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very parent wants to raise a smart, involved kid. But the big question is how to go about achieving that goal. We asked some Chicagoland educators who have been working with kids and their parents for years about the top tips they give parents to help children thrive, both in and out of the classroom.

Elementary school kids Give them chores and directions but not answers. Putting your kids to work around the house can have benefits that are less obvious than having a neater, cleaner home.

Wendy Calise, head of school of Countryside Day School in Northbrook, says teachers see a difference at school in children who are expected to participate in the function of their household. “It doesn’t matter if it is a particular chore, but letting them do things for themselves changes how they see their role in the household and in their community. They see that they can make a real contribution,” she says. Calise also recommends parents expect little ones to follow directions several times a day. Doing so not only prepares children to follow the instructions of their teachers, which is critical for success in school, but they’ll also be ready to listen to coaches, directors and even their first boss.

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Parents often want to give their children everything, and that includes answers to all their very many questions. But mom and dad don’t have to always have the answers, says Ama Thompson, student support coordinator at Science & Arts Academy in Des Plaines. In fact, she recommends allowing children to wonder, saying it’s a great way to foster inquisitiveness by giving them “space to learn how to think critically and find the answers to their questions.”

Middle school kids Encourage unplugged time and choose activities carefully. Kristi Underhill, a junior high teacher at Grace Lutheran School in River Forest, says

students who seem the most confident and successful have learned to balance screen time with face-to-face relationships and are physically active. “While technology has wonderful applications, we need to make sure that our children learn to appreciate and enjoy simple things that don’t need to be plugged in to recharge,” she says. “Kids can get stuck in a rut where they don’t know how to be creative or enjoy moving their bodies because they are too drawn to playing a game on a tablet.” This is a great time for kids to get involved in extracurricular activities, but that doesn’t mean they have to participate in every opportunity that comes their way. C O N T I N U E D O N PA G E 8

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In fact, Inka Kirchenbüchler, assistant principal at the German International School Chicago, believes that often, less is more. “It’s OK to be involved in just one or two activities. It’s better to be involved in less activities that a child truly enjoys than being involved in more that the child has no real interest in,” she says. As an added benefit, she says that when a child is really engaged in an activity that really interests them, “they will cope with challenging tasks with more endurance and persistence.”

All ages Make sure kids have downtime and a chance to build confidence. While having kids involved is good, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. The experts all agree that kids should not be overscheduled and that they need some downtime. “It is incredibly important for

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children to have time without scheduled activities for a number of reasons. Downtime gives them the chance to relax and clear their minds of the pressures that they face at school, in sports and from friends,” Thompson says. Kirchenbüchler adds, “A rested mind learns much more efficiently.” Alex Laube, high school lead administrator at Cove School in Northbrook, says while there’s a lot of focus on academics and school for kids, that downtime and time away from the classroom can be valuable, too. He says that “discovering one’s strengths is not limited to the school setting, nor should it be” and that unstructured time is often when students discover new ideas and interests. That’s why he encourages parents to provide their children “with a variety of avenues to discover different kinds of strengths to develop confidence and a positive self-concept.”

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ith more expected of our little ones in the classroom, it seems preschool is the new kindergarten. “There has been a shift over the past 20 years. The kindergarten I attended is not the kindergarten of today,” says Jennifer Farmer, executive school director at The Gardner School of Oak Brook. It’s a positive change, she says, one that will keep early education in the U.S. in line with the rest of the world. Here’s what parents need to know about making sure kids have the best possible start to their school careers. 10 MAKING THE GRADE 2019

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In the classroom Preschool should be intentional, says Farmer. “Much of our day is focused on objectives and everything is very purposeful. The children are still having fun, but they are also doing special activities to build their skills.” Leslie Morrison, program coordinator of Summer Leapfrog at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, agrees. There should be a mix of structure with time and opportunity for students to explore, she says. Both help students achieve learning objectives. Kids need to be encouraged to dig deeper

and that even at 4, “it’s incredible to see how deep their learning can be,” she says. That doesn’t mean, however, that little ones should have lots of worksheet time or be drilled on facts. Farmer says it’s about giving kids activities that they have to think about and that may push them a little bit. If it turns out to be something they cannot handle on their own, they still learn the valuable skills that come with knowing where to go for assistance and asking for help. That said, preschool and kindergarten students are not always at the same developmental level. That’s OK, according to Jackie Johnson, kindergarten teacher at Grace Lutheran School in River Forest. “Parents worry about how their child measures up compared to others in the class, and if they should be reading sooner. That’s Special Advertising Supplement

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a concern they should let go of,” she says. “Usually by the year end, all students have begun to learn the decoding skills needed to become fluent readers.”

At home What parents do at home can have a big impact on their little one’s school success. Children pick up on their parents’ feelings, so it can make a big difference when you are excited and positive towards their school and education. “Having a positive attitude helps children adjust to social and academic elements that they will encounter throughout their educational careers,” Johnson says. Healthy habits are also crucial for children’s success. “I can’t stress enough how important it is for students to get enough sleep and have a balanced breakfast every day,” says Johnson. “When students come to school without enough sleep, their developing bodies and brains cannot process, and it puts unnecessary stress on them that they do not understand. This causes tantrums and melt downs. When students don’t have a proper diet, they often burn out early in the day and don’t have the energy to maintain daily routines.”

Yoko Avramov, director of Montessori Language Academy in Forest Park, says parents can also help by working on social skills. That can be done with family and by meeting peers in play groups or even at the park. Even playing a game of catch has numerous benefits, both physical and social, because it illustrates how the back and forth of conversation works. Playing catch is also a model for sharing—each person gets a turn to throw, Avramov says. Asking kids what they think and why also helps build their ability to think deeper. Doing so helps kids make connections and create stories on their own, which Morrison says are hugely powerful, especially at the preschool and kindergarten ages. The teachers all said that encouraging reading at home is an important way for parents to get kids ready for school. Avramov suggests sticking with actual books rather than tablets or e-readers and says that parents shouldn’t rush reading. While it is an opportunity to work on letter recognition and sight words, reading with your child simply for pleasure is important and can instill a love of books that lasts a lifetime.

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Well beyond the three Rs STEAM works magic in and out of school BY SHANNAN YOUNGER

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ur world is changing rapidly, and to make sure that students are prepared for the future, many schools are focusing on the principles of STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The lessons learned, however, often extend beyond facts about those subject areas. Here are some unique and creative STEAM projects happening at schools around the Chicago area that are fostering not only academic interests but also teaching valuable life lessons.

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The middle school film-making class at Chicago Friends School uses STEAM principles to craft its films. “Their approach is informed by design thinking in the field of mechanical engineering. To tell the story they want to tell, students must consider optics, audio sampling and frame rates, in addition to more typical art forms of scene and costume design, creative writing and acting,” says Karen Carney, head of school. Eric Patrick, associate professor of film at Northwestern, is the film-making teacher at Chicago Friends and he helps students see first-hand that what they learn in one class can coincide with the lesson from another. “There’s always been an idea that someone is good at math or art, but not both. But contemporary design requires a broad and not just deep knowledge,” Patrick says. “With experiential classroom environments, students have a better sense of the C O N T I N U E D O N PA G E 1 4 Special Advertising Supplement

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relevance to topics they like and to their lives. STEAM can help students learn to persevere, noting that Vanguard creates “a safe learning environment where errors and re-dos are normal expected parts of the learning process.” She says that helps children see the internal gratification of success that comes from effort and persistence. “They build endurance and a willingness to take a risk, be creative or try a new strategy because they know how to handle mistakes and failures,” she says.

interplay of these fields rather than having them taught in isolation through rote memorizing.” Carney says STEAM projects help students develop their own creativity and sense of self.

