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Community Education 128 Policies & Procedures  

Registration, Tuition & Fees

Residents from surrounding communities are welcome to take classes for the same tuition fees as residents of D128. Registration begins immediately and runs throughout the semester unless otherwise noted. Prompt registration online, by mail or fax helps ensure enrollment in class. Payment must be submitted at the time of registration. Checks (payable to Community High School District 128 or CHSD 128) or VISA or Master card are accepted with mail-in registrations. Credit cards are required with faxed and online registrations. Our fax number is (847) 327-7939.

In person registration is available at the Community Education Office at the Administrative Offices for CHSD #128 during the hours of 7:30 am – 4:00 pm. The address is 50 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 101, Vernon Hills.  Please use the entrance for Suite 104 to access to our office. The office is closed on school holidays, and hours may vary over winter, spring, and summer breaks. During these breaks please call (847) 247-4575 to verify hours of operation.

Please register early!  Some classes have limited spaces and fill up quickly. Classes with insufficient registration will be canceled five working days prior to the start of class. Registrations may be accepted up to the first night of class as student capacity and supply material availability permits.

Registrations will be confirmed via email. Please mark your calendar with class dates and times. Unless you are notified by phone of a class cancellation, assume that you are enrolled and the class will meet.

Textbook and materials are not included in the tuition, unless otherwise noted. Some material fees must be paid to the instructor at class.  This will be listed in the course description.  Exact change is appreciated whenever possible.


All classes in the Community Education Program are self-supporting and depend upon full collection of tuition.  Students wishing to cancel their registration must do so at least five business days before class begins to receive a refund.  A $15 registration fee will be charged on all refunds.  If District 128 cancels the class, a full refund will be made. Once a class has begun, no refunds will be issued.

Gold Star Cards

Residents of District 128 who are 62 years of age and older can request a Gold Star Card. These discount cards give qualified residents free admission to LHS and VHHS athletic events (excluding IHSA sponsored events) and theatre performances, and up to a 50% discount on qualified Community Education classes. Discounts are not available on classes marked No Discounts or Vouchers. The Gold Star Card discounts for classes that meet at Stevenson High School are listed in the catalog. You must call our office before registering for your first class so that we can edit your student profile to give you the discount. To receive a Gold Star Card contact:

D128 Administrative Office:         

(847) 247-4527

LHS Fine Arts Office:

(847) 327-7058

VHHS Fine Arts Office:

(847) 932-2283

Community Education Office:

(847) 247- 4575


Veterans Discount

The Community Education Program offers a Military discount of up to 20% off eligible classes to all active service personnel and veterans of the U.S. Armed Services.  Please call our office before registering for your first class so that we can adjust your profile.  This will enable the discount when you check out.

Americans With Disabilities

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in any program or activity, please contact the Community Education office for assistance.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

It is the policy and practice of District 128 not to discriminate against any person on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin, age, height, weight, marital status, handicap, disability, or any other basis prohibited by Illinois or federal law. Please contact our office with any questions regarding District 128’s non-discrimination policies.

General Information

District 128 Community Education Program reserves the right to exclude from continued participation any individual whose conduct is disruptive to its program.

Students must be 18 years of age or older, except those classes advertised for families or younger students or with approval of the Director, instructor and a completed consent form.

A Certificate of Achievement may be granted upon the recommendation of the instructor at the completion of a course. All requests for certificates should be made through the instructor.

Photographs are taken periodically of participants in a class. Please be aware that these photos are for Community Education use only and may be used in future brochures.

Food and drink are not permitted in the classrooms.

Community High School District 128 is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Smoking, e-cigarettes, and tobacco products are not allowed  anywhere on the school grounds at either campus.


LHS—Libertyville High School
    708 W. Park Avenue, Libertyville, IL  60048

VHHS—Vernon Hills High School
    145 N. Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

SHS—Stevenson High School
    One Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Maps with general directions are available on our Web site at Directions for off-site locations are available on the Web by clicking on the location name for each class.


Students may park in any of the parking lots on school property.  Please be aware the Libertyville High School may have limited parking for the 2017-18 school year due to building construction and new traffic patterns to enter and leave the parking areas.

Emergency Information

No classes will be held when the high school is closed during the day. Please call (847) 327-7000 (LHS) or (847) 932-2000 (VHHS) or check the Community Ed or District web site at for information about school closings. If weather becomes a problem later in the day, please call our office before 4:00 PM to check on class status.

Fire Alarm And Tornado Warnings

Please follow the emergency procedures posted in your classroom in the event of a fire alarm or tornado warning. Signs are posted at the doors showing the nearest exit and emergency shelter areas.

