Schools, Libraries, & Hospitals
The city offers a wide variety of both public and private educational opportunities for school-aged children growing up in Berwyn – from pre-school through high school, and beyond.
Established in 2010, the Lectura Montessori School opened its doors and began offering this exciting, progressive learning environment to pre-schoolers and kindergartners aged 3 – 6.
In addition, Berwyn boasts eight additional pre-schools, including several private schools and the Stickney Township Child Development Center, which offers both subsidized and full-pay programs. A full educational curriculum is provided with the aim of preparing children for kindergarten.
Berwyn’s elementary and middle school children are served by two public school districts, Districts North Berwyn School District 98 and South Berwyn School District 100, which administer the city’s nine elementary schools and three middle schools. Both districts are committed to providing a quality education and preparing children for the demands of high school and a future that almost certainly entails increasingly sophisticated IT and computer-driven technologies.
The 2009 – 2010 school year saw the launch of a SmartTechnology pilot program in District 100 schools. By year’s end, all eight District 100 schools had SmartBoards – interactive, internet-enabled, wireless teaching slates that replace traditional chalkboards and increase student engagement in the learning process. Due to the success of the pilot program, additional funding is being gathered to expand the availability of this technology into more and more classrooms in the upcoming school years, including a recent 2011 announcement that Berwyn will receive a bump in state aid.
Morton West High School is Berwyn’s public high school offering numerous curricular and extra-curricular activities. Morton West offers a rigorous and competitive Honors and Advanced Placement Program along with over 26 Varsity sports and over 20 Co-Curricular clubs and activities. Our graduates are finding success at some of our nation’s toughest universities and colleges. Morton West is committed to each and every student that walks through our doors and we invite you to come and check out why, “WE ARE MORTON.”
Founded in 1924, Morton College is the second oldest community college in the state of Illinois. Morton College offers an extraordinary variety of programs and courses to help students achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals. At Morton College, students can obtain an Associate Degree or a career certificate. We also offer comprehensive English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Educational Development (GED) courses to enhance employment marketability.
The Berwyn Public Library is a gem of our community, maintaining a current collection of popular print and electronic materials for children and adults in English and Spanish, featured and classic movies, audio books, periodicals and the latest music releases. Our “Holds Without Hassle” program allows you to reserve the latest book by your favorite author so there is rarely a long wait, and we make deliveries to permanently or temporarily homebound residents.
We offer an early childhood literacy program for children and their care providers, including weekly story times and class visits. There are annual reading incentive programs as well as diverse programming for patrons of all ages. Adults can use our Career Services Center, and we offer classes in computer literacy, obtaining citizenship and GED preparation.
We serve over 1500 people a day; are you one of them? Rediscover the Berwyn Public Library, where we have something for everyone!
For nearly a century, MacNeal Hospital has been providing quality healthcare to the Berwyn community and its surrounding area. MacNeal is nationally ranked as one of US News and World Report’s Best Regional Hospitals, with distinctions in Geriatrics, Gynecology, Orthopedics and Urology. Families continue to trust us with the care of their loved ones because of the strong relationships we’ve built with them over the years. And as our community grows, MacNeal consistently expands our scope of care to keep every generation of your family growing strong.
Today, MacNeal serves the healthcare needs of more than one million people in the near west and southwest suburbs of Chicago. Along with MacNeal Hospital, a 427-bed fully accredited teaching hospital, our network is comprised of ten primary care centers, a resource library, a school for at-risk children and many other programs. Nearly 90% of our 400 physicians are board-certified, and many speak Spanish. This breadth of service at MacNeal ensures that you and your family receive the level of care you deserve, year after year.
MacNeal offers families in the Berwyn community a broad scope of services:
- Birthing Center
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Cardiovascular Medicine
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Practice
- Home Health
- Internal Medicine
- Occupational Medicine
- Outpatient Services
- Pulmonary Care
- Rehabilitation Services
- Sports Medicine
- State-of-the-art Radiology
MacNeal is proud to offer the following medical specialty programs:
- Transitional Care
- The largest Behavioral Health Services program in the Chicago area
- Home Health Services: highly personalized, homebound care for patients across seven counties
- Serving injured workers and employers through Occupational Health Services
- Adult and pediatric Rehabilitation Services, including occupational, physical and speech therapy
- Affiliation with the University of Chicago, providing top-notch medical education programs and integrating a constant exchange of resident physicians in rotation
- Community Health Education: partnerships with private, civic and educational institutions to create early detection and preventive care programs
- The first Family Practice program established in Illinois, which remains one of the largest and most dynamic of its kind.