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Family Events

Next Generation provides a multitude of ways for families to engage in the school community. From the Preschool and Early Education's Fourth of July neighborhood parade to cheering on a U of I team in our own NGS section, there are many opportunities throughout the school year that allow parents, family members, and friends to participate in their child's daily school life and tie NGS to our greater C-U Community.

These events create an environment that not only allows a student to enjoy their NGS experience, but connects the whole family to the greater experience of being a part of the NGS family.

Upcoming Family Events

First page of the PDF file: 2020-2021Guide-VolIupdate
  • Middle School
  • Primary School

Next Generation’s Primary and Middle School adapted quickly to the sudden announcement of school closures in March and continues to exercise that adaptability when it comes to planning the 2020-2021 school year. 

With great care for the students, their families, and the staff, the Primary and Middle School will be able to accommodate in-person learning full time for any enrolled students while the East Central Region remains in Phases 3 or 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Enrolled families will also have the option to remain in remote learning until Phase 5, or until they are comfortable making the shift to in-person learning.

Following the guidance of IDPH, ISBE, and CUPHD, NGS administrators and teachers cultivated a new school plan that will adhere to health and safety guidelines that protect students, staff, and families. By utilizing the structure of the campus, the number of available classrooms, and the co-teaching system, class sizes will be reduced to guidance requirements and to promote social distancing in the classroom.

Since the beginning of the stay-at-home order, NGS has continued to provide essential, engaging, and nurturing care for children whose families were called to the front-lines to flatten the curve. Then, as the community progressed their efforts and transmission lowered enough for the region to begin reopening, NGS was able to increase care offerings while continuing to implement new safety and hygiene measures.

The 2020-2021 School Year Guide explains how these health and safety measures will be carried out during the school year, in addition to the basic differences between in-person and remote learning, followed by a second volume that goes into further detail.

For more information, you can find the guide here.

Commitment to our BIPOC Community

The recent, senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, have sparked an outpouring of emotions and highlighted the inequities and injustices faced by people of color in our country.  We want to openly share that we stand united with our Black community at home and across the nation.  We repudiate systemic injustice that is rooted in racist ideology as well as the culture that allows that ideology to exist. We believe that racism and prejudice are unacceptable in our society and we grieve the losses and trauma that have resulted from decades of systematic racism in our country. 

It is with this in mind that we humbly reflect upon our mission statement for guidance: Preparing the leaders of tomorrow to have the curiosity to discover, the wisdom to learn, and the courage to lead.  It is our charge to help our children discover the value in all people, learn to love and respect one another, and lead us to a more just and equitable society so that the pain experienced by people of color in this generation will not be endured by the next.

As a school, we are not merely issuing a statement.  With the names of the victims on our lips, in our minds, and held close to our hearts, we renew our commitment to nurturing classrooms where diversity is lovingly welcomed, acknowledged, and celebrated.  We will continue to improve our teaching, our classrooms, and our school so that their deaths and the deaths of so many others are not in vain.


With love and solidarity on behalf of our entire staff and administration,


Chris Woller

Head of School


Sheena Segady


Preschool & Transitional Kindergarten


Chrissie McDaniel


Early Education


Angela Nelson


STEAM Studio