These websites contain information about local schools and educational opportunities in the community and across the country.

An excellent all-purpose higher education website is Peterson's, which has information on colleges across the country and provides help with test preparation, financial aid, and distance learning. College ratings are available from U.S. News and World Report and the Education and Social Science Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Continuing Education

Web resourceAlliance for Lifelong Learning from Oakton Community College

Serving the Skokie area, Oakton Community College offers continuing education including professional, GED and ESL classes at various locations in the area. This site provides information and a schedule of classes.

Web resourceBack to College

Back to College is an all-in-one resource for the returning student. Resources include information about scholarships, grants, and fellowships; accredited online degree programs, and searchable indices of curriculum and internships.

Web resourceORT Technical Institute

ORT Technical Institute, located at 5440 Fargo Avenue in Skokie, offers short-term intensive programs in areas of high job market demand and also offers a comprehensive training program in English as a Second Language. The Institute provides computer-based training programs in business applications, computer technology, design and drafting, and other fields. All programs feature hands-on training, modern equipment, and a highly qualified faculty and staff.

Web resourceSkokie Park District

The Skokie Park District offers various classes and activities for Skokie residents and non-residents of Skokie. Their website includes brochures of upcoming events.

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Literacy and English as a Second Language

The Library has a large number of books and audiovisual materials for those learning English as a second language and for adults learning to read. The collection includes textbooks, citizenship guides, TOEFL study guides, and much more. All of the materials may be checked out of the Library. Questions about the collection should be directed to the Reference desk.

Web English Study and Learning Materials

ESLgold includes more than one thousand pages of resources for ESL students and teachers. Students can visit vocabulary or grammar lessons, or practice for the TOEFL/TOEIC tests. For teachers, ESLgold offers lesson plans, handouts, and other ideas for the classroom.

Web resourceIllinois State Library Literacy Office

The Illinois State Library Literacy Office administers the Adult Literacy grant programs that provide basic adult literacy instruction to enhance reading, writing, math, or English proficiency for Illinois residents.

Web resourceOakton Community College - ESL: English as a Second Language Classes

Free and fee-based classes are offered at locations around the Skokie area. Classes are designed for adults 16 years and older whose native language is not English. They teach listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and introduce students to American (U.S.) culture.

Web resourceOakton Community College - Free Reading/Literacy Classes

Classes are for native and non-native speakers of English who wish to improve their reading. Lead teachers direct trained tutors to help students develop reading, writing, and/or math skills. Students must be at least 16 years old and not currently enrolled in high school. Classes are held in many locations in the area including Skokie Public Library.


The official website of the Test of English as a Foreign Language includes descriptions of the TOEFL and TSE (Test of Spoken English) and provides test registration information.

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Elementary and High School

General Information

Web resourceCook County GED Testing Program

This site provides information regarding the GED in Cook County including test sites and dates, content of the test and registration information 

Web resourceDirectory of K-12 Schools from SkokieNet

This site contains contact information and links to public and private schools in the Skokie area.

Web resourceIllinois Certification Testing System

This site contains information on registration and links to study guides for teacher certification exams that are required of elementary and secondary school teachers in Illinois. 
Note: Study guides require Adobe Reader.

Web resourceSearch for Schools, Colleges and Libraries

Search for information on public schools, private schools, and libraries at this website provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Web resourceTeacher Resources from the Skokie Public Library Youth Services Department

The Youth Services staff has selected this collection of resources especially for educators to assist with curriculum development, lesson planning, and classroom challenges.

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School Ratings and Report Cards

Web resourceeReport Card from the Illinois Board of Education

This site provides school report cards required by state law with information on standardized test scores, expenditures, and demographics.

Web resourceInteractive Illinois Report Card from Northern Illinois University

Created with support from the Illinois Board of Education, this site contains standardized assessment scores, funding information, and other evaluative information on elementary, middle, and high schools in Illinois.

Web resourceSchool District Demographics from the National Center for Educational Statistics

This website provides access to school district geographic and demographic data useful for describing and analyzing characteristics of school districts, children, and
K-12 education.

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Higher Education

School Guides

Web resourceColleges & Universities in the Skokie Area from SkokieNet

This website contains a directory and links to two- and four-year colleges in the Skokie area.

Web resourceBack to College

Back to College is an all-in-one resource for the returning student. Resources include information about scholarships, grants, and fellowships; accredited online degree programs, and searchable indices of curriculum and internships.

Web resourceDestination: College! from Skokie Public Library

This site is a guide to college resources at Skokie Public Library and contains a selection of web links for college and financial aid information.

Web resourceFree Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Apply online for student financial aid at this United States Department of Education website.

Web resourceIEE Passport

From the Institute of International Education, this online guide to international study options includes information about universities and private institutions that sponsor education abroad programs for United States students and adult learners.

