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  • Education

  • Community Consolidated School District 15

    (847) 963-3000

    Community Consolidated School District 15, the third largest elementary district in Illinois, serves a diverse population of approximately 12,200 pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students from all or part of seven communities: Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, South Barrington, Arlington Heights, and Schaumburg.

    There are 20 schools in the district: 15 kindergarten through sixth grade, four junior highs (seventh and eighth grades), and one preschool early childhood center/alternative public day school.

    Districtwide, the curriculum is carefully aligned to state academic standards and to challenging student performance targets. Students in District 15 schools consistently perform well above state averages on standardized achievement tests. For more information on student performance for the district or for an individual school, see the District 15 Web site at www.ccsd15.net > Quick Links > State Report Cards.

    District 15 students increasingly reflect the diverse communities served. Slightly more than a quarter of students (26.1 percent) are classified as low-income and 18.2 percent of students are considered limited-English proficient. More than 70 languages or dialects are spoken by district families.

    Student success is enhanced by community involvement—both by students learning to become citizens of their community, and by the community reaching out to schools. Throughout the district, students reach outside the classroom through service learning, supporting numerous charitable organizations, planting trees, gathering donations for area food pantries, sending letters of encouragement to members of the armed services, and more. Parents and other community members, PTA/PTSA groups, senior citizens, area businesses, service organizations, and local governments support schools and students by lending their expertise, time, and resources.

    In 2003, District 15 became the first of just three U.S. school districts to win the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest honor for quality and performance excellence. In addition, several district schools have been individually recognized as U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools. In 2008, six schools were recognized by the Illinois Honor Roll with an Academic Excellence Award. Ten District 15 schools have been designated No Excuses University schools—part of a nationwide network of K-8 schools dedicated to aggressively promoting college readiness for all students and universal academic achievement.

    For more information about District 15, visit the Web site at www.ccsd15.net, or call (847) 963-3000.

    Private & Parochial Schools

    A number of private and parochial schools service the Palatine area, including Catholic schools St. Thomas of Villanova School (www.stov.org) and St. Theresa School and Immanuel Lutheran School (www.ilcp.org). Quest Academy (http://www.questacademy.org/) is an accredited independent day school for gifted and talented students from preschool to eighth grade, educating children from over 40 Chicago area communities.


    Township High School District 211
    (847) 755-6600

    William Fremd and Palatine High Schools, the two high schools in Palatine, are two of Township High School District 211’s five high schools. Similar to all District 211 schools, Fremd and Palatine High Schools are located on 40-60 acre sites with modern, well-equipped facilities including auditoriums; swimming pools; athletic fields; tracks; tennis courts; music practice rooms; and computer (with Internet access), reading, science, and vocational laboratories.

    Fremd and Palatine High Schools have been nationally recognized for excellence by the U.S. Department of Education as part of its Blue Ribbon Secondary School Awards Program. These recognition awards are presented to exemplary high schools that demonstrate excellence in academic, athletic, activity, and school-wide programs. In fact, all five District 211 high schools have been recognized in this prestigious awards program.

    Fremd and Palatine High Schools also were named among the nation’s top 99 high schools by U.S. News & World Report. Expansion Management magazine, a corporate relocation publication, has recognized High School District 211 as one of the country’s best school districts on five separate occasions (1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007).

    The District 211 Academy-North opened in 2005. This facility, located in Palatine, serves students with unique behavioral and emotional needs, and was designed to optimize support available to students while allowing for maximum supervision. The facility also houses the North Cook Young Adult Academy, and enables District 211 students who qualify for this alternative high school program to remain in their local community.

    Offering a comprehensive curriculum with more than 270 courses, the District has a six-week summer school as well as an Incoming Freshman, Sophomore, and English as a Second Language Academies that are designed to accelerate student learning. There also are advance placement opportunities in 18 academic areas. Special education services are available as are counselors, social workers, a school nurse, a psychologist, and a therapist. To graduate, students must earn 18 academic credits and a physical education credit for each semester of attendance. Students are required to successfully complete three years of mathematics, including a 300-level math course; and beginning with the class of 2010, one of the three required math courses must be Algebra I and the other must include Geometry content.

    High School District 211 encourages partnerships with area businesses through involvement in the Northwest Suburban Education to Careers Partnership. The Career Partnership is recognized as a leader in Illinois and the nation in the development of Tech-Prep programs which combine academic and professional skills development. The goal of these programs is to prepare students entering the workplace with necessary skills for successful careers.

