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Every child in Warrenville is offered the opportunity to achieve through the strongly supported educational system of the community’s public and private schools.

Quality schools build quality communities, and Wheaton Warrenville Community Unit School District 200 provides the quality education demanded by residents who appreciate the value of learning.

It is committed to excellence in the process of preparing students to meet the educational challenges of the 21st century.

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While the district serves Wheaton and portions of three other west suburban communities, Warrenville K-5 students attend either Johnson or Bower Elementary Schools in Warrenville. Students in grade 6-8 are bussed to Hubble Middle School in Wheaton, and high school students attend the 51-acre Wheaton Warrenville South High School campus just two miles east of Warrenville’s center.

At all levels, the curriculum combines the basics of language arts, mathematics, social and physical sciences with technology and the arts so that students will be able to solve problems, think critically and communicate effectively. By high school, students are offered more than 220 different courses and may take advanced placement classes to earn college credit. At the elementary level, a before and afterschool program is offered.

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School excellence is not limited to the academic. Extracurricular opportunities abound in music, art, sports, and career training where students have earned a reputation as successful competitors. Trophy cases full of awards are testament to the dedication and excellence of the school staffs as well as to the students themselves.

District adults are not forgotten. Community education and recreation classes are co-sponsored by the school and park districts.

A superintendent who works closely with an elected board of seven members heads the district. Together they maintain a balanced budget while always seeking new ways to improve buildings and curriculum.

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Nestled on a prairie landscape 25 miles west of downtown Chicago, College of DuPage (COD) is the Midwest’s largest single campus community college. Established in 1967 the school serves most of DuPage county as well as parts of Cook and Will Counties.

The college offers seven associate degree programs and many career options to its 30,000 students. Among its course offerings are fire science business and HVAC and the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy (SLEA), an accredited police-training academy. All students have access to a computer lab at the Seaton Center. For the last 4 years a class in Biology/Writing has tended a community garden each summer. At harvest all produce goes to the Wheaton Food Pantry at the Peoples Resource Center.

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COD offers the most comprehensive community college meteorology program in the country. Nexlab is a state-of-the-art weather center that has added the opportunity to do “storm chasing” for full time students with science credits and an adventuresome spirit.

Two theaters present a wide variety of programming that includes a family series. The McAninch Arts Center theatre can seat 800, a perfect venue and home for the DuPage Opera Theatre and the Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. The smaller Club Mac is a 200-seat theatre with the intimate feel of a cabaret. Robyn Johnson, COD spokesperson, says, “Patrons sit within feet of the performers and there’s not one bad seat in the house.”

Current construction projects underway include a building for the Technical Engineering College and another for the Health Careers and Natural Sciences. These are being built with bio-thermal heating and air conditioning. New building eliminated 342 trees but the plan is for 895 new trees to be planted. The Russell Kirk Prairie on campus will remain forever untouched.

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The Physical Education and Community Recreation Center has 40,000 sq. ft. that houses a track, racquetball courts, and Olympic-size pool, plus a strength and cardio complex. This facility is free to students, and also available to the public for a nominal fee.

Opportunities await parents seeking private education for their children:

St. Irene Catholic grade school, pre-school through eighth grade, is a caring environment with a strong sense of faith and community that helps build confidence and self-esteem.

Four Winds Waldorf School uses a curriculum that reaches for the heart as well as the mind, encouraging participation and accomplishment to help children develop a love of learning that will serve them throughout life.

Carmel Montessori School, with children from three to eighteen years of age, stresses physical, personal, social and academic growth in a rural indoor and outdoor environment.

Creme de la Creme has been providing young children stimulating, supportive learning environments for nearly two decades. Its distinctive environment and developmental emphasis has earned its programs national and international attention.

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