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Downers Grove District and Curriculum

The Downers Grove curriculum is based on the Illinois Common Core standards. The mission of the local schools, in cooperation with parents and the community, is to provide a caring, challenging environment where all students develop a lifelong love of learning in order to become contributing, responsible members of a changing, global world. Character education is also a central focus of the district. At the elementary, middle, and high school levels, teachers and staff members work with students to develop social and interpersonal skills that promote cultural understanding, respect for diversity, and acceptance for all.

We currently cover the following Downers Grove-area school districts: Downers Grove District #58 and Community High School District 99.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Downers Grove District Curriculum

In Mathematics, the Common Core encourages a greater depth of instruction on fewer topics within a school year. Beginning at the elementary school level, basic concepts like numbers and operations are emphasized so that students master the foundations of mathematics before moving onto more advanced topics in middle school and high school. The hope is that students will be able to apply their math skills to real world problems.

The Science curriculum is based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Beginning in elementary school, the focus is on foundational concepts to begin an observation and study of the world around us. Once these elements have been established, students advance to science and engineering studies in high school. In English Language Arts, the emphasis is on reading nonfiction, writing analytical essays, and studying more complex texts which develop students’ ability to gather information and use evidence to back their claims.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Downers Grove Educational News

  • Teacher Named Outstanding Economic Educator - A South High School teacher is one of two teachers in the state of Illinois to receive the 3M Outstanding Economic Educator Award. The award honors educators who are committed to economic education and who have positively impacted student achievement and economic understanding.
  • South High School Honored - South High School was recognized by DuPage Program for African American students. South High School received a certificate of recognition for registering the highest number of students in the program, attesting to the work of the school in providing engaging learning initiatives.
  • Honored Guest Speaker Series - Former NBA star Chris Herron will speak at North High as part of a speaker series which will bring a wide range of voices into the community. All members of the Downers Grove area are invited to hear him speak.

Downers Grove Tutors Can Help Your Student Succeed

SchoolTutoring Academy works with young learners and students, all the way up through high school. We offer Pre-K and Kindergarten Tutoring as well as Elementary School Tutoring to build a strong learning foundation early on. We also offer comprehensive tutoring across all school subjects.

Chalk Talk: Types of College Applications

There are four main types of college applications. Regular Decision is the most common. This is exactly what it sounds like; students apply normally. Often, the deadline is December 1st, but it can be later. The drawback for some applicants is that colleges won’t read the application until the deadline, so even if a student sends in an application much earlier, it won’t be read until that deadline. One of the most controversial types of application is the Early Decision (ED) application. With ED applications, students, parents, and college counselors all sign a contract saying that the student will attend this college if accepted. A third type is Early Action (EA). This is similar to ED but non-binding, so the student gets the benefit of an early application but without the binding contract. EA isn’t as helpful to borderline students as ED is because it doesn’t demonstrate interest as strongly as ED does. The fourth type is Rolling admissions. Rolling simply means that the college reads the application as soon as it is received, rather than waiting for the deadline to pass.