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LAKE ZURICH COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT 95

Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 is a high-performing, K-12 school district with nearly 5,700 students. Its well-rounded students, dedicated staff and involved parents are a source of pride. One of the district’s strengths is the many offerings – curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular – available to its students. These opportunities help students to engage in their learning, their schools and to collaborate together.

In elementary school, students begin with art, music and physical education classes as curricular components, and band, orchestra and choir as co-curricular offerings. After-school activities are also available, including LegoLeague Robotics for students in grades 4 through 8.

For middle school students, curricular or co-curricular offerings are available in world language, drama, computers, family and consumer science, applied technology, music, band, orchestra and choir. Athletics, community service opportunities and other clubs are available as extracurricular activities for middle schoolers.

At the high school, there are 15-20 sequenced courses offered across elective departments such as art, applied technology, business, drama, family and consumer sciences, music, world languages, and at the Lake County Technology Campus. There are approximately 40 after-school clubs/activities. In athletics there are 24 sports offered for the current school year, typically at multiple levels. The district has just adopted a new five-year strategic plan and mission to “Empower every learner to achieve personal excellence.”

COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY

With campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills, Waukegan and online, the College of Lake County has been an integral resource since 1969, helping thousands of Lake County residents realize their dreams of a better life or a new career.

College of Lake County is an accredited, comprehensive community college where students find all the practical prerequisites for their success. The college offers a guaranteed transfer admission program to more than 20 four-year colleges and universities. Students can also study abroad or participate in the honors program, athletics and more than 40 clubs and organizations.

The college provides cultural enrichment through art gallery shows, films, lectures and high-quality performances by both professional entertainers and students.

College of Lake County continues to update its facilities. A new science building opens in 2018 on the Grayslake campus, and major renovations to the A, B and C wings were completed in 2016-17. A new chemistry lab building was added to the Southlake campus in Vernon Hills in 2015. An expansion is also planned for the Lakeshore campus in downtown Waukegan.

For more information, visit www.clcillinois.edu or call (847) 543-2090. To learn the top 10 extraordinary things about the college, visit www.clcillinois.edu/topten.

ADLAI E. STEVENSON HIGH SCHOOL

Since opening in 1965, Stevenson High School has become one of America’s leading high schools. Stevenson is a four-time winner of the United States Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Award, and Stevenson can regularly be found in media rankings of the nation’s best high schools.

Stevenson’s motto is “Success for Every Student” and academic excellence is a passionate pursuit. In 2017, Stevenson posted a school-record ACT score of 26.9, and also had 970 students earn Advanced Placement Scholar honors from the College Board.

The school provides not only a challenging academic atmosphere, but also numerous opportunities for growth through co-curricular, service and leadership opportunities. There are more than 130 after-school activities available through sports, clubs and intramurals.

Stevenson serves 15 communities within its 42-square-mile district, and the diversity of families living in the area has changed significantly, particularly within the past 20 years. More than 70 languages are spoken in the homes of Stevenson families.

Students are taught by a talented corps of teachers, with many of them considered by their peers to be among the country’s foremost authorities in their fields. Some of the teaching practices used around the United States can trace their roots to Stevenson High School.

BARRINGTON 220 SCHOOL DISTRICT

Barrington 220 School District educates more than 8,600 students each year in grades pre-K through 12. Located about 35 miles northwest of Chicago, Barrington 220 encompasses 72 square miles. It covers 12 villages: all of Barrington, Lake Barrington and Tower Lakes; and portions of Barrington Hills, Carpentersville, Deer Park, Fox River Grove, Port Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, North Barrington and South Barrington. In addition, District 220 is geographically located in four counties: Cook, Lake, McHenry and Kane. Barrington 220 has one high school, two middle schools, eight elementary schools and one early childhood center.

Barrington 220 is ranked No. 4 in the state by Niche.com, named a District of Distinction by District Administration Magazine and considered a top innovative district in the state by Chicago Magazine. Financially, the district has repeatedly received a AAA rating from Standard & Poors and has earned the highest financial rating from the State of Illinois.

