Countryside Day Blog

Countryside Day Fills a Niche in the Northshore

July 31st, 2019
Countryside Day School, a renowned institution in Northbrook for more than 50 years, continues to fill a niche in the educational market by providing students 16 months through 8th grade with an unique learning experience that emphasizes not only rigorous academic studies but also the development of critical character skills essential for success not just in school, but more importantly in life. Countryside is committed to working in partnership with parents to help young people... READ MORE

3 Things You Can Do to Help Your 4-10 Year Old Be a Confident Public Speaker

March 5th, 2019
Every time you are in a store, have your child ask a store clerk where something is located. Always have your child order his/her own food at restaurants. Never answer a question posed to your child for him/her. Sit comfortably in the silence for a moment. If s/he still does not answer, simply state: "Mr. Jones asked you a question. Your job is to answer. Would you like to hear the question again?" When Mr. Jones... READ MORE

Did CDS Participate in the School Walkout on March 14th?

April 2nd, 2018
For those of you who might not know, the School Walkout was a nationwide protest organized by students after the school shooting in Florida. The basic premise was to walk out of schools at 10:00a.m. on March 14th for 17 minutes. One minute for each of the dead. But really it wasn’t quite that simple. The Walkout was a protest with a specific agenda for solutions to the nation’s proliferation of school shootings. And, guess... READ MORE

Four Letter Words

February 6th, 2018
Is work a four-letter word? It certainly has four letters. And for many of us (present author not included) work does carry with it all the baggage of the traditional reference to four letter words, specifically profanity. Many people are in jobs they do not find value in.   I recently heard the former CEO of Baxter say he no longer uses the phrase work-life balance. “If you aren’t living at work, you have a... READ MORE

Chris and Corrie Carrigan

January 21st, 2018
Testimonials from Chris and Corrie Carrigan about CDS When we think about our time at CDS we are overwhelmed with gratitude. I don't think it is an exaggeration to say that its impact on our family will reverberate for a generation. We couldn't be more thrilled with your capable and dedicated staff and how their passion, patience, and discipline have laid a strong foundation upon which our children can build their lives. The effect of... READ MORE

Gateway Parenting

January 9th, 2018
The theory goes something like this: if you use legal drugs such as tobacco or alcohol, or even what some consider “soft drugs” like marijuana, you are more likely to slip down the slope to using “hard drugs” like amphetamines, cocaine and heroin, than people who never get started using soft drugs in the first place. The starter drugs are often referred to as gateway drugs because use of them is seen as the first... READ MORE

Elizabeth Shank

December 4th, 2017
What are our graduates doing now Elizabeth Shank is currently attending the University of Wisconsin Madison and is majoring in Biology. She recently made the transfer to Madison after attending Indiana University, where she was a part of the American Medical Women Association, which was a pre-med health group. She is currently volunteering her time with a 16-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. Some of the tasks include assistance with walking in her gait trainer, transfers... READ MORE

What Does a Child Really Need to Get Through Life?

October 31st, 2017
Despite our fixation on academics there are really two categories of skills that will make or break a life: character traits and life skills. And although these are often conflated, they are two distinct areas of development.   Character Traits:   Gratitude Humility Accountability Integrity Resourcefulness Adaptability Collaborative Persistent/Determined   These are some examples of character traits. And the truth is that your opportunity to help your children develop them generally only comes during times... READ MORE

Your Children Do Not Belong to You

October 2nd, 2017
Contrary to how it feels when the nurse hands your first born over to you and waves goodbye, your children do not belong to you. They are not simply extensions of you. You have your life and they have theirs. Your lives are not interchangeable. Your dreams are not interchangeable. Children are yours on loan, for what will feel like a shockingly short period of time when they get ready to launch off on their... READ MORE

Countryside Programs

We offer a continuous program from 16 months through 8th grade — inculding an all year program option for Pre-K/K and elementary school. LEARN MORE

TODDLER — Ages 16 mos.-3yrs

PRE-K/K — Ages 3-6

LOWER ELEMENTARY — Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3

UPPER ELEMENTARY — Ages 9-12, Grades 4-6

MIDDLE SCHOOL — Ages 12-14, Grades 7-8

SUMMER PROGRAMS — Ages 16 mos.-12 yrs., Toddler-Grade 6

ALL YEAR FULL DAY — Ages 3-12, Grades Pre-K/K-Grade 6

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