Community High School District 99's two award-winning high schools, North High School and South High School, serve a population of more than 65,000 residents and an enrollment of over 5,300 students from Bolingbrook, Darien, Downers Grove, Lisle, Oak Brook, Westmont and Woodridge.
District 99's mission is to provide a caring and challenging environment where all students develop as lifelong learners, and its outstanding reputation is demonstrated in the results that it delivers. For example, the average ACT composite score is 23.2, which exceeds the national average. Equally as strong is achievement in the Advanced Placement program. In 2010, District 99 students took 1,294 exams and of those, 85 percent received a score of 3 or higher, a score for which most colleges award credit. Additionally, over 80 percent of District 99 graduates continue their education at the college/university level.
Since its opening in 1928, North High School (located at 4436 S. Main St. in Downers Grove) has an enrollment of nearly 2,200. Opened in 1964, South High School (at 1436 Norfolk in Downers Grove), has grown to a current enrollment of over 3,100 students. Both schools have built a formidable record of educational excellence in academics, athletics, and activities. Programs are student-focused, and created to recognize each individual student.
Students in District 99 select from a comprehensive curriculum of more than over 200 course options. A diverse selection includes career and technical education courses and honors and advanced placement courses.
Over 300 teachers, averaging 14 years of experience, work with District 99. Over 85 percent of teachers have a master's degree or higher. The schools' emphasis on learning extends to the faculty, whose members pursue a variety of professional development opportunities.
The high schools offer athletic teams and programs for boys and girls. Both schools are conference contenders, frequent conference champions and competitive state contenders. Recent state championships include football, girls' volleyball, badminton and the speech team.
In addition to athletics, the schools host more than 50 activities for students, including special interest clubs, student governing organizations, communications activities, and performing arts groups. As evidence of their' eagerness to engage a well-rounded education, more than 75 percent of students participate in one or more activities. World language education, student leadership, and character education programs are also integral parts of the social and educational cultures of each school.
There is a rich tradition of musical excellence, with large numbers of students performing annually in the All-State band, choir, and orchestra. Groups travel extensively and internationally to perform.
A $73.8 million budget supports the operations of the District, and is enhanced by the District 99 Education Foundation. Both schools have state-of-the-art facilities to serve students and teachers and to foster academic excellence. In addition, in 2011 the Board of Education unanimously approved the Master Site Plan, which involves making multiple outdoor improvements at both campuses over the next few years. The improvements will maximize the use of the outdoor space, improve safety and enhance educational programs.