The District employs 829 individuals on a full-time basis to complete its mission as a PreK-8 grade school system. View our Daily Time Schedule for Classes.
The district covers 24 square miles and serves a population of approximately 75,000 residents. Located 25 miles northwest of the Chicago Loop, School District 59 includes portions of the communities of Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, and Mount Prospect.
During the period 1947-1971, student population increased dramatically, reaching a peak enrollment of 11,398. This period of growth was followed by a gradual decrease in enrollment that reached a low point in 1988 of 5,365 students, resulting in the closing of eight schools. During the next ten years, student enrollment increased by approximately 100 students per year. Beginning in 1998, the district began experiencing modest enrollment decline.
The student body represents a cultural richness and diversity that complements our district's instructional programs. Every attempt is made to provide class sizes that are on the average, in the middle to lower 20's.
The curriculum is consistent with current educational practices and every attempt is made to adapt it to the individual needs of a child. On achievement tests, students score well above state and national averages in all areas. A nationally recognized, ongoing comprehensive technological plan to assist in providing the type of instructional programs and delivery systems necessary to prepare students for life is in place and under constant evaluation and refinement.
All elementary schools have been renovated along with major improvements to Grove, Holmes and Friendship Junior High Schools. The schools include modern, up-to-date library media centers, computer labs, cabling infrastructure providing Internet access to all classrooms, and attractive instructional classroom settings.
District 59 is a member of the eight-district Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization (NSSEO), which provides education for children with special needs.
Quality Student Learning is the mission of the teaching, support and administrative staff, and members of the School District 59 Board of Education