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Elementary & High School

Choosing The Right School

Area Schools
A directory of public and private schools in our area.

Chicago Tribune School Rankings
View the top Chicago area elementary and high schools based on test scores. DATABASE SEARCH: Enter an address to find schools within 20 miles ranked by test score, class size, etc.

Digest of Education Statistics
Find statistics from 1990 to the present on schools and libraries in America.

DuPage Regional Office of Education
Provides information for job fairs and educational institutes.

Education Corner
Links to over 145,000 Education sites covering early childhood to college to adult continuing education.

Interactive Illinois Report Card from Northern Illinois University
A Northern Illinois University and Illinois State Board of Education cooperative site which contains standardized assessment scores, funding information, and other evaluative information on elementary, middle and high schools in Illinois.


GED Testing - College of Dupage
COD offers GED preparation, GED testing, and college courses all in one location.

People's Resource Center
GED preparation assistance at locations in Westmont and Wheaton.


Homeschool Resources
Check out this list of resources that Kids & Teens have compiled

    Teachers and Educators

    Illinois Association of School Administrators
    Links to job openings and information about teacher certification.

    Illinois Certification Testing System
    Free downloadable study guides for Illinois teacher certification tests.

    Illinois State Board of Education
    Provides links for school report cards, teaching/education job openings, and teacher certification.

    Teacher Resources
    A list of resources for teachers.



      Choosing a College

      College Board
      Search for colleges, financial aid, and college entrance exams and test dates.

      IIE Passport Study Abroad Directories
      Find out about international study options from the Institute of International Education. Contains information about universities and private institutions that sponsor education abroad programs for U.S. students and adult learners.

      Illinois Board of Higher Education
      Find college degree programs throughout Illinois by searching for institution type and degree programs, with subject/geographic limits.

      Institute of Education Sciences (IES) College Navigator
      The National Center for Education Statistics provides information about colleges and universities across the U.S.

      Peterson's Open Choices
      Links to colleges, financial aid sources, test preparation, and online college applications.

      Princeton Review Best 361 College Rankings
      View 62 rankings lists, organized into 8 categories, based on student feedback.

      U.S. News and World Report - Education 
      U.S. News' annual rankings of graduate and undergraduate programs plus information on colleges and financial aid.

      Financial Aid

      College Illinois Prepaid Tuition Program
      Information on the prepaid tuition program administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
      Compare student loan interest rates.
      Offers free searches to some 400,000 scholarships.

      Federal Student Aid
      Apply online for student financial aid through the U.S. Department of Education web site. Fill out the FAFSA online.

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      Continuing Education

      Back to College
      Resources include information about where to get discount textbooks, career planning, financial aid, scholarships, and online degrees.
      A directory of professional, personal, and recreational classes for the Chicago area.

      College of Dupage Continuing Education Program
      Learn about the wealth of continuing education classes offeres by COD.

      Local Computer Classes from Indian Prairie Public Library
      View descriptions of the library's computer classes.

      Lyons Township Adult and Continuing Education
      Lyons Township High School offers many courses for adults. View the current catalog.


      Educational & Vocational Testing

      ACT: American College Testing
      College entrance exam

      DAT: Dental Admission Test
      Measures general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information, and perceptual ability for admission to dental school.

      GMAT: Graduate Managment Admission Test
      GMAT evaluates applicants from many educational backgrounds for business schools.

      GRE: Graduation Record Examination
      The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking and analytical writing skills for graduate school admissions.

      LSAT: Law School Admission Test
      The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day standardized test required for admission to all ABA–approved law schools, most Canadian law schools, and many non–ABA–approved law schools.

      MCAT: Medical College Admission Test
      The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee's problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.

      NCLEX-RN/PN: National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses/Practical Nurses
      An exam used in licensing nurses.

      Praxis: Teacher Certification Tests
      The Praxis Series™ assessments provide educational tests and other services that states use as part of their teacher licensure and certification process.

      SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test
      Nearly every college in America accepts the SAT or Subject Tests as a part of its admissions process.

      TOFEL: Test of English as a Foreign Language
      The TOEFL test is the most widely accepted English-language test in the world.