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                       s a private school the best educational option for
                       my child and my family? It’s a question parents
                       often ask themselves.

                       While there’s no one right answer, private schools
                       do offer a number of advantages. Here are some
                       of the top reasons why a private school might be
                       the right choice for your family.

               1. Small classes. Private schools often have small class
               sizes, typically of no more than 20 students. A class
               may even have more than one teacher. Parents see the
               advantages of a low student-to-teacher ratio. “Students
               get the attention they need,” says Ellen Meents-DeCaigny,
               whose son is a sophomore at DePaul College Prep, a
               Catholic high school with 500 students on Chicago’s
               North Side. “We appreciate that.”
                   Parent Katie McMillan sends her three boys to
               Catherine Cook School, a private grade school in
               Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. She picked the
               school, in part, because each class had just 21 students
               with a lead teacher and assistant teacher. “My kids like it
               there,” she says. McMillan also loves that the school has
               made technology and software coding an important part
               of the curriculum even in the early years.
                   Chicago City Day School on the North Side offers
               junior kindergarten-8th grade and limits enrollment to
               200 students. “Small schools mean big opportunities,”
               says Galeta Clayton, head of school. The small setting
               gives students the chance to participate in all programs,
               including drama and public speaking. “The world will
               belong to those who can defend their ideas,” Clayton says.
                   Rochelle Zell Jewish High School, Deerfield, has 185
               students. Small class sizes translate into students who
               know the teachers, and teachers who know the students.
               “The relationships between students and teachers are
               like nothing I have seen before,” says Dean of Faculty
               Roger Stein, a former principal of Niles West High
               School. “Students can ask for help and feel understood by
               their teachers.”

               2. Individual support. Private schools are structured
               to provide students with the individual support they
               need to succeed. Because the schools aren’t bound by
               certain rules, they can be fairly flexible in their approach.
               “Students don’t fall through the cracks,” Stein says.
                   Elgin Academy, with pre-kindergarten-12th grade,
               has a director of personalized learning, Anne-Elise
               Parker. She says her mission is to reach students where
               they are in their academic journey to help them grow
               intellectually. In practical terms, she works with small
               groups of students and individuals to define their goals
               and aspirations and develop a support plan to make
               that happen.

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   “We bring the student into the equation rather                A third campus opened in August 2018 in west
than us telling them what they should be doing,”                 suburban Lemont. “Our students are bright,” says
Parker says. As students get older, they take a                  Executive Director Casey Crnich. He explains
bigger role in creating their own learning plans.                that children with learning differences can thrive
“Students hold themselves accountable and we                     in a school where they are grouped with other
hold them accountable,” Parker adds.                             children with similar challenges. “They don’t have
                                                                 to hide,” he says.
3. Community ties. Parents like the sense of                        The student to teacher ratio is 5:1. The
community that naturally comes with sending                      curriculum includes traditional academic subjects
their children to a private school. Families often               as well as social and emotional learning. Students
pick a school for similar reasons that relate to                 are taught how to self advocate.
shared values and common interests. What they
find are like-minded friends.                                     “We bring the student into the
   When parent McMillan first visited Catherine
Cook School, she sensed a good vibe and                          equation rather than us telling them
community feeling. “I genuinely felt it was a deep-              what they should be doing.”
knitted community and that was something I was                   - Anne-Elise Parker, director of personalized learning,
looking for,” she says. “We’ve met exceptional                   Elgin Academy
families and we adore the faculty and staff.”
   Families looking for a certain type of education
are often drawn to the same school and form a                    Most students transition back to a traditional school
tight community. The Chicago Waldorf School,                     after two to three years. “Students who come here
pre-kindergarten-12th grade, embraces the                        learn what they need to excel,” Crnich says.
philosophy of creative thinking, problem solving
and learning by doing.                                           • The Chicago Academy for the Arts is a high
   Festivals and ceremonies that bring the entire                school for the performing and visual arts. It is
community together are a vital part of school life.              located in Chicago’s River West neighborhood and
Notably, Waldorf opened its new campus this fall                 has about 150 students. They attend traditional
in Andersonville in a renovated building that was                academic classes from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
previously occupied by a school.                                 Arts training is held from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
                                                                 Students participate in more than 100 productions
4. Specialized education. Many private schools                   throughout the school year, including concerts,
offer a faith-based education or a curriculum                    plays, readings, screenings, recordings and
designed for a certain type of student. Here are                 exhibitions.
several examples:                                                   “This is not a school for novices,” says Jason
• Daystar School is a non-traditional faith-                     Patera, head of school. The application process
based Christian school in Chicago’s South Loop.                  includes an audition or a portfolio review. But, he
It currently offers pre-kindergarten through 8th                 adds, the first step is a “shadow day” during which
grade with plans to launch a high school starting                an interested 8th grader can visit the school and
with 9th grade in 2019.                                          determine if it’s the right fit.
    Daystar has 350 students and teaches through                    Kelly Boersma’s son, Evan, graduated from The
the lens of Christianity, though it is not affiliated            Chicago Academy for the Arts in 2017 and is now at
with any one denomination, says Tami Doig, head                  age 19 the youngest member of the Joffrey Ballet.
of school. Seventy percent of the students are                   “Evan always wanted to dance,” says Boersma, a
Christian, but the student body is made up of a                  public school principal. Since education is very
wide range of backgrounds of belief, she adds. “We               important to Boersma, she wanted a high school
want our students to know they are deeply loved                  for Evan that would combine arts and traditional
and valued in God’s eyes and learn how to treat                  academic work. “I wanted him to have those real
each other well.”                                                school experiences,” she says. “We were looking
                                                                 for the perfect balance of education and arts.”
• Hyde Park Day School teaches children                             Boersma’s daughter, Briley, also a dancer, is
in grades 1-8 with learning differences. The                     now enrolled at the school. “The combination of
school has campuses in Chicago’s Woodlawn                        the drive of the student and the expertise of the
neighborhood and in north suburban Northfield.                   staff opens doors to opportunities,” Boersma says.

