There are seven public elementary schools, two public middle schools, one high school and one private school in DeKalb. DeKalb High School students’ scores on the ACT/SAT tests are higher than the state and national average. The majority of DeKalb students continue on to college. DeKalb is home to NIU, a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a student enrollment of more than 25,000. Located in one of the most dynamic regions of the country, NIU also operates outreach centers in Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Rockford and Oregon, Illinois. The university is comprised of seven degree-granting colleges that combine to offer 51 undergraduate degree programs and 70 graduate degree programs — including 10 Ph.D. programs and doctoral degrees in education and the juris doctorate. NIU is a NCAA Division I school, and the NIU Huskies compete in the Mid-American Conference. Kishwaukee College offers two-year transfer degrees in 38 areas, 69 career/occupational degrees and certificates, and customized training. A wide variety of courses are also offered through the college’s community and adult basic education programs, and support services (such as tutoring, counseling and employment services) are available.


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