Huntley Community School District 158Background
Located in McHenry and Kane Counties, Huntley Community School District 158 serves 9,700 students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, residing in Huntley, western portions of Lake in the Hills and Algonquin, and surrounding areas. The district employs over 1,400 staff members. School District 158 is well known for its campus-concept idea in which the district transformed from a one elementary/one high school district to its current five elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school, located on three campuses. Built between 1997 and 2005, all of the district’s schools were designed with a primary focus on technology in education.
Huntley School District 158 is well known as a “Destination District”. All you need to do is take a drive through the many neighborhoods of our community still under development and read the builder’s signs, boldly touting “Huntley Schools.” It’s increasingly common for us to meet new families to our District who tell us they moved here specifically for our schools. That’s perhaps the greatest measure of our quality, and D158 is proud to offer an unparalleled educational value to our families and community members. Today, the Huntley school system is recognized as one of the most progressive public school districts in Illinois.
The HHS Medical Academy was envisioned to provide students excellent preparation for college programs and careers in the health sciences. It first offered courses in 2011, using PLTW biomedical curricula as its foundation. Since that point, the academy has grown to become the state’s largest provider of PLTW biomedical curriculum, offering a dozen courses spanning several interdisciplinary subject areas.
The District is in the process of finalizing agreements with colleges and universities to offer credit and/or scholarship incentives to students who earn a certificate or transcript designation for coursework completed in the Medical Academy.
In the summer of 2015, the District took another bold step in the advancement of the Academy, announcing a partnership with Centegra Health System to create a high school residency program, wherein Medical Academy students will receive intensive job shadowing and real-world experience in Centegra facilities. The program, believed to be the only of its kind in the country, began in fall 2016.
The District also offers a slate of PLTW STEM/Engineering courses in its newly established Engineering Academy. The Engineering Academy is designed to build STEM Literacy and 21st Century Skills. In it, students learn through problem-based, real world applications of STEM concepts.
In all STEM Academy Courses students will work through the engineering design process to apply their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The goal of the STEM Engineering Academy is to prepare students for the 21st century and have our students one step ahead in the ever-changing global economy.
The school plans to have rolled out the full PLTW STEM/Engineering curriculum by 2017-2018.
Academic Achievement and Performance
A major goal of District 158 is to increase AP offerings to provide more opportunities for students. Currently, Huntley High School offers AP courses in a variety of subjects including English, Spanish, Chinese, Calculus, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, European History, Environmental Science, U.S. History, and Computer Science. Huntley District 158 offers 23 different AP courses. In 2016, Huntley High School achieved the highest ACT average composite score in the school’s history, and among the best in the state. In the past decade, the average composite score has risen from approximately 20.0 to 23.0
Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
District 158 also is an active participant in providing students an alternative educational track in biomedical sciences, engineering and advanced manufacturing through participation in Project Lead the Way. Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs. With its world-class curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate and community partners, PLTW helps students develop the skills necessary to succeed in a global economy.
PLTW’s success in preparing students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed has been recognized by colleges and universities, Fortune 500 businesses, and numerous national organizations including Change the Equation, the Social Impact Exchange, and more.
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High Quality Education at a Cost Below the State of Illinois Average
District 158 not only provides one of the most high quality educational experiences in the State of Illinois, it delivers education on a highly cost effective basis, a hallmark of the manner in which Huntley's governmental organizations operate. As highlighted in a Northwest Herald analysis in 2016, Huntley 158 ranked as the lowest-spending school district in all of McHenry and Kane Counties. Using data from the 2015 Illinois Interactive Report Card, Huntley D158’s operational spending per pupil (OSPP) rate put them at the bottom of 28 area school districts. In fact, when comparing the District to other K-12 unit districts, Huntley 158 ranked as the lowest spending unit district in the entire Chicago metropolitan area!