Programming and problem solving “As a teacher, I like that STEAM utilizes students’ problem-solving skills, and they can always use practice with that,” says Katy Rudis, a technology teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Elmhurst. There, students are working on digitally editing photos captured in art class as well as learning coding and software programming skills. Rudis notes that both projects challenge students’ higher-level thinking skills now, and that can pay big dividends later. “Finding new ways to approach a problem is really important as a life skill. Students may not realize it, but they’re learning how to find different

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Vanguard Gifted Academy in Batavia has added in a researching/reading component, transforming STEAM into STREAM. Students recent did a project on coral reefs. They created replicas of coral reefs from recyclables,

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to not know all the answers,” says Druzinsky of their time in the maker space. The interdisciplinary approach of STEAM is evidence there by the incorporation of STEAM projects into all classes, including the humanities. For example, in history class, students may work in the Maker Space to design a fabrication of the Chicago skyline prior to the Great Fire or use the 3D printer to replicate items used in colonial times. Druzinsky explains that the project that uses recent technology of the future to help kids better understand what happened over a century ago is illustrative of Avery Coonley integration of STEAM into the curriculum. “It is the best of the past, present and future—that’s what excites me the most. All are so important, and we don’t want to lose one for the sake of the other,” he says.

Math and social justice go together Frances Xavier Warde School in Chicago recently implemented a new math curriculum, providing the staff with an opportunity to

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look at incorporating both math and other STEAM subjects throughout the curriculum. “We kept at the forefront that we want to make real-world connections and STEAM is a way to explore social issues and injustices,” explains Jackie Miller, the school’s director of curriculum and instruction. For example, students examine climate change from a variety of perspectives, including the science behind it as well as the math around the statistics of its impact over time. The different disciplines are also being taught more similarly than in the past. “An inquiry-based model is common in science curriculum, but less so in math. We’ve changed that, and we have a more inquiry-focused model so we are teaching through problem solving, not just with problem solving,” Miller says. As a result, they are focusing on the power of mistakes and struggle. “If we want students to go into the STEAM fields, we need all students to feel that they can be successful. To do that, we have to model what productive struggle looks like,” Miller says.

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Help them get comfortable with challenges “Our goal is to set our students up for success in their next environment. Part of doing that is teaching them how to deal with the challenges and setbacks that they will inevitably encounter,” says Alex Laube, high school lead administrator at The Cove School in Northbrook. He says they do so by teaching students “to self-monitor their performance and to advocate for their needs” while problem solving. Parents can also help reinforce those skills. Parents also should try to push their kids out of their comfort zone; doing so provides opportunities to practice problem solving. “For us, failure is an essential step in the learning process,” Laube says.

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Reading is fundamental “Read, read, read,” says Liesl Stiegman of Stiegman Tutoring in Cary. She says reading a variety

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of materials will help students succeed on both the ACT and SAT as well as in college and recommends materials that challenges students and increases their vocabulary. Parents can help kids find a mix of books they read just for fun and those that challenge them, and hopefully some that do both.

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Focus on concentration Stiegman says concentration is often an issue for students, but the ability to focus is important in college. She suggests having kids summarize as they go when reading a passage and encouraging them to back up and re-read confusing parts. “If I had known ‘how to read’ like that, it would have saved me so much time in college,” she says.

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Teach life skills Laube points out that there is much more to success in a post-secondary academic setting

than just academics. Students also need to develop independence with a variety of practical living skills. “Parents should teach and practice with their student problem solving, managing their own finances, meal planning and preparation, doing their laundry, and navigating transportation,” he says.

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Remain calm Preparing a child to launch can be stressful for mom and dad, but Laube encourages parents to keep their own emotions in check and keep the family stress level low. “High school students have a knack for finding plenty of stressors on their own— academic, social or even existential. High school should be a time of discovery and learning. Parents should work with their student and their transition counselor to help them discover the program that will help them become their best self,” he says.

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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO Preschool-12th grade

Chicago and suburbs (312) 534-5250 For a full listing of the 180 elementary and high schools call or visit: Schools.ArchChicago.org

CHICAGO ALPHONSUS ACADEMY & CENTER FOR THE ARTS

TOTS, Preschool - 8th Grade, Extended Care

Dr. Casimer Badynee, Principal 1439 W. Wellington Avenue, Chicago (773)348-4629 alphonsusacademy.org

THE FRANCES XAVIER WARDE SCHOOL Independent, Catholic, Preschool – 8th grade Extended care & summer programs offered Need-based tuition assistance available

QUEEN OF ANGELS SCHOOL

Two Year Old Bridge Program - Grade 8 Julia Byrns Kelly, Principal 4520 N. Western Ave., Chicago (773) 769-4211 QueenofAngelsChicago.org

QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE

Pre-K (full day) - 8, before and after school care

Mary Frances Porod, Principal 7130 So. Hamlin Ave., Chicago (773) 582-4266 www.QofU.org

SACRED HEART SCHOOLS

Independent, Catholic, Single Gender, Coed Campus, PK-8, Extended Care

Mr. Nat Wilburn, Head of Schools 6250 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago (773) 681-8436 Shschicago.org

Michael Kennedy, Head of School Old St. Patrick’s Campus 120 S. DesPlaines Street (preschool-grade 3) Holy Name Cathedral Campus 751 N. State Street (grades 4-8) (312) 466-0700 www.fxw.org

ST. BENEDICT PREPARATORY SCHOOL PreK – Grade 8

Rachel Gemo, Head of Parish School 3900 N Leavitt Street, Chicago (773) 463-6797 stbenedict.com

ST. JOSAPHAT SCHOOL Preschool-8th grade

Ms. Nel Mullens, Principal 2245 N. Southport Ave., Chicago (773) 549-0909 stjosaphat.net

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS CATHOLIC SCHOOL PK-8

Geralyn Lawler, Principal 6959 N Hiawatha, Chicago (773) 763-7577 www.smowschool.org ST. JOSAPHAT SCHOOL

NORTHSIDE CATHOLIC ACADEMY Preschool – 8th Grade

Christine Huzenis, Principal 6216 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago (Primary School Campus PK-4) 7318 N. Oakley, Chicago (Middle School Campus 5-8) (773) 743-6277 northsidecatholic.org

OLD ST. MARY'S SCHOOL Preschool - Grade 8 , Extended Day

Mrs. Julie Martin, Principal 1474 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago (312) 386-1560 www.osmschool.com

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Do you love your school? In Catholic schools, we do a great job teaching things like reading, writing, science, and math. But we also spend our time educating the whole child in mind, heart and spirit. Our schools are caring communities where children get one-on-one attention and a strong sense of right and wrong. We provide many things that other schools don’t or can’t. We invite you to take some time and visit some of our schools to see what we believe is important. We believe it’s about finding a school filled with quality faculty who bring a commitment to academic excellence, an atmosphere that ignites a love of learning and a community that is welcoming and supportive. Find a school near you at: schools.archchicago.org/schools ST. MATTHIAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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SAINT PATRICK HIGH SCHOOL

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Grades 9 – 12, Boys

Jon Baffico, Principal 5900 W. Belmont, Chicago (773) 282-8844 www.stpatrick.org

ST. ROBERT BELLARMINE CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Programs for 2-yr. olds, preK, K-8, summer Ms. Deanne Roy, Principal 6036 W. Eastwood Avenue, Chicago (773) 725-5133 srb-chicago.or

ST. VIATOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PreK 3 - 8th Grade

Mrs. Lisa Rieger, Principal 4140 W. Addison, Chicago (773) 545-2173 www.stviatorchicago.org

NORTH OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP SCHOOL (OLPH) 3 yr Preschool - 8th Grade, All Day Kindergarten, Before and After School Care

Amy Mills, Principal 1123 Church St., Glenview (847) 724-6990 olph-il.org

POPE JOHN XXIII SCHOOL

PreK – 8th grade, Before and After School Care

Gail Hulse, Principal 1120 Washington, Evanston (847) 475-5678 popejohn23.org

SACRED HEART SCHOOL

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Primary Grade Center - 2-year old Preschool - 3rd Grade

900 W. Everett Road, Lake Forest Upper Grade Center - 4th - 8th Grade

185 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest Mr. David Wieters, Principal (847) 234-0371 www.schoolofstmary.org

ST. ATHANASIUS SCHOOL

Pre K and Kindergarten (half- and full-day options) through 8th Grade Before- and After-School care Carol McClay, Principal 2510 Ashland Avenue, Evanston (847) 864-2650 saintas.net

ST. CATHERINE LABOURE SCHOOL PK3-8th Grade

Principal: Jodi Reuter 3425 Thornwood, Glenview (847) 724-2240 www.sclschool-glenview.org

