About School District U-46

  • A teacher helps a student in School District U-46 School District U-46 serves families in 11 communities across 90 square miles within Chicago’s northwest suburbs, including Bartlett, Elgin, Hanover Park, South Elgin, Streamwood and Wayne and portions of Carol Stream, Hoffman Estates, St. Charles, Schaumburg, and West Chicago. The District is nestled in the Fox River Valley, approximately 45 minutes west of downtown Chicago, and includes communities within Cook, DuPage, and Kane counties. The majority of our towns and cities are easily accessible from major interstates and commuter rail lines.

    Nearly 39,000 pre-schoolers through 12th graders attend the 57 District schools and programs. Our vibrant student population lists 103 home languages and more than half of our students are from Hispanic families.

    Infographic on U-46 student population More than 30 percent of our students are English Learners, a demographic that paved the way for U-46 to develop its renowned Dual Language program.The program allows many students to maintain their first language of Spanish while learning English and also offers an opportunity for all students to become fluent in Spanish in addition to English and any other languages they may speak at home. With the Dual Language program now serving students in kindergarten through 10th grade, more than 11,000 students are developing bilingualism and biliteracy skills in our U-46 classrooms. On any given day, children are speaking both English and Spanish as they discuss concepts in language arts, math, science, and more.

    “We are doing iU-46 CEO Tony Sanders ncredible work here in one of the state’s most multicultural districts,” said Tony Sanders, U-46 Chief Executive Officer. “Together, with parents and our dedicated staff, we are building new pathways to ensure our students are prepared to succeed in college and careers.” 

    From principals to bus drivers, many of our staff members are former students who have returned to their communities to serve and lead students within U-46. 

    "As a proud graduate of U-46, it is an honor and privilege to be able to serve the same school system that provided me with an outstanding education," said Dr. Suzanne Johnson, Deputy Superintendent of Instruction. “This position provides me an opportunity to give back to the same community that has given me so much.”  

     Some points of pride in 2019 include:

    • Bartlett High School math teacher Scott Wetendorf was named a finalist for the 2019 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.
    • Three members of the Class of 2019 were National Merit finalists.
    • YWCA of Elgin named Dr. Ushma Shah, the District’s Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools Instruction & Equity, its 2019 Education Leader.
    • Glenbrook Elementary and Larsen Middle School sent 18 students to the Future Problem Solvers 2019 International Conference at the University of Massachusetts. 
    • Fox Meadow Elementary School social worker Karen Osborne earned the 2019 Kane County Student Support Personnel of the Year Award.
    • U-46 sent teams from Abbott, Canton, and Eastview middle schools to the 2019 Illinois Science Olympiad at the University of Illinois, and Abbott placed 4th overall in its division.
    • Productions from Larkin High School and South Elgin High School were showcased at the 2019 Illinois High School Theatre Festival. 
    • We screen all students for eligibility in our gifted programming, and April Wells, the U-46 Gifted Coordinator, received the Gifted Coordinator Award from the National Association for Gifted Children. 
    • U-46 was honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation in 2019 from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.
    • High school students can select from among 22 Advanced Placement courses at our five high schools, and 44 students graduated in 2019 from the Dual Credit program, a partnership with Elgin Community College, with more than 625 college credits earned. 
    • The District’s DREAM Academy is entering its fourth year serving as an alternative program for secondary students focused on social-emotional support and maximizing each student’s individual potential.
    • The Alignment Collaborative for Education (ACE) is working with the District to host Explore 2019: A Community, Curriculum, and Career Expo at the Sears Centre with more than 85 exhibitors and serving 2,600 eighth graders.
    • U-46 has earned national accreditations in our Career and Technical Education programs, including automotive, precision manufacturing, and welding.
    • Each of the District’s five high schools houses one specialized academy, and U-46 is planning to offer similar smaller learning communities to all our high school students in the coming years. 

    The District headquarters, known as the “U-46 Educational Services Center,” is located at 355 E. Chicago Street in downtown Elgin. The phone number is 847-888-5000. The Educational Services Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In June and July, the office observes summer hours and is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. For a complete list of all schools, please refer to our alphabetical directory. U-46 also encourages community members to use Let’s Talk!, the District’s new online customer service tool, to ask questions, register a concern, or submit feedback.