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last updated August 22, 2013
Evanston/Skokie School District 65 is a place where students experience high-quality teaching and learning and are prepared for continued academic success. All students are taught by highly qualified teachers who use the same standards-based curriculum, textbooks, and materials.  Academic learning is enhanced with advanced technologies, fine arts, physical education, media library, safe online databases and reference materials, enrichment opportunities, and after-school clubs and activities.
District 65 schools have adopted Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as part of the school culture. It promotes behaviors that help children understand and value learning in a well-disciplined school environment.
Many services and supports are available at District 65 schools. These include a health office, vision and hearing screenings, special education services, a school social worker and psychologist, school bus service, freshly-prepared meals, before-and after-school elementary childcare services, and many school-based clubs and activities.  Additionally, the district has embraced an inclusion learning  model to give students with special needs greater opportunities to be part of the teaching and learning experience in a general education classroom.

In District 65, we are preparing today’s children for tomorrow’s world.

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Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies  - 3701 Davis Street, Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 859-8440
Fax: (847) 674-3926
Interim Principal: Barbara Hiller
Assistant Principal: Donna Sokolowski
Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies is one of the District's two K-8 magnet schoools.  The school was founded in 1995 as Timber Ridge Magnet School. Later the school’s name was changed to honor its first principal, Dr. Bessie Rhodes. In April of 2011, the school board approved the themed focus of the as as a school of global studies. The mission for the school is to equip young people with the skills to become good global citizens who will contribute to and thrive in a dynamic and diverse world.  The school offers kindergarten through eighth grade for students from the entire District 65 attendance area. There are two classes per grade, for a total of 18 classrooms. Elementary grades, kindergarten through fifth grade, receive instruction from a homeroom teacher; while middle school grades, sixth through eighth grade, rotate among Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science.  Spanish or Mandarin Chinese are foreign languages taught at Rhodes. All students have instruction in art, music, drama, information literacy and physical education.

Chute Middle School - 1400 Oakton, Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 859-8600
Fax: (847) 492-7956
Principal: James McHolland
Assistant Principal: Ann Riemenschneider
Chute Middle School serves children in grades 6-8 from the Dawes, Oakton and Walker attendance areas. The mission of the Chute Middle School community is to educate children. We believe that ALL students can learn, experience success, and aspire to academic excellence. We seek to provide a safe and secure environment that fosters sound social, emotional, and physical development; self discipline; critical thinking, creativity, and a love of learning. We believe that these are the foundations necessary for students to become confident and productive citizens in a democratic and ever changing society. The success of this mission requires the commitment, cooperation, and responsibility of staff, parents, students and the community working together.

Dawes Elementary School - 440 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 905-3400
Fax: (847) 492-9841
Principal: Karen Bradley
Dawes School serves children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Students are organized by grade-level teams. Students receive math and reading instruction in grade-level groupings. Teachers use numerous instruction strategies to challenge children who are working at different levels. Dawes is one of the schools offering a two-way immersion (TWI) program for eligible native Spanish speakers and English-speaking applicants. Students in TWI and general education programs learn the same curriculum.

Dewey Elementary School - 1551 Wesley Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 859-8140
Fax: (847) 492-7994
Assistant Principal: Amy Wharton
Dewey School is a K-5 elementary school that is organized in self-contained homerooms. Teachers at each grade level work as a team to plan instruction, monitor the academic progress of students, and plan special grade level activities and units of study. In addition to the District curricula, Dewey offers an array of optional enrichment and extracurricular programs including foreign language, student newspaper, sport, drama, music, art, writing, science, and chess activities. Dewey is one of the schools offering a two-way immersion (TWI) program for eligible native Spanish speakers and English-speaking applicants. Students in TWI and general education programs learn the same curriculum.

Haven Middle School - 2417 Prairie Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 859-8200
Fax: (847) 492-9983
Assistant Principal: Jennifer Laughlin
Assistant Principal: Diona Wilson
Haven Middle School is where students from the Kingsley, Lincolnwood, Orrington and Willard attendance area go for sixth through eighth grade.  Haven is the proud home of a strong, active and diverse community of learners. Students benefit from the expertise of a professional staff and the generous time and resources of our parents and community. Haven: A Community of Learners . . . discover the possibilities.  Haven Middle School is a shared journey where students, educators, and families explore the joy of learning., the rewards of good citizenship, the importance of exchanging ideas, and the remarkable promise of education..  The school supports the middle school philosophy with interdisciplinary teams, a dynamic allied arts department and numerous extracurricular activities.  Students experience learning in a safe environment that enhances social, emotional, academic and physical development, self-discipline, critical thinking, creativity, and a love of learning. The goal is to support students and families along their middle school journey from dependent elementary students to independent high school students.

