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. More than 39,000 pre-schoolers through twelfth 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.
Nearly 30 percent of our students are English Learners, a demographic that paved the way for U-46 to develop a renowned dual language program. The program allows many students to maintain their first language of Spanish while learning a second 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. Today, more than 10,000 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 incredible 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.”
The District ranks as the second largest in Illinois but, as many would agree, possesses the biggest heart. During a typical holiday season, our schools raise several thousand dollars in cash and collect another several thousand gifts and food items. After the natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Mexico and Florida in the fall of 2017, our District and school communities raised nearly $20,000 for relief agencies, in addition to batteries and flashlights.
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 2018 include:
Otter Creek Teacher Mary Fulin was named the 2018 Kane County Elementary Teacher of the Year.
- We have maintained our graduation rate of 86 percent for the past two years and mirror the state with a post-secondary enrollment of 73 percent at the 16-month mark following graduation.
- Local and national organizations have recognized several of our stellar principals and teachers, including Holly Yee of Ellis Middle School, who was named 2016 Kane County Educator of the Year, and Gary Cotie of Bartlett High School, who was named 2016 High School Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Technology Education Association. Hanover Township named Canton Middle School Principal Jeff Smith its Principal of the Year in 2018.
- Our schools earned national and local recognition for their academic achievements. Chicago Magazine named Glenbrook Elementary as one of the top 10 elementary schools in the suburbs. The Illinois Civic Mission Coalition named Streamwood and Bartlett high schools as one of their Illinois Democracy Schools for extraordinary lessons in civics both inside and outside the classroom.
- Our award-winning Dual Language Program continues its trajectory of expansion, moving into five high schools in 2018-19.
- Gifted Education is now offered at all middle schools.
- The Alignment Collaborative for Education (ACE) worked with the District to host Explore 2018: A Community, Curriculum, and Career Expo at the Sears Centre with more than 85 exhibitors that served 2,600 eighth graders.
- Six schools were recognized at the platinum level in 2017 for implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: Century Oaks, Highland, Laurel Hill, Ontarioville, and Washington elementary schools, and Larkin High School.
- U-46 recently expanded our national accreditations in some of our Career and Technical Education programs, including automotive accreditations and precision manufacturing.
- The District launched the DREAM Academy in 2016 as an alternative program for secondary students focused on social-emotional support and maximizing each student’s individual potential.
The District headquarters, known as the “U-46 Educational Services Center,” is located at 355 E. Chicago Street, Elgin, IL 60120. 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.