Students Running in Hallway

Hawthorn’s Space Constraints

The Vernon Hills area offers numerous amenities, from large parks to convenient shopping centers. Among the highlights are its award-winning schools. Hawthorn School District 73’s schools performed at the 88th percentile on the 2017 state PARCC test. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report ranked Vernon Hills High School, which is part of Community High School District 128, among the top 14 Illinois high schools and among the top 2 percent of all public high schools nationwide.

A source of community pride, these schools now face growth challenges. Enrollment at Hawthorn School District 73 is growing at a fast pace. While the schools are currently either at or above capacity, an additional 560 students are projected to enter the schools between the 2017-18 and 2025-26 school years. As recently reported in a local paper, Vernon Hills High School is projecting a 12 percent enrollment increase over the next three to five years. (Continued)