Joseph E. Hill (JEH) Education Center - 1500 McDaniel Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Several early childhood education and parent education program options are available for District 65 families at JEH. They include:
Doorway to Learning, a licensed childcare center for infants and toddlers (6 weeks to 30 months). The center offers full day, full week services, and only accepts state child subsidy certificates. In this setting, infants and toddlers are encouraged to initiate, discover, experience and learn by engaging in an active learning process. The program also includes a parent education component. For more information call 847 859-8550.
The Family Center is a resource for parental support, education, and training. The programs offered focus on strengthening the traditions of family while fostering the values of caring, capable and competent parenting. While families attend on-site classes, their children (infant to preschool aged) can attend free child care.  For more information call 847 859-8550.  
District 65 Head Start is a developmentally appropriate, early literacy-based program where learning is child centered for children ages 3-5.  To learn more about the program and admissions requirements, call 847 859-8300.  
The district has two Parent Liaisons who provide support and programming for District 65 families.  The African-American Parent Liaison and Hispanic Parent Liaison organize workshops, classes, and support teachers and the school to help them stay connected with their students' families.  
The Services for Pre-Primary Age  Children (SPPAC) program offers free screening, evaluation and referrals for children up to kindergarten age who reside in District 65. This special education program for 3 to 5 year olds offer full or half day services for children who are referred after screening and referral.  For more information, call 847 859-8588.  
State Pre-K offers half-day instruction for children between the ages of 3 and 5 years.  The program serves to strengthen the language and social development skills for youngsters to help ensure their successful entry into kindergarten. For more information about the program, call 847 859-8300.  

Kingsley Elementary School - 2300 Green Bay  Road, Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 859-8400
Fax: (847) 492-5868
Interim Principal: Tricia Murray
Assistant Principal: Susan Milsk
Kingsley serves students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Originally built in 1965, Kingsley reopened in 1991, and has since been home to hundreds of terrific students, parents, volunteers, and staff each year. The Kingsley community is dedicated to providing a safe and caring educational environment that fosters total-child development. At Kingsley, we believe each person who comes in contact with a Kingsley student becomes part of the Kingsley Community; and as a member of that community is responsible for the well-being of our students. The faculty has a justified reputation as a "can-do" kind of staff tackling important educational issues and implementing innovative practices.

Lincoln Elementary School 910 Forest Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 905-3500
Fax: (847) 492-1870
Assistant Prnicipal: Michelle Cooney
Lincoln School is located two blocks west of the Lake Michigan shore and serves children from kindergarten to fifth grade. The teaching staff employs a broad spectrum of instructional styles, while striving to meet the individual needs of every student. The staff is committed to the belief that all students can learn. At Lincoln, we believe that our purpose is to educate students toward high standards of excellence. We will strive to create within each child a respect for self and others, a high level of academic achievement and an awareness of civic responsibilities.  We accept the responsibility to provide a climate conducive to educational excellence and equity.  

Lincolnwood Elementary School  2600 Colfax Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 859-8880
Fax: (847) 492-7958
Principal: Fred Hunter
Lincolnwood School serves children from kindergarten to fifth grade. The students are organized in self-contained homerooms. The homeroom teacher is responsible for forming flexible instructional groups to best meet the needs of the students in all instructional areas. Teachers at each grade level meet on a regular basis to discuss curriculum, assess student progress and plan team events and activities.
Dr. Martin Luther King Literary and Fine Arts School  - 2424 Lake Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 859-8500
Fax: (847) 492-1413
Principal: Jeff Brown
Assistant Principal: Estelle Edens
Martin Luther King is one of two K-8 magnet  schools.  The school honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The school's curricular program boasts strong underlying literary and fine arts themes. The K-8 experience is an added benefit that promotes community. Our mission is to improve student achievement and character. Our vision is based on the Dr. King quote, “Intelligence plus character. This is the true goal of education.” The school promotes a healthy and positive climate for learning that reflects the belief that all students will be successful.

Nichols Middle School - 800 Greenleaf, Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 859-8660
Fax: (847) 492-7880
Principal: Sarah Mendez
Assistant Principals: Katherine Davis and [Link]Matthew Condon
Students from the Dewey, Lincoln and Washington Elementary School attendance areas attend Nichols Middle School for sixth through eighth grade.  The educational program at Nichols Middle School reflects the best practices in the nation, including multiage team units, interdisciplinary instruction, and advisor/advisee programs. WPA murals adorn the corridor walls.

Oakton Elementary School - 436 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 859-8800
Fax: (847) 492-7960
Assistant Principal: Bridget Gart
Oakton School is one of the K-5 elementary schools that feed in Chute Middle School.  At Oakton, students receive math and reading instruction in grade-level groupings. Teachers use numerous instructional strategies to challenge children working at different levels. Special teachers work in cooperation with classroom teachers. The school is home to the district's African-Centered Curriculum Program (ACC). The ACC program provides culturally responsive teaching and learning to help students develop a deeper understanding of African and African-American cultures. Oakton is also one of the schools offering a two-way immersion (TWI) program for eligible native Spanish speakers and English-speaking applicants. Students in TWI and general education programs learn the same curriculum.

