North Shore Country Day School

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North Shore Country Day School
North Shore Country Day School's Logo.jpg
310 Green Bay Road

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United States
Coordinates42°5′55″N 87°43′45″W / 42.09861°N 87.72917°W / 42.09861; -87.72917Coordinates: 42°5′55″N 87°43′45″W / 42.09861°N 87.72917°W / 42.09861; -87.72917
TypePrivate country day school
MottoLive and Serve
Foundedc.1880 (Rugby School)
1919 (1919)[1] (NSCDS)
FounderPerry Dunlap Smith
CEEB code144435
Head of schoolThomas J. Flemma[2]
Teaching staff78
Years offeredJK12[3]
EnrollmentLower School: 185 students
Middle School: 125 students
Upper School: 225 students
Total: 535 students (2016)
Student to teacher ratio8:1
Campus size16 acres (6.5 ha)[4]
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Purple and white          [3]
Fight song"O'er the Fields"[3][5]]
Team nameRaiders[3]
RivalFrancis W. Parker School, Latin School of Chicago, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
NewspaperDiller Street Journal[6]

North Shore Country Day School is a selective prep school in Winnetka, Illinois. It was founded in its current form as a coeducational school in 1919 during the Country Day School movement, though it followed the Rugby School for Boys (1893-1900) and Girton School for Girls (1900-1918).[1][7] It consists of a lower school, a middle school, and an upper school.


In the 1893, Francis King Cook opened the Rugby School for Boys in the nearby village of Kenilworth.[8] Within the next decade, due to the opening of the fee-free Joseph Sears School, Cook moved his school to the present site today in Winnetka. Shortly after, the school reimagined itself as the Girton School For Girls.[9] The school built three more buildings on what was then known as the Garland Estate, but by 1918-19 the school began to encounter funding difficulties. A group of parents and alumni from the Girton School and local area came together in 1919 and chose Perry Dunlap Smith to found the North Shore Country Day School for girls and boys of all ages. With the popularity of the Country Day School movement, this was seen as the next logical step for the school. The school continues to have no class rankings and no academic awards.[10] As it became clear the Country Day school would outlast its time as a traditional school, the founder and first headmaster Perry Dunlap Smith hired Chicago area architect Edwin H. Clark to redesign the school grounds.[10][11]

The school was one of 27 schools selected from a group of 250 candidate schools in the U.S. chosen in 1933 for the Eight-Year Study: 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.[12][13] The school sought to fit the curriculum to the students' needs, rather than to require a fixed course of instruction.[14][15]

At the height of the 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.[16]

In July 2016, following the retirement of W. Thomas Doar III, Thomas J. Flemma became the ninth head of school in North Shore's history. Prior to being hired by North Shore, Flemma was the Associate Head of School and Dean of Faculty at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut.[17]



The school follows a standard US AP curriculum, with selected subjects offered from grade 10. Should a subject not be offered, the school allows for it to be taken at nearby Northwestern University.


In 2017, the school was ranked the 3rd best private high school in the state of Illinois (of 119), and 57th best in the country (of 3,231)[18]

ACT results[edit]

For the Class of 2016, the middle 50% ACT range was 29-33.[19] The exam is marked out of 36.


After two years of research and development, the school introduced a new schedule for the 2015-16 academic year.


Typically, NSCDS has a 100% success rate in university and college placement.[20] In 2013, 8% of graduates chose universities outside the United States.[20]


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 secondary schools in the Chicago area.[21]

As of 2016, the following sports were available:[22]

  • Basketball (boys and girls: varsity, JV, freshman/sophomore, middle school)
  • Track & Field (boys and girls: varsity)
  • Baseball (boys: varsity, JV, middle school)
  • Soccer (girls: varsity, JV, middle school)
  • Tennis (boys: varsity, JV)
  • Track & Field (coeducational varsity, middle school)

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "History". Winnetka, Illinois: North Shore Country Day School. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
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  3. ^ a b c d "Fast Facts". Winnetka, Illinois: North Shore Country Day School. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  4. ^ "Our Campus". Winnetka, Illinois: North Shore Country Day School. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
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  6. ^ a b "Publications". Winnetka, Illinois: North Shore Country Day School. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  7. ^ "Old-fashioned progressive." Time Apr. 5, 1954. retrieved November 21, 2006
  8. ^ Kilner, Frederic Richard. Kenilworth: First Fifty Years,
  9. ^ The Girton School for Girls yearbook, The Girtonian, 1907.
  10. ^ a b Hinchliff, William (Fall 1998). "North Shore Country Day School". The Gazette. Winnetka, Illinois: Winnetka Historical Society. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  11. ^ Edwin H. Clark designed many buildings in Chicago and its North Shore suburbs, including Winnetka Village Hall, Plaza del Lago in Wilmette, the Lincoln Park Zoo Reptile House, and the Chicago Zoological Park along with many private residences.
  12. ^ "High Schools Begin A Big Experiment; Group Named to Test Newer Methods Under a Revised College Entrance Plan. 200 Colleges To Assist Units Scattered Over the Country Join in Effort to Systematize Student's Educational Career." By Wilford M. Aikin, Chairman Commission on the Relation of School and College. The New York Times. New York, N.Y.: June 4, 1933. pg. E7
  13. ^ "'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
  14. ^ "Tiny College Offers New Teaching Course; Illinois Institution Trains the Students to Aid Creative Ability of Children," The New York Times. New York, N.Y.: November 21, 1937. pg. 5
  15. ^ [1] Aikin, Wilford M. Adventure In American Education Volume I: The Story of the Eight-Year Study" Publisher: Harper and Brothers;New York and London. 1st edition (1942). ASIN: B000CEBXUU. retrieved November 20, 2006
  16. ^ "Private Schools Support Equality; Racial Statement Backed by 21 Secondary Educators", The New York Times. New York, N.Y.: September 1, 1963. p. 43
  17. ^ UGC, Chicago Tribune. "Dr. Thomas J. Flemma Named New Head of School of North Shore Country Day School". Retrieved 2016-07-17.
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  19. ^ NSCDS School Profile 2016-2017. Rep. N.p., 2016. Web.
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  21. ^ "Philosophy". Winnetka, Illinois: North Shore Country Day School. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  22. ^ "Team Pages". Winnetka, Illinois: North Shore Country Day School. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  23. ^ "Merle C. Chambers '64 (1999)". North Shore Country Day School. 1999. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  24. ^ Joel de la Fuente
  25. ^ Star, Chris Green Rockford Register. "Former Rockford College President John Howard dies at age 93". Rockford Register Star. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
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  27. ^ "North Shore Attends Carl Sandburg Model United Nations". North Shore Country Day School. 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  28. ^ News, NH Labor (2018-11-07). "New Hampshire Democrats Celebrate Historic 'Firsts' and Record-Breaking Performances on Election Day". NH LABOR NEWS. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  29. ^ Charles Newman (author)
  30. ^ "Michael Reinsdorf, with his own business, denies interest in running White Sox and Bulls". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  31. ^ "North Shore Country Day School - Mirror Yearbook (Winnetka, IL) - Class of 1930",
  32. ^ "NSCDS ~ Dr. Anne Young 1965 (1995)". Retrieved 2016-03-03.

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