Bradley Education


Education is of the utmost importance to those living in Kankakee County. Excellent school districts from preschool through high school as well as exceptional nearby colleges are all accessible to those residing in the Bradley-Bourbonnais area.

Preschool-Elementary Schools
There are plenty of options for schooling in and around the Bradley-Bourbonnais area. Three outstanding public school districts are situated in the Bradley-Bourbonnais area – Bradley Elementary School District #61, Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53, and St. George School District #228. Residents can also choose from a wide-range of private or parochial schools for preschoolers, kindergarteners and elementary school students in the area.

Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School
Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School (BBCHS) is proud of their highly qualified staff, the comprehensive and diverse curricular offerings and the successful co-curricular opportunities that are available to students of BBCHS. While maintaining the friendly and caring attitude of a small midwestern school, BBCHS is dedicated to keeping pace with the needs of a growing community. They offer a full college preparatory program that includes seven advanced placement courses.


Vocational opportunities are designed to help meet the wide interests of students. Through their Tech-Prep courses, the vocational technology lab, and the wide offerings available through the Kankakee Area Career Center and through participation in the work-study programs, students prepare themselves to continue their education and/or to enter directly into the workforce upon graduation. All BBCHS students benefit from quality facilities designed to support and accent their education. Most importantly, they realize that education is a people-business. It is the outstanding people of BBCHS who put their school in the league of champions. At Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, the faculty, the staff, and the community all come together for one common focus. At BBCHS the Students Come First.

Kankakee Community College
Kankakee Community College (KCC) is in the midst of celebrating 40 years of quality education in the Kankakee area. The two-year college has grown to great heights since it first offered classes in September of 1968. A college that began with a mere 13 instructors is now boasting over 200 knowledgeable full and part-time instructors ready to provide a high caliber education to KCC students. With enrollment hitting over 6,000 students per year, the student-to-faculty ratio is close to 18-1, creating an environment prepared to give much-needed individual attention to students. After two years, approximately 60 percent of students go on to attend a four-year college or university.


The 178-acre campus runs along the Kankakee River and affords over 72 classrooms and laboratories, an extensive library holding over 13 million volumes, and a gymnasium that seats around 1,100. Since its establishment, KCC has expanded its campus, recently constructing the Workforce Development Center Building in 2005 and a three-story building, home to the new science facilities and art programs. Visit to learn more.

Olivet Nazarene University
Located on 250 acres in Bourbonnais sits Olivet Nazarene University, a four-year private Christian liberal arts university dedicated to strong values and excellent education. The university is part of the Church of the Nazarene and welcomes students from different denominations from all over the world. Olivet Nazarene University offers students over 50 diverse clubs and organizations, an array of cultural events on evenings and weekends, and 17 intercollegiate sports teams for both men and women. More than 300 student athletes participate in the university’s intercollegiate sports, with much of the student body taking part in a number of intramural sport opportunities. The university is also the proud home of the Chicago Bears Training Camp.


Established by residents in search of a Christian education in 1907, Olivet Nazarene University, continually recognized as one of the nation’s premier Christian colleges, has since granted over 20,000 degrees. What’s more, over 75 percent of the university’s dedicated faculty holds a doctoral degree.

With enrollment reaching close to 4,400 undergraduate and graduate students, the university strives to provide an exceptional learning experience by offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. Approximately 100 fields of study within four schools and one college are available to students attending the university, as is the chance to study at sites such as Washington D.C., Los Angeles, China, Costa Rica, England, Egypt, Romania, Russia and Uganda. Olivet also offers continuing studies at the associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree levels, all centered on the working adult. Visit the university online at

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