About District 53

Butler School District 53 is an acclaimed school district in Oak Brook, Illinois. It serves 500+ students together at Brook Forest (grades K-5) and Butler Junior High (grades 6-8) as well as a pre-school in partnership with the Oak Brook Park District.

District 53 is known for its high achievement and top test scores. But its nurturing community, personalized learning and spotlight on the whole child are equally a strong focus. Students are provided with high quality instruction and a rigorous curriculum, which are based on best practices and grounded in data-proven methods. Educators strive to provide enriching and engaging educational experiences that propel each and every student to new heights every day. Students work hard to meet those challenges.

The families are rich in diversity and in their support. District 53 also boasts unique parent involvement and dedicated support from PTO. Families have high expectations for their students and each and every staff member strives to meet the needs of each child. Our students consistently rank among the highest in the state on tests and earn top ranking on academic teams.

The District maintains superior financial rankings, including Standard & Poor’s AAA bond rating. The District’s tax rate is among the lowest in Illinois.

The schools have been honored with the coveted National Blue Ribbon Award by the federal Department of Education – Brook Forest in 2014 and 2022 and Butler Junior High in 2006, 2015, and 2021. Additional recognition honoring the District include the Bright Red Apple Award, School Search Bright A+ Award and Chicago Magazine’s “Number One” ranking of all schools in DuPage County. The District commits to inspiring its children to achieve a personal best for themselves and their community everyday.


To promote a nationally recognized school community that is proactive in transforming the learning environment and providing an individualized world education.


We create pathways for each student to maximize their full potential.

Core Values

  • Empowering student growth through academics, arts, athletics, activities, and altruism
  • Cultivating critical thinkers and thoughtful problem solvers
  • Facilitating and enriching personalized learning
  • Fostering an innovative, team-based learning environment
  • Exemplifying state of the art educational best practices
  • Engaging teaching professionals in collaborative practices
  • Embracing our diversity
  • Celebrating our successes along the way

Contact Information

Address: 2801 York Rd. Oak Brook, IL
Web: www. Butler53.com
Twitter: twitter.com/ButlerSD53
Phone: 630.573-2887
Fax: 630.573-5374