As the largest elementary school district in Illinois, School District 54 connects more than 15,500 students with 2,000 staff members with a commitment to ensuring the academic success and social-emotional well-being of each child. The district includes 28 schools – the Early Learning Center, 21 elementary schools, 5 junior high schools and one kindergarten-eighth grade community school – which serve families from the communities of Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Roselle, Streamwood and Rolling Meadows.
Our focus on whole child success ensures that students are healthy, safe, engaged, challenged and supported. This support starts with a focus on early intervention through our award-winning early childhood center and free, full-day kindergarten at all of our elementary schools. Our care for the whole child is also present in our social-emotional learning curriculum, which focuses on the core principles of positive psychology and research related to the impact of a positive mindset on a person’s resilience. professional development to create a positive climate where students and staff can learn, work and thrive.
Our diverse community is reflected in our student population. In addition to being racially diverse, more than 20% of our students are English Learners who speak 92 languages; more than 19% are from financially struggling families; and more than 10% of our students have Individualized Education Plans due to a disability. To meet the needs of each child, District 54 boasts an inclusive culture where our educational practices and allocation of resources support equity and justice in the attainment of educational outcomes for all students.
District 54 is also committed to cultivating innovation in learning space and instructional design. The Innovate 54 Task Force has developed an instructional technology plan that includes 1:1 digital connectivity for all students and innovation in instructional strategies.
At a staff level, District 54 promotes collaboration, innovation and continual growth through 12 years of Professional Learning Communities (PLC) implementation. This, coupled with the positive culture embraced across District 54, has contributed to a 92% retention rate and 89% of staff reporting that they are highly engaged and highly satisfied with their jobs. District 54 is an All Things PLC district; one of only 17 in America. District 54 teachers have an average of 11 years teaching experience and 72% have advanced degrees.
In District 54, we promise to ensure the academic success and social-emotional well-being of all of our students. That promise revolves around the three district goals and the four strategic focus areas. Our strategic plan can be found here: District 54 Promise.