Where we do it - Our Community - Our Schools

Community Context: North Chicago is home to approximately 32,500 people. Once a vital working class community, North Chicago now has all the characteristics of a poverty-stricken, urban city including; hunger, homelessness, gang violence and high unemployment. North Chicago is further challenged by increasing racial and ethnic diversity, the growth of immigrant populations and limited access to community-based services and support. Naval Station Great Lakes, the sole recruit training station of the Navy, is also located in North Chicago which adds to both the vibrancy and the complexity of the community.

D187 Profile: Due to the failing academic and financial state of D187 for the past 8 years, in the summer of 2012, the Illinois State Board of Education was prompted to increase its presence in North Chicago, disband the local school board and appoint a new leadership team to lead the way in a grand-scale restructuring of the district.

THE FACTS in 2016



3,180 students in 7 schools

CUSD #187

State Average




Low Income



Limited English Proficient



Student Mobility



Ready for College Coursework



*numbers from the Illinois Interactive Report card


While the numbers tell the story of significant need for improvement, our work with the CUSD 187 team has given us great optimism in the future of our educational community. There is now further alignment of our community school model with needs of CUSD 187 and a tangible foundation of internal and external supports being put in place to ensure sustainable forward growth of the district.