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District 29

Located in the Village of Northfield approximately 20 miles north of downtown Chicago, District 29 consists of two schools. Middlefork School serves students in kindergarten through 3rd grade, while students in 4th through 8th grade attend Sunset Ridge School. District boundaries include a large portion of Northfield, as well as a small section of Northbrook.

The District houses approximately 500 students, Depending on the grade level, class sizes range between 15 and 21 students. Our small class size and an advantageous teacher-student ratio support the District's child-centered philosophy. The school day, schedule, teaching practices and educational settings at both Middlefork and Sunset Ridge School are tailored to provide a developmentally appropriate, yet rigorous, learning environment.


  1. Our dedicated and professional teachers and support staff place a strong emphasis on meeting the unique needs of every learner.
  2. Programs are available to provide extra challenge and enrichment as well as additional support.
  3. Hands-on learning and stimulating educational experiences provide students with varied opportunities to interact with the material in meaningful ways.
  4. Technology is used as a tool to support instruction and further enhance the learning experience.
  5. Social and emotional learning and character education are emphasized as an important part of the school program.

Community Involvement
Our high level of parent support and involvement contributes significantly to the success of our District. Parents are actively engaged and present on our campuses and contribute in District decision-making.

Financial Standing
A recipient of Financial Recognition status from the Illinois State Board of Education for the past several years, the District's financial health is strong. The District recently built a new, state-of-the-art $30M Sunset Ridge School and completed over $2M in renovations to Middlefork School without a referendum and associated tax rate increase.

Ongoing Education
District 29 graduates who continue in public school attend New Trier High School. There they join students from five other New Trier Township districts. Nearby private high school options include Loyola Academy and Regina Dominican High School.

District Office
Sunset Ridge School District 29
525 Sunset Ridge Road
Northfield, IL 60093

Dr. Edward Stange

Dr. Ivy Sukenik
Assistant Superintendent/Sunset Ridge School Principal

Mrs. Jennifer Kiedaisch
Middlefork School Principal

Mr. Thomas Beerheide
Chief Business School Official

Ms. Christina Crabtree
Director of Teaching & Learning

Ms. Stephanie Evans
Director of Student Services

Mr. Anthony Ohlwein
Director of Buildings & Grounds

Mr. Oscar Garcia
Technology Coordinator

Office Staff

Ms. Kyla Quesada
Administrative Assistant Sunset Ridge School

Ms. Debbie Lofdahl
Administrative Assistant Sunset Ridge School

Ms. Melissa Draka
Administrative Assistant Middlefork School