Excite & Educate: North/Central

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The new class of freshmen at Loyola Academy in Wilmette check out their new schedules for the 2013-2014 school year at Freshman Orientation in August.

Chiaravalle Montessori

425 Dempster St.

Evanston, IL 60201

(847) 864-2190


Discover the simple power of learning by doing. Get a clear understanding of how the learning process at Chiaravalle Montessori is designed to connect how and what children learn. Come see what the staff does: call and reserve a space for a Prospective Parent Tour. Tours are from 9-11 a.m. and include a brief classroom observation, school tour and question-and-answer session. RSVP required. Adults only, please. Tour dates: Nov. 5 (elementary and middle school); Nov 7, 14, 19; Dec. 3, 12; Jan. 7, 9; and Feb. 11.

Chicagoland Jewish High School

1095 Lake Cook Rd.

Deerfield, IL 60015

(847) 470-6700


Chicagoland Jewish High School, a co-ed, college-preparatory high school, has served the Chicagoland Jewish community for 12 years. The mission is to create a culture of academic excellence that inspires students to think critically and achieve their full potential while preparing them to live Judaism as responsible, involved citizens in the modern world. CJHS offers exceptional general and Jewish studies, strong athletic and fine arts programs, extracurricular activities and leadership opportunities. After graduating, students are positioned to be successful in their future endeavors. Its reputation is excellent, and the school thrives. CJHS welcomes students from 24 different communities throughout Chicagoland and abroad. Contact Lily Zoberman at lzoberman@cjhs.orgor or call (847) 324-3706 to learn more.

East Lake Academy

13911 W. Laurel Dr.

Lake Forest, IL 60045

(847) 247-0035


A Roman Catholic school of academic excellence. Pre-K through eighth grade. Is your toddler reading? East Lake Academy was created to serve children that show high academic aptitude and will thrive in an accelerated academic environment. The pre-k program at East Lake Academy features a developmentally appropriate curriculum in a nurturing environment that is one full grade ahead and accelerated. Committed teachers give personal, loving attention to each child in small classes, help to cultivate imagination and teach basic skills and good habits. The curriculum is infused with formation in the Roman Catholic faith. For more information or a personal tour to witness the students and faculty in action, call Mrs. Elizabeth Simutis, director of admissions or visit the website.

Holy Cross School

720 Elder Lane

Deerfield, IL 60015

(847) 945-0135


Pre-k through eighth grade. Full-day kindergarten. Onsite extended day care. Holy Cross School has provided a Catholic education blending faith, academic achievement and community service for 76 years. Its nurturing environment fosters a love of learning, lifelong curiosity and strengthens a student’s spiritually, academically, physically and socially. The school’s programs strive to meet each child’s learning style, and it offers Spanish to all grades. The students develop skills for critical thinking, problem solving and self-direction through the exceptional teachers and staff. Holy Cross is blessed with a community of families dedicated to its children’s education.

Lake Forest Academy

1500 W. Kennedy Rd.

Lake Forest, IL 60045

(847) 615-3267


Lake Forest Academy is an independent, co-educational, 9-12 college-preparatory school for 430 boarding and day students located on 150 acres in Lake Forest. LFA strives to cultivate in its students excellence of character, scholarship, citizenship and responsibility. Students from around Chicago, 20 states and 35 countries enroll at LFA each year. LFA offers 27 different sports, a broad array of visual and performing arts, and many different service learning and leadership opportunities. The school offers more than $4.4 million in financial aid to students annually.

Lake Forest Country Day School

145 S. Green Bay Rd.

Lake Forest, IL 60045

(847) 615-6151


Students need the right balance of challenge and support as they strive to succeed academically, express themselves creatively and make meaningful contributions to the lives of others. At Lake Forest Country Day School, the dedicated faculty focuses on both cognitive and social-emotional growth as well as helping to build the self-awareness and strong character that leads to high achievement and a passion for learning. From the 1ST STEP program for 2-year-olds through eighth grade, an education at LFCDS allows students to step into the future with confidence. LFCDS offers financial assistance so that your child can take advantage of all the school has to offer. Call the admission office to find out more.

