Award Year: 2017

Charles J Caruso Middle School

1801 Montgomery Road
Deerfield, IL, 60015-2650

(847) 945-8430

Dr. Brian Bullis, Principal at time of Nomination

Deerfield Public Schools District 109

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Provide educational experiences of the highest quality that engage, inspire, and empower each student and to promote the continuous growth of our students.

Student Demographics
  • White: 92%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Native American: 1%
Caruso Middle School students enjoying some physical activity.

Caruso Middle School students enjoying some physical activity.

Charles J. Caruso Middle School serves over 500 students from the Deerfield and Riverwoods communities in Illinois. Caruso is successful because of its culture of caring and innovation. This culture embraces the social-emotional needs of the whole child while also operating under the best practices and cutting edge strategies in education.

Caruso's culture of caring is clear throughout the building and into the community. Each year, the student council leads an all-school fundraiser which generates awareness and funds for worthy student-selected charities such as Bikers Against Child Abuse, Dare to Tri, and Sesame Street Workshop. Caruso offers students a multitude of experiences to connect them to the school in ways that align with their interests while promoting self-discovery. These opportunities include everything from student council to athletics to debate to Gay Straight Alliance to Lego club.

Meanwhile, the culture of innovation can be seen through initiatives focused on promoting student growth and preparing them for their futures. The school's 1:1 technological learning environment has positioned countless, valuable resources at our students' fingertips. Another recent and impactful addition to our innovative culture has been the adoption of standards based learning, grading, and reporting systems over the past year.

The Caruso community continues to embrace this tradition, tirelessly exploring and integrating ways to provide an innovative learning environment that best prepares students for their future as caring, contributing, successful, and happy citizens.