Rolling Meadows’ students have access to the some of the nation’s finest educational programs and facilities. There are three superb public school systems along with several parochial, private and pre-schools, plus child care facilities.

Highlights of the educational advantages in Rolling Meadows are:

Community Consolidated School District 15 (847-963-3000) has 15 elementary and 4 junior high schools that enroll over 11,500 students in a comprehensive curriculum including:

  • • Health and drug education.
  • Consumer awareness.
  • Environmental Education.
  • Computer Instruction.
  • Physical Education.
  • Fine Arts and Music.
  • Special programs for gifted students.

Rolling Meadows High School (847-718-5600) - Township High School District 214 has approximately 1,800 students and serves the city’s eastern side.

  • More than 88 percent of graduates continue on to higher education
  • Students are organized by educational skill, from special to advanced placement.
  • Advanced Placement classes award college level credit.
  • There are more than 300 academic courses available.
  • More than 50 percent of the students are involved in athletic programs.
  • More than 35 special interest clubs, 30 extracurricular clubs and organizations and 15 different music organizations are available to students.

William Fremd High School (847-755-2600)- Township High School District 211 serves the western side of Rolling Meadows and has nearly 2,600 students enrolled.

  • More than 95 percent of graduates continue on to higher education.
  • A comprehensive curriculum of more than 270 academic courses.
  • Advanced placement opportunities exist in 14 academic areas as well as a six-week summer school.
  • Students are grouped by academic skill level in English, Mathematics, Sciences, Social Sciences, and Foreign Language.
  • Comprehensive interscholastic sports and athletics program, including cross-country, soccer, football, and gymnastics.
  • Encourages partnerships with local businesses through the Northwest Suburban Education to Careers Partnership - a leader in Tech-Prep programs.
  • 9,000 area residents participate in the Continuing Education Program, one of Illinois’ largest.

Other educational/learning facilities for young students and children in Rolling Meadows include:

  • St. Colette Elementary School (847-392-4098)
  • St. Viator High School (847-392-4050)
  • Acorn Oaks Preschool & Childcare (847-991-7900)
  • Children’s Meadow Day Care Center (847-259-2727)
  • Clearbrook Center (847-255-0120)
  • Meadows Child Center (847-398-6292)
  • Rolling Meadows Park District Preschool (847-818-3200)

William Rainey Harper College, (847-925-6000 or www.harper.cc.il.us) just west of the City on Algonquin Road in nearby Palatine, is one of the most well-respected and progressive junior colleges in the United States. The comprehensive community college enrolls a student body of 24,000 in 18 buildings on a 200-acre campus. The excellent faculty is dedicated to providing the highest quality education at a reasonable cost and promoting personal growth. Founded in 1965, Harper College offers the first two years of baccalaureate education for transfer to four-year colleges to students from 23 surrounding communities.

Some of the benefits of an education at Harper College include:

  • Associate degrees in arts, science, applied science, fine arts and engineering science.
  • Vocational programs and training.
  • Continuing education courses, seminars and short-term programs to encourage life-long learning.
  • Off-campus courses throughout neighboring communities.

Also nearby are the facilities of Roosevelt University in Schaumburg and the Northern Illinois University extension in Hoffman Estates.

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The City of Rolling Meadows realizes the importance of fun and recreation in its citizens’ daily lives and offers a multitude of fun and exciting recreational opportunities year round. Some of the many recreational facilities provided by the Rolling Meadows Park District (847-818-3220) are located within the city and nearby.

These include:

  • Eleven parks with lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields, picnic sites and more.
  • A nature preserve with hiking trails.
  • The Sports Complex at Salk Park (847-818-3210) featuring an indoor ice arena, fitness center, gymnastics center, Olympic-size swimming pool, water slide and wading pool.
  • The Community Center on Pheasant Drive (847-818-3200) offers pre-school and seniors programs.
  • The Rolling Meadows Golden Years Council (847-818-3205) has games and crafts for seniors
  • The Northrop Teen Center (847-818-3208) allows teens a safe, fun after-school environment.
  • William B. Fosser’s Puppet Opera Theatre in Park Central.
  • West Meadows Ice Arena (847-398-2700) features an NHL-size indoor rink.

There are also plenty of excellent, privately-owned health and recreation facilities throughout the city including a bowling center.

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Four forces influence the cultural climate of Rolling Meadows - the Rolling Meadows Park District, Harper College, the Northwest Cultural Council, and the Rolling Meadows Library.

A variety of special events that entertain, amuse, and enlighten are sponsored by the Rolling Meadows Park District. Harper College is the setting for a variety of cultural presentations throughout the school year, all open to the public. The Northwest Cultural Council provides a public art gallery, distributes art in its Corporate Gallery program, and sponsors a Writers' Conference, among other activities. The Rolling Meadows Library sponsors a Community Concert Series, book discussions, a creative writing group, free movies, and other cultural programs for people of all ages.

The Rolling Meadows Park District provides culture through Opera in Focus (Tel. 818-3220). It is a subscription series featuring the rod puppets of William B. Fosser and a repertoire of more than 50 scenes from 30 well-known operas. The setting for the show is a 55-seat theatre with an elaborate stage and sound system located at Park Central.

Harper College offers concerts by professionals and students, art exhibits, theatrical performances, films and videos, and guest lectures.

Those who have appeared at the campus include the Kiev Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Brass Quintet, guitarist David Richter, and The Capitol Steps musical political satirists. Harper Music Department concerts include the Harper Symphony Orchestra, the Concert Choir and Camerata Singers, the Harper Community Festival Chorus, the Harper Jazz Band, Harper Steel Band, and the annual Music Department Holiday Concert.

