High School District 214
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Students and teachers from two District 214 schools have been giving back this year—as part of a unique opportunity to help out military veterans.
Where can you find gold medal scientists in District 214? In the Wheeling High School nanotechnology lab. Nanotech students, under the guidance of Wheeling science teachers Carol Bouvier and Dr. Greg Wallace, took projects developed in class to the Illinois Junior Academy of Science state exposition in Peoria on April 22 and 23—and came back with gold medals and more.
Garlic rosemary bread. Fresh herb pinwheels. Amish apple bread. Those were some of the mouth-watering entries in The Great District 214 Culinary Competition Bake-Off held on April 22.
2016 Rolling Meadows High School graduate Wesley Carroll and 2017 Prospect High School graduate Matt Gordon have each pursued a passion for instrumental music careers to earn coveted spots in the U.S. Pacific Naval Fleet Band, based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The District 214 WildStang Robotics Program is not horsin’ around. Team 111 WildStang has been dominating local and regional competitions and is now preparing to head to the FIRST® Robotics World Championship next week in Houston, Texas.
In an auditorium ceremony at Forest View Educational Center, students recite as one: “As a future educator, I will treat the profession and those who work in it with dignity and respect. I will embrace and elevate individuality and diversity. I will strive to motivate and to engage.”
D214 Awarded with Excellence in Budget
For the 12th year in a row, District 214 has been presented the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials. This award reflects the District’s commitment to sound fiscal management and budgetary policies.
The District also earned a perfect 4.0 Financial Score from the Illinois State Board of Education. The District has received the highest ranking available every year since ISBE began the program 12 years ago.
These awards show the District is providing the highest quality of education in a fiscally responsible manner. Thank you to our staff who worked so hard to earn these honors.
Register Now for Fun TDP Summer Courses
The Talent Development Program (TDP) is offering Summer Enrichment Courses to all D214 students. These week-long classes allow students to develop new passions and explore different careers like cooking, space science, electronic music production and more.
Click here for more information and to register.
On Friday, February 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated guidance regarding the use and care of masks. In areas of low transmission, mask wearing “is based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.” The CDC now applies this guidance to schools.
Additionally, the CDC “is exercising its enforcement discretion to not require that people wear masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child care programs. The CDC is making this change to align with updated guidance that no longer recommends universal indoor mask wearing in K-12 and early education settings in areas with a low or medium COVID-19 Community Level.”
District 214 is in an area of low transmission and has been mask optional since February 7. We will remain a mask optional environment for all students, staff and visitors.
District 214 Board waives registration fees for second consecutive year
High School District 214’s Board of Education has waived registration fees for all students for the 2022-2023 school year. Board members voted on January 20 to suspend the $425 fee in response to continuing economic uncertainties in the community linked to the ongoing pandemic. District 214 has identified cost savings elsewhere to offset revenue typically generated by registration fees.
The $425 registration fee covers such items as textbooks rental, instructional materials, digital learning, school calendars, physical education shirts and locks, a pass to regular season home activities, an iPad Protection Plan and the school newspaper. In addition to waiving the registration fee, the Board voted to suspend co-curricular participation fees.
Newcomer Center Renamed
On October 7, 2021, the District 214 Board of Education approved to change the name of the Newcomer Center to the International Newcomer Academy. The program serves high school students who have recently arrived to the United States and are new to the English language. The program provides students with personalized instruction with the goal to send them to their home schools within one to two years.
Newcomer staff say this new name better reflects the international variety of their students, and to the academic rigor that makes up the program.
D214 Approves Budget for 2021-22
On August 12, 2021, the District 214 Board of Education approved a balanced operating budget for the 2021-22 school year.
The majority of the $295.8 million total operating budget is spent on personnel costs, and also includes funds for supplies and ongoing construction projects such as roofing and curtain walls district-wide.
The approved spending budget is about 7% greater than the 2020-21 fiscal year, but the District also has $11 million in increased revenue this year as a result of federal relief funds and from participating in the national school lunch program.
For the past eleven years, District 214 has been presented with the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials.The complete budget report can be found here.
2021-2022 Transportation FAQs
This fall, District 214 will continue with the shuttle model of transportation. We understand there are many questions. The Transportation Department has compiled a list of FAQs to address them. Should you still have any questions or concerns, please contact the Transportation Department at 847-718-7470.
Block Schedule Pilot
Having adopted block schedules during the 2020-2021 school year to better accommodate student and staff needs during hybrid learning, District 214 will now implement block schedules for all of its comprehensive high schools as a pilot program.
District 214 reached this decision after receiving positive feedback about this year’s schedule from students, parents and teachers and additional positive feedback by way of parent surveys. Additional details of the schedule and several potential advantages identified by District 214 may be found here.
After the pilot concludes, we will review data and once again survey students, parents and staff regarding future years’ schedules.
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44,000Average annual potential college credits earned
11,895Number of students 2020-2021
1,112Class of 2021 composite SAT score (out of 1600)