SOUTH CARDINAL JOSEPH BERNARDIN CATHOLIC SCHOOL Pre-K3 through 8th Grade Mary Iannucilli, Principal 9250 W. 167th Street, Orland Hills (708) 403-6525 www.cjbschool.org

PreK 3 year old to 8th Grade

Dr. Marian Stockhausen, Principal

ST. GERMAINE CATHOLIC SCHOOL

3 yr old preschool through 8th grade Mr. Kevin Reedy, Principal 9735 S. Kolin Ave, Oak Lawn (708) 425-6063 www.stgermaineschool.com/

WEST IMMACULATE CONCEPTION GRADE SCHOOL Pre-Kindergarten 3 – 8 th Grade

Mrs. Cathy Linley, Principal 132 Arthur Street, Elmhurst (630) 530-3490 www.icgradeschoolelmhurst.org

NAZARETH ACADEMY 9-12

Therese Hawkins, Principal 1209 W. Ogden, La Grange Park (708) 354-0061 www.nazarethacademy.com

3- year-old Preschool - 8th Grade

Mr. Joseph Dunn, Principal 19131 Henry Drive, Mokena (708) 479-8988 www.noonanacademy.org

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ST. DAMIAN SCHOOL

5300 W. 155th Street, Oak Forest (708) 687-4230 stdamianschool.org

NOONAN ELEMENTARY ACADEMY

Kristen Fink, Principal 1095 Gage St., Winnetka (847) 446-0005 www.shwschool.org

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Discover your capable, confident Montessori child. Children learn best when they’re working with activities they love. At Guidepost, your child will enter the wonderful world of Montessori lessons and learning materials, designed to captivate and inspire. Montessori Spanish Immersion is now available for toddlers through kindergarten-age children.

Guidepost Montessori at Wicker Park

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SCHOOL PROFILE

The Cove School provides individualized instruction and highly specialized services for students with complex learning disabilities. Cove’s extensive extracurriculars, leadership opportunities and transition services allow students to gain confidence in themselves, for today and tomorrow. Join us for a Coffee and Presentation at The Cove School Wednesday, March 13, 2019 9:15 am RSVP to mditthardt@coveschool.org 350 Lee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062 | 847.562.2100 | www.coveschool.org

GEMS World Academy Chicago

Awaken your child’s senses through creativity and hands-on exploration.

Sauganash Montessori School

est. 2004

Quality education for children 3-6 years old Morning, lunch, & full-day options Academic year & summer camps Open 7:30a.m. to 6:00p.m. Organic catered hot lunch & snacks Spanish, Music & Yoga classes weekly

Rolling Admissions

(can begin on 3rd birthday) 773-545-6295 5750 N. Rogers Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60646

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350 E. South Water St., Chicago (312) 809-8910; gemschicago.org; Email: admissions@gemschicago.org Grades served: Preschool-grade 12 Total enrollment: 400 Student to teach ratio: 8 to 1 Average class size:16-22 depending on grade level What sets your school apart from other schools: GEMS World Academy Chicago, an International Baccalaureate World School and an Apple Distinguished School, prepares students for success through a globallyminded curriculum taught in a localized context, state-ofthe-art STEAM learning and emphasis on world languages. As part of GEMS Education, we offer unmatched opportunities for travel and exchange experiences overseas. Extracurricular offerings: Competitive sports, theater,

dance, world languages, robotics, music, visual art and more. Community involvement: GEMS is a member of the Chicago Loop Alliance and multiple civic organizations. We are a sponsor of Chicago Ideas Week and a partner with the United Nations Association of Chicago. Our students regularly work with organizations like the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Plant Chicago and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Your message to prospective parents: GEMS Education has placed students in top universities for more than 60 years. We’re preparing the global leaders of tomorrow. Come for a visit!

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IMMACULATE CONCEPTION GRADE SCHOOL Catholic Education for Pre-K 3 through 8th Grade 132 Arthur Street, Elmhurst, Illinois 60126

Please call 630-530-3490 to schedule a tour.

www.icgradeschoolelmhurst.org

Preparing Students for Purposeful Lives.

Whole-Person, K-8 education, rooted in Quaker Values Come Visit us in Edgewater! Before & After School Care Program Full Time Nurse

This investment pays dividends for life.

2019 OPEN HOUSES: Sunday, February 3, Saturday, May 4, 2:00-4:00 PM info@chicagofriendsschool.org | 773-442-2371 www.chicagofriendsschool.org

JANUARY 23, 2019 Grades 1–3 | Coffee and Conversation 9:00–10:30 a.m. Old St. Patrick’s campus

FEBRUARY 5, 2019 Grades 4–8 | Information Night 6:30–8:00 p.m. Holy Name campus

fxw.org Holy Name Cathedral Campus Grades 4–8 751 N. State St., Chicago 312.466.0700

Enter code FXW2019 for 10% off your application fee through Jan 31. Application deadline is February 15. Old St. Patrick’s Campus Preschool–Grade 3 120 S. Desplaines St., Chicago 312.466.0700

Full and Partial Need-Based Scholarships Are Available

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Nurturing children and families through play since 1968

Fourth Church

Day School • Parent-and-child class for children 18–24 months • Morning and afternoon classes for children 3 to 5 years • NEW! Morning class for children 21/2 to 31/2 years • Extended-day option for children 4 to 5 years Call 312.640.2579 for more information and to schedule a tour

www.fourthchurchdayschool.org — Located on North Michigan Avenue, across from the John Hancock Center —

GRACE LUTHERAN SCHOOL 3 year-old preschool through eighth grade

N AT I O N A L LUT H E R A N SCHOOLS WEEK

Mr. Bill Koehne, Principal 7300 Division, River Forest

(708) 366-6900

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JERUSALEM LUTHERAN SCHOOL AND PRECIOUS CHILD EARLY LEARNING CENTER Ages 3-14, extended care Duane Vance, Principal 6218 Capulina, Morton Grove (847) 965-4750

PILGRIM LUTHERAN SCHOOL PK3-8th Grade Chris Comella, Principal 4300 N. Winchester Ave. Chicago

(773) 477-4824

www.pilgrimchicago.org

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Grace Lutheran School 7300 Division
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 learning needs

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SCHOOL PROFILE

Preschool to 8th Grade Dedicated to meeting the academic, emotional & social needs of gifted learners

Sacred Heart School 6250 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago (773) 262-4446; shschicago.org Grades served: PK-8 Total enrollment: 700 Student to teach ratio: 9 to 1 Average class size: 16 in Kindergarten; 20 in Grades 1-8

Looking for an extraordinary education for your child? Learn more at our Upcoming Tours: Early Childhood: January 11 & 23 Junior Kindergarten: January 11 K-8: January 11 & 24 For more information visit averycoonley.org or contact us at admission@averycoonley.org | 630-969-0800 26 MAKING THE GRADE 2017

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What sets your school apart from other schools: Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent PK-8 school that welcomes students of all faiths in a joyful community. We are excited to welcome 3- and 4-year-olds to our campus in the Fall 2019. Our preschool programs are designed to be cognitively rich and encourage curiosity in a nurturing environment. Extracurricular offerings: 40 special-interest clubs, academic and enrichment programs; robust sports program

including cross country, track, basketball, volleyball, soccer, golf, softball and baseball; band; glee club and theater. Community involvement: Sacred Heart educates students to a greater social awareness and incorporates projects in which students can explore their own call to advocacy. Our whole community participates in hands-on, hearts-open community service projects throughout the year. Your message to prospective parents: At Sacred Heart, students thrive in our joyful and loving community. Our remarkable curriculum both supports and challenges students as they discover their best selves.

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The Forest Playschool is a preschool run completely outside. Our classroom is

twelve wooded acres, plus a large garden. We offer drop-off and parent-child programs, during both the school year and summer garden session.

Run, don’t walk, to our upcoming open house on Jan. 27 from 1:30-3:30pm!

Education is not just about what children learn. It’s also about who they become. At St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic School, our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the whole child. Our dedicated faculty, staff, families, and students work together so that children can flourish.

Visit www.forestplayschoolchicago.com to learn more.  

