PUBLIC ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOLS
Community Consolidated School District 146
The award-winning Community Consolidated School District 146 is comprised of five campuses, including Central Middle School (6-8), Memorial School (pre-K to 5), Fierke Education Center (K-5), Kruse Education Center (pre-K to 5) and the brand new Fulton Grade School (pre-K to 5). The new Fulton brought together the old Fulton and Sandidge Elementary schools in order to meet the growth needs of the community. Open for the 2009-2010 school year, the new campus features a Media Center, an early learning center, a baseball field for use by the community and local athletic organizations, a storm water detention area/seasonal practice field, and much more. Fulton Grade School, along with the other facilities in the district, offers wireless technology and digital classrooms with a projector, tablet, laptops, digital visual presenters, a digital still camera, digital video camera and advanced software.
Supplementing District 146’s rigorous traditional curriculum are options for Special Education, an English as a Second Language (ESL) program, the Building Bridges for Brighter Futures program for children and their families, the Opportunities and Resources for Enrichment (O.R.E.) program for gifted and talented students, and a successful Band program for fifth- through eighth-graders. For more information on District 146, call 708-614-4500 or visit www.ccsd146.k12.il.us.
Arbor Park School District 145
More than 1,400 students make up the enrollment at Arbor Park School District 145. The district offers four exceptional schools in Oak Forest and Tinley Park, including Arbor Park Middle School (5-8), Scarlet Oak School (3-4), Morton Gingerwood School (1-2), and Kimberly Heights School (pre-K to K). The district follows an instructional program based on the four R’s: reading, writing, arithmetic and responsibility. In addition to a variety of excellent academic programs, the district offers plenty of opportunities for elective courses and extra-curricular activities. Instrumental music instruction is offered beginning at the fourth-grade level, and by middle school, students are invited to participate in various sports, such as basketball, volleyball, track and cheerleading, along with foreign language programs and clubs including choir, newspaper, student council and the National Junior Honor Society. For more information on District 145, call 708-687-8040 or visit www.arbor145.org.
Kirby School District 140
Kirby School District 140 serves more than 4,000 students residing in sections of Tinley Park, Orland Hills and Orland Park. The district operates five K-5 facilities, including John A. Bannes School, Fernway Park School, Helen Keller School, Christa McAuliffe School and Millennium School, as well as two 6-8 facilities at Virgil I. Grissom Middle School and Prairie View Middle School. Students, who regularly exceed average standards on state tests such as the ISAT, have access to a range of specialized academic and enrichment programs, including the GATE program for gifted and talented students, Special Education, Abduction Avoidance Education, Alcohol & Drug Education, Environmental Education, Bilingual Studies, Career Education, and much more. For more information on District 140, call 708-532-6462 or visit www.ksd140.org.
PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS
After completion of eighth grade, Tinley Park students attend one of four high school districts in the area: Bremen High School District 228, Community Consolidated High School District 230, Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 and Rich Township High School District 227. These districts are dedicated to preparing students for college and/or entry into the work force through challenging curricula enhanced by an assortment of career-oriented programs, college-credit courses, extra-curricular activities, and various clubs and organizations.
LOCAL HIGHER LEARNING OPTIONS
DeVry University—Tinley Park Center
DeVry University, a network of more than 90 campuses in the U.S. and Canada, has established a convenient location within Tinley Park, offering flexible course options via the Internet or on-site during the day, evening and weekend. DeVry University at Tinley Park offers 30-plus career- oriented study programs, including 12 undergraduate degree programs, seven graduate degree programs and 13 graduate certificate programs. Situated upon nearly 12 acres, the modern facility is equipped with “smart” classrooms featuring wireless lap top access, distance learning labs, five technology labs and a networked library center. The Tinley Park Center is located at 18624 W. Creek Dr. For more information, call 708-342-3300 or visit www.devry.edu.
Keller Graduate School of Management—Tinley Park Center
DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management is a leading resource for those pursuing graduate studies. Located on the Tinley Park Center campus, the school serves busy adults by offering 15 MBA programs, six specialty master’s degree programs and 13 graduate certificate programs. In addition to on-site learning, Keller offers 24/7 online course programs. For more information, call 708-342-3300 or visit www.devry.edu/keller.
Lewis University—North Creek Executive Center
Lewis University’s Tinley Park campus is an exceptional resource for working adults and area businesses and associations. Enrolled students take advantage of evening accelerated adult undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and several business certificate programs—all within an excellent learning environment. The facility is comprised of nine classrooms, a conference room and lounge area, a student study room, a library, and a 22-station computer lab. The North Creek Executive Center is located at 18501 Maple Creek Dr. For more information, call 708-444-3180 or visit www.lewisu.edu.