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5. Rigorous academics. Parents often choose                            program, if available, only to honors students.
private schools for their children because of                          Josephinum Academy is a Catholic school in
the school’s reputation for academic success.                          Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. The school
For example, a number of private schools in the                        has 185 students. “The IB diploma is accessible to
Chicago area offer the International Baccalaureate                     all students,” says Rekeeta Hampton, admissions
program, a world-recognized curriculum focused                         manager at Josephinum Academy. “Our small size
on independent thinking.                                               allows us to provide the resources to make all of
   Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart is                           our students successful.”
an all-girls’ high school that offers the IB diploma                       Students receive bilingual education at Lycee
program to all students in their junior and                            Francais de Chicago, the French International
senior years. Other schools typically offer the IB                     School. Located in Chicago’s Ravenswood
                                                                       neighborhood, the school has 789 students in pre-
                                           Small classroom at          kindergarten-12th grade. The school opened a new
                                           Catherine Cook School       building three years ago.
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                                                                       students progress through the higher grades. A
                                                                       third language—Mandarin, Spanish or German—is
                                                                       introduced in 4th grade. By the time students
                                                                       graduate from high school they are tri-lingual,
                                                                       says Eric Veteau, president at Lycee.
                                                                           High school students can choose to follow
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Big School, Little School
                                                Take your pick

By Jane Adler

      chool size isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition.
      Some students thrive in a small setting with
                                                                  “We have the resources to provide
      lots of individual attention. Others flourish in           an opportunity for students to be
a big school with lots of different programs.                    involved in different areas."
   Either way, parents and students have a variety
                                                                 -Nat Wilburn, head of schools, Sacred Heart Schools
of options.
   Fusion Academy offers one-to-one classrooms.
Each student is paired with one teacher in each
class. “We provide customized learning,” says                    reasons, Kang says. The student may have been
Christian Kang, head of school, Fusion Academy                   falling through the cracks in a traditional school
Lincoln Park, which has about 50 students.                       setting. The student may have a deep interest in
   With about 50 schools nationwide, Fusion                      one topic or have a special athletic or musical
Academy has additional Chicago-area locations                    talent that requires a flexible schedule.
in Evanston, Oak Brook and Lake Forest. Fusion                       Students have a different teacher for each
Academy serves students year round in grades 6-12.               subject, covering basics such as English, history,
   Families choose Fusion Academy for several                    math and science. The school has a homework


