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St. Charles School District 303

Community Unit School District 303 is a high-achieving, pre-K-12 system covering 57 square miles in the picturesque Fox River Valley, 40 miles west of Chicago. District 303 serves about 13,500 students (August, 2007) from the city of St. Charles and portions of West Chicago, South Elgin, Wayne, Campton Hills, Wasco, Elburn and unincorporated Kane County.

When formal school districts were originally created in the late 1800s and early 1900s, they were usually drawn along township boundaries. However, legislation was passed in 1946-47 that encouraged school districts to consolidate. Community Unit School District 303 was born in 1949 when, through a referendum, voters approved consolidating High School District 150, Elementary District 87 and Little Woods District 79. People served by the Wasco two-year high school program voted in 1950 to consolidate with District 303 after another change in state law eliminated two-year high schools. Currently the district operates 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools.

District 303 schools perform very well on state standardized tests and other local assessments. In 2006, the U.S. Department of Education named Haines Middle School a Blue Ribbon School and in 1996, St. Charles High School (now St. Charles East High School) was selected as a Blue Ribbon School. The awards recognize excellence in teaching and instruction, student achievement, leadership and parent involvement. Both St. Charles East and St. Charles North High Schools have been named GRAMMY Signature Schools for their outstanding music programs.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Becky Small
rebecca.small@d303.org 
phone: 331.228.5195

INSTITUTION INFORMATION

Institution: http://www.d303.org

Institution Category: K-12
Production LMS: Blackboard Learning System Enterprise License
Current Version: 9.1  sp13
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