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Educating Scholars for College and Career Readiness

High school students have the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of outstanding courses. In District 196, we have four comprehensive high schools and an environmental magnet high school for juniors and seniors. The core curriculum for high school students is closely aligned with state standards and includes math, science, social studies and English language arts. Students also have the opportunity to choose classes from a variety of elective areas beyond the core content areas, which are also aligned to state and national standards.

All curriculum is reviewed regularly through a districtwide curricular review process. We are committed to preparing future citizens who have infinite possibilities to thrive!

School Hours for the 2022-23 School Year

High Schools

  • 7:40 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • School of Environmental Studies: 7:35 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
  • Area Learning Center: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.


Michael Bolsoni,
Director of Secondary Education



Earn College Credit

In today’s global economy, students must be well-prepared for the demands of college and the workplace. We support the development of a wide array of post-secondary options for high schools. District 196 offers students a variety of ways to earn college credit while still in high school:

  • Post-secondary enrollment option (PSEO)
  • Concurrent enrollment and College in the Schools
  • Advanced Placement
  • Articulated College Credit

Learn more about college credit >

Graduation Requirements

Students must satisfactorily complete 66 credits of course work at the high school level, grades 9-12 inclusively, to be eligible for high school graduation, as specified below. (Details of these requirements are published in high school registration guides.) 

Read the full district policy on graduation requirements >

Core Curriculum

World Languages

Electives and Other Programming