café where students can finish their assignments             best meets the interests, ability and learning style
and interact.                                                of their child,” says Faith Caron, LMAIS executive
    Fusion Academy offers special features such              director.
as a recording arts studio. Traditional school                  With a no-cut policy and a good size student
offerings such as field trips and clubs are also             population, Sacred Heart Schools fields 25
available. “Our students rediscover a love of                basketball teams. The Catholic school is one of
learning,” Kang says.                                        the larger private grade schools in Chicago, with
    Among the bigger schools, De La Salle Institute          about 700 students. Sacred Heart Schools offers
has about 850 students. The Catholic high school             kindergarten-8th grade. A new program for pre-
in Chicago is big enough to have many offerings,             schoolers opens in 2019. Both the kindergarten
says John Brogan, director of admissions and                 and pre-school are co-ed. The upper grades are
academic dean of social sciences at De La Salle.             divided by gender into two schools for academic
    Basic courses are supplemented with classes              classes. Lunch and recess are co-ed. “We have
such as Mandarin, advanced art and statistics in
sports, among others. More than 30 clubs are
listed on the school’s website, including such                “We provide customized learning.”
diverse offerings as Girls Who Code and Mock
                                                              -Christian Kang, head of school, Fusion Academy Lincoln Park
Trial. “In a school our size, students can be a
leader in the classroom or in extracurricular
activities,” Brogan says, adding that classes are
small, averaging about 24 students.                                the resources to provide an opportunity for
                                                                   students to be involved in different areas,” says Nat
Consistent standards                                               Wilburn, head of schools at Sacred Heart. Another
Large and small schools alike belong to the Lake                   advantage of the size of the school is its ability to
Michigan Association of Independent Schools                        provide need-based financial aid. This year, the
(LMAIS). The group has 35 member schools in                        school will award assistance of $2.5 million
the wider Chicago area. Independent schools                        to families.
are nonprofit and meet stringent accreditation                         Small schools have the flexibility to specialize.
standards.                                                         GCE Lab School, grades 9-12, has 50 students.
   Independent schools provide a variety of                        GCE stands for Global Citizenship Experience.
educational opportunities from Montessori and                      The Chicago school focuses on cultivating global
Waldorf models to schools for the creative arts                    citizens and offers an interdisciplinary project-
and special needs. “The range of schools offers                    based strategy. For example, a course might be
parents the opportunity to select the school that                  built around sustainable development goals,
                                                                                       incorporating the elements
                                                                                       of math, biology and world
                         In the freshman Water course, GCE students measure their
                         daily water usage and carry it from a local water source      events. “The full-throated way
                         to understand the literal and figurative weight of their      that we integrate subjects is
                         consumption.                                                  unique,” says Cabell King, head
                                                                                       of school at GCE.
                                                                                           GCE uses the City of
                                                                                       Chicago as a resource.
                                                                                       Students spend one day a
                                                                                       week at locations scattered
                                                                                       throughout the city to conduct
                                                                                       field research. For example,
                                                                                       students may visit with a
                                                                                       public health official or test
                                                                                       water in the Chicago River.
                                                                                       “Our students are curious
                                                                                       and motivated,” Cabell says,
                                                                                       emphasizing the opportunity
                                                                                       for personalized instruction.
                                                                                       “Nobody hides or gets lost.”


                                                             Three R’s
                                                             Get a
                                                             New Spin
                                                              But the basics never go out of style
                                                              By Jane Adler

            s a single father who raised his                     says Thiel, whose daughter recently finished naval
            daughter alone after the death of his                basic training. “I am above proud of her.”
            wife, Jim Thiel could not be more                       Success depends on the basics of reading,
            proud of his daughter. She earned                    writing and math. These are the fundamental skills
            straight A’s all the way through high                that serve as the foundation of a solid education.
school at Josephinum Academy of the Sacred                          Private schools often put their own spin on
Heart, a Catholic all-girls school in Chicago. Hard              the basics.
work and a rigorous academic program helped her                     Though we live in the digital age, Catherine
land a spot after graduation at the Naval Academy                Cook School has a print-rich library and two
Preparatory School, which readies students for                   librarians. The school offers pre-school-8th
the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.                   grade and is located in Chicago’s Old Town
   “My daughter got a good high school education,”               neighborhood.

