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Education

Healthy cooperation between educators, parents and the community has helped build a strong educational system in Orland Park, one in which students can reach for excellence—and achieve it.

Public K-12 Education
Four elementary school districts serve the Village: Districts 135, 140, 146 and 118. Orland School District 135 serves a majority of the community, offering a comprehensive educational program for approximately 6,000 pre-K through eighth grade students. With 10 schools, District 135 provides a curriculum focused on a mix of the “basics”—reading and language arts, mathematics, science and social studies—and an array of elective and co-curricular programs. Students are supported by a number of auxiliary services and are able to take advantage of specialized programs, including those for academically talented students in grades second through eight and education services for children with disabilities from birth to age 15.

Following eighth grade graduation, students enroll in one of two comprehensive high schools within Consolidated High School District 230. The district serves nearly 9,000 students from 11 suburban municipalities including Orland Park. In 2009, the district boasted an impressive graduation rate of 97.1 percent, with a majority enrolling in a college, university or trade school. Supplementing the traditional curriculum of the schools are opportunities to participate in various co-curricular activities, honors and advanced placement courses and dual credit classes where students can earn college credit.

Private and Parochial Schools
Parents and students looking for an alternative to public school are afforded a number of excellent options for private and parochial schools. From early childhood learning centers through high school, the selection of private schools is extensive. Parents opting for private grammar school educations for their children choose from St. Michael Catholic School, Christian Hills in Orland Hills, Southwest Christian Schools in nearby towns and an array of private early learning centers. Private high school students from Orland Park attend Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Mount Assisi in Lemont, Chicago Christian in Palos Heights or any of the Catholic high schools in Chicago, including Brother Rice, Mother McAuley, St. Laurence, Queen of Peace, Mount Carmel or St. Rita.

Higher Learning Institutions
Robert Morris University (RMU) is a private, nonprofit, accredited, baccalaureate degree-granting institution with two facilities in Orland Park. The RMU Tech Center at Orland Park is a modern campus offering a dozen associate, bachelor and master degree programs in areas such as business administration, paralegal, medical assisting and computer studies, among others. The Institute of Culinary Arts at Robert Morris University offers an accredited degree program that provides the skills, solid foundation and hands-on experience required to succeed in any culinary field.

Just north of Orland Park in Palos Hills, students enter the world of higher learning on the expansive campus of Moraine Valley Community College, the second-largest community college in Illinois. More than 35,000 credit and non-credit students enroll each year at Moraine, which offers transfer programs, fast-track career programs, developmental education, continuing education and customized training for businesses.

Chicago’s St. Xavier University Orland Park campus is situated on 46 acres of wooded land near the intersection of I-80 and LaGrange Road. This beautiful state-of-the-art campus features 14 classrooms, three computer labs, a library and technology center, bookstore, a cyber café, faculty and administrative offices, soaring atriums and outdoor gathering spaces surrounded by a natural setting. St. Xavier offers flexible day, evening and weekend opportunities for adults aged 23 and older through its School for Continuing and Professional Studies.

The newest addition to the higher learning landscape in Orland Park is the local ITT Technical Institute campus, which opened in October 2006. ITT Tech offers two-year associate applied-science degree program studies in computer and technology related fields, as well as four-year bachelor applied-science degree program studies in construction management, criminal justice, electronics, communications engineering technology and technical project management.

Other nearby higher learning facilities worth mentioning include Governors State University in University Park, Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Lewis University’s Romeoville, Tinley Park and Hickory Hills campuses and many others in the Chicagoland area.

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