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.
Downers Grove-based District 99 consists of North and South high schools which draw students from Bolingbrook,…More Darien, Downers Grove, Lisle, Oak Brook, Westmont and Woodridge. District students perform well on the Prairie State Achievement Exam, with more than 73 percent meeting or exceeding state standards in reading and 78.5 meeting or exceeding standards in math. In 2009, district juniors averaged 22.7 on the ACT test, more than two points higher than the state average. However, due to lower achievement by certain subsets, the district did not achieve Adequate Yearly Progress by No Child Left Behind standard. Programs are now in place to help all students achieve at an appropriately high level. District 99 teachers have an average 14.6 years of classroom experience and 86.3 hold at least a master's degree. Teacher salaries average $86,766, while administrator salaries average $123,793 - both of which are higher than the state average. Faculty and schools have received honors and recognition from organizations such as the Golden Apple and Milken foundations, the National Teacher Certification Board, the Illinois State Board of Eucation, and Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report magazines.
The district also has been honored with a Certificate of Excellence for financial reporting for 10 consecutive years.
District 99 offers its students 200 courses, including many honors and AP courses. It employs a progressive four-pronged teaching approach that focuses on content, engaging students in learning, using effective teaching techniques and targeting each student's learning style. More than 84 percent of District 99 graduates go on to colleges and universities.
Respect, discipline and nurturing are key elements of the District 99 experience. Artistic, cultural and extracurricular opportunities abound.
District 99 is governed by a 7-member school board elected to staggered, four-year terms. Current members are Board President William White, Vice President Deborah Boyle, and Board Members Julia Beckman, Mike Davenport, Nancy Kupka, Keith Matune, and Terry Pavesich.