People who know the schools, and most importantly know the children and young adults that attend these schools understand how special Lisle 202 is and what it means to all of Lisle. For those that are not as familiar, we have included a few nuggets that make Lisle 202 special.
A Track Record of Success
A Source of Opportunity for Our Children
Small class sizes maintained across all grade levels consistent with community recommendations
Full day Kindergarten implemented in 2016
New Math curriculum implemented in Grades K-5 in 2017
New Math curriculum implemented in Grades 6-8 in 2018
Access to social workers and psychologists at each level to meet the growing and specialized needs of our students
1:1 technology (e.g., Chrome Books) for all students in Grades 4:12
Number of Advanced Placement Course Offerings increased at the High School to 13
Band offered beginning in the 5th grade (79% of all 5th grade students are participating in Band in the 2018-2019 school year)
Expanded bus transportation options to ensure students have access to extra-curricular opportunities
More than 20 clubs, activities and athletics offered at Lisle Junior High
More than 40 clubs, activities and athletics offered at Lisle High School
A Tight Connection with The Community
Countless examples of our students giving back to the community, but best demonstrated when our community flooded in 2013. The LISLESTRONG 3K raised over $10,000 for families impacted by catastrophic flooding in the area. Our community event was a joint effort made possible by caring students and loving Lisle families!
American Education Week 2018 - A Look Inside a Great Set of Schools
If you watch just one thing on this page, spend three minutes and watch this video. It should tell you why we are so passionate about preserving what is great about Lisle 202
A Brand New State-of-the-Art School Scheduled to Open in the Fall of 2019
Lisle Elementary School has been thoughtfully designed to ensure the interior space provides optimal learning environments for the developmental needs at each grade level, and, that the exterior space addresses traffic needs and includes dedicated play areas for our students. Here’s an at-a-glance look at some of the building’s features:
- Overall Building Area: Approx. 100,000 SF total
- Capacity: 770 Students
- 35 Total Classrooms
- Small group rooms for personalized instruction/ learning
- Maker space room
- Dedicated band room and music room
- Two visual art classrooms
- Two stem labs
- Dedicated playground for grades PK-1
- Dedicated bus drop off zones separate from car parking spaces
One Teacher's Heartfelt Story Sums it All Up
My name is Pat Woyna, and I’m a teacher at Lisle High School. And while I know that I may just be one person, one of many, I just want to take a moment to share with you what has made Lisle so special to me, and what has made it special to so many.
In my career as an educator, before arriving in Lisle, I had the early benefit of working in seven previous schools in differing capacities, one of which was the highest paying in the state. And while I met many dedicated, caring, intelligent people during those stops, and worked with some amazing administrators in well funded districts, there’s a reason I’ve become one of the thousands who’s discovered this town and never left. Some day, if I should be so lucky, I would be honored to send my son or daughter to the school I teach in every day.
From the moment I arrived at the front door on my first job interview, I discovered why this place was the “best kept secret in DuPage County.” I could sense the small town, come-on-in comfort that I’d never experienced anywhere else. Add that to the U.S News’s Ranking as a top 7% school in the nation, and I invite anyone who has never visited, do yourself a favor and see the amazing things we do.
In my specific experience, it was from the secretaries’ motherly questions to the offerings of coffee and candy to the then-unknown student who asked me if I ever watched Grey’s anatomy. There was no artifice, no haughtiness, and no pressure. And when the interview came, and the principal walked in to greet me, I had honestly, for a moment, forgotten why I was there. And for the first time in my year-long job hunt, I was comfortable. I wasn’t stressing over my knowledge of Dickinson or the new implications of Common Core, I was simply okay being there, ready to help. I’ve always thought Lisle has an uncanny way of bringing out the best in people, and it brings out the best in our students. (Washington Post’s Most Challenging Districts in the Nation)
Lisle, to me, has the kind of atmosphere that would make you take a hall monitor job, even with a degree and a certification and experience and a 50 minute commute. For me, it’s because I knew I didn’t want to be anywhere else. I got to work with caring, down-to-earth kids, and kids who also wanted more, recently scoring 25% higher than state average in English and 32% higher in math. So, I took it. And as it turns out, I would have many a conversation with the Grey’s Anatomy fan I met before my first interview.
Like any teacher in any school, my time at Lisle hasn’t been a cake walk. It’s taken late night hours, summers of prep, weekends of homework, and early mornings where there was no one in the building but Rick, the late night custodian. But I wouldn’t trade those hours for anything, and they continue today. Lisle is the kind of place where the final bell sneaks up on you, where teachers support each other, collaborate, laugh, learn, and bring that love into the classroom. And we’re not finished either, with last year being one of 22 Illinois districts to achieve the Advanced Placement High Honor Roll, one of a possible 483.
I came in every day, and now come in everyday, to the school I love. What’s special to me about Lisle is both tangible and intangible, both momentary and constant. It’s being able to know every single student, know them by their first name or nickname; and if I’m lucky enough to have them in my class, being able to know what foods won’t make it through the night in their fridge, what temperature they think their nostrils will first start to freeze, and which Transformers movie they hated the worst. The manageable class sizes allow all of us to learn about these students and to care for every single one of them. It’s not unnecessary; it’s a supreme strength.
I get to come into work to a place that I believe brings out the best version of myself. I work with teachers with content knowledge that is beyond the years they’ve taught, with over 80% with a master's degree, true experts in their field, ones going to other districts to teach them best practice. And I get to work with teachers who will many times tell you about their students’ day before theirs.
I am privileged to come into work every day to work in a community at school, and a community at large, that has supported me in good times and bad. It’s a place that builds a new school despite not asking for one extra dollar from taxpayers. It’s a place where teachers and students work together to uplift and give opportunities to every kid who walks in the door, no matter what their morning previously looked like. It’s a place where parent-teacher conferences are looked forward to, where the two see each other as partners in their child’s education. Because throughout the staff, that is exactly how the students are referred, “their kids”.
And as I talk to graduates, it’s impossible to not feel humbled and grateful for where I work, as they rattle off moment after moment that I had unfortunately forgotten, but am now glad I can relive again. There’s a reason the graduation rate has continued to climb, last year being north of 99%
This school is special. This district is special, and not just for the accolades, of which there are many. And it’s not just special because of the programs that are, in many ways, a home to so many who don’t feel a part of anything else. And it’s not just because I work with my favorite people within, or beyond, its walls. Lisle’s special because of the people who care about you whether you’re a stranger who just pulled in with a rusted Ford Escort looking for a substitute job, or if you’ve been a student who spent the last 13 years in the district, now getting to cross the stage, with a cap on your head and fresh hope in your heart. Lisle’s special because we’re all in. We’re all one Pride, every one of us.