) in the Fox Valley, 40 miles (64 km) west of Chicago.District 303 serves about 13,590 students from the City of St.Charles and portions of West Chicago, South Elgin, Wayne, Campton Hills and unincorporated Kane County.
However, legislation was passed in 1946-47 that encouraged school districts to consolidate.
Community Unit School District 303 was born in 1949 when, through a referendum, voters approved consolidating High School District 150, Elementary District 87 and Little Woods District 79. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School in 1996 for its excellence in teaching and instruction, student achievement, leadership and parent involvement. Charles North High School received the Governor's Hometown Award for its contributions to the overall quality of life in the community.
People served by the Wasco two-year high school program voted in 1950 to consolidate with District 303 after another change in state law eliminated two-year high schools. In 2006, Haines Middle School was honored as a USDE No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School.
The district operates 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools, serving about 13,590 students. District 303's educational program is characterized by a tradition of recognized academic achievement, talented faculty, many highly successful championship level athletic teams and award winning fine arts programs.
Athletes from both high schools belong to the Upstate Eight Conference District 303's composite ACT score for 2005 was 21.8 compared to a state average of 20.1.* 81.7 percent of all District 303 students met or exceeded state learning standards in 2005 (85.8 percent ISAT; 70.4 percent Prairie State Achievement Exam.) Statewide, an average of 64.9 percent of all students met or exceeded state learning standards in 2005 (68.9 percent ISAT; 54.9 percent PSAE.)* Approximately 90% of the district's graduates go to college. Guided by the District 303 Vision Statement and Goals, and led by the Department of Learning and Teaching, District 303 staff is actively involved in curriculum renewal and redesign in partnership with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy along with Brown University.
Many staff members and instructional teams have been recognized at the state and national levels for successful and innovative programs.All staff members benefit from a variety of continuing education courses offered through the district's own university-caliber professional development program.As of summer 2005, eight District 303 teachers had achieved National Board certification, the highest level of certification available to educators.District 303 parent organizations include school-level and district Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs), a Gifted and Talented Resource Group and a Special Education Parents Group District 303 operates on a 8.3 million annual operating budget (FY '06) Total operating revenues are about 0 million.Total expenses including construction and bonded debt are 7 million, versus total revenues (all funds) of 4 million.District 303 employs about 1,750 full and part time staffers in 2005-06, including about 1,065 certificated staff. Staff are represented by four professional associations—the St.