The Northwest Cultural Council is head quartered in Rolling Meadows. Its gallery features works by approximately 45 area artists and photographers. All items are for sale. Participants in its Corporate Gallery program provide space for displaying the work of the councils artists and make periodic purchases.

The annual Writer's Conference is designed to give local area writers an opportunity to develop their skills. A monthly poetry reading at the gallery features local poets, while the annual poetry showcase features U.S. Poet Laureates reciting their works.

The Rolling Meadows Library (Tel. 259-6050, Fax: 259-5319, TTD: 259-6055) is a cultural focal point in the community. Seventy-two percent of the city's population hold library cards. There are more than 227,000 visits to the library annually, many of whom are business executives in search of information.

Library Business Services Extensive business reference resources are available at the Rolling Meadows Library. This system can access a multitude of magazines, journals, newsletters, and newspapers. Among its many services and resources are company histories; travel information; industry surveys; business forms; books, videos, and software on computers; online data bases such as Investext, Predicast's F & S Prompt; Donnelly Demographics, and Trade and Industry Index; reference sources such as Thomas Register, Inside Contracts USA, D & B's Million Dollar Directory, Illinois Manufacturers, Industrial, and Services Directories, Standard Directory of Advertisers, and many others; and CD-ROM indexes for locating information and articles in periodicals. [Top of Page]


 

World class businesses and industries have recently made Rolling Meadows a prime target for investment due to its continuing economic success and strategic location on the "Silicon Prairie." Some factors that point to Rolling Meadows’ bright economic future are:

  • 3Com Corporation - one of the world’s largest supplier of access products and networking systems - has moved into its newest facility with more than 530,000 square feet. Master plans call for future expansion of their corporate campus center with over 1,000,000 sq. ft. of office space.
  • Continental Towers - Prime Group Realty Trust has announced plans for four additional 11-story glass towers, an eight-story, 250-room hotel and several parking garages on 22 acres of land just east of its existing office complex.

 

 

 

Major employers in the City are internationally renowned and include:

  • Charles Industries
  • Motorola
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers, Inc.
  • RTC Industries
  • Sterling Plumbing Group/Kohler
  • 3Com Corporation
  • Unilever/Helene Curtis
  • United Airlines

Dozens of significant companies and other smaller businesses are located in the large industrial park along Route 53.

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Northwest Community Hospital (847-618-1000), in nearby Arlington Heights, has served the health care needs of Rolling Meadows for nearly 40 years. To continue to offer top quality care, it has added a new Continuing Care Center that brings state-of-the-art surgical and critical care services to the community. As part of the Northwest Community Healthcare group, the hospital is able to provide the following services to Rolling Meadows residents:

  • Day Surgery Center.
  • Continuing Care Center.
  • 24-Hour treatment centers in surrounding communities.
  • Home healthcare services.
  • Several physicians’ office buildings.
  • Nationally recognized, award-winning fitness center.

The City of Rolling Meadows has always been a leading community in providing the best health care for its residents. In 1995, the City, the Rolling Meadows Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Community Healthcare, formed a partnership known as "Rolling Meadows Tomorrow." This collaborative process involves community residents, businesses and organizations as part of a nationally sponsored grassroots approach to improving health and wellness care. Some of the numerous projects that the program has initiated include:

  • Children’s tobacco awareness and prevention planning.
  • Seniors housing solutions.
  • Volunteer recognition.
  • Family festival.
  • Community housing needs.

Other medical related services include Health Pro Physician (847-303-1100), Hospice of Northeastern Illinois (847-381-5599) and Partners In Primary Care (847-359-3400).

There are many social service providers in Rolling Meadows. Some of these are:

  • Alexian Brothers Northwest Mental Health Center (847-392-1420).
  • The Bridge - Youth and Family Services (847-359-7490).
  • Catholic Charities- Northwest Suburban Services (847-870-0560).
  • CEDA Northwest (Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc.) (847-392-2332).
  • Children’s Advocacy Center (847-855-0100).
  • City of Rolling Meadows Family Assistance Program (847-394-8500).
  • Clearbrook Center for Developmental Disabilities (847-870-7711).
  • The Harbour (847-297-8540).
  • Life Span (847-824-0382) (TTD: 847-824-0189) 24-Hour Crisis Line: (847--824-4454).
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois - Behavioral Health Services (847-397-0095).
  • Meadows Community Services (847-255-6338).
  • Northwest Action Against Rape (847-806-6526).
  • Police Neighborhood Resource Center (847-506-2060).
  • Salvation Army Community Counseling Center (847-392-0265).
  • The Share Program (847-882-4181).
  • Shelter, Inc. (847-255-8060).
  • United Way Palatine/Inverness/Rolling Meadows (847-358-8666).

Northwest Community Hospital (847-618-1000), in nearby Arlington Heights, has served the health care needs of Rolling Meadows for nearly 40 years. To continue to offer top quality care, it has added a new Continuing Care Center that brings state-of-the-art surgical and critical care services to the community. As part of the Northwest Community Healthcare group, the hospital is able to provide the following services to Rolling Meadows residents:

  • Day Surgery Center.
  • Continuing Care Center.
  • 24-Hour treatment centers in surrounding communities.
  • Home healthcare services.
  • Several physicians’ office buildings.
  • Nationally recognized, award-winning fitness center.
  • Strong Spirit

 

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