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Education is a cornerstone in Oak Lawn. The Village highly promotes lifelong learning through the availability of quality public and private educational opportunities ranging from early childhood through graduate studies.

PUBLIC EDUCATION

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Ridgeland School District 122 is one of three elementary school districts in Oak Lawn, serving K-8 students within five facilities—four elementary schools and one middle school. In addition to serving Oak Lawn (approximately 80 percent of the district is located within Oak Lawn), District 122 provides education to students in neighboring Bridgeview and Chicago Ridge.

For more than 100 years, Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 has provided exemplary education to students of the community. The district is composed of six elementary schools and one middle school, enrolling students from Oak Lawn and Hometown in an excellent K-8 program.

Lawn Manor, one of three schools comprising Atwood Heights School District 125, offers early childhood education through grade two to Oak Lawn children. In addition to an outstanding academic curriculum, Lawn Manor provides programs for students with special needs, along with remedial reading, social work, speech therapy and further specialized services.

After completing primary education, Oak Lawn students move on to one of two public high school districts in the area. Oak Lawn Community High School District 229 currently enrolls more than 1,800 students in grades 9-12, while Community High School District 218’s Harold R. Richards High School serves approximately 1,700 students within its Blue Ribbon Award-winning facility.

FURTHER POSSIBILITIES

Alternatives to the public education route are readily available through a multitude of private and parochial schools within Oak Lawn. Notable choices include Oak Lawn Montessori School, St. Paul Lutheran School and Southwest Chicago Christian School. A further option for those with developmental disabilities can be found at Park Lawn School and Activity Center, which affords individuals vocational training programs and services, as well as residential services and support programs.

HIGHER EDUCATION

Upon graduation from secondary school, many students choose a path of continued learning to one of the area’s colleges and universities. Located in nearby Palos Hills, Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC), the state’s second largest community college, is a great start for students, as it offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs in a selection of areas of study. Transfer and career programs are offered traditionally, as well as via online, evening, weekend and short-term options. Also available through MVCC is developmental education and continuing education courses, plus customized training services for area businesses.

Oak Lawn has been home to the campus of Fox College since its opening in 1932. Here, students can take advantage of hands-on, career-focused coursework featuring programs in Business (Accounting, Administrative Assistant, Retail and Merchandising Management, Travel and Hospitality), Technology (Graphic Design) and Healthcare (Medical Assisting and Veterinary Technician).

St. Xavier University (SXU), a preeminent liberal arts university, provides two nearby campus locations—the 74-acre Chicago Campus and the 46-acre Orland Park Campus, together enrolling more than 5,700 students. The institution offers 35 undergraduate and over 40 graduate degree programs in an assortment of fields. In 2008, U.S. News & World Report recognized SXU among the top five private or public regional universities in Illinois and also recognized the university as one of the Midwest’s top institutions as well.

A further option for higher education can be found through Governors State University (GSU). Full and part-time students, along with working adults and transfer students have access to nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as 17 certificate programs through GSU. While its main campus is located in University Village, Oak Lawn residents have access to the nearby South Suburban University Center in Oak Forest.

OAK LAWN PUBLIC LIBRARY

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Recognized as one of the southwest suburban area’s finest public libraries, the Oak Lawn Public Library is teeming with an extensive collection of print and electronic resources—all readily available to Oak Lawn residents. More than 270,000 books, 700 subscriptions and 34,000 audio visual items round out the collection discovered at the library. This vital amenity was originally established in 1934, and has since seen a tremendous transformation. In 2003-2004, the Oak Lawn Public Library experienced a considerable expansion project, which increased the library’s offerings by 25 percent. Most recently, in 2007, the library opened the new Local History branch within the structure for those interested in learning more about Oak Lawn’s rich heritage. The library also offers year-round programming for youth and adults, all within a friendly environment. The library is located on 95th Street, between Cicero Avenue and Central Avenue.

LIBRARY CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr. James B. Casey
9427 Raymond Avenue
(708) 422-4990
Fax: (708) 422-5061
jcasey@oaklawnlibrary.org
www.oaklawnlibrary.org

Library Hours
Monday thru Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (mid-September thru mid-May)

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