District 63: Success Without Boundaries

  • kids Teaching excellence based on each student's needs • A focus on the whole child • A multicultural perspective that celebrates diversity and enhances education • An integral part of Maine Township, building strong partnerships that benefit students, families, and the community. 

    East Maine School District 63 offers a rich learning environment to more than 3,400 students in Des Plaines, Niles, Morton Grove, Glenview, and Park Ridge at five elementary schools (K-5), a preschool, and a middle school (grades 6-8). Committed to providing all students with the specific opportunities they need to succeed and thrive, District 63 schools and afterschool programs foster each child’s academic, social, emotional, and behavioral growth and achievement.  
    District Highlights and Offerings
    • Differentiated instruction - because every student has different strengths and learning styles.
    • An outstanding music program, seven sports offered at Gemini, after school activities ranging from chess and science clubs to drama, and a Gemini Club led by Maine East's esteemed Schuler Scholar Program.
    • Parent involvement and family activities: PTOs, movie nights, picnics, book fairs, literacy nights, and more.
    • Expanded Learning @ D63, offering before- and after-school programming as well as engaging options for winter, spring, and summer break.
    • A Family Resource Center that provides a wide range of classes and programming for D63 families and parents.
    • Skilled support for English language learners. By 6th grade, English language arts test scores for ELL students exceed state standards. D63 offers dual language classrooms, ELL summer school, native language support for students, Spanish-for-Spanish-speakers and sheltered classrooms. For parents, the District offers free ELL classes — with free childcare provided and free Spanish-language parenting class for those with children aged 0-6.
    • A full range of special education services. More than 98 percent of our special needs students are successfully served within District schools, but the District offers programming for multi-needs and ASD students, primary and intermediate life skills classrooms, and an extended school year (ESY) summer school. 
    • Kindergarten readiness summer school for at-risk students.
    • Strong community partnerships with area businesses, social service agencies, and local government.
    • First Steps Preschool, which offers a community preschool, as well as programs for at-risk and special needs children.  
    • Our Expanded Learning Program, which offers exceptional enrichment activities for students, including before and after school programs; winter, spring, and summer break programs; a Basketball League; and open gym nights.

    Student Achievement 

    In 2018, all of our D63 schools received high summative designations on their State Student Report Cards;

    Exemplary: Mark Twain, Melzer, Nelson, Stevenson (closed June 2019), Washington
    Commendable: Apollo, Gemini

    These designations place considerable weight on rate of change -- and when students stay in the District, they excel. Nearly 80 percent of D63 students live in homes where two or more languages are spoken - creating a rich, multicultural environment that enhances our students' education. However, this means that in the early grades, standardized tests (MAP, IAR) designed for English-speaking students can't accurately measure D63 student progress. However, as noted above, by 6th grade, English language arts test scores for ELL students exceed state standards. As students master English, the rate of change is exceptional - a testament to D63's teachers and educational program.
    Our Schools

    To find out more about our schools, visit their websites by clicking on a school picture: 
    Apollo Elementary  Mark Twain Elementary  Melzer Elementary  Nelson Elementary   Washington Elementary  Gemini Middle School