999 West Dundee Road
Wheeling, Illinois 60090

Phone: 847-537-8270

Superintendent: Dr. Michael Connolly

School Board & Administration



CCSD21 is a school district comprised of 13 schools across 6 different communities in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.



School District 21 prides itself on its Professional Learning Community and its rich tradition of professional collaboration, high levels of professional development, and family-like atmosphere. If you see the opportunity to work with colleagues in making a difference in the lives of students and families in a truly diverse setting, School District 21 seeks your application.

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Design21 Archive

Beginning in Fall 2017, Community Consolidated School District 21 initiated a formal community engagement process to gather feedback from the community about its priorities for our students and schools. Feedback was gathered through phone and online surveys, one-on-one and small group interviews, focus groups, and community conversations. As a result, the Design21 Action Plan was developed.

One element of the Design21 Action Plan outlined the need to consider future funding options for capital projects. Ultimately, the Board of Education placed a referendum question on the November 6, 2018, ballot. With 73% in support, the community approved the Board’s plan to issue bonds to enhance security and facilities at all sites.

The Design21 Community Engagement process, and its results, are outlined below. Current updates on the Design21 Action Plan are available here.



Today’s kindergarten students will graduate high school in 2030 and be the architects of the second half of the 21st century. How can we as a community best prepare our students to assume that role? What classroom, technology, and curricular design improvements must we implement to ensure their success?

This past fall, 726 CCSD21 residents took part in our phone and online survey, conducted by Fako Research and Strategies, to share opinions and priorities of the community. This spring, we will continue that dialogue to examine the priorities identified in the survey in greater detail.


FOCUS GROUPS – February 2018

We are eager to hear the community’s priorities for our schools and students. M2 Communications is facilitating a series of conversations for parents and community members, staff, and students in February – please plan to attend one of these conversations as we work together to design the future for our students and community!

Parent and community sessions:

Note: Childcare will be provided at all parent and community focus group sessions.

Thursday, February 1, 2018
7:00 – 8:30 PM
London Middle School, 1001 W. Dundee Road, Wheeling

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
1:00 – 2:30 PM
Indian Trails Library – Lake Room, 355 Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Whitman Elementary School, 133 Wille Avenue, Wheeling
Sessions conducted in English and Spanish

Thursday, February 8, 2018
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Kilmer Elementary School, 655 Golfview Terrace, Buffalo Grove
Sessions conducted in English and Spanish

Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:00 – 11:30 AM
Wheeling Park District – Boardroom, 333 W. Dundee Road, Wheeling

Staff sessions:

February 7, 2018
4:30 – 5:30 PM
Cooper Middle School

February 8, 2018
4:30 – 5:30 PM
Holmes Middle School


Community Engagement Sessions – March 2018

Plan to be part of the final phase of the community conversation process! Session topics reflect survey, interview, and focus group feedback as areas where we can continue to work together to design the future for our students. Join us for one, some, or all sessions:

Wednesday, March 7, 6:30-8 PM
School Reform: The Foundation of a Professional Learning Community
Learn about CCSD21’s strategic plan and engage in discussion on how the District’s mission and vision could evolve to capture our goals for the future.

Presentation slides

Presentation video

CCSD21 Mission, Vision, Collective Commitments and Areas of Focus

CCSD21 Area of Focus: Positive School Climate

CCSD21 Area of Focus: Literacy Throughout the Day

Small Group Response Sheet

Small Group Mission and Vision Response Poster

Small Group Activity Responses

Executive Summary

Wednesday, March 14, 6:30-8 PM
Programming to Meet the Needs of the Whole Child
Explore CCSD21 programs that have been implemented to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of students and share your insights for strengthening programming.

Opening presentation video

– Small group presentation: STEAMEspañol

– Small group presentation: Language LearningEspañol

– Small group presentation: Instructional Structures and ProgramsEspañol

– Small group presentation: Assessment and Student Achievement

– Small group presentation: Teaching the Whole Child

– Small group presentation: Professional Learning Community Areas of Focus

Small Group Response Sheet

Small Group Activity Responses

Executive Summary 

Saturday, March 17, 10-11:30 AM
Building Future-ready Facilities
Consider different levels of facility enhancements to ensure our physical spaces are safe, innovative and meet the needs of our students and community.

Presentation slides

Presentation video

Small Group Response Sheet

Small Group Activity Responses

Executive Summary

Thursday, March 22, 6:30-8 PM
Community-focused Finances and Allocations
Understand how fiscal and human resources are allocated to support the District’s mission and vision.

Presentation slides

Presentation video

Small Group Response Sheet

Small Group Activity Responses

Executive Summary

All Community Engagement Sessions will be held at London Middle School (1001 W. Dundee Rd., Wheeling). Childcare, light snacks and Spanish translation will be available at all sessions.



Supplemental materials that support the Design21 process are linked below.

Updates to Board of Education: