“I am always amazed at the amount of educational tools that are in the classrooms, and the diversity. The school population is representative of the country we live in today. The schools have wonderful resources and the teachers have been amazing. Our girls are excelling with a public education. We’ve had nothing but good things to say about our daughters’ teachers. They care a lot about their education and the experiences they provide their students.”
“The teachers are highly qualified for the positions they hold. They are very compassionate about what they do. I feel they do their all for the students who really want to learn and for those who struggle. They encourage students to be their best.
“Our kids have had excellent teachers who care about them and their needs. While our children have only been at DDHS (K-8 at a parochial school), I have worked as a bus driver for all the schools for 25+ years and have seen that we have wonderful people working with our kids.”
“The teachers care and do their best to help the students.”
Having spent my entire pre-college education in Delavan-Darien School district, I’m proud to see how far they have progressed, and how much they have accomplished. I’m thankful for all I learned and gained from being a student in the district! #HometownPride
The strongest part about the district is “the classroom. The teachers are very supportive of the students.”
“I love the district and I feel comfortable knowing my kids are getting a good education. The district offers many activities to keep children busy, which is essential.”
“Caring administrators seem to really make an impact on the students.”
“Good teachers and staff really take an interest in our children. Coming from a private school to the middle school, the teachers actually teach here, which is way cool for our daughter.”
“It’s a great school district with great teachers and staff. I have the pleasure of saying I love every teacher my daughters have had so far. We moved here from Chicago two years ago and the girls showed major academic improvement when they started here. I attribute that to the teachers and the principals.”
“When I attended, I was always impressed that we were not racially biased. I had many cousins who went to bigger city schools and there were real divides between classes and races. I remember learning about the importance of acceptance and tolerance… I am impressed with the team work of the teachers that I see in my son’s school life.”
“I am very excited about the changes occurring at the high school. I think there are a lot of opportunities for challenging classes. I think we have very skilled and caring people in our administrative positions, as well as some great teachers. There is a strong push and commitment to improving things, and this benefits everyone. I think the high school has wonderful teachers, very challenging classes and teachers that really motivate and encourage.”
“Teachers are very well organized and sincerely care about the well-being of every student and parents. Staff is wonderful and more than willing to make the (educational) process easy for the student and the parent.”
“I’ve been impressed every time I’ve attended a Parent Advisory Committee meeting. Administration and the staff are raising the bar at every turn. Schedules that eliminate down time, new courses, a positive environment, good communications and parent involvement are just a few areas where changes are making a huge difference in the learning environment.”
“We have really enjoyed our years in the district. We transferred from (a nearby school district) and we have seen vast differences. Delavan-Darien’s staff is more dedicated and friendly. We have seen less of the clicks and socioeconomic status (separations), which has been refreshing. The activities offered are various for all ages.”
“Delavan-Darien High School has very thoughtful and caring teachers. They go above and beyond their teaching contract to ensure that all students understand what is being taught.”
“It’s a great school district that is focused on learning and the best interests of the students. The schools themselves are clean and well maintained. It’s a wonderful district with many opportunities for learning and advancement.”
The Delavan-Darien School District serves the communities in the Delavan-Darien area. We have five schools—Delavan-Darien High School, Phoenix Middle School, Darien Elementary School (Grades 4-5), Turtle Creek Elementary School (Grades 1-3) and Wileman Elementary School (Early Childhood, 4-year-old Kindergarten and 5-year-old Kinergarten). Together, the staff in our five schools educate about 2,400 students from September through early June. We also have a summer school program for all grade levels.
Delavan-Darien has a very diverse student body, especially considering it is in a largely rural area. with about 47 percent Caucasian students and about 48 percent Hispanic students. Many of our students and their families are also bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish.
In 2013, the district launched a one-to-one initiative where all students in the district have access any time to a personal Chromebook computer. We were the first district in the county to launch a district-wide one-to-one program that prepares students to become 21st Century citizens and learners. We’re using the tools of tomorrow to teach our students today!
The district is also the first in the county to offer a full-fledged Dual Language Education program that teaches children to become fluent in both English and Spanish starting in 4-year-old kindergarten. By the time they graduate, these students will likely be more employable and have a better understanding of our global society compared to monolingual students.
Our music programs are also top-notch. We have been recognized multiple times as one of the best school districts for music education in the country. We are one of few districts in the area to offer strings (orchestral) instruction. Our many bands, orchestras, choirs and theater productions can be seen, heard and enjoyed regularly throughout the area when they’re not busy learning from some of the best musicians in the world!
The Delavan-Darien School District has a rich tradition of offering quality learning opportunities. Throughout the years, our student body of approximately 2,400 has become a symbol of strength and unity as it becomes more reflective of the world around it. We’re proud to offer educational opportunities to students of all backgrounds, and we’re proud to be a part of a community that shows strong support for its schools and its students.
The Delavan-Darien area supports our students and graduates with more than 70 locally-funded named scholarships and more than $150,000 annually. Including other scholarships from out of the area, such as university scholarships, our graduates have been awarded over $1 million in a calendar year. That translates into great post-secondary success for many of our students, who go on to obtain college college degrees and challenging careers.
The district is governed by an elected seven-member school board, which adopts educational and fiscal policies, approves the annual budget and levies school taxes.
Our educational options include: Wileman Elementary (preschool-kindergarten), Turtle Creek Elementary (grades 1-3), Darien Elementary (grades 4-5), Phoenix Middle School (grades 6-8), Delavan-Darien High School (grades 9-12), Alternative High School, Virtual School 6-12, Open-Enrollment, Youth Options, and Course Options programs.
Visit our online news blog to see what’s happening inside of our five schools, or see our district calendar to keep up-to-date on what’s coming up within the district.
If you have any questions about our district or would like a tour of our schools, please don’t hesitate to call us, (262) 233-6800. We are happy to help out in any way we can.
Again, welcome to the Delavan-Darien School District, a place with a proud past, and a promising future.
Mission: The loftiest aspiration we have
The mission of the Delavan-Darien School District, a partnership of students, families, staff, and community, is to ensure each student is prepared to succeed and contribute as a 21st century citizen by providing a real-world education that is engaging, thought-provoking, and culturally diverse.
We believe that…
- All people have worth;
- Everyone can be a successful learner;
- Continuous learning is necessary in an ever-changing world;
- Achieving your personal best requires challenge, effort, and the willingness to accept support;
- Honesty and integrity are essential for trusting relationships;
- Everyone is responsible for his or her own actions;
- Individuals and communities benefit when people contribute to the well being of others;
- A thriving community depends on a quality education system;
- Understanding and accepting diversity in our community leads to success in the global community;
- A supportive home environment is the primary influence on the development of an individual;
- Emotional and physical safety are essential for a positive learning environment;
- A quality education expands opportunities throughout a person’s life;
- Pursuing dreams motivates people to achieve outstanding success.