• Our Community

    Barrington Community Unit School District 220 was formed in 1973 as a consolidated unit, combining two elementary districts and a high school district into one unit that educates students from pre-kindergarten through high school. Located about 35 miles northwest of Chicago, Barrington 220 is geographically located in four counties: Cook, Lake, McHenry, and Kane.

    Barrington 220 has one high school, two middle school campuses for grades 6-8, eight elementary schools, and one early childhood center. 


    Our Mission

    "Inspiring all learners to achieve excellence"


    Our Students

    • We educate nearly 9,000 students: pre Kindergarten through Grade 12
    • We serve students from a 72 square mile area including all or part of: Barrington, Barrington Hills, Carpentersville, Deer Park, Fox River Grove, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, Port Barrington, South Barrington, and Tower Lakes


    Our Teachers and Staff

    • 88% have a Masters degrees or higher
    • 40 staff members have earned national board certification
    • 8 certified school nurses 
    • 1 Barrington 220 staff member has earned the President's award for Excellence in Teaching Math & Science


    Our Performance

    • BHS named one of America's Best High School's in 2019 US News & World Report 
    • Consistently ranked among the state's top 5% school districts academically
    • Ranked 4th Best School District in Illinois in Niche 2018 and 2019 rankings
    • Named 2018 best district in Illinois by 24/7 Wall Street 
    • Our schools have received a total of 9 National Blue Ribbon Awards
    • All Barrington 220 elementary schools have received the Let's Move! Active Schools National Award 
    • BHS named 2018 Democracy School
    • BHS named one of top 1,000 most challenging high schools in America by the Washington Post
    • "Outperformer" award from Standard & Poor's for academic achievement among school districts with similar demographics
    • "What Parents Want" award from SchoolMatch
    • "Bright Red Apple" award from SchoolSearch for overall excellence
    • AAA bond rating from Standard & Poor's for past 11 years (one of only 93 districts nationwide to receive AAA bond rating)
    • Balanced budget for 22 consecutive years
    • Earned highest financial rating from the State of Illinois

    Notable Alumni

    • Barbara Bash: Author and illustrator 
    • Chris Erskine: LA Times Columnist 
    • Gary Fencik: Chicago Bears super bowl champion
    • Gregory Garre: 44th United States Solicitor General  
    • Otis Hudson: NFL guard
    • Casey Larson: Olympic ski jumper 
    • Katrina Lenk: Tony Award-winning actress/singer
    • Marvin Lipofsky: Founder of the studio-glass movement
    • Lauren Magiera: WGN-TV sports reporter/anchor 
    • Terry Moran: ABC News correspondent
    • Wallace J. Nichols: Marine biologist, author, wild water advocate
    • Hank Paulson: 74th Secretary of the Treasury
    • Brittney Payton: Fox 32 Morning Anchor 
    • Veronica Roth: New York Times best selling author
    • Cynthia Rowley: Renowned fashion designer
    • Jenna Szczesney: Professional women's soccer player 
    • Dan Stevenson: NFL offensive lineman
    • Gary Marlon Suson: Founder of the Award-Winning Ground Zero Museum Workshop
    • Richard Threlkeld: CBS News correspondent 
    • Mike Tobin: FOX News senior correspondent
    • Dan Wilson: MLB catcher
    • Corinne Wood: 44th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois 
    • Colleen Zenk: Three-time Lead Actress Emmy nominee, soap opera star