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Head of School Welcome

Welcome to the Lake Forest Country Day School website. “Inspired” is a central word in our mission, and it helps to define our remarkable learning environment, in which students from age two through eighth grade are challenged and supported. 
 
At LFCDS, we believe that rigorous academics can be taught in dynamic ways that allow students to experience the joy and the excitement that is at the heart of so many enduring learning experiences. We feel privileged to partner with students and families in the development of the very foundations upon which these children will build their lives. Elementary and middle school is a once-in-a-lifetime journey, so we need to provide the best possible setting and resources for growth.
 
Relationships are at the core of the LFCDS experience; between students and teachers, and among peers actively engaged in the pursuit of academic excellence. Our small class sizes and exceptional teacher-student ratios enable our educators to help children take intellectual risks, develop confidence in their abilities, and shape their identities as individuals. 
 
Teaching and learning are not by rote here. Our Lower School students use a Singapore Math curriculum that helps them develop practical, experience-based problem-solving strategies. Upper School students work in teams to troubleshoot engineering dilemmas through Lego robotics challenges. The classrooms, technology offerings, laboratories, art spaces, and playing fields all serve as vital staging grounds for a rich program designed to prepare LFCDS graduates to be compassionate, independent thinkers with a strong sense of personal integrity and intellectual curiosity. 
 
For over 125 years, LFCDS has balanced tradition and innovation while equipping our students with the tools they will need to excel in both demanding secondary schools and colleges and life beyond formal education in a rapidly evolving world. I encourage you to spend time on our website to learn more about our program and history, and I invite you to visit us in person. On your tour you will feel the vitality of our school, and experience firsthand the palpable energy and excitement that results from teachers and students engaging in meaningful work together.
 
 
We look forward to meeting you.
 
Sincerely,
Bob Whelan
Head of School
Bob Whelan
Head of School
Lake Forest Country Day School

B.A. Brown University
M.Ed. Harvard University