Award Year: 2013

Twin Groves Middle School

2600 N Buffalo Grove Road
Buffalo Grove, IL, 60089-8023

(847) 821-8946

Jessica Barnes, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Heather Friziellie, Current Principal

Kildeer Countryside CCSD 96

School Website


Every Child, Every School, Every Day

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 70%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 22%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Twin Groves Middle School sits in the middle of suburban Buffalo Grove, in Lake County, Illinois. From the moment one enters the school, it is clear that there is a tradition of excellence and genuine pride emanating from the students and staff members. Every morning, students and staff pledge to embody Twin Groves Gold-Star traits to be responsible, accountable, respectful, and safe community contributors. Twin Groves has attained its excellence through its core values: Every child, every school, every day; Learning has no boundaries; Best practice, not first practice; Model for others what we expect from others; Celebrate success.

Twin Groves students are engaged by a rigorous curriculum administered by a motivated and supportive staff who provide our students with the skills necessary to be innovative and motivated 21st-century learners.

Twin Groves is truly an exemplary model of an effective Professional Learning Community (PLC). In cultivating their PLC, Twin Groves faculty and staff have developed a schedule that allows for meaningful, consistent meetings for teams of teachers–interdisciplinary and content–to monitor the students’ progress, curriculum, and the systems of support. Indeed, it is common to find these dedicated teachers meeting and collaborating during planning periods and lunch, before and after school, and even during passing periods. Twin Groves is truly home to a family of compassionate educators.

Due to its many accomplishments and the community’s expectation of excellence, Twin Groves serves as an anchor to the District 96 vision: Become the premier elementary district in the nation.