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Mission Statement

The mission of Summit Hill District 161, in collaboration with the family and the community, is to provide our students with the highest quality educational opportunities in a safe, supportive,and stimulating learning environment which will empower them to become productive global citizens and successful lifelong learners.

Quick Links

Virtual Backpack

With the launch of our Virtual Backpack, District 161 is introducing an eco-friendly online distribution system that saves resources and time required to sort and handle materials.

Student Registration

Registration for existing students may be completed online. New student registration must be completed in person.


PowerSchool is a Student Information System used by schools across the country. It is capable of allowing parents access to student grades and attendance in real time.

Report Bullying

Parents and students of Summit Hill School District 161 can have a voice against bullying and harassment.


View events and important dates throughout the district and for each of our schools.

Online Payments

Save time and stamps by making payments online.

Student Handbook

Dictates code of conduct for students attending school in District 161.

Assessments and Grading

View information about the district's Assessment and Grading guidelines (click here) and FAQ's (click here).

E-mail District 161

Communicate with your elected officials on the School Board.

Wall of Gratitude

Honor a district staff member for their excellence.

Absence Numbers

Arbury Hills (708) 479-2106

Frankfort Square (815) 469-3176

Indian Trail (815) 469-6993

Dr. Julian Rogus (815) 464-2034

Walker School(815) 464-2285

Summit Hill Junior High (815) 469-4330

Emergency Closing Procedures

It never seems soon enough to communicate our plan concerning inclement weather or a school building heating or power emergency. Should the need arise, school closing will be communicated in a variety of ways:

  • Parents can receive alerts via text, voice, or e-mail.
  • Closing information is on
  • Local radio stations: WGN 720, WBBM 780
  • Local television stations: Channels 2, 5, 7, 9 (WGN), 32 (FOX), & CLTV

This year we have added a "One Hour Delay" option in the event that school could begin safely after the roads are cleared and made serviceable. In the event that we utilize this option, school would begin exactly one hour later at all schools and bus pick-ups would also be scheduled for one hour later.

General Guidelines

  • We review wind chill chart from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • If the air temperature reaches -10°, we will strongly consider closing school.
  • If a sustained wind chill of between -25° and -30° is forecast, we will strongly consider closing school.
  • We will generally make a decision and communicate with parents around 5:30 a.m.
  • A status update will be provided to parents the evening before.
  • If schools are closed, all school-related activities are cancelled.

Educational Foundation

Summit Hill Educational Foundation creatively generates financial support to enrich the educational experiences of District 161 Students.

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