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Geneva Community Unit School District 304 continues to build on its “Tradition of Excellence” to prepare its nearly 6,000 students for success in a constantly changing and increasingly globalized world. Collaboration among its 10 schools – one preschool, one high school, two middle schools, and six neighborhood elementary schools – helps students reach the district’s vision of developing self-directed, lifelong learners; effective communicators; complex, creative and adaptive thinkers; and collaborative and productive citizens. In Geneva 304, staff and students are empowered to challenge themselves, take risks and learn and grow from their failures.

Geneva School District’s test scores continually outpace state averages and its success is directly reflected in the accomplishments and awards achieved each year by students and faculty. Caring commitment and support for each student’s academic and social-emotional needs are a major part of Geneva 304. In 2016, Geneva School District was ranked the 12th Best School District in Illinois by Niche, placing it in the top three percent of districts in the country. In addition to its academic success, Geneva 304 students continuously excel in athletics, music, theater and a host of other extracurricular activities. In 2012, Geneva was recognized by Bloomberg’s Businessweek as “The Best Place to Raise Kids in Illinois” in large part due to public school performance.

Alternatives to public education are readily available for Geneva students. St. Peter Elementary School (pre-K-8) and Mansio Montessori of Geneva are among the private or parochial schools that serve the area. The community of Geneva is also well served by a number of excellent day care and early childhood education centers.

Graduating seniors and adults looking to continue their education are afforded several options within a 30-mile range of Geneva. Nearby Sugar Grove is home to the main campus of Waubonsee Community College (WCC). WCC offers students a wide selection of two-year transfer and career education degree programs, along with numerous one-semester certificate programs. WCC also provides Adult Education and Community Education programs, plus a range of Workforce Development offerings. Further higher learning opportunities are available at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, the Northern Illinois University campus in DeKalb and the private, liberal arts institutions of Wheaton College, North Central College in Naperville, Aurora University and Benedictine University in Lisle.

Geneva Public Library District is a tremendous resource for all ages and stages of life, connecting the community to discover, inspire, and grow. The library serves more than 30,500 residents of Geneva and the surrounding area. Supplementing the library’s robust collection of books, CDs, DVDs and digital material (eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMusic, etc.) is an assortment of exceptional programs for adults, children and teens offered throughout the year. Additional resources include tablets and digitizing equipment available to use in the library or to check out. The online catalog offers homework help for kids of all ages, as well as hundreds of other resources for research, lifelong learning, job finding and more. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.gpld.org.