North Central College - Naperville, IL

Our School Partners

North Central College has forged partnerships with five Chicago-area school districts. These partnerships ensure the quality of the teachers and principals who will mentor you and assess your progress as you move through our program’s field experiences. These partners will also introduce you to a wide range of K-12 classroom settings, from those populated with high-need students to those with reputations for high-performing students.

Few other colleges or universities have developed relationships at the district level. Those districts with whom we maintain formal memoranda of understanding include:

  • Naperville Community Unit School District 203
  • Indian Prairie School District 204
  • East Aurora School District 131
  • Schaumburg School District 54
  • Carol Stream/Bloomingdale Community Consolidated School District 93
  • Oswego School District 308

The College also partners with many individual schools.

Elementary Partnerships Secondary Partnerships
Hermes Elementary School Crone Middle School
Beebe Elementary School Still Middle School
Ellsworth Elementary School Hill Middle School
Highlands Elementary School Granger Middle School
Mill Street Elementary School East Aurora High School
Brooks Elementary School Lincoln Junior High School
Cowlishaw Elementary School Washington Junior High School
Georgetown Elementary School Madison Junior High School
Lincoln Elementary School  
Eichelberger Elementary  
Collaboration between College and local school district helps both adopt best practices

Collaboration between educators at North Central College and administrators in Indian Prairie School District 204 is helping both institutions adopt best practices to benefit students.

“We have the kind of relationship where we can just say, ‘I need to pick your brain a little bit,’” says Kathy Birkett, former superintendent of Indian Prairie School District 204. “We get together to talk about what's happening in higher education, then we’ll talk about what's happening in pre-K through12 education.”

Those conversations help both the College and the district forge solutions to ever-changing challenges in education.

“That really is the model that the state wants us to have,” Birkett says. “So...

College partners with Naperville district to create opportunities

Dan Bridges, superintendent of Naperville Community Unit School District 203, says his district serves more than 17,500 children in 22 schools.

“I know that when North Central College students are going out into our schools that they have access to a high-quality education with a diverse student population and an opportunity to really see real-world classrooms and get real-world experience,” Bridges says.

District 203 schools reflect the increasing diversity of Naperville, where families reflect a growing number of nationalities, ethnicities, social-economic backgrounds and varying education needs.

“North Central College students who come into our schools are walking into classrooms that...