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  schools teach to the test, we provide real-world experience and,
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  Colleges want Waldorf students. On average, Waldorf students
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    Head of School Michael Roberts is a big believer             grade is being added every year. A new building
in bound books. Technology is used to teach other                for grades 6-12 opens in 2019.
subjects, but reading is taught with physical books.                 Singapore Math, named after the island nation
“We all live our lives through stories,” he says. “We            where it was developed, focuses on the mastery
want kids to have a relationship with print.”                    of a limited number of concepts each year. New
    Roberts is most proud of the school’s new                    concepts are introduced in successive years that
library that opened in 2013. It includes a story-                build on the previous ones. Students perform well
time room where children can hear stories in a                   because they understand the material on a deep
quiet environment. The centerpiece of the room                   level, school administrators say.
is a throne with a red seat where the storyteller                    The Frances Xavier Warde School has
sits with the children gathered around. “It’s really             developed a new math curriculum that
a cool place for kids to learn to love reading and               incorporates many of the principles of Singapore
love books,” Roberts says.                                       Math. The Catholic school has two campuses
    Private schools dive deep into the basics.                   in Chicago. The West Loop Old St. Patrick’s
    Regina Dominican High School created an                      campus has pre-school-3rd grade. The Holy
advanced placement calculus curriculum for                       Name Cathedral campus on the Gold Coast
two students. A math teacher works individually                  offers 4th-8th grades. The school has a total of
with each student. “We are able to be flexible                   about 1,000 students and welcomes families of
in different ways to help students reach their                   all ethnic, religious, cultural and socio-economic
educational goals,” says Kathleen Porreca,                       backgrounds. The school provides need-based
principal at Regina Dominican, an all-girls Catholic             scholarships to 30 percent of its students.
high school with 280 students in north suburban                      An audit of the math program concluded that
Wilmette. The school offers a number of advanced                 using ideas based on the Singapore Math approach
placement classes and an honors curriculum.                      would help create a classroom environment to
                                                                 support students. “It’s important to encourage
New math                                                         kids to take academic risks especially in math
Schools today often look at math not as a way to                 because some kids may hold back,” says Michael
build computational skills, but rather as a way to               Kennedy, head of school at Frances Xavier Warde.
learn how to solve problems.                                     “We want students to be actively engaged in the
   GEMS World Academy Chicago uses the                           learning process.”
Singapore Math teaching method. “It’s a different                    Part of that process is teaching kids “soft skills,”
conceptual framework,” says Tom Cangiano, head                   though Kennedy prefers the term “essential skills.”
of school at GEMS, which offers pre-kindergarten                 These are attributes such as perseverance, how
through 10th grade this year. Another high school                to deal with failure, and self advocacy that can
                                                                               apply to both academic and social
                                                                               situations, Kennedy explains. “We
                                                                               want the kind of environment in the
                                                                               classroom where students will not
                                                                               hesitate to raise their hands.”

                                                                              Literacy skills
                                                                              Schools are taking innovative
                                                                              approaches to reading and writing.
                                                                                 Greg Mooney has three daughters
                                                                              who attend The Frances Xavier Warde
                                                                              School. He likes the fact that the
                                                                              kindergarten-2nd grade classrooms
                                                                              have two teachers. A special literacy
                                                                              teacher visits each classroom every
                                                                              day. “The school’s intention is to meet
                                                                              diverse learning needs,” says Mooney,
                                                                              executive director of the Comer
 GEMS World Academy                                                           Education Campus, a youth enrichment


and college initiative on Chicago’s South Side. “My   for writing assignments. Students are taught to
kids love it there.”                                  consider how voice or the author’s writing style
   GEMS World Academy Chicago uses the                can vary depending on whether the composition is
reading and writing program developed by the          a narrative, opinion or informational piece.
Teachers College at Columbia University. GEMS         Beyond the basics, students have the opportunity
also offers the highly regarded International         to be more creative and try different types of
Baccalaureate Program for the primary grades          writing, such as poetry. “All these mini-skills add
through high school.                                  up to bigger skills,” Murphy says.
   “We are getting kids to think critically,”
Cangiano says, adding that the school provides         “We all live our lives through
financial assistance to families that qualify.        stories...We want kids to have a
   Sacred Heart Schools, a Catholic grade school
in Chicago, takes a developmental approach. “Our      relationship with print.”
program is based on what our students                 -Michael Roberts, head of school, Catherine Cook
are developmentally ready to do,” says Marjie         School
Murphy, director of curriculum and instruction at
Sacred Heart.                                            Chicago City Day School also takes a
   For example, the writing program follows           developmental approach. The Chicago school
rubrics the teacher can use to determine if a         offers junior kindergarten-8th grade and has 200
student is at grade level, or above or below that     students. Children are grouped by level in math
level. How are students using ideas? How are the      and reading. For example, an 8th grader may be
ideas organized? How fluent is the student with       in pre-algebra, algebra or geometry, depending
sentences? Do they vary in structure? “It helps us    on how he or she has progressed. Head of School
understand what the child needs,” Murphy says.        Galeta Clayton says, “Students learn at the pace
   Teachers are clear about the expectations          they are ready to learn.”


