• High School District 214 is the largest high school district in Illinois, with six high schools and four specialized  programs. The District serves about 300,000 residents, including the communities of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows and Wheeling.

    District 214 schools are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Post as the best in the state and the country, and the District was listed as one of  the best places to work by Forbes magazine.

    District 214 earns recognition annually for its financial excellence. As a result of strong fiscal stewardship and  ongoing cost containment initiatives, the District has  had a balanced operating budget for more than 20 years.

    Discover Academics and Career Pathways

    District 214 is committed to helping students explore careers  and determine what they want – or do not want – to pursue beyond high school. To do this, the District has created a strong academic and career program, Career Pathways, that makes the high school experience relevant.  

    Through our Career Pathways program, students can:

    • Explore careers through career-focused courses
    • Earn college credit and industry certifications
    • Participate in work-based learning experiences such as internships

    Career Pathways Areas of Study

    • Architecture and Construction
    • Arts and Communications
    • Aviation
    • Business Management
    • Education
    • Health Science
    • Information Technology
    • Law and Public Safety
    • Manufacturing and Engineering
    • Performing Arts

    Early College Credit
    District 214 offers a number of ways students can simultaneously earn high school and college credit, helping them understand the rigor of a college class and save time and money on college costs. Opportunities include:

    • Advanced Placement courses
    • Dual credit classes
    • District 214’s Early College Center

    Work-based Learning Experience
    Students can explore careers and learn soft skills needed to thrive in the workplace through work-based learning experiences with more than 950 business partners in the community. Opportunities include: 

    • Apprenticeships
    • Internships
    • Micro internships

    Co-curricular Activities
    District 214 schools provide 140 co-curricular activities, which help students gain leadership skills, persistence, grit and determination. Opportunities include:

    • Athletics
    • Career-focused clubs
    • Community service groups
    • Fine and performing arts

    Community Education
    District 214’s Community Education provides innovative programming through partnerships to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in our region.

    Community Education offers programming for travel, youth and families, adult education and family literacy. Through a partnership with Eastern Illinois University, individuals can attain a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies through online classes and in-person classes at the District headquarters.

    Education Foundation
    The District 214 Education Foundation empowers our schools and our communities beyond the limitations of conventional funding for public education. Contributions have brought first-generation students and their parents to college campuses; funded tens of thousands of  dollars in early college credit and scholarships; and bolstered  the business dreams of standout entrepreneurial students.

    Discover Your Future

    We believe high school graduation is not an endpoint but an important step toward a student’s future. To learn all about the ways District 214 prepares students for success, visit www.d214.org.