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Encyclopedia > Community Unit School District 303

Community Unit School District 303 is a comprehensive K-12 public education system covering 57 square miles in the Fox River Valley, 40 miles west of Chicago. A region in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin along the Fox River. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ...


District 303 serves about 13,590 students from the City of St. Charles and portions of West Chicago, South Elgin, Wayne, Wasco, Elburn and unincorporated Kane County. St. ... West Chicago is a city located in DuPage County, Illinois. ... South Elgin is a village located in Kane County, Illinois. ... Wayne is a village located in DuPage and Kane County, Illinois. ... Wasco is the name of two places in the United States: Wasco in California, Wasco in Oregon. ... Elburn is a village located in Kane County, Illinois. ... Location in the state of Illinois Formed January 16, 1836 Seat Geneva Area  - Total  - Water 1,357 km² (524 mi²) 9 km² (4 mi²) 0. ...

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History

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.


Schools

The district operates 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools, serving about 13,590 students. Athletes from both high schools belong to the Upstate Eight Conference The Upstate Eight Conference (UEC or U8C) is an organization of eleven high schools in northeastern Illinois, representing eight communities in Chicagos suburbs. ...


Students

District 303's composite ACT score for 2005 was 21.8 compared to a state average of 20.1.* 81.7 percent of all District 303 students met or exceeded state learning standards in 2005 (85.8 percent ISAT; 70.4 percent Prairie State Achievement Exam.) Statewide, an average of 64.9 percent of all students met or exceeded state learning standards in 2005 (68.9 percent ISAT; 54.9 percent PSAE.)* The ACT, formerly the American College Testing Program or American College Test, is a college-entrance achivement test that emerged in 1959 as a competitor to the College Boards Scholastic Aptitude Test, now the SAT. Some students who perform poorly on the SAT find that they perform better on...


Approximately 90% of the district's graduates go to college. St. Charles High School (now St. Charles East High School) was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School in 1996 for its excellence in teaching and instruction, student achievement, leadership and parent involvement. In 2003, St. Charles North High School recieved the Governor's Hometown Award for its contributions to the overall quality of life in the community. The United States Department of Education was created in 1979 (by PL 96-88) as a Cabinet-level department of the United States government, and began operating in 1980. ...


Curriculum

District 303's educational program is characterized by a tradition of recognized academic achievement, talented faculty, many highly successful championship level athletic teams and award winning fine arts programs.


Guided by the District 303 Vision Statement and Goals, and led by the Department of Learning and Teaching, District 303 staff is actively involved in curriculum renewal and redesign in partnership with the Illinois Math and Science Academy along with Brown University. Many staff members and instructional teams have been recognized at the state and national levels for successful and innovative programs. The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, or IMSA, is a three-year, residential, public high school of approximately six hundred thirty students (the school has only sophomores, juniors, and seniors). ... Brown University is an Ivy League university located in Providence, Rhode Island in the United States of America. ...


All staff members benefit from a variety of continuing education courses offered through the district's own university-caliber professional development program. As of summer 2005, eight District 303 teachers had achieved National Board certification, the highest level of certification available to educators.


Finances

District 303 operates on a $118.3 million annual operating budget (FY '06) Total operating revenues are about $120 million. Total expenses including construction and bonded debt are $137 million, versus total revenues (all funds) of $134 million.


Staff

District 303 employs about 1,750 full and part time staffers in 2005-06, including about 1,065 certificated staff. That number includes about 1,000 teachers.


Staff are represented by four professional associations -- the St. Charles Education Association (representing certificated staff); the St. Charles Transportation and Maintenance Association; the St. Charles Educational Support Professionals Association; and the Therapy Association of St. Charles.


Teacher Profile

The average teacher salary in 2005 was $52,502. The average teacher had 10.9 years of experience in 2004-2005. About 57 percent of District 303 teachers hold Master's Degrees or higher.


Growth

District 303 has grown significantly in recent years. About 250 new students enrolled in District 303 for the 2005-06 school year. Growth of 300-500 new students is expected to continue for the next three to five years.


Schools

  • Elementaries (K-5)
    • Anderson School
    • Bell-Graham Elementary School
    • Corron Elementary School
    • Davis Elementary School
    • Ferson Creek School
    • Fox Ridge Elementary School
    • Lincoln School
    • Munhall Elementary School
    • Norton Creek Elementary School
    • Richmond Elementary School
    • Wasco Elementary School
    • Wild Rose Elementary School
  • Middle Schools (6-8)
    • Haines Middle School - Hurricanes
    • Thompson Middle School - Titans
    • Wredling Middle School - Redhawks
SCN seal Saint Charles North High School (SCNHS) is a public four-year comprehensive school covering grades nine through twelve in Saint Charles, a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois in the United States. ...

 
 

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