Community Consolidated School District 62 serves more than 5,268 Pre-K – 8th grade students in eleven schools. More than 600 early learning (ages 3-5) students are educated at the Early Learning Center (ELC) at Forest, Rosemont Recreation Center, and the Des Plaines Public Library.
43.3% of students are white, 4.4% are black, 40.2% are Hispanic, and 11.2% are Asian. 56.8% of students are classified as low-income. 32.4% of students are defined as Limited English Proficient and are eligible for bilingual services. The percentage of students identified as Limited English Proficient in District 62 is almost four times the state’s average, with 61 languages represented.
Teacher Demographics and Characteristics
District 62 has 433 certified staff members. Teachers in District 62 have an average of 11 years experience. All teachers have Bachelor’s degrees and 71% have Master’s degrees. 89% of teachers are white, 0.6% are black, 4.2% are Hispanic, and 2% are Asian/Pacific Islander.
The average pupil to teacher ratio is 15.5:1. Class sizes are lower in the primary grades and average 17 students per class. The middle schools have an average class size of 23 students.
Student Performance on State Assessments
86% of District 62 students met or exceeded standards on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test in 2011. In the area of reading, 84% of students met or exceeded standards. District 62 students consistently perform well in math, with 90% meeting or exceeding expectations in all grade levels. District 62 students consistently perform at or above the state average in science and writing.
District 62 received a AA+ bond rating from Standards & Poor in 2009. For the past five years, the district has received the highest financial score (recognition) from the Illinois State Board of Education. Being good stewards of district resources, the Board of Education has implemented conservative fund balance policies to assure that expenditures do not exceed revenues.
The district receives the majority of it revenue from local property taxes. Local funding accounts for 88% of the district’s total budget. State funding represents 8% of the budget and federal funding represents 4% of the budget.
District 62 continues to have a low tax rate, which is offset by a very high Equalized Assessed Valuation base of $ 2,416,144,619. These factors allow the district to maximize its dollars available to educate students with a lower burden on the taxpayers.