Evening Contact Numbers:    6:00-8:00 PM

(Please do not leave a voice message on these lines.  If you do not reach a member of the night time staff, please contact Madeline Dederich (847) 247-4575 in the Community Education Office.  She will return your phone call the following business day.)

Libertyville High School - Room 1103 - (847) 327-7006   (Terry Brown, Night Time Supervisor)
Vernon Hills High School
- Room 1601 - (847) 932-2081   (Mary Sas, Night Time Supervisor)
Stevenson High School
- Everning Security - (847) 415-4047

Help Wanted

The Community Education Office is always looking for talented individuals to teach classes. Contact us at (847)  247-4575 or use the Teach a Class link on our website.


Welcome to District 128's Community Education Program. Our goal is to provide you with a learning environment that offers quality instruction in a relaxed atmosphere to meet your needs. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.

Where are classes held?

The majority of our classes are held at either Libertyville High School, Vernon Hills High School, or through our partner, Stevenson High School. Some of our classes are also held in community locations such as businesses, studios, and restaurants. Please see specific course information for the location of the class.

Are your classes handicapped-accessible?

Community Education 128 is committed to making its classes accessible to everyone. Please call our office at (847) 247-4575 if you have accessibility concerns prior to the start of the class.

Will I receive confirmation once I sign up for a class?

Yes. You will be notified by email or you will be sent a confirmation in the mail if you do not supply an email address. If you have listed an email address and do not receive an email, please log back in and check your email address.

Do “senior discounts” apply to all classes offered?

No. The senior discount, now referred to as the Gold Card Fee, does apply to many of our classes, but not all of them. Those classes that do not qualify for the discount are noted with "no discount or voucher" in the course description. Please note that only seniors, 62 or over who live within the district’s boundaries qualify for the Gold Card Fee. Please call our office to request a Gold Card by mail, which also entitles you to admission to other District events.

Can I get a refund once a class has started?

Decisions on enrollment and staffing are made based on registration numbers well in advance of the class actually starting.  You are eligible for a refund for a Community Education class if you make the request at least five business days before class begins.  A $15 registration fee will be charged when the refund transaction is processed.  If your class is cancelled, you will receive a full refund.

Refunds are not available for summer camps. 

If I know I won’t make all the classes, can I get a pro-rated tuition?

No. We do not pro-rate tuition for any of our classes.

How do I register for classes starting later in the term?

Once the registration process has started, you can register online, by fax, by mail, or at our office during the school day right up to the day the class starts if space is still available and the class has not been cancelled. It is best to register at least one week before a class starts to help ensure that it will go.

Will I be notified if a class session is canceled due to bad weather?

Yes. Night classes will not be held if bad weather conditions force the day school to be canceled. Emergency closing information will be announced over radio stations WMAQ (670AM), WGN (720AM), WBBM (78AM) and television stations Fox 32, WGN, WMAQ and CLTV News. You may also check on line at If inclement weather approaches during the course of the school day, please call our office at 847-247-4576 or 847-247-4575 before 4:00 p.m. to find out if your class will meet. Our voicemail will be updated with closing information. Individual instructors may wish to cancel their classes. In that case we ask them to contact you directly (a good reason to be sure that your profile information is up-to-date).

Can I request that a specific class be taught through the Community Education Program?

Yes. Please give us a call at (847) 247-4575 to share your ideas with us.

Do you ever need new instructors to teach in your program?

Yes. Go to the Teach a Class link under the courses tab to submit an online course proposal; or give us a call at (847) 247-4575 and let us know what you are interested in teaching and your qualifications for teaching the subject.

I saw a class offered earlier in the term on the web site, and now it is no longer there.  Where has it gone?

If a class is cancelled due to a lack of enrollment, it no longer shows up on the web site.

Do you still have a question?

Please call  Madeline at 847-247-4575, and she will be glad to help you.


District 128 Community Education Partners in Education

Community High School District 128 Foundation for Learning
Libertyville High School
Stevenson High School PREP, Lincolnshire
Township High School District 214 – Community Education Travel, Arlington Hts.
Vernon Hills High School

The following businesses and organizations help us foster our mission of Life-Long Learning:

