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Leaving Textbooks Behind: Students Expand Personal Horizons, Experience Unique Learning Opportunities During Week of Specialized Study.

Students at North Shore Country Day School Create, Experience and Explore During November's Interim Week

CHICAGO, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- No more teachers, no more books ... November 7-11 high school students at North Shore Country Day will set aside regularly scheduled classes to participate in an in-depth experience outside the traditional classroom that challenges students to express and defend their ideas and supports the School's motto: "To Live and Serve." Select opportunities presented to students during the 2005 Interim Week include:
 (A) What Every American Should Know About The Pursuit of Justice. Students
 will spend the week with Northwestern University professor Tom
 Geraghty and his support team of law students working on juvenile
 delinquency, criminal and death penalty cases. Each NSCDS student will
 be teamed with lawyers and law students at the Bluhm Legal Clinic and
 visit the juvenile and criminal courts in Chicago with Northwestern
 law students and faculty.
 (B) Becoming an Inventor. Working with North Shore parent, Robert Swartz,
 students will have the unique opportunity to become involved with
 patent development surrounding the student's invention of choice. Each
 student will be guided through the brainstorming process typical of an
 inventor in an R&D laboratory and learn the rudiments of design and
 prototype building and experience the inside world of applying for a
 patent to protect one's idea.
 (C) Good News Partners Organization Mural Project. Students with interest
 in visual arts are invited to participate in painting a mural for the
 Good News Partners Organization located at 1600 W. Jonquil Terrace, in
 downtown Chicago, and experience the ways in which art can inspire and
 heal.





"North Shore has developed a wonderful program that enables students to fulfill their potential and feel confident about their ability to navigate a life journey that will be both meaningful and productive," commented David Potter, Upper School Head. "While we pride ourselves on having an aggressive academic program that is committed to excellence, we are also a school that helps our students feel connected, involved and confident about who they are and how they can contribute to the world."

Past Interim Week offerings have included: studying marine biology in Florida; working for Habitat for Humanity; working with students with disabilities at Molloy Education Center; working behind the scenes at Shedd Aquarium; and exploring historical and cultural settings in France. Individual internships have included volunteering at ESPN, Rush North Shore Medical Center and Evanston Hospital, tutoring at Highwood Elementary School and learning the construction business. The knowledge gained benefits not only the individual students but the entire school community as well as students' parents. At the end of each year's Interim Week, each student presents their experience through a report and discussion format to parents, teachers and other students on Interim Night.

"North Shore's commitment to providing the strongest academic experience possible for our diverse student body goes hand-in-hand with our dedication to developing responsible, reflective, proactive citizens who leave us with balance, integrity and a solid foundation for college and for life," closed Potter.

About North Shore Country Day School

North Shore Country Day School is a JK-12 community rooted in tradition that challenges each member to develop a passion for active, life-long learning and respect for others. Committed to academic excellence, the partnership of students, faculty, parents, and alumni fosters intellectually curious, independent and critical thinkers. We embrace diversity, knowing we are enriched by different backgrounds, voices and talents. The full participation of each student in academics, athletics, arts, and activities is a core value. We develop self-confident, ethical citizens of the world who embody out motto, "Live and Serve."

CONTACT: Stephanie Britt of North Shore Country Day, +1-847-881-8858, or Dana Tuerk of chandlergroup, +1-847-475-7900, ext. 115, dana@chandlergroup.net

Web site: http://www.nscds.org/
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