About Barrington 220

  • Our Community

    The Barrington 220 School District is a nationally recognized preK-12 school district, located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The school district 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. The first Barrington school was a one-room schoolhouse, which opened in 1835. However, it wasn’t until 1973 that the Barrington 220 School District officially formed. Since then Barrington 220 has become known for its innovative curriculum, rich history and sense of community. As a unit district, Barrington 220 has the unique opportunity to see students’ education from the very beginning, until they graduate from Barrington High School.

    Our Mission

    "Inspiring all learners to achieve excellence"

    Our Students

    • We educate nearly 8,500 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

    • 87% have a master's degree or higher
    • 41 staff members have earned National Board Certification (the credential is considered to be one of the most respected nationwide among educators)
    • 1 Barrington 220 staff member has earned the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching Math & Science
  • Our Recognitions

    • 11 National Blue Ribbon Awards
    • Consistently ranked in top 10 school districts in Illinois by Niche 
    • Barrington 220 named one of nation's "2020 Best Communities for Music Education" by NAMM Foundation
    • Barrington 220 named 2019, 2020 and 2021 Top Workplace in Chicagoland by the Chicago Tribune
    • BHS named one of America's Best High School's in US News & World Report (2020, 2021)
    • Named 2018 Best District in Illinois by 24/7 Wall Street 
    • All Barrington 220 elementary schools have received the Let's Move! Active Schools National Award 
    • Barrington 220 has earned a spot on the College Board AP Honor Roll five times 
    • BHS named 2018 Democracy School
    • BHS named Apple Distinguished School
    • AAA bond rating from Standard & Poor's for past 12 years (one of only 85 districts nationwide to receive AAA bond rating)
    • Balanced budget for 25 consecutive years
  • Notable Alumni

    • Barbara Bash: Author and illustrator 
    • Olivia Cheng: Fashion Designer
    • Chris Erskine: LA Times Columnist 
    • Gary Fencik: Chicago Bears super bowl champion
    • Gregory Garre: 44th United States Solicitor General  
    • Otis Hudson: Former 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 
    • Robert Mays: NFL Writer 
    • Scotty Miller: NFL wide receiver 
    • 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 
    • Michelle Wu: Mayor of Boston (Elected Nov. 2021)
    • Colleen Zenk: Three-time Lead Actress Emmy nominee, soap opera star