How to create good digital citizens                                                           By Jane Adler

        ids love social media. Look no further than                  Social media has a major impact on the
        the dining room table as they chat with                  emotions of students, Moran says. He has
        their friends instead of the family.                     experience teaching classes to students about the
   While social media can be a distraction, schools              sociology of the modern internet. The classes have
are taking a nuanced approach to the sharing                     also been offered to parents who struggle with the
platforms. Schools use social media to promote                   rules around the use of social media.
their own mission and give outsiders a window                        The sessions are designed to teach kids how
into their world. But schools also try to teach                  social media works, and how images and words
students about responsible online behavior. Few                  placed in certain places can affect the way the
schools ban the use of social media outright.                    message is interpreted. “How do we mitigate
   “Social media is not going away,” says Martin                 that?” Moran asks. “We are trying to educate kids
Moran, lead designer and director of the upper                   about the grammar of social media rather than
school at Bennett Day School, Chicago. Teaching                  saying it is good or bad.”
kids about social media is like teaching fish about                  Social media in the early grades doesn’t present
water, he says. “Social media is everywhere.”                    many problems, school administrators say.
   Bennett Day School conducts official outreach                 But many schools introduce the idea of
to the wider community using several social media                responsible social media use to young students.
sites, including Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.               It’s woven into the curriculum around how to
The school currently offers pre-kindergarten-4th                 treat people with respect no matter where the
grade. A high school program opens next year. A                  interaction takes place.
lower grade is also being added each year. The                       Troubles can emerge as students get older and
school is in the West Loop and has 190 students.                 more attached to their phones. Cruising the

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web in class and online bullying can easily get out              reach the wider community, but communication
of hand.                                                         with parents and students is handled through
                                                                 secure school portals, emails and letters. “The
Schools have rules                                               real connection takes place in the classroom
Most schools have guidelines on the use of social                and at events,” notes Nick Saracino, the school’s
media.                                                           communications director.
    “We limit the use of phones,” says Megan                        Francis W. Parker School is a private school
Stanton-Anderson, principal at DePaul College                    in Lincoln Park with 940 students in junior
Prep, a Catholic high school in Chicago. Phones                  kindergarten-12th grade.
should be invisible and silent, she explains. Phones                Parker students all receive iPads in the 6th
should be in the student’s bag or pocket and                     grade. Technology rules, guidelines and acceptable
should not be heard in school. The one exception                 use policies are also introduced then. “We want
is lunchtime when students can check their                       them to be good digital citizens,” Saracino says.
phones. Earbuds are also banned. “Research tells                    Experts are brought into the school to talk to
us students need to focus,” Stanton-Anderson                     students about the legal ramifications of social
says. “Having another input into your brain is a                 media, bullying prevention, and how to manage
distraction.”                                                    their own digital footprint. “A couple silly mistakes
    Last year, DePaul College Prep piloted an app                can follow you a long time,” Saracino says.
called Apple Classroom. Using iPads, teachers                       Parker students are allowed to use phones
can guide students through a lesson and check                    in their spare time in school but not in class. In
on their progress. The teacher can also tell if the              middle school, students are required to keep
student has logged on to an unrelated site and                   their phones in their lockers. In the upper grades,
quickly get them back on track.                                  students can keep their phones in their bags. The
    Conversations about social media fit nicely with             idea is to instill a sense of trust in the students and
DePaul College Prep’s vision statement that the                  teach them how to navigate the rules.
school strives to create an educated, compassionate                 Modeling behavior is important, too, Saracino
and just world, one student at a time.                           says. He has two children at the school. Busy
    “We try to draw parallels,” Stanton-Anderson                 parents who spend dinner time on their phones
says. Students are taught to treat each other in the             are not sending the right message. “We all need to
same respectful manner whether the interaction is                think about what we’re doing,” he adds.
online or face-to-face.
    Like many schools, Francis W. Parker doesn’t                 Global outreach
use social media to formally connect with parents                Social media platforms make it possible to connect
and students. The school has social media sites to               with faraway families.


