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  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
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  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
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  7. Administration
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  10. Resources & Facilities
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St. Charles Community Unit School District No. 303 is a highly rated, public school district located in St Charles, IL. It has 12,915 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 53% in reading.
Address
201 S 7th St
St Charles, IL 60174
Telephone
(331) 228-2000

St. Charles Community Unit School District No. 303 Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
53%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1250
238 responses
Average ACT
28
733 responses
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Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
12,915
Free or Reduced Lunch
14.2%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$67,226
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.5%

Finances

Total Expenses
$180,188,000
Expenses Per Student
$14,514/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    59%
  • Support Services
    39%
  • Other
    2%

St. Charles Community Unit School District No. 303 Reviews

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I personally felt that my school does an excellent job making the highschool experience while still integrating a college ready environment. Without my teachers being thoughtful of the effectiveness of their teaching, there is no way I’d remember anything they taught me. Because they were so caring and willing to take the extra step, my school became a place where I learned. I remember my math equations, writing techniques, vocabulary, historical events, sourcing strategies, etc. because my teachers made me try. They put me in charge of my learning and kept me accountable. Without them I would have forgotten everything as soon as I took the test. Maybe the bathrooms weren’t always clean, but where isn’t that the case? I don’t expect gourmet food either. It was definitely better than I’ve heard from other schools. My teachers are what mattered. They made my highschool experience unforgettable.
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District 303 is an affluent district, and provides a generally excellent education to its students. Like any school district, however, some students are academically gifted and some are not. D303 provides Honors and AP opportunities for the college bound. Teachers are very good, and I've had about 5 that have inspired me to become a teacher myself! The high schools offer a WIDE variety of clubs for anyone to get involved in. School culture varies widely depending on the high school. St. Charles East is more culturally diverse, whereas St. Charles North is more homogenously white. East has an older facility and North is newer. North focuses more on academics and East focuses on sports. That being said, I am a student of St. Charles East, which is currently undefeated in football!
The D303 School District is overall a good district, and the quality increases the farther you get in your schooling. For example, I personally didn't receive the help I needed in elementary school because of the less-than-great principal and staff. This caused me to look back at elementary school all these years later with scorn of the teachers that were rude, unhelpful, and unprofessional. The middle schools are good, with the staff being much better in all ways and a variety of classes to take. The high school, specifically St.Charles North, is a truly great school. The teachers (for the most part) all have a passion to teach and help their students. The extracurricular options are widespread and new clubs are formed every year. If I were rating the high school alone, it would be a 5 star rating, but this is including the elementary school, which is a 3 at best, leading to a 4 star rating.