Access to first-class educational opportunities at all levels is essential to the parents and students of this Chicago Southland region. The area’s outstanding public school districts have invested greatly in the future of their young students. Through challenging curricula, advanced technology in the classrooms, and the incorporation of fine teachers and leaders, these districts have shown their commitment to preparing their students to be valuable assets in this ever-changing world.
The unwavering success of these public school systems is evident. Students continually rank above the national averages when it comes to standardized testing and are regularly recognized for such prestigious designations as National Merit Scholars, Illinois State Scholars and National Achievement Scholars. Likewise, the faculty and staff are often acknowledged for their hard work and dedication to providing the best possible education to students. The majority of these knowledgeable educators has earned post-graduate degrees in their fields.
Rich Township High School District 227 has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades over the years, including the “What Parents Want” award on several occasions. Serving all five communities in the area, District 227 is composed of three high school campuses in Park Forest, Olympia Fields and Richton Park. The district is constantly developing in order to meet the needs of its growing student base.
Through the refinement of its curriculum, the instillation of improved facilities, an improved technology infrastructure, and the enhancement of the culture and climate in both the internal and external learning communities, District 227 has proven its dedication to producing productive, hardworking 21st-century citizens.
Upon graduation from high school, many students choose to remain on the learning path to higher education. Several colleges and universities are located within 20 minutes of the area, including ITT Technical Institute (Orland Park) and a University of Illinois Extension in Matteson.
Notably, students have access to Prairie State College (PSC), a two-year community college offering associate degree programs; technical and career certificate programs; and adult, corporate and continuing education opportunities. In addition to its main campus in nearby Chicago Heights, PSC operates the Matteson Area Center, a convenient off-campus site offering credit and non-credit courses, as well as an assortment of seminars and workshops. The center also houses the Institute of Learning in Retirement program.
Many of PSC’s transfer students choose to attend Governors State University (GSU) in University Park to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Serving as the only public university in the south suburban area, GSU offers a host of bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and certificate programs, as well as non-credit courses for personal and career-related advancement, at an affordable price to students. In addition to its main campus, GSU operates off-campus sites and offers online learning opportunities.