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    Lake Forest Academy, a boarding and day                      the school’s director of information technology
high school in Lake Forest, has 435 students.                    talks about security. “We are instilling the idea
International students make up 26 percent of the                 that the students need to use their profiles wisely.
student body, representing 34 countries.                         The student handbook details the school’s anti-
    The school uses social media in foreign                      harassment policies.
countries to reach families. For example, WeChat                     In senior year, as students begin the transition
is a popular social media app in China and the                   to college, students set up a LinkedIn profile with
school uses it to engage with the families of                    the help of school counselors and the alumni
                                                                 director. Once seniors graduate, they can join
                                                                 the LinkedIn alumni group. “It’s a great way to
 “We are trying to educate kids about                            network,” Kim says.
the grammar of social media rather                                   A frustration is keeping up with the changes,
than saying it is good or bad.”                                  school administrators say. Students are constantly
                                                                 trying new apps that fade in and out of popularity.
-Martin Moran, lead designer and director of the                 “It’s constantly evolving,” says Tom Cangiano, head
upper school, Bennett Day School, Chicago.                       of school, GEMS World Academy Chicago. The
                                                                 school offers pre-kindergarten-10th grade this
                                                                 year. A new high school grade is being added every
students, and to reach prospective Chinese                       year. A new building for grades 6-12 opens in 2019.
students. KakaoTalk, a popular social media                          The school and the parents have the
channel in South Korea, is used to communicate                   responsibility to understand which apps kids are
with parents there.                                              using and what they are doing online, Cangiano
   “We use a variety of platforms,” says Grace Kim,              says. “We need to stay up to speed,” he notes.
dean of communications, Lake Forest Academy.                     Good social media behavior is embedded in the
   In sophomore year, students attend a digital                  curriculum from an early age, Cangiano adds. “We
citizenship program. Kim discusses privacy and                   want to make sure they are good digital citizens.”


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             nce squeezed into a few weeks of                    are brought in to talk about topics such as chemical
             the physical education curriculum,                  dependency. One seminar class teaches mindfulness,
             health classes never used to get much               along with meditation and breathing techniques to
             attention. But schools are expanding                promote relaxation
             the scope of their health offerings                    “The program works,” says Chris Tennyson, assistant
with an emphasis on all-around wellness and                      head of school and dean of students and academic
emotional fitness.                                               affairs, Lake Forest Academy. “Students have the
   The new approach includes healthy food                        opportunity to think and reflect on the topics.”
and classes on nutrition. Physical education                         Emotional learning begins at an early age at the
classes often now feature fitness equipment and                  British International School of Chicago, Lincoln
personalized routines instead of group exercises.                Park. The school offers pre-kindergarten-5th
“We want our students to have healthy habits,”                   grade and has about 520 students. The school
says Rob Wennington, athletic director, Guerin                   uses the international primary curriculum, which
Prep, a co-ed Catholic high school in River Grove.               emphasizes 22 positive values.
   Perhaps the biggest change is the emphasis on                     To highlight the values, the school has created
social and emotional development.                                eight cartoon characters that represent the
   Students at Lake Forest Academy, a day and                    characteristics of communication, cooperation,
boarding high school in Lake Forest, participate in a            respect, resilience, morality, thoughtfulness,
seminar program that addresses a number of social                curiosity and adaptability. Each cartoon character
and emotional issues faced by teens. Outside experts             acts as a visual reminder of the characteristics

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resilience carries a shield.                                     situated on 44 acres that include walking trails and
    A character is introduced at an all-school                   playing fields. Classes are scheduled in 80-minute
assembly every Monday. Lessons for the week                      blocks which provide extra time for the physical
incorporate discussions about the characteristics                education and fitness programs.
that make up that character, why the world needs                    Students at Woodlands Academy are enrolled
people with that characteristic, and how students                in a seminar program to teach them the skills they
feel when they demonstrate the characteristic.                   need to succeed, such as how to resolve conflicts,
    “It has greatly helped the children,” says Kirsty            how to manage difficult conversations, and how to
Gallo, assistant head-community and well being,                  build leadership skills. Other topics include cyber
British International School of Chicago, Lincoln                 safety, self defense and mental health topics. “We
Park. “Since we have introduced this program, the                address the whole student,” Schmidt says. “We
children are more able to identify their feelings                make sure our students get a great education and
and the characteristics within themselves.”                      develop in all areas.”

