Award Year: 2021

Walter R. Sundling Junior High School

1100 N Smith Street
Palatine, IL, 60067-2606

(847) 963-3700

Mr. Jason Allen Dietz, Principal at time of Nomination

Palatine Community Consolidated School District 15

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Walter R. Sundling Junior High, in partnership with the community, dedicates itself to challenge and inspire all students toward academic excellence while fostering positive social development and mutual respect in an ever changing global society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 53%
  • Hispanic: 23%
  • Asian: 15%
  • Two or more races: 4%
Sundling students complete team building activities during Science class.

Sundling students complete team building activities during Science class.

Welcome to Walter R. Sundling Junior High School, one of four junior highs in Community Consolidated School District 15. We are dedicated to inspiring all students toward academic excellence, while fostering positive social development, and mutual respect for others. In a large school district, covering seven suburban communities, the population attending our school is incredibly diverse and unique. Our current core values and mottos of "Sundling Strong" and "Stronger Together" provide a common focus and foundation for equity and community.

Sundling utilizes a myriad of strategies to ensure all students' needs are met, and uses a tiered system of support that can be modified to meet individual needs. Sundling has been recognized by Illinois Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

Sundling is one of the first schools to adopt and implement Culturally and Linguistically Responsive (CLR) Teaching. In recognizing disparity, and in an effort to increase our teachers' abilities to validate and affirm students' home cultures, training was provided and protocols were designed to increase the engagement of all students. Sundling has many different cultures and languages spoken, and accepting individual differences is an important value for learning.

Students have the opportunity to give back through our annual "When Pigs Fly" event. For the last fifteen years, Sundling has sponsored the charity event, When Pigs Fly, in which we have raised over $100,000 for the Palatine Food Pantry and Palatine Assisting Through Hope (PATH). Through these efforts, we raise student awareness of the community where they live.