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A Joyful Noise Preschool

Many of our clients are families with young children who are moving from the city to the North Shore. As they shop for homes, they are typically drawn to the communities with the best schools. Even those with toddlers are already thinking about which high school they want their children to attend. As for elementary school, most have scoured the sites with school rankings to make sure their children are in the schools which will prepare them best for high school.

Preschool usually isn’t a factor when choosing a community, but once a family has bought a house they set about finding a preschool that will get their little ones off to a great start in their education. Fortunately we have a lot of terrific preschools on the North Shore, and which one you choose depends on which best fits your child’s temperment and your own philosophy about early childhood education.

A Joyful Noise is a school that consistently gets high marks from its parents for its play-based curriculum, experienced and nurturing teachers and strong parent community. Many parents make life-long friendships with the other parents in the school.

A Joyful Noise is one of two preschools in Kenilworth and is affiliated with Kenilworth Union Church. You don’t have to live in Kenilworth to attend and you don’t have to be a member of the Church. But the school is based on the principles and values of the Christian faith, and there is a faith dimension to the curriculum.

There is a Moms & Tots (<2 years) program one day a week, and programs for two year olds and three year olds, as well as Junior Kindergarten.

Here’s what’s special about A Joyful Noise:

  • It’s a play-based curriculum whose purpose is development of the whole child and which is based on current research on best practices in early childhood development.
  • It has a wonderful play-space that no other school can match: a huge lot behind the church with playground and garden that the kids enjoy year-round.
  • The teachers are very experienced and have long tenure at the school.
  • There is a strong community of parents who are very involved in the school, and fellowship is an important part of the experience. My neighbor, Chris, gave me a great example of this: when her second child was born the school families prepared and delivered six weeks of meals to her family!

If you would like to consider a preschool that incorporates Christian principles, you should check out A Joyful Noise. If you don’t live in Kenilworth, don’t worry. Only about 20% of kids at A Joyful Noise live there. The rest are from all over the North Shore: Wilmette, Winnetka, Glenview, Northfield, etc.

A Joyful Noise Preschool is located at 211 Kenilworth Avenue, Kenilworth, IL 60043. For more info or to schedule a tour of the school call (847) 853-2100 or visit www.ajoyfulnoisepreschool.com.

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Wilmette Home Sales by Elementary School – 2012

Once or twice a year I like to get really granular with the data and go to the neighborhood level to get a good picture of what’s going on in a given community. Wilmette is among the more diverse communitities when it comes to housing stock, with prices generally going up as you travel west to east. Despite the variety in housing stock, the good news is that all neighborhoods saw a dramatic increase in home sales in 2012 vs. the previous year. Avoca was up the most, with an increaae of 125%, followed by Central (+117%), Romona (+100%), Harper (+97%) and McKenzie (+70%).

Price improvement has lagged sales everywhere. Median prices were up slightly in all neighborhoods except Central, while average prices stayed mostly flat. Market time decreased in all neighborhoods except Romona, with the shortest average time on market in McKenzie.

Wilmette Sales by Elementary School – 2012

Wilmette Sales by Elementary School - 2012

Source: MRED LLC – Data for single family homes. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed

 

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Battle of the Bands

Wilmette is going to rock tonight when the Battle of the Bands gets underway at the Junior High.

Battle of the Bands is an annual event produced by Youth Connection and this year promises to be the biggest and best one ever with a record number of talented Wilmette kids performing in bands or as solo acts.

Rufio from KISS -FM will be the guest DJ and Rock House of Wilmette is the sponsor.

There will also be a drawing for two tickets to see Swedish House Mafia at the United Center on February 20.

When: Friday, February 1 at 7:00 pm

Where: Wilmette Junior High School auditorium, 620 Locust Rd., Wilmette

Tickets: $10.00

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Northwestern Football: Big Ten in Our Own Backyard

I’m not much of a sports fan, but catching a game of Northwestern Football now and again was always a brilliant way to spend a Saturday afternoon with my dad or brother.

For being home to a major college football team, Ryan Field has a delightful backyard quality to it.  The stadium is nestled right in the Evanston suburbs, surrounded by beautiful vintage homes.  Plentiful parking and an el stop are just a few blocks away, so getting to a game is painless.  Fans casually stroll into the stadium, and even when the game is full the seats give you plenty of room.  It’s clean, comfortable, and convenient.

Yet it is home to some very serious football.  The Big Ten conference has some of the best action college football has to offer.  The Wildcats sit in a sweet spot:  Good enough to win some big games, bad enough that it’s always an uphill battle.  I count both of those qualities in their favor–I may not always be happy when the game ends, but I’m never bored.  Hence their nickname, the “Cardiac Cats”.

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Debunking the “Big” Myth About New Trier High School

Most high schools don’t hold 4,000 students spread over two campuses.  While New Trier has a reputation as one of the best public schools in the nation, some are under the impression that this also makes it a competitive pressure cooker where individual students become lost, both socially and academically.  As a recent alumnus, I can say that this is simply not true.  In fact, the vast size and scope of New Trier was one of my favorite things about it.

I’m not what you’d call a big-school person.  I’m quiet, introverted, and quite nerdy.  But I found my high school to be an incredibly diverse place where people of all temperaments and interests can find a home.

