High School District 214
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Mom was a music education professor; Dad was a music teacher and band director. Dad’s idea of fun during family road trips was to quiz their three young sons on the differences between Mozart and Beethoven. So, yes, maybe it was written in the stars - or somewhere between the key and time signatures - that Elliott and Spencer Hile would pursue careers in music.
For reasons that no longer matter so much, Alex Mendoza dropped out of high school. “But I knew I couldn’t be fooling around. I knew I needed my high school diploma to get a better job,” he said. He went to his counselor at Elk Grove High School, who suggested earning his GED through a District 214 Community Education program.
Vasyl Mattichuk wanted to become a U.S. citizen. After several years, he said, “I had been working here, living here and wanted to be a part of this country. I wanted to help this country, I wanted to vote, and travel with an American passport.” He read about District 214 Community Education’s U.S. citizenship preparation classes in the newspaper, and signed up for classes in 2021.
"Tee Up for 214" takes on a new twist. This year's District 214 Education Foundation fundraiser will be held at Topgolf in Schaumburg. Proceeds are used to provide opportunities for students’ future success.
Wheeling High School is hosting the 55th Annual Chicagoland Marching Band Festival on Saturday, September 16, 2023. It is the longest consecutive running marching band festival in northeastern Illinois.
These former students are now teachers at their alma maters. They are among the 108 new teachers this year at District 214.
On August 17, the team of world religions teachers from District 214, led by Prospect High School’s John Camardella, made a presentation to the Parliament of the World’s Religions 2023 convocation in downtown Chicago. The presentation was titled: “A U.S. Public School District Fully Committed to Religious Literacy? Yes!”
District 214 students are making a splash through summer internships. From firefighting, to fashion, and even herpetology, students are getting a jumpstart to finding their futures.
Prospect High School named Blue Ribbon School
Prospect High School was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2023. This prestigious award affirms and validates the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in striving for – and attaining – exemplary achievement.
Prospect is one of three public high schools in Illinois selected as Exemplary High Performing Schools, and is one of 52 high schools recognized in the nation.
Click HERE to see the full list of this year’s winners.
New website helps track Bears Stadium information
As the Chicago Bears search for a new home, Elementary School District 15, Township High School District 211 and High School District 214 created a website to track the latest stadium information. SuburbanStadium.org is a one-stop shop for anyone wanting more information about stadium-related issues and possibilities. The website includes a timeline of developments, legislative proposals, FAQ and more.
D214 Response to Illinois Proficiency Standards
District 214 metrics on the Illinois Proficiency Benchmarks reflect our growing population of students with multiple at-risk factors that were exacerbated during the pandemic. District 214 developed and presented to the Board of Education the following plans to directly address academic performance and state testing benchmarks.
Learning Renewal Plan to address overall academic performance 2021-2024
A multi-year plan to address College Board SAT performance on state assessment
Significant expansion of mental health supports and staffing for English learners
To read the full response, click HERE.
Block Schedule Extended for 2023-2024 School Year
District 214 will extend the Block Schedule Pilot for an additional year to gather two full years of data regarding student attendance, discipline, and academic performance.
The current A/B Block Schedule was adopted by the Board of Education as a component of the District 214 Learning Renewal Plan in a two-year pilot during the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years.
D214 expanding access to mental health services
District 214 is taking steps to support students and staff in the midst of the national mental health crisis. The Board of Education agreed to hire additional personnel to meet the social-emotional needs of students. This includes the hiring of additional school social workers and school psychologists to be placed at each D214 high school.
In addition to hiring more school social workers and school psychologists, the District is exploring new community partnerships to increase prevention and wellness efforts as well as leveraging technology to expand access to mental health services.
Click HERE to see the full presentation from the February 21, 2023 Special Board of Education Workshop.
District 214 is hosting the NWPA High School Educator Job Fair on March 4, 2023 to hire counselors, clinicians and teachers. Click HERE for more information and to pre-register.
D214 Summer Experience
Each year during the summer, District 214 provides students an array of educational opportunities and enrichment experiences. D214.org/SummerExperience is your one-stop shop for all things summer. Families can get information and access the registration portals for:
- Summer Coursework (formerly known as Summer School)
- Summer Enrichment
- Summer Athletic Camps
Registration information for all three programs is also accessible in the new D214 Summer Experience Guidebook, which is available in both English and Spanish. Click the link above to download them.
Discover Your Future.
44,000Average annual potential college credits earned
11,895Number of students 2020-2021
1,112Class of 2021 composite SAT score (out of 1600)