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  • District 214 celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

    Nearly 200 students, staff and AAPI business partners from across multiple school districts gathered together for an evening of cultural food tasting, activities and performances. Members of District 214, 211 and 207 cultural clubs united to bring awareness and understanding on what it means to be AAPI.

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  • High Mileage Vehicle teams take designs to the finish line

    They started by brainstorming designs, then created models with popsicle sticks and straws—before fabricating and testing a one-person vehicle designed not only with speed, but also fuel efficiency in mind. That was the months-long process that brought the District 214 High Mileage Vehicle student teams to their final challenge: taking their vehicles around the track and comparing them to the work of other Midwestern high school and college teams.

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  • Student brews up successful app for Special Education coffee carts

    When John Hersey High School teacher Megan Brownley pitched the idea of an app to help student staffers at the school’s coffee cart, Rachel Rafik stepped up to the challenge. Each year, in a twist on the “Shark Tank” format, teachers like Brownley pitch their suggestions for useful apps to students in Hersey’s AP Computer Science Principles class. Students pick projects and then work on the apps for their class and AP evaluations.

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  • Hersey jazz students perform with Grammy-nominated saxophonist Melissa Aldana

    Grammy-nominated saxophonist and composer Melissa Aldana made a special visit to John Hersey High School in late April. She is considered one of the best tenor saxophone players in the world. Hersey jazz students had the chance to work with Aldana and learned about writing and performing music.

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  • African American Teen Summit 2023

    The 8th Annual D214 African American Teen Summit was held at Forest View Educational Center on April 21. The theme was Phenomenally Black with a focus on self love, self esteem and self care.

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  • Culinary students get a taste of restaurant business

    Customers at Rep’s Place in Rolling Meadows have the opportunity to take their taste buds to Europe—courtesy of Rolling Meadows High School culinary arts students. A dozen RMHS students researched and created the Tapas of Europe special menu that’s being featured at Rep’s Place through the end of May. The menu includes 10 appetizers and shareable plates representing different European cuisines.

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  • Coding for a cause: Hersey High School hosts coding marathon to support veterans’ mental health

    It’s called a hackathon, but Help-a-thon is more like it. By any name, though, the HSHacks Hackathon hosted by John Hersey High School on April 15 and highlighted in the video here was a resounding success. More than 80 students from 28 Chicago-area schools participated in the 12-hour event, which featured learning workshops and opportunities for students to give practical application to their coding and programming skills.

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  • D214 Healthcare Education: A world of opportunity

    Few fields offer greater employment opportunity than healthcare, and District 214 prepares students for many options in this arena. The most direct avenue to employment is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program. District 214 offers juniors and seniors 16 or older the opportunity to become a CNA while still in high school.

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D214 News

  • D214 Announces New Superintendent

    The District 214 Board of Education has appointed Dr. Scott Rowe as the District’s new superintendent. Dr. Rowe currently works as superintendent of Huntley Community School District 158, which serves more than 9,000 students PreK-12 from Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, and Huntley. His official start date will be July 1. Click HERE to read his bio and watch a welcome video from him. 

    Co-interim superintendents Dr. Kenneth Arndt and Dr. Lazaro Lopez will continue to lead the District through June 30. 

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 


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  • Arlington Park Presentation

    District 214’s Board of Education conducted a special meeting on Feb. 2 at Forest View Educational Center.

    The District’s legal counsel presented an overview of a new financing mechanism called PILOT, or Payment in Lieu of Taxes, being drafted in the Illinois General Assembly that could be applied to the Chicago Bears’ Arlington Heights stadium proposal. This overview includes the potential economic impact on District 214 and district residents.

    Click here to view the presentation and the Special Board Meeting.


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D214 Facts

  • 140Co-curricular opportunities

  • 44,000Average annual potential college credits earned

  • 11,895Number of students 2020-2021

  • 1,112Class of 2021 composite SAT score (out of 1600)