HEADMASTER’S WELCOME


Welcome to Northridge! Thank you for visiting our website.

IMG_4102bNorthridge offers a rigorous liberal arts curriculum focused on educating the whole person. Our students learn not only their subjects, they learn how to work hard, think critically, and develop a spirit of adventure. And they learn how to care for others and appreciate the beauty and goodness of creation. Our graduates score impressive results on AP exams and standardized tests, and many go on to the top universities in the country.

Our mission is to develop men of great character, the type of men you would want your daughter to marry, who have the professional competence to become leaders in society and who love God and their faith. Allow me to discuss how we do this.

Knowing each student and working with parents. We view parents as the primary educators of their sons, and our faculty and staff work closely with parents so that together we help each student grow into a great man. Our focus on character has led us to stay deliberately smaller in size, so that we can know each young man who attends, while being large enough to offer competitive athletics and extracurricular programs.

Middle School. Middle School is where – more than any other time of life – a boy’s values are established. By the time he is entering high school, your son’s deepest held values and habits will have been formed. Of course, these will need to develop further and can always change, but it is in grades 6 through 8 where they are firmly planted. Our Middle School teachers work together with parents to help our students grow in virtue: strong habits of character. We focus especially on the virtues of generosity, friendship, hard work – to sit at a desk and study for an hour or more – organization, fortitude and sincerity. And we help our students grow in their habits of mind, focusing especially on their ability to write well, read critically, take notes, and ask questions.

High School. By the time your son graduates high school he is an adult. A high school senior who has had great instruction, challenges, and role models, and who has taken advantage of these opportunities can develop much more than mastery of academic subjects. He can have strong powers of critical thinking, an appreciation of beauty, a capacity for deep friendship, and the ability to give his life to his wife, his country and to God. He knows nonsense when he sees it, and has developed logical principles of thought that he can apply to new situations in his life. He also understands and can defend his religious convictions. And he views his life as an adventure, and has a willingness to risk challenges in order to impact the lives of others.

Our faculty. This education of the whole person requires much more than merely capable classroom instructors. Our all-male faculty members are role models, hired not only for their abilities as instructors, but for their character; they are the models our students see for what it means to be a good man.

Academic excellence. I encourage you to read our Mission and Philosophy section, to understand our approach towards education. Our liberal arts curriculum includes many of the great works of Western Civilization. Students are challenged to think critically and develop strong capabilities in writing and speaking. At the same time, we offer a strong Science and Math curriculum, with a Math team that consistently ranks among the top three schools in the state, for our size.

Advising. Our faculty are mentors to our students. I encourage you to view our Advising section, to see how each student has a faculty mentor whom he meets with every three to four weeks. This unique program tailors what the school is offering to each student. In advising, a student learns to know himself, to discover his strengths and gaps, and is coached in how to improve.

Our sports and extracurriculars. Our athletic coaches and extracurricular leaders deliberately use these activities as means of developing virtue, and great results follow. Please explore our Athletics pages and Student Life section. We offer a range of sports programs, and because of our smaller size the majority of our students are able to participate. Our teams perform well. Many of our teams will win conference championships. We offer a robust arts program with a band, musical and drama productions, and a fine arts activity. We have robotics, photography, investment clubs, and more. These experiences are important for rounding out a boy’s education, and helping him develop an interest in the broader world.

A Christian spirit. We offer a full curriculum in the Catholic Faith, with daily Religion class, and the option to attend Confession and daily Mass. Our full time Chaplain is available to meet with students one on one. Equally important is the example of our faculty, who provide daily models of a cheerful life lived with a Christian spirit.

Our website will help you learn more about Northridge, and I hope you find it helpful. But there can be no substitute for a live conversation, and I hope you visit our campus soon.

Thank you for visiting our website!

Firma_Niall_Fagan
Niall Fagan, Headmaster

HEADMASTER’S WELCOME


Welcome to Northridge! Thank you for visiting our website.