Building personal strength                                       Relationships make the difference
The social and emotional needs of students are                   GCE Lab School, a small high school in Chicago
a top priority at The Avery Coonley School. It is                that emphasizes hands-on educational
a school for gifted children from nursery school                 experiences, has a social and emotional learning
through 8th grade. The school is located in                      block once a week. Students meet in a group with
Downers Grove and has about 350 students.                        the school counselor to talk about good decision
    “We like to say we are a school of like-minded               making and the individual pressures they’re
peers,” says Paul Druzinsky, head of school, Avery               feeling. “They’re building relationships with the
Coonley. “In our school, students see themselves                 counselor so they feel comfortable talking to her,”
in each other.”                                                  says Cabell King, head of school, GCE Lab School.
    Most classes for gifted children at public                      La Lumiere School, a college preparatory
schools are part of so-called “pull-out” programs,               Catholic boarding and day school in La Porte,
he explains. Students are taken out of regular                   Indiana, has a full time director of wellness who
classes to receive special one-on-one instruction,               provides counseling to students. “We keep the
                                                                 conversation going,” says Adam Kronk, head
or they are grouped with older kids. In contrast,
                                                                 of school, La Lumiere. He notes that students
students at Avery Coonley are taught with peers.
                                                                 growing up in a high-pressure environment
That’s important, Druzinsky notes, because
                                                                 focused on getting into a select college often
intellectually bright children still need time to
                                                                 haven’t taken the time to grow as a person.
develop emotional and socially in a group of peers.              “Students get into college and they’re miserable
“A 3rd grader should not be grouped with an 8th                  and they don’t know why,” Kronk says.
grader,” he says. “You may have a great football                    The wellness director at La Lumiere works with
player at age eight, but they won’t play on a high               students to help them lead more balanced lives.
school team.”                                                    Discussions address topics such as the use of
    Teachers at Avery Coonley understand some of                 social media, sleep and substance abuse.
the pressures experienced by very bright children,                  Students also have a faculty advisor who serves
such as perfectionist tendencies that can heighten               as a quarterback and advocate for the student.
anxiety. “Our teachers speak to those needs,”                    The advisor is a good point person for the parents
Druzinsky says. “We feel social and emotional                    as well, Kronk notes.
development is so important.”                                       All-school assemblies at the beginning of the
    Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, an                    day allow time to discuss difficult topics. The day
all-girls Catholic boarding and day school in Lake               after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Forest, has an advisory program. A group of seven                High School in Florida, students discussed their
to 10 girls works with an advisor who takes the                  feelings about the situation.
girls through their high school experience. The                     With about 200 students, La Lumiere is small
advisor challenges the girls academically and                    enough to address topics that impact the school
helps them make wise choices. “Girls learn best                  community. “Education happens best within the
when they are loved, cared for and known,” says                  context of relationships where you know one
Christine Schmidt, principal, Woodlands Academy                  another,” Kronk says. “People become people
of the Sacred Heart.                                             through people.”

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   Athletics for All
               An inclusive approach creates well-rounded students
By Jane Adler

            eather Bartell likes the fact that her
            three children can actively participate
            in a variety of sports at North Shore
            Country Day School, a private school
in Winnetka with junior kindergarten-12th grade.
Students at the school don’t just participate,
however. Some compete at a high level.
   Bartell’s daughter was on the school’s soccer
and field hockey teams that competed in the finals
for the state championship. Her daughter also
sings in the musicals, participated in the model
United Nations, started a club and doubled up on
science classes, where she excels. Bartell’s other
two children are just as active as their older sister.
   “Students can be multi-sport athletes,” says
Bartell, a former finance professional. “But they
can also perform in the arts, take AP classes
and still have time for family and friends. My
children have been able to fully embrace all parts
of the school.” She likens the school’s thoughtful
approach to a “magic formula” that creates the
right environment for success in the classroom, on
the field, and in life.

                                                                 Private schools typically take a somewhat different
                                                                 approach to athletics than public schools. Instead
                                                                 of selecting the best athletes for teams, private
                                                                 schools tend to encourage broad participation.
                                                                 If the school also happens to field a competitive
                                                                 team, that’s a big plus.
                                                                     “Our philosophy is participation for all,” says
                                                                 Tom Flemma, head of school, North Shore Country
                                                                 Day School, which has about 540 students. “It’s
                                                                 important for kids to have the opportunity to play
                                                                 and compete.”
                                                                     Students all have physical education every day.
                                                                 Team sports start in the 6th grade. Participation in
                                                                 the interscholastic athletics program is required
                                                                 from 6th through 11th grades. Some of the sports
                                                                 offered include soccer and basketball, baseball,
                                                                 tennis, volleyball, and track and field. North
                                                                 Shore Country Day competes in the Independent
                                                                 School League of the greater Chicago area, which


