About District 15
Community Consolidated School District 15 — the second largest elementary district in Illinois with more than 12,800 pre-K through 8th grade students — has 15 K-6 schools, 4 junior highs, and one alternative school. It serves a diverse population of all or part of seven northwest suburban communities: Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, South Barrington, Arlington Heights, and Schaumburg. The district consists of approximately 35 square miles, with a population of 119,054 (2010).
District 15 has fifteen elementary schools, four junior high schools, and one preschool early childhood center and alternative public day school.
The district has an enrollment of approximately 12,800 pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Students come from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic/cultural backgrounds.
- 38.1% Low-Income (Low-income students come from families receiving public aid; live in institutions for neglected or delinquent children; are supported in foster homes with public funds; or are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunches.)
- 26.8% English Learners (Students eligible for bilingual educatioin.)
- 12% IEP (Students who receive special education services through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).)
- 7% Mobility Rate (Mobility rate is based on the number of times students enroll in or leave a school during the school year.)
- 1.6% Homeless Students (Students who do not have permanent or adequate homes.)
District data shows that more than 80 languages or dialects are spoken in the homes of our students.
- 38.7% White
- 35.3% Hispanic
- 18.8% Asian
- 03.6% Black
- 00.2% American Indian
- 00.1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
- 03.2% Two or more races
The mission of Community Consolidated School District 15 is:
“To produce world-class learners by building a connected learning community.”
Producing world-class learners in today’s complex and fast-paced world is the single most important responsibility of the district. Schools, teachers, administrators, and support staff work together to ensure that all students enrolled in district schools receive the highest quality of educational opportunities that will not only enable them to meet or exceed state standards, but also will position them for success in future educational and career endeavors.
The district currently employs 2,066 staff (which include 894 certified teachers, 85 administrators, 774 classified staff, and 313 substitute teachers). This includes teachers who average 12.3 years of teaching experience; 59 percent of teachers hold master’s degrees and above; and 126 teachers are certified by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, the highest teaching credential available.
The FY2020 Budget: $169,741,587
- Operations & Maintenance—7.23%
- Capital Projects—3.98%
- IMRF/Social Security—3.18%
- Tort Immunity—0.81%
FY2019 Operating Expenditure Per Pupil—$14,087.27
FY2018 Total Equalized Assessed Value—$3,459,009,224
District 15 works to build a connected learning community to enhance our students’ success. The district works closely with parents and other community members, PTA/PTSAs, senior citizens, area businesses, service organizations, and local governments. Our schools are fortunate to have strong community support—in one year, more than 10,000 volunteers contributed more than 160,000 hours of service in the schools. Informed parents play an important role in ensuring a sound educational program for their children. Parents are encouraged to become active and involved by visiting our schools, talking to administrators and teachers, volunteering in the schools, and attending Board of Education meetings. Your involvement is essential to building the "connected learning community" that is our District mission.
- District 15 operates its own bus fleet, one of the largest district-owned bus fleets in Illinois with 138 buses. The district’s bus drivers and bus assistants safely transport more than 10,500 parochial and public school children each day.
- District buses travel approximately 1.5 million miles annually.
- To maintain the highest safety levels possible, every year approximately 250 tires are replaced on district buses, and two state inspections are performed on each bus. The district uses approximately 220,000 gallons of fuel yearly.
School Nutrition Services
- School Nutrition Services has a staff nearly 70 full- and part-time employees working in 19 locations throughout the district.
- These employees were responsible for preparing, driving, and serving more than 1,272,000 meals in 2009-10—more than 7,300 meals per day!
- The average health department inspection score for District 15 kitchens is a 98 out of a possible 100.
- Meals served in both the breakfast and lunch programs meet or exceed federal and state guidelines. When averaged over 5 days, our lunches contain less than 30 percent calories from fat and less than 10 percent calories from saturated fat. These meals also exceed recommended amounts of calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C.
- Nearly 1.4 million square feet of floor space are cleaned and maintained every day.
- Twenty parking lots and play areas are plowed after every snowstorm.
- Approximately 76 acres of grass are mowed seasonally.
- Recycling efforts are under way at all facilities.
Generations of Excellence
Generations of Excellence, a history of Community Consolidated School District 15 from 1946–2018, celebrating 72 years, represents a tapestry of time, woven from the fabric of our children, parents, educators, and communities. Rich in the diverse threads of the past, District 15 continues to build on the solid foundations of a community which places a high value on the quality education of its children. This proud history celebrates not only past generations of excellence, but also those to come.
A special thanks goes to Joseph M. Kiszka who accumulated much of the historical data. His commitment provides inspiration for the District 15 community to maintain its history for future generations. While the facts and statistics were carefully researched, there is still much to be added and learned. We encourage others to continue the work of documenting this important part of our community’s history.
For more information about Community Consolidated School District 15, please call 847-963-3000.