Education

Excellent education at all levels has always been a priority for residents of West Chicago, a community that is served by an exceptional network of schools, both public and private.

Challenging curriculums, access to a variety of extracurricular programs and committed educators all play important roles in the lives of students, as well as the community as a whole.

West Chicago Elementary School District 33 is a pre-K through eighth grade public school system serving more than 4,000 students annually in eight facilities. District 33’s extensive programming assesses each student’s progress and individualizes supports, both academically and socially/emotionally, to ensure students are achieving.

After completing primary school, students of West Chicago and its neighboring communities attend West Chicago Community High School District 94, which in 2016 won a State award for its updated science facility. The school’s Science Division remodeling project was named a 2016 Award of Distinction winner in the annual Invitational Exhibition of Educational Environments sponsored by the Illinois Association of School Board Service Associates. DLA Architects, Ltd. was the architect firm honored for this award.

Alternatives to public schooling may be found at Wheaton Academy and St. Francis High School in Wheaton.

Within a 10-mile radius of West Chicago are a number of colleges and universities for prospective students to choose from. Some decide to begin the college years at one of the area’s junior colleges, including the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn or Elgin Community College in Elgin. Additional choices close by include Aurora University, Benedictine University, two DeVry University campuses in Addison and Naperville, North Central College, and Wheaton College. West Chicago’s proximity to Chicago also affords students with a wealth of additional post-secondary educational choices.

Adding to the learning landscape of West Chicago is the 27,000-square-foot West Chicago Public Library. This modern facility is lined with a collection of more than 70,000 items and offers a multitude of programming for children through adults.