Homer 33C schools rank among the best in Will County

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High


Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628



For Immediate Release:

Aug. 24, 2016


Homer 33C schools rank among the best in Will County


Efforts to prepare Future Ready students are paying off in Homer School District 33C.


According to a recent Chicago magazine article, Homer 33C schools are among the “Best Public Schools” in Will County.


“We are proud to make Chicago magazine’s Top 10 list of Best Public Schools in Will County,” said Superintendent Kara Coglianese. “Our teachers and staff work hard to prepare Future Ready students and it’s reassuring to know our efforts are paying off.”


The magazine looked at a number of factors, including  spending per pupil, PARCC attainment, NWEA/Map growth in reading and math and results from the Illinois 5Essentials Survey to determine the Top Elementary Schools and High Schools in Six Counties.


Listed among the Top 10 elementary schools in Will County are Goodings Grove at No. 3, William J. Butler at No. 6 and Luther J. Schilling at No. 7.


“Students in Homer 33C continue to perform above the state average, demonstrating growth on local and state assessments,” said Kathleen Robinson, assistant superintendent for instruction. “We attribute this to rigorous curricular expectations, a high quality teaching staff and supportive families and community.”


Coming in at No. 1 on the Will County list was Eisenhower Academy in Joliet. The No. 2 slot went to Anna McDonald School in Manhattan.


The article can be viewed in its entirety at http://chi.mg/2bt6Hbr


Homer School District 33 joined the Future Ready movement in 2013, committing itself to empowering students for success in a dynamic world.


It began investing in 21st century learning tools, including Chromebooks, iPads, 3D printers, Spheros and Google apps, and opened three STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) labs at Homer Junior High School and Hadley Middle School.


Students are learning how to write computer code, build Lego robots and design structures, roller coasters and 3D objects. More importantly, they’re learning how to articulate their thoughts and ideas with the use of multiple media and technologies.


Starting this school year, every child in grades 3-8 will have his own Chromebook or repurposed laptop to work with on a daily basis. They will be taking notes, conducting research, completing assignments and taking tests or quizzes on the devices.


“We want our students to possess the advanced tech skills and critical thinking skills that will give them an edge in life,” said Coglianese. “That means preparing them for a world of global competition and faster communications.”



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