Why a PK-8 Independent School?

 If I could design psychologically safe schools, every elementary school in America would go from Kindergarten through Grade 8 and would be no larger than 400 children.
 -- Dr. Michael Thompson, New York Times Best-Selling Author

List of 6 items.

  • Education for the Whole Child

    In addition to academics, independent schools also nuture student's personal and social growth and civic conscience. Outside of a classroom, students participate in school-sponsored athletic competitions, artistic pursuits, and leadership experiences.
  • Inclusion & Belonging

    Independent schools foster diverse and vibrant school communities that welcome and respect every family. LFCDS is comprised of families who live in 36 different zip codes. Students of color represent 24% of the student body, while 10% of the student body are considered International students.
  • High academic standards

    Independent schools nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, encourage critical thinking, and promote a lifelong love of learning. More students in independent schools enroll in advanced courses than in public, parochial, and other private schools.
  • Individualization & Differentiation

    Low student-teacher ratios encourage close connections between instructors and students. LFCDS maintains a 7:1 student-faculty ratio across the school, conditions that allow our faculty to tailor their instruction to the specific needs of each student. 
  • Excellent teachers

    Independent school instructors usually teach in their areas of expertise where they strive to develop a full understanding of each student's learning styles, interests, and motivation. Graduated of independent schools have a greater likelihood of completing a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
  • Mission-driven education

    Whether co-ed or single sex, day school or boarding school, each independent school is driven by its own unique philosophy, values, and approach to teaching. The wide diversity among independent schools allows you to find a school that is a great fit for your student and family.
A co-educational independent private school for students age 2 through Grade 8.
Graduating students of strong character with a passion for learning since 1888.

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Lake Forest Country Day School

145 South Green Bay Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

P: 847-234-2350
F: 847-234-2352