DIAMOND LAKE SCHOOL DISTRICT 76

In Diamond Lake School District 76, three schools partner as one district to optimize excellence for every child, every day.

All its educational professionals are committed to providing the community with an exemplary educational system that inspires all learners to achieve excellence. Through rigorous academic programs, a comprehensive social-emotional curriculum, innovative technology experiences and extensive enrichment opportunities the district prepares students to be college, career and world ready. ›

In cooperation with the Board of Education members and staff, the district has established the vision statement: “Diamond Lake School District 76: Three schools, one district preparing our children to be lifelong learners, engaged in their community and ready for the world.”

Additionally the district’s goal areas focus on academic, professional, operational and financial excellence with an emphasis on strengthening communications for all stakeholders. These district-wide priorities are the center of its work and inspires the district to always do what is best for students, staff and community.

KILDEER COUNTRYSIDE SCHOOL DISTRICT 96

Kildeer Countryside School District 96 serves families living within attendance boundaries in Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Kildeer, Vernon Hills, Hawthorn Woods and Lake Zurich.

Willow Grove Early Learning Center offers full-day kindergarten, four elementary schools serve grades 1-5 and two middle schools serve grades 6-8. District 96 is the largest district sending students to Stevenson High School.

The district is known for strong academics and a focus on improving outcomes for all. In 2017, the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Association of School Administrators recognized Superintendent Julie Schmidt as a Superintendent of Distinction and Prairie Elementary was named a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School. Recently, the district implemented a new schedule at middle schools to increase instructional minutes for core content and include flexible time within core content blocks.

Recognized by Apple as a Distinguished Schools Program for innovation and leadership, the district’s technology is a tool for learning: Every student has daily access. School environments are highly collaborative, with instructional decisions founded on data and best practice.

Administrators and staff share clear understanding of their responsibility – and opportunity – to prepare students to succeed. Their approach reflects the district’s focus: Every child. Every school. Every day.

ST. FRANCIS DE SALES PARISH SCHOOL

St. Francis de Sales Parish School serves students in preschool through grade 8. As part of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Parish, the school is committed to providing an environment that promotes academic excellence and a foundation of faith for all students, teachers, staff and parents.

To enhance spiritual growth, St. Francis de Sales provides opportunities for prayer, reflection, service and liturgy. In addition to academics and faith formation, the school offers students many opportunities in athletics, special programs and clubs as well as ways for parents to become involved.

The school now offers a 3- and 4-year-old preschool schedule. Preschool-aged children will now have the opportunity to attend two, three or five full days or half days.

Schedule a visit to learn about the Catholic faith formation that takes place every day at St. Francis de Sales Parish School. To schedule a tour, call (847) 438-7921. For more information, visit www.stfrancislzschool.org or call the school office at (847) 438-7921.

ST. MATTHEW LUTHERAN SCHOOL

St. Matthew Lutheran School & Church has provided quality Christian education to the community since first opening its doors in 1864. Early childhood through elementary education programs provide children with the building blocks for lifelong success. Programs include preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds with flexible scheduling options, kindergarten and kindergarten enrichment program, prekindergarten and first grade. Morning and afternoon extended care program is available for families.

St. Matthew Lutheran School offers a complete curriculum that incorporates all academic skills, as well as the integration of technology to ensure students have a steady command of its use in everyday life. St. Matthew Lutheran School and its faculty of Christian teaching professionals work toward the goals of its charter: “To prepare students to meet the rigorous challenges of the twenty first century academically, spiritually, socially and physically.”

Visit www.stmattschool.net to find information on registration and tuition, as well as view brochures and learn more about education programs. A complete registration kit is also available at the school office at 24480 N. Old McHenry Rd. in Hawthorn Woods. Contact the school office at (847) 438-6103 or email mailto:shepard@stmattsonline.com.