All D155 News

D155 High Schools Rank in Top 4 in McHenry County

Chicago magazine recently named the best public schools in the suburbs and all four District 155 schools earned the top four spots in McHenry County. Crystal Lake South High School ranked first, followed by Crystal Lake Central, Prairie Ridge, and Cary-Grove.

CLC Teacher Selected for Illinois Policy Fellowship

Bob Chikos, a Crystal Lake Central special education teacher, was one of 27 teachers in the state, selected to be part of the 2019-20 Illinois Teaching Policy Fellowship. Fellows are expected to serve for a 10-month period from August 2019 until June 2020.

District 155 Wins Three Communications Awards

The state’s school public relations association (INSPRA) recognized District 155’s communications department for its summer construction social media campaign, recently redesigned websites, and the 2017-18 annual report. 

School public relations professionals from across the country judged 158 entries.

District 155 Summer Construction Wraps Up

All District 155 schools opened successfully on August 14 after substantially completing 22 construction projects this summer. The Board of Education approved $14,552,000 in capital projects for the summer of 2019, including kitchen classroom remodels and tennis court replacement.

Class of 2019 Pursues Education in 40 States

Eighty-nine percent of graduates in the class of 2019 will continue their studies at four-year colleges, two-year community colleges, and vocational and technical schools. Over 50 percent of students are pursuing degrees at four-year colleges and universities. 

D155 Board Approves Balanced Budget

District 155, like most Illinois school districts, receives the bulk of its revenue from property taxes. District 155's 2019-2020 budget forecasts $101,163,396 in operating fund revenue.

Summer Construction Work Begins at D155 Schools

D155 summer projects are underway at all four high schools as part of the 2019 Capital Improvements Project.  The Board of Education approved $14,552,000 in capital projects, including kitchen classroom remodels, tennis courts replacement, and air conditioning.

D155 Occupational Therapist Nationally Recognized

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) selected Michelle Ponsolle-Mays to receive the Jeannette Bair Writer’s Award at its national conference. Mays co-authored the article, “Enriching kids’ lives: Addressing the effects of poverty on the health and well-being of school-aged children and their families.”

D155 Students Earn Over $2.7 Million in Art Scholarships

Twenty-three District 155 students earned $2,732,272 in scholarships from various art schools and the Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE). The sixth annual IHSAE featured the best student artists from more than 125 Illinois high schools.

Register for Summer School

Registration is now open for summer school courses. The deadline to register for semester one is April 26 and the second semester registration deadline is May 31. With the exception of driver’s education courses, all summer school courses will be held at Crystal Lake South High School.

Student poses with Tony Moretti a teacher at Haber Oaks who earned teacher of the month from Star 105.5.

Tony Moretti, a Special Education Teacher at Haber Oaks Campus, is the Star 105.5 and Home State Bank Teacher of the Month for January. He won the award after a former student, Gillian wrote a special nomination letter.


The D155 Board of Education approved the teachers’ contract on Thursday, January 24. The D155 Education Association, district administrators, and the Board of Education have been working collaboratively toward a new collective bargaining agreement since August. 

D155 Board of Education Approves Two New Vice Principals

The Board of Education approved Lori Ratliff as vice principal at Crystal Lake South High School and Kevin Koeppen as vice principal at Prairie Ridge High School. They will begin their roles on July 1.

D155 to Host First Realtor® Event

District 155 will host its first Realtor® Event at Crystal Lake South High School on Wednesday, February 13. Local real estate agents are invited to meet with administrators, teachers, and students to learn about programs and opportunities the district offers. 

Summer School Early Elective Registration

District 155 offers early registration for select summer school elective courses. The following summer school courses are available for early registration: Consumer Education, U.S. History, and Visual Arts and Technology.

D155 Parent University

D155 will host its 11th Annual Parent University on Saturday, February 16 at Prairie Ridge High School from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Register for the event and learn more about the sessions offered.

D155 Board Approves Sale of Haber Oaks Campus

Community High School District 155’s Board of Education approved the purchase agreement for the eventual sale of Haber Oaks Campus with Elm Tree Properties, LLC. The board agreed to sell the property in August.

260 D155 Students Named ISAC State Scholars

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recognized 260 D155 students from the graduating class of 2019 as Illinois State Scholars, a prestigious honor. Students are selected based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank.

8th Grade Night

Please Save the Date for 8th Grade Night on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact your future school's student services office.

 D155 Teacher and Research Team Receive National Recognition

Shannon Levitt, a Crystal Lake Central High School teacher, and a ten member team made up of Illinois teachers, were national finalists for Most Actionable Research at the “Eddies” for their published work on school discipline reform and restorative discipline tactics.

Register for the 2019 GEMS Conference

The fourth annual GEMS conference is at Cary-Grove High School on January 26, 2019. Parents are invited to participate in the college and career expo as well as the opening activity.

D155 Culinary Program Offers Certifications and College Credit

District 155 students are one step ahead of their peers gaining valuable certifications and college credit in the Culinary Arts program at Crystal Lake South High School. The program offers students the opportunity to earn two certifications, the Food Handler Certification and Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification, which gives students the advantage when applying for jobs.


The National Merit® Scholarship Program named thirteen District 155 seniors as 2019 National Merit® Semifinalists. Students will find out if they have advanced to Finalist standing in February. Beginning in April, National Merit Scholarship winners will be awarded.

Two District 155 Students Earn Perfect Scores on ACT

​​Daisy Kucharski, a Prairie Ridge High School junior, and Aditya Khandeshi, a Crystal Lake Central senior, both earned perfect scores on the ACT the first time they took it. The students learned about the rare accomplishment over the summer.

Cary-Grove’s New CNC Manufacturing Lab Offers Career Pathways

Cary-Grove High School’s CNC Precision Machining and Manufacturing Lab will teach students how to prepare for potential careers in manufacturing and engineering. Students will gain experience with a variety of machines including a computer numerical control (CNC) mill, CNC lathe.

District 155 Class of 2018

Ninety percent of graduates in the class of 2018 will continue their studies at four-year colleges, two-year community colleges, and vocational and technical schools. Over 60 percent of students are pursuing degrees at four-year colleges and universities.