  • Arborsmith, Ltd., Vernon Hills
  • Backyard Patch, Villa Park
  • Bean’s Services, LLC, Winnetka
  • Breakthrough Hypnotherapy, Wilmette
  • Century 21 Market Place, Ltd., Mundelein
  • Civil Air Patrol - Lake County Composite Squadron
  • Countryside Fire Department, Vernon Hills
  • Creative Voices, Albany, NY
  • District 214 - CET Travel Program, Arlington Hts.
  • Engineering For Kids, Lake Villa
  • Evicting Cancer, Lake Villa
  • Find Fashion Happiness, Deerfield
  • Great Lakes Aikido, Vernon Hills
  • Hands On Suburban, Arlington Heights
  • Inspired Designs, Vernon Hills
  • Law Offices of Anthony B. Ferraro, LLC, Rosemont
  • Libertyville High School, Libertyville
  • Move Smart Center, Grayslake
  • North Suburban Wind Ensemble, Libertyville
  • Operational Survival Gear, Antioch
  • Perfect Brewing Supply, Libertyville
  • Peter Patterson Glass Works, Mundelein
  • Quantum Financial Planning LLC, Grayslake
  • REI Co-op
  • Scope Design - Marketing Communications, Gurnee
  • Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire
  • The Brave Way LLC, Mundelein
  • The Tangling Lady, Mundelein
  • Veggie Cooking Around the World, Libertyville
  • Vernon Hills High School, Vernon Hills
  • Very Smart People, Arlington Heights
  • Waukegan Power Squadron, Waukegan
  • World Equity Group, Inc., Arlington Heights

Contact Us

Please Note: The Community Education Office is located in the District 128 Administrative Center.

Community High School District 128
Community Education Office
50 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 104
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Please contact the following people if you have questions or need information:

Madeline Dederich - Instructor Information/Teaching for Program/Passwords/Registering for a class
(847) 247-4575
(847) 327-7938 Fax

Diane Phillips – Director
(847) 247-4577

Night Time Phone Numbers: 6:00-8:00 PM

(Please do not leave a voice message on these lines.  If you do not reach a member of the night time staff, please call Madeline at the number listed above to leave a message or email them.  She will return your phone call or email the next business day. Thank you.)


Libertyville High School - (847) 327-7006   (Terry Brown)
Vernon Hills High School - (847) 932-2081   (Mary Sas)
Stevenson High School - (847) 415-4047

Teach a Class

Community Education 128 actively seeks new courses and instructors. We strive to offer youth, adult, and family classes that are current and meet the needs of the community. If you have expertise in a skill or hobby and have an idea for a class, workshop, or presentation that you would like to share with others, please go to the link below to submit an online course proposal. You can also print the downloadable form and mail it to our office.

We are looking for instructors to teach the following courses next semester.

  • Art to Wear 
  • Astronomy  
  • Baking 101
  • Bass Fishing
  • Camping 101
  • Cooking 101
  • Bird Watching / Identifcation
  • Estate / Executor Responsibilities
  • Flea Market Furniture Makeovers
  • Fly Fishing 
  • French Language
  • Gluten Free Baking / Cooking
  • How to Go Green and Still Maintain a Green Lawn
  • How to Prepare for an Emergency and What to do After an Emergency Occurs
  • How to Sell on Etsy
  • iPhone / iPad Photography
  • Map Reading and Using a Compass
  • Outdoor Survival Skills
  • Recycled Chic - Jewelry and Clothing
  • Skype
  • Small Engine Repair 
  • Specialty Cooking


Our mailing address is:

Community High School District 128
Community Education Office
50 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 101
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Proposals for the fall catalog must be submitted by March 1.  Winter/spring/summer proposals must be submitted by October 1.

 Welcome Message


District 128’s Community Education Program has been providing lifelong learning opportunities to our residents and our surrounding communities for over 65 years, and we are excited to share our course offerings with you. You will find a wide variety of classes for adults and youth that are offered in-house or online.

Many new courses are offered each term along with our regular offerings.  Be sure to check our website often for a list of updated class offerings.

The partnerships we have developed continue to add to the variety and number of classes that we are able to offer. District 214’s Community Education Travel Program offers travel opportunities - both one-day adventures and extended travel. We continue sharing classes with the Stevenson High School’s Patriot Education Program.  And we partner with many businesses and organizations within our district boundaries.

As always, your input is welcome so that the D128 Community Education Program will continue to meet the needs of our community. Take a minute to check out the classes that we are offering this semester. Try a class, and let us know what you think.

Diane Phillips, MBA, MA, CSBO
Director of Community Education
(847) 247-4577


Thank you for visiting our site to learn more about the exciting continuing education opportunities available through the District 128 Community Education Program. From expanding your knowledge of computers, languages and crafts, to the travel program, on-line courses, and classes for children and their parents, the Community Education Program truly offers something for everyone in our community of lifelong learners.

With a reputation for offering a high quality program with a broad array of course offerings taught by quality instructors, District 128's Community Education Program regularly enrolls students who from as far away as Chicago and Wisconsin.

Courses are held at both of our high school campuses, in locations throughout our community, and on-line in order to provide greater options for our increasingly busy adult community.

Please continue to visit the Community Education website to learn more about the exciting options for adult learners and their families. I hope that you take advantage of our many course offerings for this semester.

Dr. Prentiss G. Lea