Tiny Tots for 2 year olds Preschool 3 & 4 K-8 curriculum & academic achievement Superkids reading Inquiry-based science Honors & Title 1 programs Music, art, athletics & enrichment Before and after school care

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St. Robert Bellarmine srb-chicago.org 773-725-5133 | 6036 W. Eastwood, Chicago 60630

Adventure, Discovery, Joy

Proud to be named a National Blue Ribbon School for the second time! Come witness our Blue Ribbon School at our Interactive Open House January 27, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm - PreK-8th Grade Kindergarten Presentation at 1:15pm Pre-K Presentation at 2:00pm

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At The Gardner School, our dedication to customized childcare will make you and your child feel at ease.

Greeted by familiar, friendly faces each day A personal crib or cubby area for comfort and familiarity Front lobby monitors give you peace of mind

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Nursing rooms at most locations Active participation in child’s educational experience

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Jewish Day Schools

Celebrate Knowledge...

CHICAGO JEWISH DAY SCHOOL 3730 N. California Ave, Chicago (773) 271-2700 chicagojewishdayschool.org a multi-denominational, progressive Jewish day school Grades Served: Junior Kindergarten-Grade Eight Cortney Stark Cope, Director of Admissions

KESHET

3210 Dundee Rd., Northbrook (847) 205-0274 Keshet.org/education Pre-K through Transition Dr. Melinda Remaly, Director of Education

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S CHO O L LIS T ING S AHSS Autism Centers Early Learners Group Northbrook, Arlington Heights, Naperville, and soon in Lincoln Park! (844) AHSS-ABA (844-247-7222) AutismHomeSupport.com The AHSS Early Learners Group is a structured, small group classroom environment tailored specifically to help your child begin learning age-appropriate skills that will develop their social, academic, and transitional abilities. Designed for those students who are not quite ready for, or who are struggling, in a traditional classroom. By providing structured training, in a group setting, each child can learn the needed skills to more fully participate in future outside social and academic situations.

Alcuin Montessori School 324 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park (708) 366-1882 alcuin.org Celebrating over 50 years of Montessori excellence, Alcuin offers a cross-curricular learning

environment that balances academic and emotional intelligence. Our programs for children ages birth through 14 years are designed to help each child become confident, curious, and motivated. Our Montessori-trained and certified teachers look forward to creating a partnership with you. Alcuin also offers art, Spanish, theater, swim and all-year care. Visit our website for information and to learn about our new infant program.

The Ancona School 4770 S. Dorchester Avenue, Chicago (773) 924-2356 anconaschool.org Since our founding in 1962, Ancona has been dedicated to diversity and committed to social justice. At every grade level, our students learn to identify inequality and are empowered to address injustice in the world. From 3 years old through eighth grade, Ancona students explore, evaluate, and grapple with realworld challenges in thoughtfully-

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Learn Spanish at Instituto Cervantes this Winter!

Classes for Children & Teenagers 31 W. Ohio Street. Chicago, IL 60654 Tel: 312-335-1996 chicago.cervantes.es Special Advertising Supplement

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S CHO O L LIS T INGS prepared experiential learning environments.

Ascension School 601 Van Buren, Oak Park (708) 434-1541 Ascensionoakpark.com/school Over one hundred years of faith in education. Over one hundred years of commitment to community, to the social justice teachings of the Catholic Church, to the development of the whole child. At Ascension, we provide your child with a warm and nurturing environment while challenging them with a rigorous curriculum and enriching their experience with outstanding extra-curricular and co-curricular programs.

Association Of Illinois Montessori Schools (AIMS)

The U.S. Department of Education recognized Queen of Angels Catholic Elementary School with the 2013 National Blue Ribbon award for exemplary high performance. Queen of Angels was one of only 50 private schools in the nation to receive this honor. Located in the Lincoln Square and Ravenswood neighborhoods, Queen of Angels Catholic Elementary School offers a strong core curriculum, enrichment programs, dedicated faculty and supportive parish community for students from Preschool to 8th grade. 2019 New Family Tour Dates: January 9th • February 6th • March 13th April 10th • May 1st (all times 8:45am, Wednesdays) Catholic School Week Open House Sunday, January 27th, 11:00am to 1:30pm

membership@ilmontessori.org ilmontessori.org The purpose of the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools (AIMS) is to provide a professional organizational structure for Member Montessori schools to: encourage and promote standards of excellence and ethical business practices; monitor and disseminate pertinent educational legislation information; conduct a consolidated public relations program; act as a catalyst for harmonious interaction between members and other educational organizations; and support best practices in Montessori education. Interested in learning more about Montessori? Join us for our annual conference in February - see our website for details!

Avery Coonley School 1400 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove (630) 969-0800 averycoonley.org The Avery Coonley School is a nationally recognized pre-K through 8th grade independent school for academically bright and gifted children. ACS provides depth, pace, and complexity of curriculum to foster the talents of gifted learners. We also offer a like-

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minded peer group, fully integrated technology and arts programs, and a nurturing faculty that understands the unique social and emotional needs of gifted students.

Baker Demonstration School 201 Sheridan Road, Wilmette (847) 425-5800 Bakerdemschool.org Founded in 1918, Baker is nationally recognized for educational excellence. Serving students in Preschool through 8th grade, we balance academic rigor with whole child development, giving students the skills, stamina and ethical framework to succeed in life. Our students thrive in our innovative, experiential learning environment. It’s the very reason our graduates go on to excel academically at highly selective high schools and colleges.

Blue Bird Day 310 N Loomis Street, Chicago & 1921 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago (312) 243-8487 www.bluebirddayschool.com Blue Bird Day is an intensive pediatric therapy program designed to foster socialization, sensory regulation and academic learning in children ages 2-8 in a therapeutic environment that simulates a preschool and kindergarten setting.

British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park 814 W. Eastman Street, Chicago (773) 506-2097 bischicagolp.org BISC Lincoln Park is a private, international school for children ages 2–11 years old. Our curriculum offers a wide range of hands-on experiences for our students and ensures every child reaches their full potential through personalized learning and a rigorous academic program. We have a diverse community of families and are part of a network of 56 schools worldwide, providing our children a chance to interact globally from a young age.

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S CHO O L LIS T ING S British International School of Chicago, South Loop 161 W. 9th Street, Chicago (773) 998-2472 www.bischicagosl.org BISC South Loop empowers students from Pre-K through Grade 12 to reach their highest potential with personalized learning. We enrich learning in performing arts and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) through our collaborations with The Juilliard School and MIT. Preschool children enjoy complimentary care before and after school. Join us!

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School 9250 W. 167th Street, Orland Hills (708) 403-6525 www.cjbschool.org Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School, twicerecognized by the U.S.

Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, is proud of its commitment to provide a toprated academic experience as well as a safe learning environment centered in faith. CJB welcomes students in PreK3 - 8th grade with a focus on developing each student’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional, creative, physical and social needs. From academics to athletics, faculty to facilities, before-to-after-school care, CJB is the Blue Ribbon school of choice.

Catherine Cook School Age 3 – 8th Grade 226 W. Schiller St., Chicago (312) 266-3381 www.catherinecookschool.org Catherine Cook inspires children in a nurturing learning environment focused on the formative years of preschool through eighth grade. Teachers engage children in projectbased learning experiences using computational thinking, supported by our innovative

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A whole child approach in a nurturing Christian environment starts with a play-based early childhood program and results in graduates at Chicago’s best high schools, thinking critically, acting responsibly and working for a just society.

Academic Excellence with a Heart 2018 Best of Chicago Pre Schools Award 2018 NAESP Distinguished Principal

Open House: January 22 & March 7, 2019 Tours every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. For more information contact us: 4300 N. Winchester Chicago, IL 60613 www.pilgrimchicago.org Special Advertising Supplement

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S CHO O L LIS T ING S technology. Social development fosters a community of motivated learners. The result is a confident young person ready to succeed in high school and beyond.

Center For Talent Development (CTD) At Northwestern University

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617 Dartmouth Pl., Evanston (847) 491-3782 www.ctd.northwestern.edu CTD is dedicated to helping high-ability students, age 3 through grade 12, reach full potential. We provide researchbased assessment, advanced programs, and resources to enhance a child’s schooling. Our individualized pathways lead students on a journey of intellectual, emotional, and social growth. CTD’s online, weekend, and summer programs allow students to explore interesting subjects and connect with a community of peers. CTD offers advanced enrichment and accelerated courses across a range of subject areas.

