Wilmette was voted by Niche.com as the best place to raise a family based on schools, crime rate, cost of living and amenities in 2016. It is situated just north of Chicago and Evanston and boasts a lakefront community with a beautiful marina and 63 acres of lakefront parks.
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Wilmette is the site of the Baha’i House of Worship, a landmark recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois, and is the only location in North America. Transportation is convenient featuring a Metra Station in downtown Wilmette and the last stop of the CTA Purple line (the El) is in eastern Wilmette at Linden Square. Metra trains travel from the Loop to Wilmette in only 30 minutes.
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Serving more than 3,500 students in grades K-8, Wilmette Public School District 39 includes a significant portion of Wilmette and a small portion of adjacent Glenview.
Children in grades K-4 attend one of four neighborhood elementary schools: Central School, Harper School, McKenzie School, or Romona School.
Students in grades 5 and 6 attend Highcrest Middle School. Students in grades 7 and 8 attend Wilmette Junior High School. Average class size ranges from 22 to 24 students, with the highest levels at the older grades.
Graduates of Wilmette Public Schools District 39 attend the highly acclaimed New Trier High School. Loyola Academy is a private Jesuit high school, educating students in grades 9-12.