There is no social hierarchy at New Trier.  It’s so nonexistent I thought that the popular kids’ table and the pecking order was a myth perpetrated by bad teen movies.  Cliques are not as, well, clique-ish.  I was friends with mathletes and track stars, drama geeks and activists.  It’s very easy to become involved in multiple communities, and to be exposed to a broad range of interests.  A swimmer participated in my photography project, and I helped the Latin club re-enact the Ides of March.  It’s a place where it’s very easy to be yourself, because it won’t lock you into a certain social circle or lifestyle.  I don’t think most students felt lost–I think most felt awed at how many different places you can be found. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guide to Schools on the North Shore

If you have kids and are considering a move to Chicago’s suburbs, chances are the schools will heavily influence your choice of community. Understanding what schools are available in each community is an important step in making the right decision for your family.

To assist you in your research Coldwell Banker has just published the definitive Guide to Schools on the North Shore and we are pleased to offer it to our clients and readers. It includes public and private schools from pre-school to high school in every town from Evanston to Lake Bluff, along with a map that shows where each school is located.

To get your free download of the Guide go here and provide your email. If you would also like a hard-copy of the guide, please provide your mailing address and we will be happy send you the guide in the mail.

You can also get more details about preschools in Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Kenilworth and Highland Park on this site.

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Winnetka Neighborhoods: Greeley

Greeley School: Go West, Young Man?

“Go west, young man” was advice generally attributed to Horace Greeley, a 19th century American newspaper editor and presidential candidate, and was advice followed by many who arrived in Winnetka in the 19th century. However, Greeley School was not named for him but rather for a popular Winnetka resident, Samuel Sewall Greeley.

Greeley School, an elementary school (grades K-4) located in the southeastern part of Winnetka, opened in 1912. Mr. Greeley encouraged the community to build the school in this area so that students on the east side of town did not have to cross the railroad tracks to get to school. (previously, all elementary students had attended Horace Mann School, located where the post office sits today.) Since its opening a century ago, Greeley School has been modernized many times, most recently in 2009. The school’s attendance area is bounded by Tower Road on the north, Green Bay Road on the west, Winnetka Avenue on the south and Lake Michigan on the east. Basically it covers all of east Winnetka except a small section north of Tower Rd., which is served by Hubbard Woods School.

Homes in the Greeley neighborhood are typically traditional in style like the rest of Winnetka: Colonials, Tudors and the occasional Victorian.  Most have at least four bedrooms but many are much larger. There is no typical lot size but many of the homes on the east side of the village are between a quarter and a half acre.

Homes in the neighborhood range from $649,000 to $15,975,000, but the average sale price during the first half of 2012 was $1,428,319. The four highest priced homes for sale are all lakefront properties along Sheridan Road.

There are currently 22 active listings in east Winnetka. Here’s a sampling:

812 Foxdale – $899,000

761 Lincoln – $1,375,000

835 Humboldt – $1,695,000

790 Bryant – $3,100,000

If you would like more information about these or any other homes in Winnetka, give us a call at 847-881-6657. We’d be happy to help you. You can also search for Winnetka homes here.

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Winnetka Home Sales by Elementary School – 1st Half 2012

Here’s a look at homes sales and prices by elementary school neighborhood in Winnetka. While the in average home sale prices diverge that much from one school to another, the range is wide, all the way from $355,000 up a $4,400,000 in Crow Island , while in Greeley, homes range fin price rom $482,000 to $4,900,000. The range in Hubbard Woods is tighter: $739,000 to $2,305,000. Winnetka’s small portion of the Avoca district is strictly high end, ranging from $1,400,000 to $2,175,000.

 

Winnetka Sales by School – 1st Half 2012

Source: MRED LLC – Data for single family homes. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Would you like a list of all the homes that have sold in your neighborhood this year? You can get it here.

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North Shore Area Has 6 of Illinois’ Top 20 High Schools

Best High SchoolsU.S. News and World Report just released their ranking of Illinois high schools and six of the the top twenty schools are in and around the North Shore.

The rankings were based on the following criteria: student/teacher ratios, college readiness (the % of 12th graders who took and passed AP exams), math and reading scores.

Here’s how our schools stacked up against the criteria:

#7 Deerfield High School

#12 Highland Park High School

#13 New Trier High School

#15 Lake Forest High School

#17 Evanston High School

#19 Glenbrook North High School

The caveat, of course, is that a different set of criteria would produce a somewhat different ranking, so whether a school is #5 or #10 is not really the point. The point is that schools on the North Shore of Chicago continue to be among the best in the state. You can read the full report here.

North Shore Views is the most comprehensive online source for North Shore Chicago real estate and community information. Whether you are looking for market statistics, homes for sale or local events, North Shore Views has it all at your fingertips. Browse information regarding our communities, market data, luxury homes, lakefront property, schools and what you should know about making the move to the North Shore.

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North Shore Area High Schools Rank in Top Twenty on 2010 Illinois School Report Card

High school classroomThe Illinois State Board of Education recently released rankings of Illinois high schools showing that North Shore area high schools continue to be at the top of the heap in terms of test scores:

#3 Deerfield High School

#4 New Trier HS

#8 Glenbrook North HS

#9 Lake Forest HS

#15 Highland Park HS

#20 Glenbrook South HS

The rankings are based on combined test scores on the Prairie State Achievement Exam and drawn from Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, Will and McHenry counties. Only 11th graders were tested. For full rankings and additional information, go here.

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