Enrollment Challenges in our Thriving Community

Central District 301 has grown at a rate that far outpaces neighboring school districts. We are the only district experiencing growth in Kane County, and one of the only growing districts in the entire state.

Central 301 has increased by approximately 15% from 2018 to 2023. That’s an additional 620 students in our district and no new buildings have been constructed to house those students in that time. The information regarding enrollment data comes from the most recent Illinois Report Card from the Illinois State Board of Education.

You can review the ISBE report card here.


The district plan for the 2024 Referendum is designed to alleviate the serious Central 301 enrollment challenges that we are currently facing. All multi-grade level buildings have reached capacity, and all elementary buildings are currently utilizing mobile classrooms.

A new high school would allow the district to combine our two middle schools in one single building. From there, the plan allows for a 5th elementary school to be housed at the current Prairie Knolls Middle School.

This Referendum isn’t a solution for just the high school – it’s a solution for ALL LEVELS.


Central 301 officials have spent extensive time learning as much as possible about the growth in our current subdivisions, as well as what subdivisions have been approved to be built in the future. In 2022, Elgin provided the District with information about proposed and approved subdivisions, which is linked here. While we do not know exactly when each subdivision will be developed, it is clear that the District will continue to see new development in the coming years, adding to our enrollment challenges.