Schools

Among its many awards, the district was honored with the U.S. Secretary of Education’s Initiative Award for its Projects C.A.R.E. program which provides special assistance to three- and four-year-olds who require special help to ensure future success in school.

IGAP (Illinois Goal Assessment Program) scores for students in District 33 are consistently above state averages. The district employs a certified staff of 222 full-time and 16 part-time teachers (with an average of almost 11 years of experience; almost half of teachers hold masters degrees), plus seven principals, one assistant principal, and six full-time administrators.

Community High School was recognized in 1993 as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. With a long tradition of providing rigorous academic challenges and opportunities, over 80% of District 94 students go on to attend colleges and universities after graduation.

Students can register for over 200 required and elective programs with opportunities for advanced placement course-work in mathematics, science, foreign language, and English. Career-oriented programs are also available through the DuPage Area Vocational Education Center.

Community High’s facilities include a remodeled library with over 27,000 books and periodicals; television studio; technology center; swimming pool and fieldhouse; new science laboratories; five computer labs; and a horticulture laboratory.

Comprehensive extracurricular activities abound at the 21-acre Community High School campus: interscholastic athletics and more than 35 different clubs and activities: thespians; band, orchestra and choir; school newspaper and yearbook; plus language, business, math and other academic clubs.

Two outstanding private parochial schools also serve West Chicago students: many elementary-age children attend St. Mary’s School on Garden St.; high schoolers may attend Wheaton Academy (formerly Wheaton Christian High School) located on Prince Crossing.

Even more educational opportunities for students of all ages: College of DuPage holds classes at its nearby, 273 acre Glen Ellyn campus, and at more than 40 other sites (including three branch educational centers) in local communities. The community college offers associates degrees in various areas of business, humanities, communications, natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and occupational and vocational education. Students are prepared to transfer as juniors to a four-year college or university, of fully trained in a trade or profession. COD also has its own radio station, WDCB-FM, which operates 24 hours a day and reaches a large portion of the Chicago metropolitan are with news, music and features.

Several other universities are also within a short drive of West Chicago: the University of Chicago, University of Illinois-Chicago, Loyola, De Paul, Northwestern University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Northern Illinois University. Four-year area colleges include Elmhurst, Illinois Benedictine (in Lisle); North Central (in Naperville); and Wheaton