North Shore Country Day School

Winnetka, Illinois // 2011

North Shore Country Day School is a pre K-12 community rooted in tradition that challenges each member to develop a passion for active, life-long learning and respect for others.Cannon Design prepared a campus master plan for North Shore Country Day School (NSCDS). The campus is comprised of 12 lower, middle and upper school buildings on a 16-acre site.

Cannon Design and The Third Teacher+ team held a summit at NSCDS that brought together design and education experts, which was a critical component of the master planning process. The Summit was an opportunity to place the discussion of the future of the NSCDS facilities in a broader context. Cannon Design believes that the educational environment should be a learning tool both within the classroom and outside the classroom, on the campus as a whole. It is important for the facility to enable educators to prepare students for living in the 21st century. The design solutions, driven by a balance between tradition and progressive education, addresses NSCDS’ educational goals, site development and building needs and outside influences.

One year after completing a master plan for North Shore, Cannon Design began work on conceptual planning for a renovation of the Upper School. The renovation provides spaces that reflect the unique teaching and learning model that is specific to North Shore.

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"Our goal was to create an environment that would further the highly interactive nature of our teaching style and facilitate strong critical thinking and debate"

“When I leave here at four on a Friday afternoon, the kids are still here. They don’t want to go home.”

–Tom Doar, Head of School