Orrington Elementary School - 2636 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 859-8780
Fax: (847) 492-9003
Principal: Renaud Beaudoin
Orrington School is a short walk from Northwestern University and is one block from the historic Evanston Lighthouse. The school building was constructed in 1910 and has many of the interesting architectural features of its vintage. Orrington is kindergarten through fifth grade school where students are instructed in heterogeneous homeroom settings for all subjects. Teachers employ strategies such as flexible grouping and project-based instruction. A wide array of activities and enrichment clubs are available, including science, ecology, chess, drama, art, chorus, dance, sports, student council and foreign language.

Park School - 828 Main Street, Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 424-2300
Fax: (847) 492-7962
Principal: Marlene Grossman
Park School focuses on the needs of students who have learning and/or physical challenges. Students, 3 - 21 years of age share the goal of maximizing their strengths toward preparation for an inclusive and happy adult life. The school day is divided into 8 periods: readiness, reading, writing, math, homeliving skills, physical education, vocational skills and job placement. Art and music are also part of the school week. Students can also benefit from related services provided in the school, including speech-language, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hearing impairment services and vision impairment services, as indicated on their Individualized Education Plan. At age 16 many students are placed in jobs in the Evanston community. By the time they graduate, students have experienced several different job placements giving them a choice of opportunities as an adult. Many of Park's alumni continue to work in jobs they had as a student at Park.

Rice Education Center - 1101 Washington Street, Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 424-2450
Fax: (847) 866-0941
Coordinator: John Mitchell
The Daniel and Ada Rice Education Center (REC) is a therapeutic day school program whose task is to provide emotional support and academic opportunities to children who have been unable to success in community school settings due to emotional, learning and behavioral difficulties. REC believes that ALL children can learn and reach their potential. We strive to build in each child a sense of confidence in his/her own abilities that promotes independence in the selection of responsible choices and the mastery of academic goals. We seek to develop relationships among our students that are built upon respect, trust, responsibility and generosity. REC works to create a learning environment that is both emotionally and physically safe: one that nurtures both the heart and the mind. Throughout the school day, we seek to stimulate a natural curiosity and promote an attitude for lifelong learning so that the individual needs of each child are met and developed into solid roots from which to grow. We help students cope with the day to day demands they face as we strive to prepare them to return to the community school setting.

Walker Elementary School - 3601 Church Street, Evanston, IL 60203
Phone: (847) 859-8330
Fax: (847) 674-7004
Principal: Erik Friedman
At Walker School, kindergarten through fifth grade classes are taught in self-contained classrooms in which homeroom teachers instruct students in all academic subject areas. Teachers at each grade level form teams for instructional planning, to monitor student progress and to plan special team activities. Families from around the world have settled in the Walker School community, bringing with them diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Many languages are heard in the hallways. English as a Second Language services are provided to eligible students, enabling them to successfully function in all subject areas in their mainstream homerooms. At Walker the staff believe that the primary purpose of our school is to challenge each child to reach his or her fullest academic, creative, emotional, physical, and social potential.

Washington Elementary School - 914 Ashland Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: (847) 905-4900
Fax: (847) 492-8433
Principal: Kate Ellison
Assistant Principal: Susan Kolian
The kindergarten to fifth grade students who attend Washington are assigned to grade-level classrooms with six collaborative teaching teams, one for each grade level, kindergarten through fifth grade. Most instruction is from a homeroom teacher, differentiated to meet the needs of individual learning styles and ability.  Specials, such as fine arts, physical education, and media library are taught outside the homeroom. In these disciplines, students continue to benefit from highly qualified teachers who have specialized knowledge or certifications. Also, Washington is one of the schools offering a two-way immersion (TWI) program for eligible native Spanish speakers and English-speaking applicants. Students in TWI and general education programs learn the same curriculum.

Willard Elementary School - 2700 Hurd Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 905-3600
Fax: (847) 733-2100
Principal: Jerry Michel
Assistant Principal: Jerry Succes
Willard School serves students from Kindergarten through Grade 5. Our focus is on creating a welcoming and engaging learning community. Teachers are involved in ongoing professional development work to implement effective teaching strategies that support every learner. We build positive home-school connections through a variety of avenues as we know that this is an integral component in student achievement. We celebrate our individual differences and our interconnectedness as a school community. Through professional collaboration, well-planned curriculum units, and ongoing assessments, we meet each learner’s needs.Also, Willard is one of the schools offering a two-way immersion (TWI) program for eligible native Spanish speakers and English-speaking applicants. Students in TWI and general education programs learn the same curriculum.

Last Modified: Aug 05, 2014
Evanston/Skokie School District 65 - 1500 McDaniel Ave. Evanston, IL 60201 - 847-859-8000