Excellence in education at all levels is a cornerstone in Lake County and is among one of the many reasons families choose this area as their home. The county is well-served by more than 45 exceptional public school districts—many of which rank among the finest in Illinois. A challenging curriculum, modern technology in the classroom, the instillment of involved parents, active school boards and committees, and knowledgeable teachers and leaders all contribute to the success of Lake County’s valuable school systems.
Alternatives to the public school route are also widely available throughout Lake County. A wealth of private primary and secondary institutions serve the area, as do a number of outstanding licensed early childhood development and day care facilities.
Upon graduation from high school, many local students choose to continue the path of education at the nationally acclaimed College of Lake County (CLC). This comprehensive two-year community college offers an assortment of programs, including credit programs designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution or career entry; GED and adult basic education courses; non-credit opportunities with a goal of career or personal development; and contract training and specialized services for the business community. While CLC’s main campus is located in Grayslake, it also operates the Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan, the Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills, the Great Lakes Center at the Great Lakes Naval Training Base and a host of further extension sites.
Unmatched career-oriented education opportunities can be found through the well-known DeVry University system. DeVry has established a facility in Gurnee where enrolled students can take advantage of 11 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as a dozen graduate certificates, in a number of leading fields.
The area is also home to the University Center of Lake County, a unique partnership bringing together the opportunities of 18 private and public Illinois colleges and universities. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as advanced professional development programs from leading higher learning institutions can be accessed through campuses in Waukegan and Grayslake.
Lake County is home to a multitude of colleges and universities, as well, including Robert Morris College, Rosalind Franklin University, Columbia College of Missouri, Lake Forest College, Shimer College and Trinity International University. Additionally, the county’s location places it within one hour of such institutions as Northwestern University, Marquette University, Northern Illinois University, University of Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
College of Lake County
Columbia College of Missouri–Lake County
LakeCounty DeVry University
Lake Forest College
Robert Morris College
Rosalind Franklin University
Trinity International University
University Center of Lake County