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The Community

River Trails Elementary School District 26 is located approximately 25 miles northwest of Chicago and is situated within the north section of the Village of Mount Prospect. The District is strategically located. Rail transportation and O’Hare International Airport are just minutes away.

Within a distance of five miles are four major medical centers and hospitals. The District’s tax base includes the Randhurst Shopping Center and Kensington Business Center.

Residents are served by three park districts: River Trails, Mt. Prospect, and Des Plaines; and two community colleges: Harper and Oakton. In addition, Roosevelt University, National-Louis University, and Northern Illinois University have off-campus sites nearby.

Students entering school must present up to date medical records, including a physical examination by a licensed physician and immunization records. Children must be age 5 by September 1st to enroll in kindergarten, as verified by an official birth certificate. Three proofs of residency are required to enroll students in District 26 schools.

District History 
The School District was organized as the Feehanville School District in 1895 and remained a rural district for the first 70 years of its existence.

The District enjoyed spectacular growth in the 1960's. In 1959, the fall enrollment was 238 students. By 1971 the district had 3180 students, a growth of over 1300 percent. In one decade, what had been a small rural district was transformed into a suburban public school district consisting of seven buildings. In 1964, the district's name was changed to River Trails. Enrollment began to decline dramatically in the 1970's, stabilizing in the mid 2000's at around 1450. The District currently has 3 school buildings (2 elementary and 1 middle school) and an Education service Center. Part of the building that houses the Education Service Center and the Nipper School facility are currently leased to other educational institutes and are a reoccurring source of income for the District.  

In 1995, the District celebrated its100 year anniversary. The history of the community and its progress are tied closely together with the history of River Trails Elementary School District 26 and the education of its students. The District 26 community takes pride in the far sighted individuals and groups who worked to form the foundations of the District, its dedicated staff, its well-maintained buildings, its excellent transportation program, high student achievement, and high parental and volunteer involvement.

The District provides a a comprehensive curriculum designed to maximize the success of all students. An engaging and student-centered learning environment is created in every classroom as staff deliver differentiated levels of instruction in all subject areas. A thorough assessment system, including the Illinois Standards Achievement Testing (ISAT), Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), and AIMSWEB Benchmark Testing, provide information to all staff regarding the growth of each children and the overall performance of the District relative to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmarks. Over the last number of years, new curriculum has been implemented in the areas of language arts, mathematics, social studies and science. Most recently, the middle school has implemented 21st Century learning objectives with the Project Gateway program. Additional information regarding curriculum and instruction can be found at www.rtsd26.org and more information regarding ISAT performance can be found at www.iirc.niu.edu.      

The Board of Education Education has an approved 3-year technology plan that recognizes the increasingly important role technology plays in the instructional process.  Each classroom is equipped with a projector, most classrooms have interactive whiteboards and all classrooms have document cameras. In the 2014-2015 school year all children in grades 3-5 will have a Chromebook. At RTMS all students in Social Studies classes will have the use of a Chromebook and most students in English/Language Arts classrooms will have the use of a Chromebook or laptop. Additionally, the District has been investing in mobile technology such as iPads, iPods and Nexus 7 tablets to further engage children in technology infused learning environments. Infrastructure, hardware and software improvements have been a Board priority which can be readily observed throughout the District.

Special Education Services 
District 26 offers a full continuum of special education programs and related services to eligible students. Our goal is to individualize educational opportunities to meet the unique needs of all learners. Please visit our Special Services Page for links to important and useful information regarding Special Education in Illinois and in District 26.

The District employs a professional staff of over 130 teachers, specialists, and administrators, more than 50% of whom have earned advanced degrees. In addition, the district employs more than 50 Educational Support Staff (i.e., teacher assistants, administrative assistants, and secretaries).

Student Population 
District 26 Schools serve a diverse population. Diverse student needs are met through programs such as Special Education, Gifted, Bilingual, and English As A Second Language.

Parent/Teacher Organizations 
Each school has an active parent/teacher organization that sponsors events and fund raising activities. Most important, the parent/teacher organizations provide many hours of volunteer services to the schools.

Schools Organization
The District is currently has 3 school buildings organized into two PreK-5 elementary buildings and one 6-8 middle school. An Education Service Center houses the Administrative Offices. Part of the building that houses the Education Service Center and the Nipper School facility are currently  being leased to other educational institutes and are a reoccurring source of income for the District. The District schools were expanded in 1991 to accommodate enrollment.  Recent projects have updated facilities and addressed infrastructure and life safety issues.  The District is committed to maintaining updated, safe, clean, and well equipped buildings and grounds.