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- North Shore Country Day School — official site