27 W. Stephenson Street Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-233-1356 Fax: 815-235-4038

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Freeport School District #145

Freeport SD 145 LogoSuperintendent:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
501 East South Street
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: (815) 232-0300
Website: www.fsd145.org

School Details

About 4,200 students come to Freeport Public Schools each day. Freeport School District 145 opens the door of learning for each one of them.

FSD145 maintains ten busy school buildings:

  • (5) elementary schools (Preschool - 4th grade);
  • (1) elementary International Baccalaureate candidate Magnet School;
  • (2) middle schools (grades 5-8);
  • (1) high school (9th - 12th grade); and
  • (1) transitional education facility.

Building on a foundation of reading, math, language arts and other academic basics enhanced by consistent use of technology, FSD145 prepares every student for the challenges of today and the opportunities of tomorrow through the continuous pursuit of excellence. The broad curriculum also addresses the social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs of the children. Special needs are met through programs such as Title I, Special Education, Speech and Gifted programs. The district is proud of its award-winning sports, music and activities programs, particularly its 13-year string of Grammy Signature School Finalist awards, which designates Freeport's music program among the best in the nation.

Technology is one of the greatest strengths of FSD145 schools. Every classroom is equipped with student computers and many have ActivBoards. Computer laboratories, including mobile labs, are also found throughout the district. The district is committed to a long-range technology plan which keeps pace with the speed of technological advancement and allows the district to adapt to the changing needs of the learning environment.

The five elementary neighborhood schools are Blackhawk, Center, Empire, Lincoln-Douglas, and Taylor Park. Each of the award-winning schools serves between 250 and 320 students. FSD145 schools have appeared on the Illinois Honor Roll 29 times since 2003, highlighting the academic success of the students. Blackhawk Elementary School is home to the district's elementary English Language Learners program, while High Academic Potential Program (HAPP) students attend Center Elementary along with the school's neighborhood children.

Throughout the district, children in Kindergarten through 4th grade can also apply to attend Jones-Farrar Magnet School, an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school. Students in 5th - 8th grades attend one of two middle schools. Carl Sandburg Middle School and Freeport Middle School offer the exact same programs. They function as one school with two campuses. Both schools have larger facilities, including indoor swimming pools and expansive outdoor spaces. Younger students learn primarily in self-contained classroom settings, but progress to team-style learning and finally to a full daily schedule of different classes and teachers. Students are challenged, develop interpersonal and leadership skills, and are gradually prepared for both the academic and social opportunities available as they transition to high school.

A comprehensive menu of electives and extracurricular activities awaits students at Freeport High School. With the emphasis still firmly on the basics, students have the chance to explore arts, foreign languages, journalism, business education, computer science and technology. Vocational programs are provided through a countywide vocational and technical education system known as CareerTec. High tech laboratories and youth apprenticeship programs are available as well as Advanced Placement and honors courses. The FHS extracurricular programs are recognized as outstanding in sports, music, drama, speech and debate, with many state and regional awards. FSD145 students go on to be successful at the best colleges and universities around the country. From the time they enter high school, a College and Career Center is in place to help students navigate and plan for their years beyond graduation. Eighty percent of FHS students go on to higher education. Approximately half of those students begin their college careers at Highland Community College and transfer with ease into four-year universities and colleges.

FSD145 offers each student a high-quality education. A dedicated staff of 750 people, encouraged and supported by the school board and the administration, works diligently to understand and meet the needs of each student. Partnerships with families and the community strengthen the school district's efforts and make success possible.

Related Links

For more information, visit the Freeport School District #145 website.
View the Illinois Report Card.
View Workforce Development Coalition

Workforce Ready Statistics


The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is an industry-recognized, portable, evidence-based credential that certifies essential skills needed for workplace success. With the NCRC earned prior to graduation, the student is able to work with educators toward career readiness preparation programs with the confidence they have met the job applicant requirements many employers are looking for. The NCRC provides the individual a differentiator in the job applicant process allowing them to stand out from candidates not having this credential. They will be able to gain employment and begin developing their career path sooner. Over 76 businesses in the area support NCRC.


Students have qualified to receive Certificate of Employability recognition, have met criteria in the areas of Academic Achievement (including Grade Point Average and Work Keys scores), Attendance, and Attitude. The Certificate has been developed in partnership with the Freeport Area Mid-Sized Manufacturers Committee and has been endorsed by several business and industry organizations. The recipients will be able to refer to the Certificate in seeking employment region wide.



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27 W. Stephenson Street
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-233-1356
Fax: 815-235-4038
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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