Schools in Deerfield- District 109

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When Dave and I were living in the city, we knew that we would probably end up moving to the suburbs, and we knew if we were going to do that, it would have to be before Kindergarten as we were sending Jake to private preschool and didn't want to pay for school past that. As most people know, there is just way too much going on with the public schools in the city, and we wanted the best education for our kids for the least amount of money.  Living in the north shore, there are no politics regarding which school you end up in.  You go to whichever district you live in, and thats it.  All the public schools are great (typically) in the North Shore.  I assume this has something to do with why our property taxes are pretty high (you pay for private schools, or public schools are paid through our taxes). 

We chose the North Shore (Deerfield in particular) as we both grew up there.  Its almost as if everyone ends up where they grew up. The school districts I will focus on are Deerfield and the neighboring towns.  This blog post is going to be more focused on Deerfield's schools, but I plan to focus on other schools in the neighboring area's in future blog posts. This will hopefully help guide you if you are not in the "know", just as I wasn't when I first moved here- as I didn't focus on those things when I didn't have children.  But I do believe that its an important thing to consider when buying a new home. 

Deerfield's public schools are part of District 109. This is also the first year that Deerfield/District 109 is offering Full day Kindergarten at no cost to the families, other than books/supplies and materials, or any specific add on's.  

Helping Hands Preschool: Although this isn't "free" per say, I think its a great program, especially for children with special needs.  The class sizes are limited to approximately 14 kids per class. They have a multi disciplinary team of highly qualified individuals to help support each child's growth and development. The program is offered at South Park Elementary. Helping Hands goes along District 109's schedules and they do offer flexible payment plans. The preschool is for 3 and 4 year olds, and they offer half day programs, Mon-Fri 9-11:30am for the 3 year olds, and Mon-Fri 12:30-3:00pm for the 4 year olds. Their full day options are Mon-Fri 9:00-3:00pm.

Kipling Elementary School: Kipling contains grades K-5. School hours are Mon, Tues, Thur & Fri, 8:40am-3:25pm, and Wed 8:40am-2:25pm.  All the district 109 schools release early on Wednesday's for staff to meet. Kipling adopted the "Leader In Me" program. This process was based off of Steven Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People". Their focus is to teach the students the life skills they would need to be successful in anything. 

Walden Elementary School: Walden contains grades K-5.  School hours are Mon, Tues, Thur & Fri, 8:40am-3:25pm, and Wed 8:40am-2:25pm.  All the district 109 schools release early on Wednesday's for staff to meet. Walden's Mission Statement is "Provide innovative educational experiences of the highest quality that engage, inspire and empower each student to excel and contribute to improving the world."

South Park Elementary School: South Park contains grades K-5. School hours are Mon, Tues, Thur & Fri, 8:40am-3:25pm, and Wed 8:40am-2:25pm.  All the district 109 schools release early on Wednesday's for staff to meet. South Park School's mission is " To educate the whole child and ensure student growth." Their vision is "to develop a collaborative learning community and a positive school climate in which students and staff will feel safe to grow academically, socially, and emotionally, and where innovation is encouraged and proliferated." 

Wilmot Elementary School: Wilmot contains grades K-5. School hours are Mon, Tues, Thur & Fri, 8:40am-3:25pm, and Wed 8:40am-2:25pm.  All the district 109 schools release early on Wednesday's for staff to meet.

Caruso Middle School: Caruso contains grades 6-8, school hours are Mon-Fri from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Caruso is home to the Bluejays.  The "Bluejay Way is being respectful, having fun, and continuously pursuing growth.  Caruso is a 2017 National Blue Ribbon school of excellence. 

Shepard Middle School: Shepard contains grades 6-8, school hours are Mon-Fri from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Shepard is home to the Spartans. Shepard is a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School.

Rest assured, no matter which school your kids end up in, in District 109. your children will still be getting a great education.

Suburban Living- Deerfield IL

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My husband, Dave, and I decided to make the move from the city of Chicago, to the North Shore 'burbs.  Although we LOVED the hustle and bustle of the city, we knew it was time to pack up and go north.  We had just had our second child 2 months prior, and that was enough to understand that we had to move.  That is, of course, unless we were looking to buy a home in the city, that would give us more space, less stairs, a backyard and were prepared to pay for private schools, till... college, those just weren't good options for us.  It seems like it is almost inevitable for most new families to do the same, to move up north.  You move to the "burbs" for convenience, safety, parking, schools etc. 

We decided to move to the village of Deerfield.  It was a bittersweet move, but a good one.  For the record, Deerfield is a cute little village, totally different of city living.  When you picture "cute little village" it literally feels like what you would envision in a movie with cute little villages.  Its about 25 miles north of the city, which is great for the occasional date nights out.  Not too far yet not too close. But is also home to some great restaurants, like Bobby's , Deerfield's Italian Kitchen, Rosebud Restaurant, Il Forno's (for the best thin crust pizza), The Warehouse (bar type food), Josh's (for hot dogs and burgers) and many others to choose from.

Deerfield is also home to The Shops at Deerfield Square, with a Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble, Walgreens, and some cute little boutiques like B Friends, Bentleys' Pet Shop, Avenue Fashions, Scout and Mollys, Mia's Fine Jewelry, Just Between Friends, and many more.

If you are looking to get healthy, there is a Pure Barre, Corepower Yoga, Shred 415, Deerfield Park Districts Sachs Center, and not too far (in Bannockburn) is Midtown Athletic Club.

In 2016 Deerfield High School, was ranked 7th best High School in the state, and was rated the 229th best in the country for 2016! The elementary and middle schools, in District 109, are phenomenal.  There are four elementary schools, Wilmot, South Park, Kipling and Walden.  With two middle schools, Caruso and Shepard.  The schools are probably one of the main reasons people from the city, head north- the public school system in most of the North Shore suburbs are terrific, you honestly can't go wrong with any.

For those of you that don't know, the North Shore suburbs are north of Chicago, typically bordering the shores of Lake Michigan.  The communities within the North Shore are within Cook and Lake Counties.  The primary suburbs that I plan to focus on in the North Shore, that border Lake Michigan, are Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff.  As well as the suburbs that do not border Lake Michigan-- Glenview, Northbrook, Deerfield, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire and Northfield.

There are so many great things about Deerfield, if you are considering a move here, I highly recommend!!

For those of you that live in Chicago's Northshore suburbs, what is your favorite thing about the town/city you live in?