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includes Elgin Academy, Francis W. Parker School                     At British International School of Chicago,
and Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart.                       South Loop, all students are welcome to join
   North Shore Country Day has three seasons of                  the sports teams, and everyone has the chance
athletics. “If you want to be on a team, you’re on               to play during the season. The school offers
a team,” says Flemma, whose 9th grade daughter                   nursery through 12th grade and has more
joined the field hockey team. “We have a huge                    than 600 students. Athletic facilities include a
percentage of kids who compete on multiple                       9,000-square-foot gym and outdoor soccer pitch.
teams and in multiple seasons.”                                  Some of the sports offered include basketball,
                                                                 soccer, volleyball, and track and field, as well
                                                                 as cheerleading and dance squads. The school
Everyone plays                                                   competes in the Chicago Area Middle Schools
Francis W. Parker, a private school in Lincoln                   League and Illinois High School Association.
Park with junior kindergarten-12th grade, offers                     Students also compete in the Global Games,
more than 50 no-cut teams. “Everyone can play,”                  sponsored by Nord Anglia Education, the family
says Nick Saracino, communications director.                     of 56 worldwide schools that includes the British
The no-cut policy is important because it gives                  International School of Chicago, South Loop, and
every student the chance to learn discipline,                    its local sister school the British International
self-confidence and sportsmanship. It also helps                 School of Chicago, Lincoln Park.
students learn empathy for others by cheering                        The Global Games is a five-day multi-sport
them on to attain their personal best, Saracino                  event for students in grades 6-8 from 14 Nord
says.                                                            Anglia schools in North America. The event is held
   About 75 percent of students play a sport in                  at Windermere Preparatory School near Orlando.
6th grade. But as they grow, many students tend                      Schools are adding artificial turf fields because
to find other extracurricular interests. “They try               of the popularity of sports, such as lacrosse,
everything until they find what appeals to them,”                field hockey and soccer. Lake Forest Academy is
Saracino says.                                                   finishing up work on new turf fields. Funds were
   This year, Francis W. Parker has added a                      raised for the fields at the school’s spring gala.
Quiz Bowl sponsored by the Illinois High School                      In June, Josephinum Academy of the Sacred
Athletic Association. Students will compete in an                Heart, an all-girls Catholic high school in Chicago,
academic knowledge tournament something like                     opened a newly renovated softball field on
the television show Jeopardy. “Not everything is                 campus. The project was funded largely by a Cubs
about brawn,” Saracino says.                                     Charities Diamond Project Grant.


Friendships that last                                           Athletics is important to the school’s philosophy
Building camaraderie is a big part of athletics,            of how to educate boys. “Boys need activity,” says
school administrators say.                                  Dan LaCount, athletic director at Mount Carmel.
   At La Lumiere School, a Catholic boarding                Students involved in athletics also tend to focus
and day high school in La Porte, Indiana, the 200           on their grades. They don’t want to let their
students are divided into four teams—something              teammates down, he adds.
like the Hogwarts Houses in the Harry Potter book               Graduating athletes who go on to play in
series. The teams are mixed by age and compete              college are celebrated and their photos are
throughout the year in a variety of contests. The           displayed at the school. “They inspire the younger
best team at the end of the year wins the coveted           students who are here now,” LaCount says.
“Head’s Cup.”                                                   Many private schools have a large campus,
   The program helps students identify with kids            which can be an advantage for an athletic
of all ages. “I’ve never seen a high school where           program. Guerin College Preparatory High School
the student’s class isn’t that important,” says Adam        in River Grove has 23 acres of land. The Catholic
Kronk, head of school, La Lumiere School.                   co-ed school has about 300 students.
   Known in athletics for its boy’s basketball                  The campus has two gyms, a football field,
program, La Lumiere holds its student athletes to           and softball and baseball diamonds. “We offer 14
high academic standards, Kronk says. He adds that           different sports across three seasons,” says Rob
the school offers 14 other team sports.                     Wennington, athletic director at Guerin Prep.
   Mount Carmel High School is a Catholic, all-                 The school competes in the Metro Suburban
boys school in Chicago with 600 students. The               Conference of the Illinois High School Association.
school excels in athletics and has won 12 state             Wennington likes the fact that conference
high school football championships. Mount Carmel            includes both Catholic and public high schools.
offers 17 different sports.                                 “It’s a healthy mix,” he says.

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MANAGING EXECUTIVES:                                              ALUMNI: Nearly a third of our most recent graduates were
Paul Druzinsky, Head of School                                    named National Merit finalists, and more than half of our
Lisa Wiltz, Lower School Head                                     alumni go on to complete advanced degrees.
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