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Students, staff share why they like life at West Chicago high school

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  • Doug DomerackiInside District 94

      Doug DomerackiInside District 94

 
By Douglas Domeracki
Inside District 94

The first quarter of the school year is already behind us and second quarter classes are well under way.

In the process of learning about our staff and students, I asked staff members to submit their thoughts as to why parents should choose Community High School for their child's high school education. Here is a sampling of their responses:

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• Staff and students are welcoming and accepting of different cultures and ideas.

• An extensive dual credit program exists here; students can earn credit at College of DuPage while in high school.

• CHS continually strives to deliver options to meet the needs of all students.

• Opportunities abound for student involvement; students may choose from 22 sports and 34 clubs/activities.

• 87 percent of the Class of 2013 continued their education beyond high school.

• CHS offers unique courses, including an extensive U.S. government simulation, interdisciplinary studies, critical reading, and community leadership.

• CHS is a community where students can find their own voice and express themselves as individuals, and are comfortable having friends in multiple peer groups.

• Students feel safe at school and feel united as a student body.

• Service to others is a hallmark of our school's identity; it is interwoven into the curriculum and is evident throughout extracurricular programs. The learning family at CHS works tirelessly to help students find a path to success and make their high school experience positive.

As part of our school climate survey last spring, students told us CHS Wildcats are:

• Great because everyone wants the best for you no matter what.

• Fun to be around.

• A caring group of people who are ambitious and will get where they want to go in life and do it in a creative way.

• Known for working together as if we are a family.

• Independent and creative.

• Well-prepared for our next steps after high school.

We welcome visitors to see firsthand why Community High School is a great place learn and grow. Visit us and see why our students want to be here!

• Douglas Domeracki is superintendent of Community High School District 94 in West Chicago. His column appears monthly during the school year.

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