High School District 214
Highlights from the Board of Education Meetings

Feature Story 


Expanded curriculum will introduce more college-level options for 
D214 seniors


The line between high school and college continues to blur, with more students looking for opportunities to enter college with a leg up through transferable credits and certifications. The 2015-2016 Academic Handbook, approved at the November 6 meeting, presents curriculum options for seniors that help their goals with new dual-credit courses offered District-wide in partnership with Harper College. This effort, called "The Power of 15," adds a layer of classes for students who would not previously have had a chance to participate in classes where they can receive college credit. This new way of looking at the senior year stems from research that shows students who enter college with 15 or more credits are twice as likely to complete their post-secondary education successfully, and often with less long-term student loan debt.


Additional details on "The Power of 15" will be introduced to parents and students in the coming weeks. The program involves the collaborative efforts and excitement of leaders across all District schools and administration.

Detachment and annexation of Arlington Downs property approved


A public hearing was held on the detachment and annexation of property related to the Arlington Downs property. No public comments were shared and the Board approved the motion to proceed with the proposed changes. This agreement between District 211, District 214, Cook County and the developers will ensure that all future students living in the property will be able to attend the same high school--a position all parties involved believe is in the best interest of our students and communities. Click here to read earlier coverage of the Arlington Downs matter.  

Student Services report highlights innovative programs and inspiring student stories


At the October 16 Board Meeting, Dr. Janis Morgan, Associate Superintendent for Student Services, presented the Student Services report focused on last year's results and the 2012-13 data reported by the State. It included vignettes from students and parents regarding their unique experiences with some of the innovative programs developed throughout the District. Considerable attention was focused on the District's unique career pathway framework designed to provide students with crucial guidance and skills by aligning the continuum between career experiences and career selection.


Kasia Kowacki, a former Elk Grove High School student, shared an inspiring story about the impact the transitional services and vocational programs had on helping her through school and successfully enroll in a credentialed program with financial aid.


Dr. Morgan acknowledged the hard work the Student Services staff from across the District contributed to craft the report.

D214 hosts nation's first 
long-term English language 
learners symposium


On Wednesday, October 22, D214 welcomed more than 200 educators, administrators, board members and thought-leaders to discuss the state of education for long-term English language learners. The program featured prominent national figures on the subject, including Dr. Libia Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education, and Dr. Deborah Short, Professional Consultant and former Division Director at the Center for Applied Linguistics.

About High School District 214
We are the second largest high school district in Illinois, serving 
more than 12,000 students from eight communities. Our nationally recognized district includes six comprehensive high schools and four alternative programs, offering more than 600 academic courses and 140 co-curricular opportunities.

Monday, November 10, 2014

After the Gavel

The Board approved the 2015-2016 budget calendar and an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Arlington Heights Park District that will result in enhancements to 
the John Hersey High School stadium.

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