District 196 is a district of choice. We offer boundless educational options for your child. From our early childhood program, to one of our elementary, middle or high schools, we have a variety of options to meet your learner’s passions and needs.
All District 196 schools focus on our triple-A philosophy, which provides a well-rounded education that gives students opportunities to learn and grow in academics, arts and/or athletics.  All of our schools follow common core standards, which support college and career readiness upon graduation. We offer robust programs and schools that focus on STEM, the arts, college-prep, gifted and talented, special education and much more.

At the elementary level, our specialty magnet schools help students build future-ready skills in the arts as well as science, technology, engineering and math. At the middle and high school level, our STEM program surpasses programs nationwide. In addition, we have a school of environmental studies, an Area Learning Center, and two special education schools to support the unique needs of all of our learners.

Explore our schools to learn more about our educational offerings. Schools with a ♦ behind them indicate that these schools are part of our Magnet Schools program.