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Quality education is integral to the Westmont community. Six public school districts serve students of the village. Those districts are Westmont Community Unit School District 201, Downers Grove Elementary District 58, Maercker Elementary School District 60, Darien Elementary District 61, Hinsdale High School District 86 and Community High School District 99 (Downers Grove North & South). Additionally, there is one parochial grade school in Westmont, Holy Trinity.

All schools offer a strong core curriculum along with fine arts classes, activities, groups, sports and specialized programs. Westmont area teachers and administrators are highly educated and have a passion for their work; parents are extremely committed to the education of Westmont’s youth and are actively involved in the learning process. In turn, the students are responsive, enthusiastic and motivated. This dedicated collaboration between parents, students and teachers has proved extremely successful.

Westmont students consistently score higher than the Illinois average on standardized tests, and several schools have scored 60 percent and many over 80 percent at exceeding state goals and standards. A repeat recipient of the School Search Bright Apple Award, CUSD 201 has been recognized for academic performance, pupil/teacher ratio, expenditure per pupil, attained teacher education levels and average teacher salary.

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Support for Westmont students is strong. The Educational Foundation, a scholarship program of the Westmont Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, was founded in 2008 as a not-for-profit organization to facilitate scholarships for Westmont students and to provide educational opportunities. This organization is an outgrowth of the Chamber’s scholarship program of 2000. Being a tax-exempt organization, the Foundation hopes to solicit more money through personal donations and fundraising. The goal is to provide scholarships not only for the first year, but also on a continuing basis.

Many opportunities for higher education are offered to residents, as Westmont’s location affords easy accessibility to a number of quality colleges and universities in the Chicago area. Closest is the largest single-campus community college in the Midwest, the College of DuPage. With a 273-acre main campus in Glen Ellyn and a satellite location in Westmont, the school offers pre-baccalaureate areas of study, associate degrees, occupational and technical degrees and certification programs. Many services are conveniently accessible online and course schedules are flexible, with classes meeting days, nights and weekends. Additionally, numerous continuing education and non-credit courses are offered as well as a variety of sports, fine arts and cultural events, activities, learning centers, libraries and much more.

Nearby colleges and universities include:

• College of DuPage
• North Central College
• Wheaton College
• Illinois Benedictine University
• Northwood University
• Midwestern University
• Lewis University
• Roosevelt University
• Elmhurst College
• Aurora University

Colleges and universities within the greater metro area include:

• University of Chicago
• University of Illinois-Chicago
• DePaul University
• Illinois Institute of Technology
• Loyola University
• Columbia College
• Northwestern University
• The Art Institute of Chicago
• Northern Illinois University

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