Web resourceIPEDS College Opportunities Online

This online directory from the National Center for Education statistics provides information about colleges and universities across the country.

Web resourcePeterson's

Peterson's provides information about planning and paying for college. Resources include online admission services and information about distance learning courses and online degree programs.

Web resourceThe Princeton Review

This all-purpose site provides a guide to colleges (including online applications), admission test advice and practice, scholarship information, and general career advice.

Web resourceSearch Programs in Illinois from the Illinois Board of Higher Education

This site provides the ability to search for college degree programs throughout Illinois. Search by institution type, degree programs, and subject area with geographic limits.

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Web resourceAmerica's Best Colleges

From U.S. News and World Reports, this site contains rankings of the top universities in the country covering liberal arts colleges, business and engineering programs, and master's universities. It also contains a "CollegeFinder" for prospective students and a guide to Graduate School with rankings.

Web resourceBest 361 College Rankings

The Princeton Review offers their rankings of the top schools in academics and in many other categories such as parties, quality of life, extracurricular, and social.

Web resourceCollege and University Rankings

Created and maintained by the University of Illinois Education and Social Science Library, this site provides links to college ranking resources, information about ranking controversies, and a bibliography of print material.

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Online Classes and Tutorials

Web resourceAccredited Online Schools and Colleges

Use this resource to locate accredited online programs in the United States. You can search by major field of study and type of degree. Clicking on a school name gives a profile of the school along with contact information.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardAtomic Training

Atomic Training contains short videos explaining specific tasks in many of the most Suitable for elementary and middle grade studentspopular software applications in use today. The videos may be watched in sequence like a course, or watched individually to learn a specific part of a program.

Web resourceColleges Without Classes

This free, online directory lists over 5,000 distance learning degrees from almost three hundred accredited U.S. colleges and universities. Search by degree type, field of study, or key words. No registration is required.

Web resourceeHow

This handy website provides online guides and tutorials for hundreds of topics.


A collection of links to free education on the Internet. Courses are arranged in a catalog that covers topics such as business, careers, science, computer science, engineering, medicine, and more.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardLearningExpress Library 3.0

Based on official tests, LearningExpress Library provides online practice examinations for the SAT, ACT, ASVAB, GED, and Civil Service careers, along with Adult Basic Skills quizzes covering reading, grammar, and math.  Tests are scored immediately and evaluations highlight strengths and weaknesses.  Software tutorials Suitable for elementary and middle grade studentsfor Microsoft Office programs are also available.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library provides access to over 8,000 video courses in technology and business.
Please note: First time users should click the "Create a profile" link to set up a password.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardMango Languages

Mango Languages provides access to a great variety of guided language learning programs, including foreign language and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Users can register to track their progress on the Mango site or simply select the “Start Learning” option to begin without registering. Use Mango to pick up a few phrases, or learn the basics of conversation in languages from Arabic to Vietnamese.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardRosetta Stone Library Solution

Rosetta Stone is a language learning resource that provides lessons in thirty languages, from Arabic to Vietnamese.
Please note: Only Level 1 lessons are available and a microphone is required.


This website features a broad range of online tutorials covering a range of topics, from running marathon to playing poker.

Web resourceTest Prep Review is a free service of a nonprofit group of educators created to provide free practice test questions for students in a variety of career situations.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardTreehouse Online Learning

Learn how to build websites and apps, write code, or start a business through self-paced video lessons. Users also can create projects and earn badges to demonstrate their mastery of topics.

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Web resourceERIC

ERIC (Educational Resource Information Center) provides unlimited access to more than 1.4 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials, with hundreds of new records added multiple times per week. Links to full text are included, if available.
Coverage: 1966 to the present


This site assists in navigating the numerous websites administered by the various grant-making agencies of the federal government.

Web resourceILEARN

ILEARN (Illinois Local Education Agency Retrieval Network) provides financial information about a specific county, school district, region, or area within Illinois.  With ILEARN, you can compare your child’s school district to a similar district or region of the state.

Web resourceIllinois Teacher & Administrator Salary Database from Family Taxpayers Foundation

From the Family Taxpayers Network, this site provides average salary per district and individual salaries for public school teachers and administrators across Illinois.


The Illinois Loop is an informal group of parents, teachers, and school board members primarily in the Chicago suburban area.  Their website contains a collection of educational resources to help inform parents and teachers about the educational process.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardJSTOR

JSTOR provides access to articles from over 600 academic journals covering the arts, sciences, and business. Issue dates range from historical to current. All articles are presented in full image, appearing exactly as they did in the original journals.

Web resourceNational Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

The NCES website provides data and statistics on all aspects and levels of education including the Digest of Educational Statistics and the Nation's Report Card.

Web resourceSchool District Demographics from the National Center for Educational Statistics

This website provides access to school district geographic and demographic data useful for describing and analyzing characteristics of school districts, children, and
K-12 education.

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