District 207 Profile
THE DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY
The citizens of District 207 support three comprehensive high schools—Maine East, Maine South, and Maine West. Most of Des Plaines, all of Park Ridge, and portions of Glenview, Harwood Heights, Morton Grove, Niles, Norridge, Norwood Park, and Rosemont, make up the 36 square mile district which lies thirty minutes northwest of downtown Chicago. These established suburban communities are largely residential with some light industry. Maine's communities represent socioeconomic, racial, and religious diversity. The citizens demand a broad, innovative, and rigorous educational program for their youth. The major racial / ethnic groups in district schools are detailed below.
||Asian / Pacific
In 2006 / 2007, 42% of District 207 students spoke one of 69 languages other than English at home: 70% of Maine East's students spoke another language at home; 21% of students at Maine South; and 36% of students at Maine West. The three most spoken languages were Polish, Spanish, and Gujarati.
Enrollment for the 2006 / 2007 school year was 6,951. The student teacher ratio was 16 to 1. The average class size was 19.5.
A talented and dedicated professional team comprised of about 512 certified staff provides the motivation for student achievement. Approximately 83 percent of the district's teachers have a master's degree or beyond.
District 207 high schools are accredited by the North Central Association and fully recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education.
PATTERN OF SCHOOL YEAR/LENGTH OF DAY
The 185 day school year is divided into two semesters. Nine 44 or 45 minute periods make up the school day for students at East, South and West. Laboratory classes are 66-67 minutes. Non-laboratory summer school courses have a minimum of 120 hours for 1 unit of credit. Laboratory summer school courses have a minimum of 160 hours for 1 unit of credit.
Students have the option of reporting their grade point average (GPA), on their transcript only, in two different ways: weighted only, or both weighted and non-weighted. The non-weighted GPA gives equal grade points to every course regardless of difficulty. A class rank based on the non-weighted GPA will be calculated; However, the weighted system will be used for designating official class rank, selection of Maine Scholars (students in the top one percent of their high school class), and Honor Roll designees.
ABILITY LEVEL GROUPING
District 207 has four ability level programs which are organized in academic subjects by each year: the Advanced Placement Program, Accelerated Program, Regular Program, and Academy and Special Education Program. Students are selected for these programs based on previous academic achievement. Students may take courses at various levels in different subjects.
WEIGHTED GRADES AND CLASS RANK
Weighted grades are used in computing the grade point average (GPA) which determines a student's official rank in class. Driver Education and Physical Education grades do not count in the grade point average and class ranking. In a Pass/Fail course, a passing grade does not affect a student's GPA; however, a failing grade will be figured into the student's total GPA as a zero. Assignment of grade points in the weighted system are shown below. Weighted grades are under review.
Students may choose from more than 200 courses offered at various levels of instruction. A minimum of 23.25 academic units of credit are required for graduation while college preparatory classes are stressed, students are also encouraged to avail themselves of Maine's rich curricula which includes internships, business and computer courses, fine arts programs, and dozens of elective offerings. Coursework must include the following minimum graduation requirements: English, four units; Mathematics, three units; Social sciences, three units; Science, three units; Two units of credit from any of the following—fine arts (art, music, speech and drama), applied arts and technology (applied technology, business, family and consumer sciences), or foreign language; One quarter credit each of oral communications and consumer education; One half unit of health; Elective credit, five units; Physical education each semester except when enrolled in health; Driver education; and an examination on the Declaration of Independence, the Flag of the United States, the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Illinois.
Advanced Placement programs are offered in American History, European History, American Government, Comparative Government, English, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, French, Spanish, German, Calculus, Statistics, Computer Science, Music Theory, and Studio Art. In the spring of 2007, 899 students took 1,895 exams: 83 percent of the exams received a score of 3 or higher; 495 exams received a score of 5, the highest ranking. Colleges generally grant credit to candidates with grades of three, four, and five.
ACT RESULTS FOR THE CLASS OF 2007
In the class of 2007, 1,523 students took the ACT test earning a composite score of 22.2. Comparably, the national composite score was 21.2 and the state composite score was 20.5. A breakdown of subtest scores and other score comparisons are shown in the charts below.
District 207 AverageSub-Test Scores
English - 22.1
Math - 22.8
Reading - 22.0
District 207 - 22.2
Illinois - 20.5
National - 21.2
PSAT RESULTS FOR THE CLASS OF 2007
In the 2007 National Merit Program, District 207 had 14 students named National Merit Scholar Finalists; and 22 students named National Merit Scholar Commended Students based on PSAT scores.
In 2007, 1,383 of 1,503, or 92 percent of the graduates continued their education.
CURRICULUM AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS
District 207 offers more than 200 courses in 13 departments: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Foreign Language, Art, Music, Speech/Drama, Physical Education and Health, Applied Technology, Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Driver Education. The demanding educational program challenges individual students at their own ability level. Through career education, internships, apprenticeships, job shadowing and mentoring, and vocational technology programs, students acquire on the job experience in the community as well as classroom instruction in various fields. Innovative support programs help students manage the rigors of a Maine education and achieve optimal learning.
One such program is COACH, CO-operative ACHievment, which gives students of all ability levels a learning edge. The COACH program is a district-wide, in-school, peer tutoring program available to all students, at all ability levels, in all subjects. A comprehensive Special Education program serves students with learning, social, or physical disabilities.