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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, try new things, 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 2017, Geneva School District was ranked among the top school districts in Illinois by Niche, and placed in the top 3 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), Elgin Academy (preschool-12), Geneva Christian School (preschool-5) 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, which offers students a wide selection of two-year transfer and career education degree programs, along with numerous one-semester certificate programs. The college 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, Judson University in Elgin and Benedictine University in Lisle.

Geneva Public Library District invites the community to take advantage of the programs, resources, and services their library card provides. The library district 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.

The library also provides book club service, from ordering books to supplying discussion kits; personal reading lists for all ages; laptops, tablets and digitization equipment for use in the library or at home, and much more. The library’s 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. Learn more by visiting the library’s website at www.gpld.org.