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A message from Superintendent David Larson

20151005_94544_0.jpgWelcome to Glenbard District 87, where our talented and dedicated faculty and staff work tirelessly to prepare all of our students for a successful future. With an emphasis on college and career readiness, we are focused on challenging students to stretch themselves and achieve new levels of success. Here are just a few examples:

AP/IB Equity and Excellence Project
We are among only 9 school districts in Illinois accepted to the national AP/IB Equity and Excellence Project for demonstrating our commitment to ensuring that historically underrepresented students have the opportunity to succeed in Advanced Placement courses. We will receive assistance from Equal Opportunity Schools – supported by Google Global Impact Awards and researchers at the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University – to help close access and success gaps in Advanced Placement programs.

We’ve seen a 29% increase in the number of students taking AP classes in the past five years, and we are focused on continuing to increase AP enrollment. These rigorous classes prepare students for college and careers.  

Leveraging Technology
Technology is transforming how our teachers teach and our students learn. Last year was the first year our freshmen used iPads as the learning tool in all of their classes. This year, all freshmen and sophomores will use iPads, which allow for anytime, anyplace learning. Students are involved in deeper learning tasks with more challenging, engaging lessons. We are phasing in the use of iPads with each freshman class.   

Increased Enrollment in Algebra 2 and Physics
Among our Board of Education goals is dramatically increasing the number of juniors enrolled in physics or higher science course and algebra 2 with trigonometry or higher math course. Enrollment in these courses better prepares our students for success in college and develops the critical thinking skills needed in a variety of careers.

Early College Initiative
Glenbard East is partnering with the College of DuPage to provide students with the opportunity to earn 12 to 17 college credits while still in high school. This year, Glenbard East juniors and seniors may enroll in a variety of college classes through the Early College Initiative, a pilot program that aligns with our focus on preparing students to be college-ready and career-ready. This program makes college more accessible and affordable. Our students will pay 1/3 of the cost for each class, with the remainder paid through scholarships.

AP Capstone
Glenbard East and Glenbard West are two of only 3 high schools in the state chosen to implement AP Capstone™ ─ an innovative program that allows students to engage in the rigorous development of skills critical for success in college inquiry, research, collaboration and writing. AP Capstone is designed to prepare more students for the rigors of college and success in future careers. The program requires students to demonstrate a passion for focused inquiry on topics of interest and an ability to communicate findings in a compelling way.

I am proud to be part of an organization that is unwavering in its resolve for student success. Best wishes for a great year!