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Education

Homer Glen is growing in population, new development and square miles. With that growth, families need to know their children are also growing, in the right direction. The Village has several school districts, comprised of elementary and middle schools all pointing to a high school with two campuses. But this is just the outer mold. Inside these districts are administrators, teachers, staff and parents who are concerned about students and who are active in making sure the educational system for each student is working.

Homer Glen School District 33C has continually exceeded state standards while maintaining a low per pupil operating expense. “Our district has implemented a new reading program this year that provides stronger individualized instruction to meet the needs of our students,” said Ann Christie, Luther J. Schilling Principal. “Parents will be able to go to a website, access the grade level reader and download activities to enhance the reading curriculum.” Luther J. Schilling School, located on 160th and Cedar Road, is the educational home to over 700 students, from Early Childhood through grade four. District 33C’s Discovery Programs for grades three, four and the Bright Start extended kindergarten are also at Schilling.

Schools

In a digital age, being online means everyone is connected. Kids to their homework, parents to their kids progress and teachers to both. It is a network that addresses the needs of all, full-circle. Parents are able to touch base regularly with teachers and students can double-check homework assignments. School websites serve family and the whole community with information about both. Whether by e-mail, a phone call or in person, “parents want to hear about their kids,” said Dr. Dana Rzepka, District 33C Assistant Superintendent for Instruction.

Will County School District 92 will have Superintendent’s Coffees aimed at informal discussions on school-related topics. During the school year, each school in the district will have a chance to host one of these informal affairs with District 92 Superintendent, Dr. Gary A. Peck.

Lockport Township High School

The Lockport Township High School District 205 benefits from having two campuses for its students. Central Campus (c.1910) is the freshman home with the remodeled (1995) East Campus for the sophomore, junior and senior population. Both campuses are technologically current, creating a unique blend and exposure to both the historic and modern not available in other districts.

All these districts, and the schools that make them, form a tight network of individuals who have the necessary tools to instruct and the experience to teach and learn. When asked what was new at or special about Luther J. Schilling School, Ann Christie summed it up best with, “if you have the time, I have about 700 special reasons.” That is commitment!

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