Excite & Educate: Lake/Northwest

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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.

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.

School of St. Mary

Primary grade center (preschool through third grade):

900 W. Everett Rd.

Lake Forest, IL 60045

(847) 283-9800

Upper grade center (fourth through eighth grade):

185 E. Illinois Rd.

Lake Forest, IL 60045

(847) 234-0371


Visitors to the School of St. Mary instantaneously recognize key elements of its mission in action as well as the numerous reasons why it has twice received the prestigious U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon award. From the youngest preschooler to the most mature eighth grader, more than 550 St. Mary Crusaders reveal a deep-rooted faith, vigorous academic foundation, confidence, sense of community and commitment for outreach to enhance the world. As a Roman Catholic school for almost 100 years, St. Mary’s celebrates a rich heritage of inspiring students from Lake Forest and neighboring communities as they prepare to learn, serve and lead.

St. James School

140 North Ave.

Highwood, IL 60040

(847) 432-2277


St. James is a Catholic school with a student enrollment of about 200 students and an ideal student teacher ratio of about 15 to 1. The school was established in 1925, and it has a well-deserved reputation as a school that offers superb academics and a strong emphasis on Catholic/Christian faith development. The school is proud of its students’ high performance on standardized tests; they score at or near the top 10 percent of all students in the nation. This has allowed St. James to apply for the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education.

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.