YorkHSGreat communities are constructed with solid components, and here in Elmhurst one of our strongest community components is our school system. For proof we need only look to Chicago Magazine’s “Best Public Schools 2012” list placing York High School in the top ten for 2012. With a graduation rate of over 90% and $7,694 spent per pupil, 72.7% of York students exceed state standards on the Prairie State Achievement Exam.

York’s recognition by Chicago Magazine brings into focus Elmhurst’s superb public school system. According to Sperling’s Best Places, Elmhurst public schools spend $6,301 per student each year, well above the national average of $5,691. District-wide there are about 15 students per teacher in city schools ensuring that our students are receiving the individualized attention they deserve. These factors combine to promote excellent test results district-wide earning Elmhurst public schools a 9 out of 10 overall from GreatSchools.org.

Elmhurst has a strong tradition of excellent public education. One of the oldest structures in DuPage County, the Churchville Schoolhouse, is located just north of the city. Local farmers and craftsmen built the school on property that was once part of the Fischer family farm early in the region’s development because of their belief in the importance of educating their children. Dating from circa 1846, the one-room structure served students from Elmhurst, Bensenville and Addison until 1930. Recent renovations of the site now allow the Elmhurst Historical Museum to offer a living history program at the school, giving us a glimpse of the rich history of our public education system.

A good school system means good news for the real estate market. Even in leaner times, real estate markets in communities with strong school systems tend to hold their value better than the overall market. Homes in these areas not only bring in higher prices; they also tend to sell quicker in all market conditions, good or bad. What’s more, communities with strong school systems also tend to fare better overall with lower crime and unemployment rates.

Elmhurst is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. We enjoy the very best of what the greater Chicago area has to offer, and the area offers a solid place to make your real estate investment. The Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group is here to help. With community knowledge, industry experience, and personal dedication, our team is the best place to start on the road to your home ownership dreams. Contact us today at 540 South York St. in Elmhurst, or at (630) 567-5902.