Belle Aire School 3935 Belle Aire Ln, Downers Grove, IL60515 Built in 1969, Belle Aire School is one of 11 elementary schools in Downers Grove Grade School District 58. Belle Aire…More serves 250 students in an open classroom layout. The school's mascot is a bulldog.
Built in 1929 as the Longfellow Elementary School, this landmark building is currently used as Downers Grove…More Grade School District 58's technology, media and maintenance center.
Longfellow Center also hosts meetings of the District 58 school board on the second Monday of each month from September through May. During the summer months, the board meets in the air-conditioned Administrative Service Center.
In observance of its 80th anniversary in 2009, the Longfellow Center was named a local historic site by the Downers Grove Historical Society.
O'Neill Middle School 635 59th St, Downers Grove, IL60516 Located in south Downers Grove, O'Neill is one of two District 58 middle schools. The school was built in 1957 and named…More for Lottie O'Neill, the first female state representative in Illinois. The school serves 500 students in seventh and eighth grades with multiple course offerings including foreign languages, art, vocal and instrumental music and applied technology. Parents of students are active, raising thousands of dollars for school enrichment through the PTA's annual magazine sale.
One of 11 elementary schools in Downers Grove Grade School District 58, Whittier was built in 1928 and named for the…More poet John Greenleaf Whittier. The school is recognized as a historic building by the Downers Grove Historical Society.
Principal Linda Welch leads a staff of 14 full-time teachers who serve the needs of the school's 300 students. Whittier also is proud of the high degree of parent involvement it enjoys. The school is among seven in the district to earn Academic Excellence awards for sustained high performance on the Illinois Standard Achievement Test.
Whittier also is the site of a Weather Bug meteorological station. The school's mascot is the jaguar.
District 58, composed of 11 neighborhood elementary schools and two middle schools, is frequently referred to as a…More "family" by parents and faculty within its nurturing educational environment. The district draws students from Downers Grove and parts of Oak Brook, Westmont, Woodridge and Darien.
More than 92 percent of District 58 students met or exceeded standards on the 2009 Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT). In addition, all 13 buildings made Adequate Yearly Progress as defined by the NCLB and seven schools -- Belle Aire, Highland, Hillcrest, Lester, Pierce Downer, Whittier and Herrick -- received state Academic Excellence awards for sustained high ISAT performance.
All District 58 schools have Learning Resource Centers and LRC directors. District teachers boast an average 13.9 years of experience, and 60.1 percent hold at least a master's degree. Teacher salaries average $69,708 and administrator salaries average $113,882, both of which exceed the state average. In the 2007-08 school year, District 58 spent $6,337 per pupil on instruction and $11,343 per pupil on operating expenditures. Property taxes account for 58.7 percent of the district's $54,283 budget.
District 58 is governed by a seven-member school board elected to four-year terms. Current members are John Cooper, Elizabeth Davis, Steve Funk, John Miller, Gary Lester, Sallie Lupescu and Scott O'Connell.
The Grove Children's Preschool is operated by Downers Grove Grade School District 58 at two locations: Henry Puffer…More School, 2220 Haddow Ave., and Indian Trail School, 6235 Stonewall Ave.
The school uses an established, research-based curriculum that is recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The curriculum also is consistent with the Illinois Early Learning Standards.
The Grove Children's Preschool is an inclusive, blended program, incorporating both tuition students and at-risk students in each classroom.
Each Grove classroom is equipped with a computer station and students have access to an activity room, gymnasium and library at each school site.
Family involvement is encouraged at Curriculum Night, Open House, parent-teacher conferences and other occasions.
All Grove Children's Preschool students must be residents of District 58.