IMG_4102b

Northridge offers a rigorous liberal arts curriculum focused on educating the whole person. Our students learn not only their subjects, they learn how to work hard, think critically, and develop a spirit of adventure. And they learn how to care for others and appreciate the beauty and goodness of creation. Our graduates score impressive results on AP exams and standardized tests, and many go on to the top universities in the country.

Our mission is to develop men of great character, the type of men you would want your daughter to marry, who have the professional competence to become leaders in society and who love God and their faith. Allow me to discuss how we do this.

Knowing each student and working with parents. We view parents as the primary educators of their sons, and our faculty and staff work closely with parents so that together we help each student grow into a great man. Our focus on character has led us to stay deliberately smaller in size, so that we can know each young man who attends, while being large enough to offer competitive athletics and extracurricular programs.

Middle School. Middle School is where – more than any other time of life – a boy’s values are established. By the time he is entering high school, your son’s deepest held values and habits will have been formed. Of course, these will need to develop further and can always change, but it is in grades 6 through 8 where they are firmly planted. Our Middle School teachers work together with parents to help our students grow in virtue: strong habits of character. We focus especially on the virtues of generosity, friendship, hard work – to sit at a desk and study for an hour or more – organization, fortitude and sincerity. And we help our students grow in their habits of mind, focusing especially on their ability to write well, read critically, take notes, and ask questions.

High School. By the time your son graduates high school he is an adult. A high school senior who has had great instruction, challenges, and role models, and who has taken advantage of these opportunities can develop much more than mastery of academic subjects. He can have strong powers of critical thinking, an appreciation of beauty, a capacity for deep friendship, and the ability to give his life to his wife, his country and to God. He knows nonsense when he sees it, and has developed logical principles of thought that he can apply to new situations in his life. He also understands and can defend his religious convictions. And he views his life as an adventure, and has a willingness to risk challenges in order to impact the lives of others.

Our faculty. This education of the whole person requires much more than merely capable classroom instructors. Our all-male faculty members are role models, hired not only for their abilities as instructors, but for their character; they are the models our students see for what it means to be a good man.

Academic excellence. I encourage you to read our Mission and Philosophy section, to understand our approach towards education. Our liberal arts curriculum includes many of the great works of Western Civilization. Students are challenged to think critically and develop strong capabilities in writing and speaking. At the same time, we offer a strong Science and Math curriculum, with a Math team that consistently ranks among the top three schools in the state, for our size.

Advising. Our faculty are mentors to our students. I encourage you to view our Advising section, to see how each student has a faculty mentor whom he meets with every three to four weeks. This unique program tailors what the school is offering to each student. In advising, a student learns to know himself, to discover his strengths and gaps, and is coached in how to improve.

Our sports and extracurriculars. Our athletic coaches and extracurricular leaders deliberately use these activities as means of developing virtue, and great results follow. Please explore our Athletics pages and Student Life section. We offer a range of sports programs, and because of our smaller size the majority of our students are able to participate. Our teams perform well. Many of our teams will win conference championships. We offer a robust arts program with a band, musical and drama productions, and a fine arts activity. We have robotics, photography, investment clubs, and more. These experiences are important for rounding out a boy’s education, and helping him develop an interest in the broader world.

A Christian spirit. We offer a full curriculum in the Catholic Faith, with daily Religion class, and the option to attend Confession and daily Mass. Our full time Chaplain is available to meet with students one on one. Equally important is the example of our faculty, who provide daily models of a cheerful life lived with a Christian spirit.

Our website will help you learn more about Northridge, and I hope you find it helpful. But there can be no substitute for a live conversation, and I hope you visit our campus soon.

Thank you for visiting our website!

Firma_Niall_Fagan
Niall Fagan, Headmaster

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8320 Ballard Rd, Niles, IL 60714
Tel: 847.375.0600 Fax: 847.375.0606
info@northridgeprep.org

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8320 Ballard Rd, Niles, IL 60714
Tel: 847.375.0600 Fax: 847.375.0606
info@northridgeprep.org