Illinois has one of the most progressive educational systems in the nation. Students from Chicagoland schools are among the best and brightest. The major colleges and universities in the area are some of the most respected in the world, and there are dozens of small to medium-sized colleges throughout the six-county area that offer flexible and affordable education for all. There are a number of theological seminaries and schools of music, art and law.
Chicagoland schools are highly regarded nationwide, and have been inspiring some of the country’s best minds for over 150 years. Students in all grades reach educational goals beyond normal expectations using the progressive curriculum taught throughout the region. Educators challenge all students to explore interests beyond the core curriculum by attending special classes in advanced technology, Illinois history, geography, writing, music, art, drama and foreign language. The results speak for themselves; Chicagoland students annually rank in the upper echelon of Illinois’ academic tests.
Students’ achievements, from Lakeview to Lockport, Aurora to Alsip, and everywhere in between, reflect the proud work ethic one expects from those educated by only the most talented teachers. Reaching personal goals beyond the classroom, Chicagoland students have attained national recognition in academics, athletics, music and more. National Merit Scholarship and Illinois State Scholars programs have honored countless thousands over the years and college-bound students continually outpace their counterparts nationwide in American College Test scores. Likewise, students consistently have scored higher than their peers on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Private and parochial education programs also excel at stimulating young minds hungry for knowledge and preparing them for educational challenges in the future.
Some of the most prestigious Universities and Colleges in the nation are found throughout the Chicagoland area. The most notable in Cook County include: Chicago State University, Governors State University, The Illinois Institute of Art, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia College, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, John Marshall Law School, Loyola University, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and The University of Chicago.
Excellent schools exist in the collar counties as well. In DuPage County are the College of DuPage, Benedictine University, Elmhurst College, North Central College and Wheaton College, among others.
In Kane County are Elgin Community College, Waubonsee Community College and Judson College, while in Lake County are the College of Lake County and Lake Forest College. Students in McHenry County attend McHenry County College while those in Will County have Joliet Junior College and Lewis University as excellent options.Libraries
Supplementing the excellent education that students receive throughout Chicagoland schools is an extensive, modern and thoroughly connected library system. Virtually every community has access to the latest educational resources for study outside the classroom. In Chicago itself, the country’s largest public library, the Harold Washington Library Center, is located at 400 S. State St. and houses an enormous collection of books, archives, periodicals, music and more. Its excellent children’s library promotes reading and learning at an early age. Most Chicagoland libraries have high-speed access to the Internet, opening unprecedented access to valuable information at the mere click of a mouse. The interlibrary loan system makes all publications available to everyone. By offering children’s reading programs, interactive study and lifelong learning initiatives, libraries throughout Chicagoland are focused on bringing the world of information to all.
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Source: State of Illinois Board of Higher Education Databook, Fall 2001
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