Cook County IL Department of Education

Find Cook County, Illinois departments of education (DOE) and boards of education. Departments of education provide information on K-12 schools, secondary education and high school, and higher education including colleges and universities.


Belleville Township Department of Education 80 South Prospect Avenue Park Ridge IL 60068 618-222-8200


Bellwood Bedford Department of Education 640 Eastern Avenue Bellwood IL 60104 931-685-9775

Berwyn Department of Education 6633 16th Street Berwyn IL 60402 908-253-8764

Bonner Springs Illinois Department of Education 2200 138th Street Blue Island IL 60406 847-362-9023

Buena Vista Brooklyn Department of Education 2329 Chestnut Avenue Glenview IL 60026 618-271-1014

Chicago Charlotte County Department of Education 2456 North Mango Avenue Chicago IL 60639 941-255-7541

Chicago Charlotte Department of Education 1100 South Hamilton Avenue Chicago IL 60612 980-343-3000

Chicago Decatur Department of Education 2021 North Burling Street Chicago IL 60614 404-377-0877

Chicago Heights Charlotte County Department of Education 30 West 16th Street Chicago Heights IL 60411 941-255-7433

Chicago Illinois Department of Education 431 North Troy Street Chicago IL 60612 630-513-3030

Chicago KS Department of Education 9757 South State Street Chicago IL 60628 620-879-9250

Chicago MD Department of Education 231 North Pine Avenue Chicago IL 60644 301-759-2065

Chicago Maryland Department of Education 1653 West Congress Parkway Chicago IL 60612 301-475-5511

Cicero Cherokee County Department of Education 5310 West 24th Place Cicero IL 60804 256-927-2770

Colquitt Maywood Department of Education 111 North 1st Avenue Maywood IL 60153 708-450-2000

Deer Park Department of Education 6321 North Avondale Avenue Chicago IL 60631 513-891-0222

Des Plaines Department of Education 777 East Algonquin Road Des Plaines IL 60016 920-885-8460

Elgin Illinois Department of Education 500 Shales Parkway Elgin IL 60120 847-888-5095

Glenview New Brunswick Department of Education 2500 Happy Hollow Road Glenview IL 60026 732-565-7663

Inverness Chicago Department of Education 1007 West Main Street Barrington IL 60010 773-534-2900

About Cook County Departments of Education

The Cook County Department of Education is an Illinois state or federal agency whose mission is to provide leadership, develop policy, and disseminate funding, information, and other resources in support of student achievement in Cook County, IL. While the missions of Illinois Departments of Education are similar to the federal Department of Education, state Departments of Education play a substantially different role in achieving their missions.

You may contact the Department of Education for questions about:
  • Cook County public school system
  • Public school education programs
  • Cook County school districts
  • Student loans and financial aid
  • School curriculum and tests
  • Cook County school superintendents
US Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education is a cabinet-level department headed by the Secretary of Education. Unlike most Illinois Departments of Education, the scope of the U.S. Department of Education extends beyond Cook County secondary school to include post-secondary education. It primarily influences education at the Illinois and local Cook County level through the distribution of grants and by setting the conditions and requirements to qualify for federal funding. The U.S. Department of Education awards education block grants to states without an application process, which are based on student demographic and other factors. The largest of these grant programs are Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Education Grants

The U.S. Department of Education also awards competitive grants in Cook County. Examples of these grants include the School Improvement Grants program, which helps states turn around their most underperforming schools, and the Teacher Incentive Fund, which helps Cook County school districts develop performance-based teacher and principal compensation systems. The U.S. Department of Education supports post-secondary education primarily through the Pell Grant program, a tuition assistance initiative for low-income students in Cook County.

Illinois Department of Education

The Illinois Department of Education is responsible for distributing federal education funds and state aid to local Cook County school districts, serving as the administrative arm of the State Board of Education, managing technical high school systems, and operating schools for the blind, deaf, and disabled. Performance standards, curriculum requirements, and assessment requirements for Cook County school districts are defined at the state level through the Illinois Board of Education. Illinois also accredits local districts and approves courses and professional programs for teachers and school administrators in Cook County.