Total Enrollment: 3,231
|Students identified as student with disabilities:||13.0%|
|Students identified as economically disadvantaged:||18.5%|
|Students identified as minority:||26.6%|
|Students identified as limited English proficient:||5.4%|
Lake Villa School District #41, a suburban district in the far northeastern corner of IL, serves approximately 3,300 students in kindergarten through grade 8. The district encompasses four elementary schools (1 PK-6 and 3 K-6) and one middle school (grades 7-8). At the conclusion of eighth grade, Lake Villa children graduate from the district and enroll in one of three area high schools.
Of Lake Villa's 3000+ students, about 13% are identified as students with disabilities and receive special education services accordingly. The district serves primarily non-minority, mid-income families; however, the Lake Villa community is becoming increasingly diverse in terms of socio-economic and racial composition. About 19 percent of Lake Villa's students are economically disadvantaged and there is a growing number of children identified as limited English proficient.
In 2006, each building had different goals and there was no overall strategy for making improvements. We were a confederation of schools, not a school district, set up to teach them what they needed to do well
– Dr. John Van Pelt, Lake Villa Superintendent
In the immediate years leading up to 2006, the Lake Villa School District #41 struggled to find ways to tackle the lack of significant student progress in core academic subjects across the district, while trying to identify a workable strategy for getting the middle school out of Academic Watch status. Then, in July of 2006, a new superintendent, assistant superintendent, and director of special education were hired and began the hard work of changing the ways in which adults worked together to raise the level of instructional practice and student performance across the district.