Educational Excellence is our Focus

Quality education is a priority for your business and your family. Northwest Illinois provides it.

You can choose from public schools, both large and small, as well as several private institutions from pre-school to grade 12. All offer rigorous programs in academics, athletics, and the arts. Many have received recognition for their excellence. For example:

  • Freeport School District’s music program has been Grammy-award winning for over 10 years running.
  • Pearl City High School received national recognition, garnering a Bronze award two years in a row from USA News and World Report’s “America’s Best High Schools” program.
  • Aquin Catholic High School, Lena-Winslow High School, and Dakota High School have all had first-place state football victories in the last several years.

Plus, Highland Community College provides a long list of affordable two- and four-year degrees, top notch continuing education, and specialized job training. Highland:

  • Is proud of its Business Institute, committed to helping businesses achieve success and remain competitive. Thousands of employees have benefited from this training by learning new technical, operational, and leadership skills.
  • Recently unveiled a new nursing building to teach and train top-notch healthcare professionals for our region.


Schools that Service Stephenson County

Grade Levels Name Address City Phone
Preschool – 12th Aquin Catholic Schools 1419 South Galena Avenue Freeport 815-235-3154
Pre-school – 12th; Daycare Dakota Community School District #201 400 Campus Dr. Dakota 815-449-2832
K – 12th Durand Community School District #322 200 W. South Street Durand 815-248-2171
Preschool – 12th; Daycare Eastland Community School District #308 200 S. School Street Lanark 815-493-6301
K – 12th Forrestville Valley Community School District #221 601 East Main Street Forreston 815-938-2036
Preschool – 12th; transitional education facility Freeport School District #145 501 East South Street Freeport 815-232-0300
Pre-school – 8th Immanuel Lutheran School 1964 West Pearl City Road Freeport 815-232-3511
K – 12th Lena-Winslow Community School District #202 401 Freemont Street Lena 815-369-2525
K – 12th Orangeville Community School District #203 310 South East Street Orangeville 815-789-4450
Pre-school – 12th; Daycare Pearl City Community School District #200 100 South Summit Pearl City 815-443-2715
K – 12th Pecatonica Community School District #321 1300 Main Street Pecatonica 815-233-1876
Pre-school – 8th Tri-County Christian School 641 West Stephenson Street Freeport 815-233-1876
K – 12th Warren Community School District #205 311 South Water Street Warren 815-745-2653