Montessori School of Lake Forest

13700 W. Laurel Dr.

Lake Forest, IL 60045

(847) 918-1000


The Montessori School of Lake Forest admits children ages 15 months to 15 years on a year-round basis, according to classroom openings and developmental readiness. This welcoming policy supports the needs of today’s families. At MSLF, the admissions process is an experience of getting to know you. Families receive personal tours and have the opportunity to ask many questions. Please join the school at its upcoming open houses. Tours begin at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 2, 23 and Nov. 6. To learn more about the MSLF and to arrange for a tour, please the school or visit its website.

Options for College Success

820 Davis St., Suite 455

Evanston, IL 60201

(847) 425-4797


Options for College Success is a nonprofit organization that supports learning-challenged post-secondary students as they transition to independence. The group also provides the tools needed for independent living, finance management, social skills and career placement. The nurturing environment helps students be successful in college and beyond. The staff believes in looking at what the student can do, and not what they cannot. The new program for high school students joins the other individualized programs: residential, day program and Extension program. Contact Shoshana Axler atsnaxler@optionsforcollegesuccess.org or (847) 425-4797 to schedule a visit or for more information.

Pope John XXIII School

1120 Washington St.

Evanston, IL 60202

(847) 475-5678


Pope John XXIII School is an award-winning school for preschool to eighth grade. Pope John XXIII is a National Blue Ribbon School for academic excellence; State of Illinois award winner for Science Olympiad and 2012 State Spelling Bee champion three years in a row. Every eighth grader completes algebra; honors algebra and some are taking honors geometry. Pope John offers French and Spanish for junior kindergarten to fifth grade; sixth to eighth grade students choose from French, Spanish or Latin. Specials include physical education, computers, multi-media center, music, art and drama. Every child — preschool to eighth grade — is learning, achieving and believing.

Resurrection College Prep High School

7500 W. Talcott Ave.

Chicago, IL 60631

(773) 775-6616


Resurrection College Prep High School is the largest all-girls’ Catholic, Christian college-prep high school on the north side of Chicago. It offers outstanding academics, athletics and fine arts. Open houses for prospective students will be Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17 from 2- 4 p.m. Visitors can learn about Resurrection’s innovative block schedule, strong curriculum and diverse programs. Shadow Days are available for eighth-grade girls to shadow a current Resurrection student. Visit www.reshs.org or call (773) 775-6616 Ext 129 to schedule a Shadow Day or for more information about Resurrection.

St. Patrick High School

5900 W. Belmont Ave.

Chicago, IL 60634

(773) 282-8844


Saint Patrick High School is Chicago’s oldest all-male college preparatory high school. Located on Chicago’s northwest side, St. Pat’s serves a diverse student population of approximately 700 young men from Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Eighth-grade boys are invited to schedule a shadow day by visiting www.stpatrick.org or by calling Matt O’Brien, Director of Admissions, at (773) 286-8452. Families are invited to see Saint Patrick’s outstanding academic, athletic, and fine arts programs by visiting one of its two open houses — Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6-8 p.m. or Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 6-8 p.m. Academic scholarships and tuition assistance are available.

The Wolcott School

524 N. Wolcott Ave.

Chicago, IL 60622

(312) 610-4900


Fall open house: Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Wolcott School offers an exemplary high school program for students with learning differences that are tailored to the strengths and aspirations of each student. Employing best practices, the expert faculty is dedicated to helping students gain self-awareness, confidence and resilience as well as the academic, social and communication skills to flourish in college and beyond. Families are strongly encouraged to submit an application by the Dec. 13 (priority deadline). After Dec. 13, applications will be accepted on a space available basis. Contact Rachel Spiro, director of admissions, for an application or to schedule a tour.

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart

760 E. Westleigh Rd.

Lake Forest, IL 60045

(847) 234-4300 ext. 225


Discover the diverse, international educational experience at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart during an open house Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Located in Lake Forest, Woodlands Academy is a Catholic day and boarding college-preparatory high school for young woman with a long tradition of welcoming students from all over the world. The present enrollment is drawn from the greater Chicago area as well as several other states and countries. Founded in 1858, its identity is rooted in a desire to inspire young hearts and minds to excel, to lead lives of integrity and to serve. Learn more at www.woodlandsacademy.org.