Butler School District 53 is a public educational institution serving students in early childhood through 8th grade. It is home to more than 500 children housed in two schools, Brook Forest Elementary and Butler Junior High. Early childhood students are served through a partnership with the Oak Brook Park District. The community traditionally has maintained high standards for its schools. Parents with professional careers and affiliations along with a veteran faculty set high standards for goals and expectations. Student performance reflects these exemplary standards as District 53 students consistently rank among the top three in Illinois on state tests. On the most recent Illinois School Report Card, 77.6 percent of students met or exceeded state standards on the PARCC assessment, the second highest when ranked among schools in the region of schools of similar caliber and demographics.
Students enjoy small class sizes with an average class size of 20 students. The district employs an exemplary teaching staff with a retention rate of 83%, according to the 2017 Illinois School Report Card. Additionally, 75.8 percent of the teachers hold a masters degree or above.
Learning occurs at the highest levels. This is done by assessing students and using data to set learning goals for students, adjusting curriculum and honing instructional practices. This is performed consistently by teachers in the classroom, at the grade level and school wide.
The curriculum promotes student growth, cultivates curiosity and empowers students to take charge of their own learning. This is bolstered with support for the whole child and engaging and meaningful activities to stimulate all learning styles with hands-on lessons and an array of school-wide events.
Outside of the school day, students may get involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities and competitions, sponsored by the school and PTO.
In District 53, cultural differences are both honored and cherished and as a result students are treated to rich cultural experiences. The ethnic and racial make up of the district population is very diverse.