Locale: Urban fringe of a Large City
Administrator: Dr. Louis Cavallo
424 DesPlaines Avenue
Forest Park, IL 60130
Avg. Teacher Salary: $50,879
Avg. Teacher Experience: 9.9 Years
Instructional Expenditure Per Pupil (2007-08): $7,185
Operational Expenditure Per Pupil (2007-08): $12,350
Low Income: 36%
Forest Park is a diverse community of approximately 15,000 residents. The village enjoys a thriving downtown commerce area with trendy shops, excellent restaurants, and popular night-life spots. The Madison Avenue area boasts some of the most popular and highly-rated dining and entertainment establishments in the Chicago metropolitan area. The very active Forest Park Chamber of Commerce sponsors several fun and family oriented activities each year including the Summerfest, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Madison Ave. Progressive Dinner, Arts Fest, and annual Holiday Walk.
In addition to the thriving downtown area, Forest Park has an outstanding Park District that provides several activities for youth and adults in the community and operates a wonderful community pool in the village’s largest park.
Forest Park is also fortunate to have several other community agencies that enhance our community including The Community Center that provides several services to residents of Forest Park including daycare and support for families in need. The West Suburban YMCA also provides many activities and services for residents in Forest Park. Recently, several community agencies, including District 91, Forest Park Police Department, Park District of Forest Park, Community Center and Forest Park Public Library, banded together to develop a community-wide PBIS initiative which will bring a consistent, positive approach to dealing with youth behavior in the community.
With big city access and small town charm, Forest Park is an ideal location in which to live, work and grow.
Forest Park Public School District 91 is a diverse, urban fringe district of approximately 1,000 students. Our students are educated in two primary schools (grades PreK – 2), two intermediate schools (grades 3-5) and one middle school (grades 6-8). Students in our district enjoy small class sizes with all of our elementary schools having a class size cap of twenty students. The pupil-to-teacher ratio is 14:1, offering our students the opportunity for more individualized instruction and our staff the ability to differentiate instruction effectively.
District 91 is proud of our students’ academic achievement. The percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards on the Illinois State Achievement Test (ISAT) has continued to increase each year for the past several years. For more information regarding the achievement level of each school, please refer to the school report card located on each school’s link.
Each of school building have been recently remodeled and updated to ensure that our students are educated in a safe, nurturing learning environment. All of our schools have updated technology including a computer lab and in-classroom access to computers and the internet.