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Most of us think of school as the place we go as children, taking the journey from elementary school to junior high or middle school, then on to high school and perhaps college. Today’s students also have additional choices, from private and boarding schools that may require uniforms and charge a higher tuition, to online classes that can be taken at home by computer. Here are a few terms to become familiar with if you’re getting ready to send your kids to school – or are considering going back yourself.

  • Scholarship – An arrangement where the school covers the tuition and related costs for a student to attend, either as a result of exceptional skills or financial need. Many private schools offer partial and full scholarships.
  • Magnet School – There are many kinds of magnet schools. Most, however, are public schools that provide a unique and specialized curriculum, such as math, arts or computer science, and strive for higher academic standards. They attempt to attract high-caliber students, and stress both achievement and racial diversity in their recruiting practices.
  • Charter Schools – Publicly funded schools that are exempt from the rules that pertain to state schools in any district.
  • Prep School – Short for preparatory school, this is a private secondary school that prepares students for college.
  • Primary Education – The first stage of education, also referred to as elementary education. Some areas consider preschool as the first step in a primary education.
  • Academic Performance Index – A statewide ranking of elementary, middle school and public high schools based on student test scores.
  • Pupil-Teacher Ratio – The total student enrollment divided by the number of full-time teachers. This calculation can help you to determine the average class size in a district’s schools.
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    Local Schools in Winnebago offer education for all ages. Find public schools, private schools, high schools, religious schools, & middle schools in Winnebago.
    National Association of Independent Schools
    Washington, DC 20036
    If you're looking for the best option in independent educational schools for your children, find one near you through our association. Providing the widest directory and information on independent schools.
    National Association for The Education of Young Ch
    Washington, DC 20036
    Our goal as an organization is to constantly improve the quality of early education across the country. Learn more about how you can become a member and an advocate for early education.
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    International Montessori Academy
    1815 Mediterranean Dr, Sycamore, IL 60178
    Montessori classrooms provide a prepared educational and academic environment where children are free to respond to their natural drive to work, play and learn. Call us for more information.
    (815) 758-6822
    Horizon High School
    29 S Mills St, Madison, WI 53715
    Our mission is to provide a school that fosters emotional, social and academic growth for students who want to learn in an alcohol and drug free environment. Students will actively assume responsibility in creating their own safe and nourishing community. We drug test the students randomly.
    (608) 442-0935
    Lake Barrington Academy of Stars LTD
    22102 N Pepper Rd Ste 105, Barrington, IL 60010
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    (847) 382-7350
    User Review: "Another friend told me about the academy of stars and I stopped in today. The teachers are all professional and friendly..."
    Dorothy Simon Elementary School
    309 S Benton St, Winnebago, IL 61088
    (815) 335-2318
    Winnebago School District
    407 N Elida St, Winnebago, IL 61088
    (815) 335-2364
    Winnebago School District
    200 E Mcnair Rd, Winnebago, IL 61088
    (815) 335-2336
    Winnebago School District
    304 E Mcnair Rd Ste 323, Winnebago, IL 61088
    (815) 335-2456
    Winnebago School District
    200 E Mcnair Rd, Winnebago, IL 61088
    (815) 335-3101
    Winnebago School District
    304 E Mcnair Rd Ste 323, Winnebago, IL 61088
    (815) 335-1607
    Winnebago School District
    202 E Mcnair Rd, Winnebago, IL 61088
    (815) 335-2903
    Pecatonica School Dist 321 High School
    1200 Main St, Pecatonica, IL 61063
    (815) 239-2612
    721 Reed St, Pecatonica, IL 61063
    (815) 239-2550
    Schools Pecatonica School Dist 321
    1200 Main St, Pecatonica, IL 61063
    (815) 239-1639
    Berean Christian School
    5626 Safford Rd, Rockford, IL 61101
    (815) 962-4841
    Regents Christian Academy
    7007 Flora Rd, Rockford, IL 61101
    (815) 968-3243

    Education is a foundational element of all societies and cultures. From elementary, middle and high schools, all the way to universities, each of these institutions provide indispensable forms of knowledge and growth to individuals. School districts typically require children to enroll in schools at an early age. Kids are placed into kindergarten classes, often at public elementary schools. From there, they go on to grade school and then proceed to complete their middle and high school education. There are also many alternatives to public institutions. Some families may choose to place their children in private or preparatory institutions. These schools often require their students to wear special uniforms. They may also have a different curriculum and different policies compared to public school districts. It is also common for many families to home school their children. Others may place their kids in special boarding, charter, magnet or art academies. After completing a primary education, many individuals choose to receive further scholarships. This often allows people to gain knowledge and training for specific professions, which subsequently helps increase their career prospects. Unlike primary school, individuals must apply before being accepted into these institutions. In addition, they must often pay a tuition fee. Students choose to enroll in a wide range of fields. For instance, business, film, law and medical colleges are common places for people seeking advanced training. In addition, nursing schools are popular vocational institutions. Some universities also teach special summer courses to the public. Unlike graduate courses, they often do not require special admittance. More information about an academy’s curriculum can typically be found online. Overall, these institutions play a valuable role in aiding the knowledge and development of individuals around the globe.
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