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Education in Olympia Fields

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Excellence in education is a high priority in Olympia Fields. Academic standards are high at each of the school districts that serve the community. Olympia Fields is included in three elementary school districts including Flossmoor District 161, Chicago Heights District 170 and Matteson District 162, which serve the majority of Olympia Fields families.

High School Students living in Olympia Fields are served by Rich High School District #227, Homewood-Flossmoor High School District #233 and Bloom High School District #206, or a choice of several renowned private high schools in the area.

Portions of Olympia Fields fall within the boundaries of the Matteson Elementary School District #162. Dr. Blondean Y. Davis, superintendent of an award-winning school district, was named the 2008 Illinois State Superintendent of the Year. Four of the district’s schools received the Illinois State Board of Education’s Spotlight School status in 2009. These schools are Arcadia, Matteson, Sauk and Huth Middle School. Arcadia School also received the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award in 2009. Eighty-two percent of the district’s students met or exceeded standards on the 2009 Illinois Standards Achievement Test.

Kindergarten through third grade children, who reside in Olympia Fields, attend Arcadia School in Olympia Fields, which was named a Blue Ribbon School in 2009 by the United States Department of Education for its dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels. It has received Spotlight School status in 2008 and 2009 and it won the ISBE’s Academic Excellence Award in 2008 and 2009. It is one of five schools in the state to win both designations for two consecutive years.

Arcadia’s students have consistently been among the top performing students in the state for the last four years. In 2009, 80.5 percent of Huth’s (the District’s Middle School) students met or exceeded standards on ISAT.

Prairie State College is a richly diverse community college dedicated to student-centered instruction that fosters success in adult, transfer and workforce education. The college is fully accredited and guarantees the effectiveness of its educational programming.

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The 137-acre campus, located in Chicago Heights, has curriculum dedicated to adult training, an outreach center, children’s learning center and the Business and Community Education Center, as well as a state-of-the-art conference center. The college serves more than 11,000 students in credit and non-credit classes. PSC has highly qualified faculty; more than 95 percent hold master’s or doctorate degrees. They are committed to working with students and the average class size is 20. The college employs 615 full and part-time staff.

Governors State University (GSU) is the only public university serving Chicago’s south suburbs. GSU provides affordable and accessible undergraduate and graduate education to culturally and economically diverse students with undergraduate tuition that is the most affordable in the Chicagoland.

Governors State University was founded in 1969, guided by the fundamental concepts of openness, innovation, flexibility and experimentation. GSU’s students benefit from the university’s high academic quality, convenient class times and outstanding educational value. As an upper division university, course work begins at the junior baccalaureate level, making it ideal for students transferring from community colleges, adults returning to college and those seeking to increase their qualifications through a graduate degree or certificate program.

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