Chicago Friends School 1246 W. Thorndale, Chicago (773) 442-2371 ChicagoFriendsSchool.org Chicago Friends School is a K-8 school in Edgewater built around the Quaker values of community, simplicity, equality, peaceful conflict resolution, integrity and service. Children reflect, question and explore through multidisciplinary, wholeperson learning that fosters a solid foundation for critical thinking and a lifelong love of learning. Small, multi-age classes ensure that instruction is both challenging and developmentally appropriate. Children benefit from an integrated STEAM curriculum, daily recess, and multigenerational service. Please join us at an Open House February 3 from 2:00-4:00 pm to hear how we help students build purposeful lives.

junior kindergarten through grade eight

A multi-denominational community school

Come tour our new campus and witness the extraordinary learning that happens at Chicago Jewish Day School! Tours are conducted every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday by appointment. Contact Cortney Stark Cope, Director of Admissions, at 773-271-2700 or cstarkcope@chicagojewishdayschool.org.

Educating our children in the richness of their past, the diversity of their present, and the possibilities for their future.

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Nurturing the Potential Within Each Child Develop your child’s potential • Ages 15 months through Elementary • Beautiful, bright new building • Regular informational tours • Now enrolling Accredited through age 12 by the by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)

British International School of Chicago - Lincoln Park 814 W. Eastman St., Chicago (773) 506-2097; bischicagolp.org Grades served: PreNursery-5th Grade (ages 2-11) Total enrollment: 550 Student to teach ratio: 10 to 1 Average class size: 20 What sets your school apart from other schools: BISC Lincoln Park is a private, international school. Our curriculum offers a wide range of hands-on experiences for our students and ensures every child reaches their full potential through personalized learning and a rigorous academic program. We have a diverse community of families and are a part of a network of 56 schools worldwide, providing children a chance to interact globally from a young age. Extracurricular offerings: A variety of exciting before- and afterschool clubs, athletics and performing arts groups led by school staff and external vendors for children in Nursery through Year 6. Activities offered include: Taekwondo, Soccer, Basketball, Cooking, Mandarin, Bollywood Dance, Orchestra, Zumba

and more! Community involvement: The BISC Lincoln Park community takes part in many local charity events, both inside and outside of school. We hold various collection drives throughout the year in order to donate to local charity organization such as the Lakeview Pantry, Cradles to Crayons and Open Books. We consistently have one of the largest and highest-earning teams for the Lurie Children’s Hospital’s Step Up for Kids stair climb each year, and even Barkley the Bulldog participates. Your message to prospective parents: Your child’s foundation to a love of learning, critical thinking and global perspectives begins at BISC Lincoln Park. We encourage you to come take a look and meet our vibrant community at one of our school tours, open houses or community events.

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Gateway Montessori 4041 N. Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641 www.GatewayMontessoriSchool.org 773.539.3025 • info@gatewaymontessorischool.org

A school for those who will greet their future with eyes wide open and full of wonder. 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. We invite you to JOIN US at the following admissions events: Thurs. Jan. 24, Preschool Open House, 9-10am; Thurs. Feb. 28, Open House: Tour & Explore Preschool-8th, 1:30-4pm. Please RSVP or book an individual tour at admissions@bakerdemschool.org or call 847-425-5800.

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S CHO O L LIS T ING S Chicago City Day School 541 W. Hawthorne Place, Chicago (773) 327-0900 www.chicagocitydayschool.org Chicago City Day School is an independent, co-educational, urban elementary school serving children in junior kindergarten through eighth grade. The School’s spectacular two-acre campus is located on a tree-lined residential street in Chicago’s Belmont Harbor neighborhood. A rigorous academic program encourages intellectual curiosity, aesthetic sensibility, critical thinking, joy in learning and a lasting commitment to physical activity and healthful living. Dedicated teachers and enthusiastic students work together in small groups with great success.

Chicago Jewish Day School 3730 N California Ave., Chicago (773) 271-2700 chicagojewishdayschool.org CJDS is a dynamic, multi-

denominational Jewish day school on the cutting edge of best practices in progressive education. In 2018, we celebrated our extraordinary commitment to engaging and educating the next generation of Jewish learners and leaders when we moved to our new 2.6-acre campus in the Irving Park neighborhood. Through our integrated and experiential learning curriculum, we are recognized for both our academic excellence and our meaningful approach to Judaic Studies and Hebrew.“

Chicago School GPS (312) 324-GPS4 (4774) www.chischoolgps.com We can help you navigate the confusing school search process to find the best suited public and/or private schools in the Chicago area for your child. From pre-school through high school, school choices in Chicago are an ever-changing landscape and we continually explore all options to guide you to your school destination. Whether you are

seeking general, gifted or special needs options, the expertise of Chicago School GPS will make your school search journey a smoother one.

Chicago Waldorf School 5200 N Ashland“ Ave, Chicago (773) 465-2371 At the Chicago Waldorf School each Pre-K thru 12th grade student discovers that they are a scientist, writer, mathematician, artist, musician, and athlete; empowered to think critically, creatively, and collaboratively. It’s how we teach that changes everything. RSVP for a tour and see why we’re the fastest growing education in the world!

City Garden Waldorf School 920 W. 19th“Street, Chicago (312) 421-3050 www.citygardenschool.com City Garden Waldorf School is dedicated to the protection of childhood and the advancement of Waldorf Education. City Garden’s mixed-aged (3-6)

preschool/kindergarten classrooms meet young children in an age-appropriate way, fostering healthy growth intellectually, physically, and emotionally.“ The children’s day features indoor/outdoor free play, helping with chores and snack preparation, Eurythmy (movement class), circle time, a story or puppet play, rest, and enjoying snack with classmates and teachers.“Join us at an upcoming open house!

Countryside Day School 1985 Pfingsten Rd., Northbrook (847) 498-1105 countrysideday.org At Countryside Day School academic excellence is at the core of everything we do. We bring real world experience into the classroom so our students also learn how to think and do for themselves, take risks, solve their own problems, confidently navigate change and complexity, and overcome adversity.“ We inspire and prepare students to find their own path to success

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The Cove School 350 Lee St., Northbrook (847) 562-2100 coveschool.org The Cove School in Northbrook is a K-12 day school for students with complex learning disabilities. Students come from over 50 school districts in the Chicagoland area to receive an individualized educational experience in a safe and respectful environment. Cove provides customized learning strategies to complete an academic curriculum, while at the same time facilitates the development of students’ social and emotional skills, self-advocacy and sense of wellbeing.

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S CHO O L LIS T INGS Morton Grove: (224) 770-7400 Naperville North: (630) 444-7060 Naperville South: (630) 355-3334 Northbrook: (847) 559-0898 Orland Park North: (708) 966-9633 Palatine: (847) 764-0058 Schaumburg North: (847) 285-3446 Schaumburg South: (630) 283-5960 Skokie: (847) 983-7562 South Elgin: (630) 847-4092 Vernon Hills - coming soon: (847) 947-8700 Westmont: (630) 455-4470 www.myeyelevel.com EMAIL: Julia.choi@myeyelevel.com Individualized instruction. Basic Thinking & Critical Thinking Math. Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary. Integrated Writing Program. Visit an Eye Level Learning Center near you!

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126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago (312) 640-2579 fourthchurch.org/dayschool Fourth Church Day School is an established, community-minded, play-based preschool that encourages life-long learning by respecting and educating the whole child. Located across from the Hancock Center and housed within Fourth Presbyterian Church, our school welcomes a diverse population. Our warm and supportive environment is maintained by the professionalism of our teachers, and enriched by on-going communication with parents. Half-day programs are available for children ages 2-5. School is in session from September through May.

The Forest Playschool North Park Village (312) 533-9093 forestplayschoolchicago.com Give your child the joy of learning outdoors!The Forest Playschool is a preschool run completely outside on twelve wooded acres, plus a large garden. We offer parent-child programming (0-3), drop-off programming (3-6) and summer garden session (3-8; 0-3 with parent). We are located in the

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The Frances Xavier Warde School OSP Campus: 120 S. Desplaines (Grades Preschool – 3rd) HNC Campus, 751 N. State (Grades 4th – 8th) (312) 466-0700 www.fxw.org FXW School is driven by a vision of creating a unique urban educational program for the children of Chicago. As a Catholic school that embraces multi-faith values, teachers provide a high quality, value driven education to students of all ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Individual values of all children are respected, supported and encouraged. FXW’s rigorous curriculum enables students to grow, clarify their values, and develop decision making skills.

