Learning to Succeed
Lincolnwood School District 74
Lincolnwood School District 74 is comprised of three schools all located on the same campus. Children are served from kindergarten through the eighth grade.
A superintendent, an assistant superintendent and an elected School Board (comprised of seven officials) are responsible for the overall function of the district. The community of Lincolnwood is very supportive of the schools, students and parents. Members of the Lincolnwood Police Department and the Fire Department are always available for presentations and help ensure a safe school zone. Information regarding programs and other information can be found by visiting their website at www.sd74.org.
Todd Hall serves students from kindergarten (full-day) through grade two. The dedicated teaching staff celebrates the diverse community while building a strong educational program that is developmentally appropriate. Instruction is differentiated to meet the needs of all students. Creative approaches such as thematic units, art projects and hands-on activities are part of every classroom. Todd Hall has a very welcoming atmosphere and encourages parent participation in the classrooms. Since all three Lincolnwood schools in District 74 are on one campus, they are able to have between-building “classroom buddies,” allowing older students to work with younger students.
Rutledge Hall serves students in grades three, four and five. The school provides a strong academic program to meet the needs of all learners. Reading, math, writing, science and social studies are the core instructional areas. All students also participate in art, music, computer, library and physical education weekly. In addition, there are programs in special education, gifted, and English as a second language. Striving to be developmental in its approach to working with children, the school recognizes that the home/school connection is essential to student success, and work to strengthen that connection. The staff at Rutledge works together to make school safe, fun and engaging.
Lincoln Hall serves students in grades six through eight. Besides providing strong academic core subjects (including math, social studies, science, language arts and reading) for all students, the school provides modern language class, gifted education, special education, exploratory classes and daily physical education. The curriculum fits the needs of adolescents, and gives them choices in their exploratory classes and extracurricular activities. All students utilize their talents when given over 20 extracurricular activities to choose from. From soccer to chorus to statistics, Lincoln Hall meets the needs of all students, and celebrates diversity and mutual respect among all its “community learners.”
Niles Township High - School District 219
Socially, ethnically, culturally and linguistically, our nation is becoming increasingly diverse. The community of Lincolnwood and District 219, (comprised of Niles North and Niles West high schools) are no exception. Niles North and Niles West are the proud home to a student body of over 4,800 students who speak more than 60 languages. District 219 students may look forward to the benefits of knowing, interacting with and learning from other students with different backgrounds, ideas and experiences. Studies have acknowledged that diverse learning environments can improve students’ problem-solving skills and provide an effective training ground for the wide range of people and perspectives they will likely face in the “real world” of college and the workplace. District 219 is committed to reflecting on the needs and strengths of each student within their diverse student body, then finding a way to fully engage him/her in the process of learning and achieving. Integrated into the curriculum, activities and athletics is the recognition of this diversity.
District 219 offers over 220 courses — ranging from the standard mathematics, English and science classes to highly specialized courses like web design, advertising and public speaking. Over 550 students participate in the Advanced Placement Program, in addition to those students who enjoy exceptional honors-level courses. About 30 percent of students participate in extracurricular activities and athletics. Students may choose from over 110 clubs and activities and 25 team sports.
In 2003, District 219 students produced an average ACT score of 22. The district has a graduation rate of 92.5 percent, and 67.7 percent of those students advanced to a four-year college.
District 219 measures its success on the basis of the quality of students it matriculates and the high caliber of teachers it attracts. The district recognizes its duty is to uphold the vow of providing a quality education in which all students succeed.
Oakton Community College
The Ray Hartstein Campus of Oakton Community College opened in 1995, and serves the educational needs of thousands of local residents. Associate degrees, certificate programs and noncredit courses in many fields (including the humanities and the arts, mathematics, science, health careers and business) are offered. In addition, Oakton provides access to GED preparation and testing, English as a second language training, technical apprenticeships and a respected Emeritus Program (for older students). The 165,000-square foot campus features 31 classrooms and 12 state-of-the-art laboratories (science, computer, language and manufacturing). A $15 million expansion project (scheduled to open in 2005) will add 59,000-square feet of learning space. Additional facilities include a childcare center, a library, a bookstore, a cafeteria and student lounges.