District 196 is committed to educating all students to reach their full potential by providing a wide array of opportunities to be successful. In our schools, that begins with a safe and welcoming environment in which to learn.
Cultural Family Advocates
Our Cultural Family Advocates (CFA) serve as a bridge between school, cultural and ethnically diverse students and families to increase awareness and participation for academic and social growth, while keeping their own sense of cultural identity.
Did you know? There are over 100 different languages spoken by our families in District 196. We are committed to ensuring all families have access to the resources they need to be successful in a language they can understand.
Learn more about the mental health supports and resources District 196 offers, including social workers, school psychologists and school counselors.
The District 196 Title I program is a federally funded program providing valuable supplemental services to raise the achievement of elementary children who are performing below grade level in the areas of reading and math.
Information about District 196’s Title IX sexual harassment processes can be found on this page, including the district’s designated Title IX Coordinator, its detailed grievance process and related training materials.
District 196 Departments
The Communications Department provides strategic input in decision-making and communicating decisions of the administration and School Board.
The Community Education Department provides programming and classes for lifelong learners of all ages, including Adult Basic Education, adult enrichment classes, aquatics, early childhood family education and more!
The Elementary Education Department oversees 19 elementary schools that serve more than 12,000 students in pre-K through grade 5.
The Facilities Department oversees maintenance of more than 4 million square feet of building space and nearly 900 acres at the district’s 32 schools, three Community Education learning centers and three support facilities.
Finance and Operations
The Finance Department is responsible for compiling the district budget, processing payables, receivables and payroll. The department uses conservative assumptions, projections and budgeting practices to successfully manage the district’s finances.
Food and Nutrition
The Food and Nutrition Services Department supports academic achievement by providing students with nutritious meals and exceptional customer service.
Licensed school nurses provide a variety of services that support a healthy learning environment for all students and staff in District 196. Each day, our school nurses assist with more than 2,500 student visits.
The Human Resources department serves more than 4,000 District 196 employees, substitute teachers and individuals working on behalf of our students. The department works to support the mission of helping students reach their full potential by recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting a world-class workforce.
The Legal Department provides a variety of legal services to the district on matters related to student and employee discipline, special education, personnel and labor relations, and risk management.
The Secondary Education Department oversees six middle schools, four comprehensive high schools, one environmental magnet high school and three alternative learning programs.
Effective school counseling programs provide increased student achievement, post-secondary school enrollments, improved attendance and test scores and higher academic grades.
School Social Workers
The goal of the social work program is to partner directly with families, educators, students, and our communities to address and overcome barriers to academic achievement.
District 196 Special Education is committed to equitable opportunities through high quality practices to accelerate growth for all students. We provide a full continuum of services for students with disabilities.
The Student Information Department gathers and processes data on student enrollment and attendance; maintains a detailed, ongoing census of all district residents; conducts demographic analysis, and prepares student enrollment projections for the school district.
Teaching and Learning
The Teaching and Learning Department is responsible for leadership of the district’s academic goals.
The district’s Technology Support Department provides hardware, software and networking support to all schools and district offices.
Benefits for Students
The Transportation Department transports more than 22,000 students every school day on 220 district-owned buses. Our mission is to support the education process by transporting students safely, reliably and efficiently to and from school and school events.