Award Year: 2022

Norton Creek Elementary School

2033 Smith Road
West Chicago, IL, 60185-1039

(331) 228-2700

Mr. Anthony White, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

St Charles Community Unit School District 303

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Norton Creek is a community of learners. We collaborate to help each other reach rigorous, achievable goals. Our environment is safe, respectful, inclusive, and joyful. We value and support risk-taking and diverse thinking.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 68%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 19%
  • Two or more races: 5%
Mr. Ceasario guides two students in a math lesson.

Mr. Ceasario guides two students in a math lesson.

Norton Creek Elementary School serves students kindergarten through fifth grade and houses St. Charles CUSD 303's RISE program for students with disabilities. RISE, Reaching Independence through Support in Education, has been an integral part of Norton Creek's community since opening in 2003. The program is one of many ways we are supporting the needs of our diverse learners. Central to our instructional focus, that everyone is seen and heard, is achieved through our commitment of belonging for each student and staff member.

Norton Creek believes emotion drives attention, and attention drives learning. To guide their journey, we provide non-contingent positive attention for each member of our students and staff, affective statements to model naming and managing feelings, restorative conversations to repair harm, and our 3 B's of Be Kind, Be Respectful, and Be Problem-Solvers. In addition, we apply positive reinforcement when students demonstrate any one or combination of these qualities. The values that have driven Norton Creek for years ensure a consistent focus on student success from day one of class to 170.We are guided by a universally held set of values and beliefs driving every interaction. When we divide the day into individual interactions driven by student-centered values, we are poised to build a school that works for everyone.