The Gardner School Naperville (630) 657-5029 Chicago-West Loop Campus (312) 229-4299 Northbrook (847) 770-6260 Chicago-Bucktown Campus (773) 661-0151 Oak Brook (630) 576-4740 Chicago-Lincoln Park (630) 639-1008 Lincolnshire (847) 415-5420 Schaumburg (847) 592-2513 thegardnerschool.com The Gardner School is an awardwinning, academically-focused preschool that offers educational programs for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. We are committed to providing a nurturing environment for learning whereyour child can prepare for lifelong success and academic achievement. Our four-year degreed teachers, nationally recognized curriculum, focused enrichment programs in art, science and movement, safe and secure spaces, and nutritious menus set The Gardner School apart.

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S CHO O L LIS T ING S Gateway Montessori 4041 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago (773) 539-3025 www.GatewayMontessoriSchool.org To nurture the potential within each child is Gateway’s mission. Programs from age 15 months through Elementary. Visit online and call for an informational tour. Upcoming Open House: February 4th

GEMS World Academy Chicago 350 E. South Water St. (Lakeshore East campus) & 2301 N. Clark St. (Lincoln Park campus) Chicago (312) 809-8910 www.gemschicago.org GEMS World Academy Chicago employs the IB curriculum for students aged preschool through 9th—grade. Now enrolling for 2017-2018. Schedule your school tour today! RSVP here:— www.gemschicago.org/parent

German International School Chicago (GISC) 1726 W Berteau, Chicago (773) 857-3000 germanschoolchicago.com The German International School Chicago (GISC) is a private, nonprofit IB World School offering a bilingual, international education from Preschool through Grade 8. GISC’s almost 150 students represent more than 30 nationalities worldwide. Low student-teacher ratios enable students to learn in a supportive and individualized environment that nurtures curiosity and creativity while fostering global awareness. GISC students – fluent in German and English – will become well-rounded, creative, and responsible global citizens.

Grace Lutheran School, 7300 Division, River Forest (708) 366-6900 www.GraceRiverForest.org. Grace Lutheran provides a challenging academic environment responsive

to—the—needs of children from preschool through 8th grade. Resource teachers assist—classroom teachers in helping—students achieve their best. Early childhood—instruction includes both academics and learning through play. Oneto-one—computers in upper grades facilitate individualized instruction. Learn more at the Open House, Sunday, Jan. 27, 1:00-2:30pm, or at First Look Fridays, Jan. 15 and Feb. 18, 8:30–10:30am.

If you haven’t toured our school, we’d love to show you around! Call us or book a tour at our website. Spanish immersion is available for children 2 through 6 years old.

Guidepost Montessori at Wicker Park

Guidepost Montessori at Magnificent Mile 226 E. Illinois Street, Chicago (312) 796-9400 guidepostmontessori.com/ magnificent-mile Guidepost Montessori is a new, beautifully prepared preschool in the heart of Chicago. From infant through 6 years old, your child will learn joyfully at her own pace, developing confidence while mastering practical skills and academic essentials. Guidepost teachers are nurturing, dedicated educators.

1530 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago (773) 663-4732 guidepostmontessori.com/ wicker-park At Guidepost Montessori, your child will enter a wonderful world of activities, tools, and learning materials, designed to captivate him and inspire his budding intelligence in remarkable ways. Early childhood is a brief moment in time when your child’s mind develops rapidly, and he establishes foundational character traits. Take advantage of this critical age! Now enrolling children 2 to 6 years old. Call us or book a tour at our website. Spanish immersion is available.

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S CHO O L LIS T ING S Hyde Park Day School Chicago Campus (773) 420-2550 Lemont Campus (630) 296-1229 Northfield Campus (847) 446-7025 hydeparkday.org HPDS is the leading school in the Chicago area specializing in students of average to superior intelligence who have learning disabilities. We provide an innovative and comprehensive educational model that helps prepare students for successful transitions to a school in their home community. Our specialized and supportive environment teaches students to be self advocates and gives them the strategies to succeed.

Immaculate Conception Grade School Pre-Kindergarten 3 – 8th Grade 132 Arthur Street, Elmhurst (630) 530-3490 www.icgradeschoolelmhurst.org As an educational ministry of Immaculate Conception Parish,

we partner with parents to prepare students for lives as Catholic leaders. As Christians empowered by the Holy Spirit, we focus on formation through prayer, message, concern, and service to community. We teach students to live lives that embody these values, are centered in Christ, and strive for their greatest academic potential. We invite you to schedule a tour or shadow day and take a closer look.

Immaculate ConceptionSt. Joseph School North Park Campus (PreK3 - Grade 3) 1431 N North Park Avenue, Chicago Hill Street Campus (Grades 4 - 8 | Tot Program) 363 W Hill Street, Chicago (312) 944-0304 www.icsjschool.org ICSJ is a leading catholic school educating over 450 students in PreK3 - Grade 8. The unique co-teaching model, challenging curriculum, accomplished faculty,

and breadth of enrichment opportunities prepare students for the most selective high schools in Chicago. Visit to see why families from 28 zip codes call us home.

Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran School 6218 Capulina Ave., Morton Grove (847) 965-4750 jerusalemlutheran.org Jerusalem Lutheran School (JELS) welcomes all students in the Chicagoland area. JELS offers Preschool 3, Preschool 4, Full Day Kindergarten, and grades one to eight, all at very affordable prices. JELS’ goal is to teach all subjects in the light of God’s Word When you enter the building, you will notice a friendly, family-like atmosphere, and a structured environment that promotes learning. JELS is also a certified F-1 status school, accepting I-20 students from abroad.

Kensington School 743 McClintock Dr., Burr Ridge (630) 990-8000 Children’s laughter and excitement, their anticipation of what each day at Kensington School will bring, is what sets Kensington School apart. A child’s education begins at birth and continues into the most pivotal preschool years. Kensington School’s unique and comprehensive curriculum stimulates and educates young minds for purposeful learning at its best. Private School – Infant and Toddler Programs – Part and Full Day Preschool – Full Day Kindergarten – Enrichment Classes – Summer Camps – Organic Food

Lakefront Children’s Academy 400 E. Randolph St. Ste.6B, Chicago (312) 819-1760 lakefrontchildrensacademy.com Lakefront Children’s Academy’s is a modern, downtown preschool offering scenic views

BOOK SMART & LIFE SMART From preschool through 8th grade our engaged students learn to make good decisions. Nurtured in a climate of creativity and computational thinking, they explore problem solving in fresh and useful ways. They graduate as empathetic, culturally competent students able to confidently adapt to an everchanging world.

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CHICAGO CITY DAY SCHOOL

541 West Hawthorne Place • Chicago 773.327.0900 • chicagocitydayschool.org

... you have to see it to believe it! Junior Kindergarten through Grade 8 • Two-acre, urban campus with state-of-the-art facilities • Dedicated teachers and engaged students work together in small groups with great success • Challenging academic programs including lab science, foreign language, and enriched visual and performing arts • Field trips that help children develop an awareness of the vitality of city living

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S CHO O L LIS T ING S of Lake Michigan and features cozy classrooms and unlimited outdoor space for nature walks/ playground activities. We offer Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, Spanish, Art, Music/ Private Piano Lessons, Computer and Physical Education classes. Our enhanced curriculum features 95% cumulative graduate placement to gifted and selected schools.

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Pre K -12th Grade 59 W. North Blvd., Chicago (312) 582-6000 (312) 582-6080 Summer at Latin Latinschool.org Latin School has set standards for academic excellence in Chicago for more than 130 years. We are committed to developing lifelong learners who succeed in college and beyond. Serving 1,175 students from 96 Chicago neighborhoods and 14 suburbs with a student-to-teacher ratio of 8:1, Latin is a community where every student is known and valued. Visit our website to learn more.

