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Education

The schools which draw people to Mount Prospect are numerous and noteworthy. Five public and one Catholic high schools serve portions

of Mount Prospect. They are Prospect, Hersey, Rolling Meadows, Wheeling and Elk Grove High Schools in High School District 214 (which celebrates its Centennial in 2014) and St. Viator High School in neighboring Arlington Heights.

Elementary and middle school students attend 12 different public schools in four elementary districts. Mount Prospect District 57 has three elementary schools and one middle school. River Trails District 26 includes two elementary schools and one middle school. Community Consolidated School District 59, headquartered in Arlington Heights, has three elementary schools serving Mount Prospect students and one junior high school located in the community. Community Consolidated School District 21, based in Wheeling, also has one Mount Prospect elementary school.

In addition to the public schools, Mount Prospect residents have the option of sending their preschool, elementary school and junior high children to one Lutheran and two Catholic schools – St. Paul Lutheran, St. Raymond Catholic and St. Emily Catholic. St. Mark Lutheran Church also offers a preschool only, as do the local park districts, and there are several Montessori schools available, as well.

The Science Academy of Chicago moved its facilities to southern Mount Prospect. This private school serving preschool-eighth grade students puts special emphasis on math and science education but gives students a challenging, well-rounded education that includes all of the usual subjects.

Students, ages 3 to 22, who have emotional or behavioral challenges that require additional resources have the option of attending Camelot Therapeutic Day School, located in Mount Prospect’s Kensington Business Center.

Harper College in Palatine is the community college that serves Mount Prospect residents. Students may earn associate’s degrees in many areas which will build toward a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college. They also offer various certificate programs.

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