At Lake Forest Country Day School, we are dedicated to providing the best possible educational environment for our students in preschool through eighth grade by remaining committed to our mission to building students of strong character with a passion for learning.
Our mission is: Inspired teaching, academic rigor, attention to individual needs, a commitment to responsible citizenship.
These principles infuse every aspect of life at Lake Forest Country Day School and define our dedication to producing students of strong character with a passion for learning. Our teachers and parents work together in the belief that each person in our community is of unique and infinite value and that a rigorous academic program responsive to the interest and readiness of each student is the foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 380 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

Lake Forest Country Day School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:

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Attribute
Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
380 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
8%
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Lake Forest Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
55 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
70%
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(Lands End School Clothing Program)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
$5,000 to $31,500
% on Financial Aid
21%
Admissions Director
Alex Sheridan
Admissions Associate
Lisa Horstmann
Endowment Size
$22 million

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
3 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Chorus

School Notes

  • Lake Forest Country Day School delivers a diverse and rich educational experience grounded in academics, arts, and athletics to two-year-old through eighth-grade students. The LFCDS Experience ensures that talented teachers will inspire and challenge individual students at the top of their abilities, according to their needs. At LFCDS, students from over 35 communities thrive in a state-of-the-art, hands-on learning environment that encourages self-expression and confidence through inspired teaching, academic rigor, individualized attention, and responsible citizenship. Two important beliefs are at the heart of the teaching philosophy: social and emotional development is inextricably linked with academic achievement; and experiential learning creates a foundation for deeper understanding.
  • According to Head of School Bob Whelan, "Teaching and learning are not by rote here. 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." Highlighted by a better than 7:1 student/faculty ratio, an LFCDS education sets the stage for a bright future in secondary school and beyond, with twenty percent of LFCDS graduates attending colleges and universities ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • For more information about the LFCDS Experience, please visit www.lfcds.org or call the Admission Office at (847) 615-6151.

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 380 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Lake County, IL is $10,315 for elementary schools and $22,567 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Lake County, IL is 87% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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