Little Green Tree House Three locations: 118 S Ashland, 1929 N Halsted, 3111 N Ashland (312) 492-9876 www.littlegreentreehouse.com Little Green Tree House has three locations in Chicago! Our vibrant eco-friendly centers include private indoor and outdoor areas to provide children with opportunities for movement and group play outside of the classroom. Through carefully designed lesson plans, thoughtful interactions with our highly-qualified teachers, and exploration of the environment we help to nurture the growth and education of the whole child. Private tours are available with an Enrollment Associate. Please book through our website!

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Saint Jerome Catholic School www.stjeromeschool.net

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Or call (312) 842-7668 to arrange for a private tour One to one Chromebook program in grades 5-8 ~ iPads for KG through Grade 4 Challenging curriculum—high percentage of placement in top-ramked high schools Flexible 3 & 4 year old Pre-K program Classes in foreign language, art, music and P.E. Sports—Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer and Running Club After School Enrichment Program, Girl scouts ~ After Care Program Construction underway for new gym, kitchen and Pre-K Classrooms Saint Jerome School 2801 South Princeton Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60616 (312) 842-7668

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S CHO O L LIS T INGS Lumiere Children’s Therapy

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Individualized programming for students in grades 1-8. Monthly Open Houses at all three campuses: Chicago Northfield Lemont 773-420-2550 847-446-7025 630-296-1229 hydeparkday.org

Therapeutic Preschool & Kindergarten 811 W Evergreen Street, Suite #404 Chicago (312) 242-1665 www.lumierechild.com Our Therapeutic Preschool & Kindergarten program is a supportive and inclusive environment for children of all developmental needs. Our classrooms and sensory gym are set in a fun, loving environment offering a small group setting and 1:1 student/teacher ratio to allow for individualized optimal therapy for each child, while participating in peer activities.‰At Lumiere, our multidisciplinary approach integrates holistic learning and play-based therapy to achieve critical developmental milestones.

Montessori Language Academy 314 Circle Ave., Forest Park (708) 771-5030 MontessoriLanguageAcademy.com Montessori Language Academy offers authentic Montessori program with JapaneseEnglish dual language setting. Children learn developmentally appropriate Social Skills, Math Concepts, and Natural Science with hands-on Montessori materials. The program includes music class, art class and harmonica class. Optional piano lesson and Spanish class offered. The school is open 5 days a week and accepts children 3-6 years old. Summer program available. Teaching staff with American Montessori Society credentials. Award winning faculty.

North Shore Country Day School 310 Green Bay Road, Winnetka (847) 441-3321 nscds.org Established in 1919, North Shore is an accredited school with 540 students in junior kindergarten through 12th grade. “Here, our youngest students are embraced by the larger North Shore community,” says the Director

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of the Early Childhood Program Kathy Irvin. Every child is involved in active learning every day - asking questions, making choices, listening, participating in discussions, sharing, reading books, investigating science, creating art, making music, speaking Spanish, engaging in service and moving in physical education.

Our Lady Of Perpetual Help School (OLPH) 1123 Church St., Glenview (847) 724-6990 olph-il.org Celebrating 90 years of Catholic education, OLPH School is a place unlike any other - a vibrant 21st century Catholic school in an idyllic 8 building campus filled with 3 year olds - 14 year olds. When you choose OLPH School, 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. We invite you to discover the distinction that makes our school an extraordinary place of learning!

Pilgrim Lutheran School 4300 N. Winchester Ave., Chicago (773) 477-4824 www.pilgrimchicago.org Pilgrim’s whole child approach ensures students engage in a high-quality educational program, supported by a nurturing Christian community. Pilgrim’s play-based Early Childhood mixes free choice play with literacy skills. All Pilgrim students learn to transform “how” and “why” questions into critical thinking skills, working from source texts rather than a scripted program. Our focus on problem-solving for real world tasks means service learning is key to Pilgrim students becoming courageous and active members of society.

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Academic Adventures for Bright Young Learners Age 3 through Grade 12

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City Garden Waldorf School

RHYTHM. WONDER. PLAY. Dedicated to the protection of childhood, City Garden has mixed-aged preschool/kindergarten classrooms, each with children from ages 3 through 6. The Waldorf early childhood curriculum meets young children in an age-appropriate way, fostering healthy growth intellectually, physically, and emotionally. Special Advertising Supplement

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S CHO O L LIS T INGS Queen Of Angels School 4520 N. Western, Chicago (773) 769-4211 queenofangelschicago.org Queen of Angels School nominated by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2013 Blue Ribbon School is located within the Chicago community of Lincoln Square with a commitment of providing a nurturing, inclusive, safe environment for families. The School’s mission is committed to the living of Catholic values, developing strong character and fostering excellence in academics with a challenging, differentiated and comprehensive curriculum. Queen of Angels celebrates the uniqueness of all students with a variety of educational and enrichment opportunities to build upon a lifetime of learning experiences in an ever changing world. Catholic School Week Open House on Sunday, January 27th, 2019 from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Monthly tours available.

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Roycemore School 1200 Davis St., Evanston (847) 866-6055 roycemoreschool.org Encourages intellectual curiosity and collaboration from preschool through high school. Students are supported as individuals through differentiated instruction, acceleration, and enrichment. In addition to stellar academics, there are many other opportunities for learning and discovery. Special offerings like Personal Passion Projects in Middle School and January Short Term in Upper School, as well as AP and Northwestern University classes, encourage students to take an active role in their education as they prepare for success in college and beyond.

Sacred Heart Schools

8020 Madison St., River Forest (708) 771-6159 rfcc.info Offering an age appropriate curriculum designed to encourage positive group interaction as well as foster individual growth. Our teachers thrive on creating a safe and fun learning environment through play in which children are encouraged to explore and develop their cognitive, language, social-intellectual, and motor skills.

Ronald Knox Montessori School FAITH • KNOWLEDGE • DISCIPLINE • SERVICE

including creative problem solving, grace and courtesy, and respect for themselves, others and the world around them. We offer programs for children 6 months to 6 years of age. Visit our website to learn more about us!

2031 Elmwood Avenue Wilmette (847) 256-2922 ronaldknox.org We are an accredited Montessori school serving the children of Chicago’s North Shore since 1963. Guided by our highly qualified and dedicated faculty, Ronald Knox children develop skills they will use both inside and outside the classroom,

The Academy for Girls and Hardey Preparatory School for Boys 6250 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago (773) 681-8418 shschicago.org Independent, Catholic, PK-8. Educating Chicago children since 1876. Located on Lake Michigan, Sacred Heart Schools enroll 700 day students and are part of a worldwide network of nearly 150 Sacred Heart Schools. Preschool and Kindergarten are coeducational. In grades 1-8, Sacred Heart offers single gender classes in a co-ed environment. In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum, Sacred Heart Schools is dedicated to a values based program concerned with the education of the whole child.

Sauganash Montessori School 5750 N. Rogers Ave. (773) 545-6295 www.sauganashmontessori.com Sauganash Montessori School offers exceptional early

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S CHO O L LIS T ING S childhood education in warm, home-like atmosphere. Our mission is to cultivate a child’s natural desire to learn and provide the child with a prepared environment in which they may explore the world around them. Rolling admissions, eligible on 3rd birthday. Please call to schedule a tour now!

Science & Arts Academy The Gifted Choice® 1825 Miner Street, Des Plaines (847) 827-7880 www.scienceandartsacademy.org Science & Arts Academy educates Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade gifted students from over 60 Chicagoland communities. Learn more about SAA by attending our upcoming Interactive Open House, scheduled for Saturday, January 26th at 1:00pm. This event will be a unique, engaging experience, allowing students the opportunity to take part in sample lessons, while parents observe and learn more about our school community. RSVP at www.scienceandartsacademy.

org/openhouse.

Sonnets Academy Boundless learning through play. Six weeks to six years. Lincoln Park: 1932 N. Clark St. (312) 951-1024 River North: 430 W. Erie St. (312) 344-1926 West Loop: 229 S. Peoria St. (312) 733-7580 Hyde Park: 5548 S. Hyde Park Blvd., (773) 891-0029 sonnetsacademy.com Sonnets Academy inspires boundless learning through play in its discovery-based curriculum and enrichment programs for children six weeks to six years of age.

