Choose 742

  • Choosing 742 means choosing more options and opportunities for your child. Among the many choices, you will find both Spanish and Chinese Language Immersion Programs, 22 Advanced Placement classes, 33 High School League sponsored activities, countless clubs and groups, rigorous academics and comprehensive Choir, Band and Orchestra programs. Explore and discover why 742 is for you!

Athletics, Activities, Clubs and Groups

  • Activities District 742 offers a wide variety of options and opportunities for students outside of the classroom. Research shows that students who participate in extracurricular activities are more likely to be successful in school and achieve higher grades than other children. By participating in after school activities, students can learn new skills and gain confidence in themselves and their abilities. Students can also improve their physical, cognitive and emotional skills depending on the types of activities. Additionally, extracurricular activities provide students the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, which can contribute to successful social skills in the future. With 33 High School League sponsored athletics including Lacrosse, Gymnastics, & Nordic Skiing and over 45 groups & clubs such as Drama, Robotics, Knowledge Bowl and Future Problem Solvers, students are certain to find activities that match their interests and enhance their school experience. Click HERE for more information.

Career & College Prep

  • Through strong partnerships with local colleges and universities, District 742 provides an amazing array of opportunities to help students successfully transition from high school into post-secondary education. The Access and Opportunity, AVID, Upward Bound and College Bound programs guide students through their college and career planning and preparation. Additionally, many unique programs are offered that can help students earn post-secondary credit. This includes Advanced Placement courses (AP), Articulated College Credit, Discovery Academy, Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) and the Senior to Sophomore program. Students who participate in these programs gain academic and social preparation which can give them a head start in college and higher demand careers. Click HERE for more information.

Career & Technical Education

  • Caree and Technical Education To prepare students for the competitive marketplace and workforce District 742 offers educational opportunities that focus on Business and Marketing, Family and Consumer Science, Health Careers and Technology Education. Additionally, the Career Development programs guide students in formulating a career path prior to graduation. This guidance helps make learning more interesting and relevant to the student. Work experience opportunities are also available for high school seniors. This program allows students to combine a regular school schedule with employment. Such an experience encourages students to select an occupation with care while learning to adjust to the world of work. Visit the Career & Technical Education website for more information.

Electives & Advanced Placement

  • Since many students pursue careers that are not directly related to core curriculum, students are encouraged to cultivate interests beyond traditional subjects and to demonstrate the depth and seriousness of study that appeal to colleges. With a diverse selection of electives, students stay motivated and engaged in the learning process. Just a few of the elective choices include Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Electricity and Robotics, Debate and Environmental Science. Students also have 22 Advanced Placement (AP) courses to choose from, allowing them to prepare for the next step in their educational journey. Each year, 500-600 students participate in AP courses with the opportunity to earn college credit. Click HERE for more information.

English Learners

  • English Learners The English Learners (EL) program works with more than 1,100 K-12 students who are learning English as a second language. Among the 41 languages represented by our students are Cambodian, Croatian, French, Oromo, Russian, Somali and Spanish. Click HERE for more information.

Fine & Performing Arts

  • Music education teaches skills and promotes values that lead to personal development such as self-discipline, dedication, teamwork, self-confidence and practice. All students have the option to take advantage of classroom music and, beginning in grade six, students have the chance to discover new talents by enrolling in orchestra, band or choir. Art, music and theater are also offered adding dimension to students’ core learning. Learn more.

Language Immersion

  • Language Immersion All students are provided the unique opportunity, when entering kindergarten and first grade, to enroll in one of District 742's Language Immersion programs. These programs immerse students in a second language allowing them to become bilingual at an early age. Students who learn two languages demonstrate enhanced learning ability, academic and linguistic performance, cognitive advantages and statistically higher SAT scores. Spanish Immersion is offered at Clearview Elementary, while Chinese Immersion is at Madison Elementary. All students living within District 742 boundaries are eligible to enroll in an Immersion program and are able to receive full transportation services regardless of what school attendance area they reside in. Visit our Language Immersion website for more information.

Talent Development & Accelerated Services

  • The Talent Development program is an open-access, needs-oriented program for students with demonstrated high achievement or the potential for high achievement in reading, writing, creative and critical thinking, math and problem-solving. Elementary students have opportunities to meet their academic needs through strategic programming within the school day through the Young Scholars program and the Total School Cluster Grouping model. In addition, the elementary schools offer a range of extracurricular activities aimed to challenge students beyond the classroom. In grades 7-12, students have the opportunity to participate in advanced level courses and extracurricular activities in the areas of academics and the arts. This includes honors level courses and a large variety of advanced placement courses. Click HERE to learn more.

Technology in the Classroom

  • Technology in the Classroom District 742 teachers are always looking for ways to integrate technology to enhance learning and to prepare students to succeed in today and tomorrow’s society. As part of this vision, students are given the opportunity to learn with a variety of tools including Chromebooks, MacBooks, iPads, iPods, Interactive Whiteboards, Google Apps for Education, and so much more! Through the Inspire 1:1 initiative, every student in grades 6-12 is provided a device to excel their learning in school and at home. With a focus on bringing computational thinking into the classroom, elementary students have opportunities to work with robots and coding as well as participate in “unplugged“ lessons which introduce computer science concepts through activities. Learn more.

Youth Enrichment with Community Education

  • Youth Enrichment provides opportunities for preschool through high school age youth to participate in programs that allow them to pursue their interests, expand their abilities and develop their creative side. Among the many choices, you will find classes in arts and crafts, recreation, health and fitness and other special interest areas. Visit our Youth Enrichment website for more information and view the latest classes available.