    The High School District 211 Foundation has become a more vibrant and broad-based support group for students and staff. Organized in 1995, the Foundation primarily received and disbursed scholarship funds. Over the past several years, the Foundation has reorganized as an independent entity, governed by a volunteer board of community trustees. The Foundation allows District 211 to develop strong links among the business, government, and civic communities in the area, and to help fund exciting new learning experiences for students that many not have been possible otherwise.

    Although District 211 facilities maintain full schedules during regular school hours, the schools’ success goes hand-in-hand with the expectations of the community, which provides the most vital support. District 211’s philosophy is to make its buildings available after school and on weekends for community events and programs. Each year, over 7,000 residents take advantage of more than 350 courses offered evenings and weekends in the schools through the district’s Continuing Education Program, one of the state’s largest adult education programs. In addition, more than 100 community groups and organizations use District 211 facilities for meetings and events throughout the year.

    Through cooperative efforts between its award-winning staff and the communities it serves, District 211 continues to maintain high standards of excellence in education.

    Additional information about Fremd High School, Palatine High School, or High School District 211 may be obtained by calling Tom Petersen, community relations coordinator, at (847) 755-6631. Information also can be obtained by visiting the District’s Internet web site at www.d211.org, or by calling the District 211 announcement line at (847) 755-6635.

    District 211 Facts at a Glance

    • District 211 is the largest high school district in Illinois, with an enrollment of nearly 13,000 students, serving more than 250,000 residents

    • District founded: 1875

    • Fremd High School opened: 1961

    • Palatine High School opened: 1977 (original building opened: 1875)

    District enrollment (2008-2009): 12,771

    • Fremd High School enrollment (projected 2009-2010): 2,825

    • Palatine High School enrollment (projected 2009-2010): 2,615

    • Operating expense per pupil: $14,071

    • District-wide college bound (class of 2008): 87%

    District-wide ACT composite score: 22.6 (20.7 state and 21.1 national composites)

    • Student-staff ratio: 13.8:1

    •  985 certified staff members; over 75% with master’s degrees or beyond

  • College and Universities

    Harper College
    (847) 925-6000

    Harper College is one of the nation’s premier community colleges and one of the largest, serving 40,000 students annually in Chicago’s northwest suburbs.  Harper’s rigorous academic programs prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities.  Harper also offers convenient and affordable classes for career education and certification, professional development, personal enrichment and customized business and workforce training.

    Harper College Continuing Education offers an array of classes, seminars and certificate programs for your career, your life and your family.

    Your career:  Whether you are looking to enhance skills or re-career Harper College Continuing Education is your source for professional development.

    Your life:  Learn a language. Discover your artistic flair. Indulge your spirit with music. Enrich your life at Harper.

    Your family:  From swimming and horsemanship to foreign language, music and In Zone, Harper’s summer enrichment and sports camp kids and teens program is the perfect fit for your family.

    Whatever your passions may be, let Harper College Continuing Education help you go forward.

    Harper College for Businesses is a true partner to the business community.  We help organizations translate business strategies into bottom line results through employee development. Harper College for Businesses is a major player in the learning arena.  We listen to the needs of organizations and then design solutions that meet those unique needs.

    We provide training in communication skills, computer applications, leadership, supervisory/management, sales/customer service, human resource topics, continuous/quality improvement, manufacturing/distribution systems, international languages and more. Grant funding may also be available through Harper College for Businesses to assist employers in providing training and retraining to the most important assets in their businesses, their employees. Please contact us at 847-925-6640.

    We also provide FREE coaching to small businesses through our Small Business Development Center which is located at 650 E. Higgins Road in Schaumburg. To schedule a free coaching session, please call 847-925-6072.

    Roosevelt University - Albert A. Robin Campus
    (847) 619-8600

    Roosevelt University's Albert A. Robin Campus, located in neighboring Schaumburg, is the largest university in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, serving almost 3,000 students. This state-of-the-art campus offers all student services, 61 computer-ready classrooms, laboratories, an electronic library, student lounges, a bookstore, and an abundance of parking.

    For Roosevelt University, the opening of the Albert A. Robin Campus marked the culmination of 18 years of phenomenal growth and achievement in Chicago's northwest suburbs; transformation from a primarily urban institution with a suburban satellite facility to a comprehensive metropolitan university for the 21st century. A university with two permanent campuses, one curriculum, one faculty, and a shared commitment to Roosevelt's founding mission: to provide high-quality educational opportunities for every student in search of knowledge and a better life.