St. Athanasius School 2510 Ashland Avenue, Evanston (847) 864-2650 saintas.net Inspiring both the minds and hearts of our students, St. Athanasius School nurtures the whole child. Through innovative

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teaching combining the sciences, languages, arts, service, technology & STEM lab — we grow a love of learning, respect for one other, and compassion for the world around us. St. Athanasius welcomes all to its vibrant community. For a closer look at Jr. Kindergarten through 8th grade in beautiful north Evanston, please call today for a private tour.

St. Benedict Preparatory School 3900 N Leavitt Street, Chicago (773) 463-6797 stbenedict.com Located in the thriving Northcenter community, St. Benedict Preparatory School is devoted to preparing students for learning, achievement, and service in the 21 st Century global society. Our commitment to inclusive and rigorous challenge creates a dynamic, innovative, and active learning experience. The strengths of each child become an inspiration to others to learn fearlessly, lead responsibly, and serve joyfully.

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Full day and half day preschool options are available. Call for tour information.

St. Josaphat School 2245 N Southport Ave (773) 549-0909 stjosaphat.net Located in Lincoln Park, St. Josaphat School, serves grades PreK-3 to 8th. We are the only elementary school in the city of Chicago to receive the National Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence twice.¢ We are welcoming community where our children are Enlightened to discover God, Empowered to thrive intellectually and emotionally as they Excel to meet a lifetime of challenges as future leaders.

St. Mary of the Woods 6959 N. Hiawatha Ave, Chicago (773) 763-7577 smowschool.org Dedicated to providing a Catholic education to advance and promote the academic, spiritual, physical and social growth of students preschool-

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S CHO O L LIS T ING S 8th grade. SMOW is a USDOE National Blue Ribbon School.

St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic School 6036 W. Eastwood Avenue, Chicago (773) 725-5133 srb-chicago.org Since 1931, St. Robert Bellarmine has been providing the Jefferson Park–Portage Park area with a vibrant Catholic education that addresses the needs of the whole child: spiritual, emotional, academic, physical, and social. For more information about our community, Tiny Tots for 2 year olds, Preschool for 3 and 4 year olds, excellent curriculum, inquiry-based science classes, honors classes, test scores, Summer Program, Athletics Program and more, visit srb-chicago.org or contact schooloffice@srb-chicago.org or 773-725-5133.

TinkRworks 21 S. 2nd street, Hinsdale (630) 819 8926 www.tinkrworks.com TinkRworks is a provider of exceptional hands-on STEAMpowered (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) programs. Using combinations of 21st century skills (e.g., coding, 3D-printing,electronics) and traditional skills (e.g. woodworking, painting), our programs bring together different subject areas and modes of thinking to provide a unique STEAM experience that is fun and exciting. TinkRworks is creating the next generation of leaders and innovators with skills necessary to master the rapidly evolving, hyper-competitive, technology driven world. Contact us to bring TinkRworks to your schools:

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University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Vanguard Gifted Academy

1362 E. 59th Street, Chicago Campus Location: Judd Hall room C104, 5835 S. Kimbark Ave. (773) 702-3146 Fax: (773) 702-1520 ireed@ucls.uchicago.edu www.ucls.uchicago.edu\ The Laboratory Schools are home to the youngest members of the University of Chicago’s academic community. We ignite and nurture an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence. We value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. People who choose Lab believe…. • in the power of the human intellect and the importance of experiential learning • that learning is an ongoing process that knows no boundaries, no endpoint • that differences strengthen our community • That community members should inspire, support and challenge each other to work to our fullest potential

1078 E. Wilson St., Batavia (224) 213-0087 gifted@vanguardgiftedacademy.org www.vanguardgiftedacademy.org Learning at Vanguard Gifted Academy is a joyful community experience driven by the curiosity and creativity of engaged learners and framed by teachers who understand gifted children. The Vanguard Model teaches students at their academic ability levels and engages them in challenging projects where they use their knowledge in real-life applications. Through the projects, students learn that success is the result of planning, revision, and perseverance. At Vanguard gifted children take root, blossom, and soar!

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LAKESHORE ACADEMY OF ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS Over 40 Years of Gymnastics Education

Preschool Gymnastics Home School Groups Recreational Classes Rock Climbing

GYMNASTICS We can make a class to fit your group schedule! Give us a call!

Chicago River West 312-563-9400 Mount Prospect 847-376-8826 www.lakeshoreacademy.com

Make Your Child a Star! with a birthday party at the movies for more information visit classiccinemas.com

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THE

MAKING GRADE ADVERTISER INDEX

Alcuin Montessori School ..................................................... 44

Eye Level................................................................................ 46

North Shore Country Day School ........................................... 9

The Ancona School ............................................................... 36

Fourth Church Day School .................................................... 24

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School ...................................... 44

Ascension School .................................................................. 20

The Forest Playschool ........................................................... 27

Pilgrim Lutheran School ....................................................... 31

Avery Coonley School ........................................................... 26

The Francis Xavier Warde School.......................................... 23

Queen of Angels School ....................................................... 30

Baker Demonstration School................................................ 33

The Gardner School .............................................................. 28

River Forest Community Center.............................................. 9

Blue Bird Day......................................................................... 41

Gateway Montessori ............................................................. 33

Ronald Knox Montessori School .......................................... 16

British International School of Chicago, South Loop ............. 1

German International School Chicago ................................. 14

Roycemore ............................................................................ 39

Cardinal Joseph Bernadin Catholic School........................... 27

Grace Lutheran School.......................................................... 25

Sacred Heart Schools ...............................................Back Cover

Catherine Cook School .......................................................... 38

Guidepost Montessori........................................................... 21

Sauganash Montessori School ............................................. 22

The Center for Talent Development ...................................... 43

Hyde Park Day School ........................................................... 42

Science & Arts Academy ...................................................... 25

Chicago City Day School ....................................................... 39

Immaculate Conception Grade School................................. 23

St Athanasius School .............................................................. 6

Chicago Friends School......................................................... 23

Instituto Cervantes ................................................................ 29

St Benedict Preparatory School............................. Inside Front

Chicago Jewish Day School .................................................. 32

Jerusalem Lutheran .............................................................. 39

St Jerome .............................................................................. 40

Chicago Psychological Health Center, LLC............................ 14

Kensington School .................................................................. 8

St Josaphat School.................................................................. 4

Chicago School GPS .............................................................. 20

Lakefront Children’s Academy .............................................. 36

St Mary of the Woods ............................................................. 6

Chicago Waldorf School ....................................................... 12

Lakeshore Academy .............................................................. 47

St Robert Bellarmine School ................................................ 27

City Garden Waldorf School ................................................. 43

Latin School of Chicago ........................................................ 15

TinkRworks.............................................................................. 9

Classic Cinemas..................................................................... 47

LMAIS ...................................................................................... 2

UCAN ..................................................................................... 42

Countryside Day School........................................................ 45

Lumiere Children’s Therapy................................................... 34

Vanguard Gifted Academy.................................................... 35

The Cove School .................................................................... 22

Montessori Language Academy............................................. 6

Eyas Landing ......................................................................... 37

Near North Montessori ......................................................... 25

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Spring Sports Thrills • Character Visits • Bounce Houses • Train Rides Obstacle Courses • Entertainment Stage • all ages welcome!

Sunday, April 28 • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Athletico Center • Northbrook 1900 Old Willow Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062

Discover Chicago Parent Marketplace! Shop at a dozen small retailer booths as part of the fun!

Visit ChicagoParent.com/playdate for advance tickets and info!

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Your child is our mission. Please join us for our February 13 Admissions Coffee Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent, PK-8 school that warmly welcomes children of all faiths. Inspired teaching, personalized learning and a supportive community ensure that our students thrive academically and grow in goodness, self-knowledge, and service to others.

Select spaces available for 2019-20 school year Join us for an Admissions Coffee February 13, March 22, May 1 from 9:15-11 am Preschool Information Session to follow, 11-11:45 am To register, call 773.681.8418 or admissions@shschicago.org 6250 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660 | www.shschicago.org

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Making the Grade 2019  

Chicago Parent's huge annual guide to the best education options in Chicagoland.

Making the Grade 2019  

Chicago Parent's huge annual guide to the best education options in Chicagoland.