District 99 Education Foundation 6301 Springside Ave, Downers Grove, IL60516 "Enhancing education with enrichment" is the motto of the District 99 Education Foundation, which has raised and…More disbursed thousands of dollars in grants to North and South high-school teachers for projects such as brain models for anatomy class and a library tile mural. The organization recognizes teachers during American Education Week and Teacher Appreciation Week. Current fundraising efforts include walkway bricks that pay tribute to students, teachers, clubs and teams, and the "Food for Thought" cookbook. The foundation operates out of the District 99 Administrative Service Center.
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 masters degree. 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 Education, as well as Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report magazines.
The district also has been honored with a Certificate of Excellence for financial reporting for ten 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.