One of Forest Ridge School District 142's four schools, G. Kerkstra focuses on a portion of the district's first-…More through fifth-grade student population. It was the district's second school to open, in 1962.
Located at 149th Street and Laramie Avenue, Kerkstra educates 402 students; 33 of those participate in the district's special education co-ops.
The school prides itself on an environment that promotes respectful, open, friendly and caring attitudes in its well-rounded students. Students are also eligible for the STAR program (Students' Talents and Abilities are Recognized). The program is designed to identify students who have mastered areas of the regular curriculum. Those students then are encouraged to participate in small group classes, special activities and projects.
Staff members also engage students in character education programs throughout the year. For more information on Kerkstra, visit the school's website.
Gene Leonard Park 14900 Laramie Ave, Oak Forest, IL60452 With a soccer field, paved walking path, playground and quarter-mile track surrounding its 3.3 acres, Gene Leonard Park…More is one of Oak Forest's larger neighborhood parks.Located near G. Kerkstra Elementary School at the intersection of 149th Street and Laramie Avenue, the park is home field to Oak Forest Park District soccer teams. Asphalt paths, a regulation quarter-mile track, plenty of space and seating contribute to the park's open, laid-back atmosphere. The park is flat, with walkways surrounding the grassy areas and bleachers along the soccer field, for convenient viewing.
Forest Ridge District 142 includes four schools within Oak Forest: Ridge Early Childhood Center, G. Kerkstra…More Elementary, Lee R. Foster Elementary and Jack Hille Middle School.
The district has approximately 1,700 students enrolled currently. Its schools accommodate children from early childhood development at Ridge School, through eighth grade at Hille Middle School. Its roots date back to one original schoolhouse built in 1863, that stood until 1880 when it replaced with the one-room schoolhouse Stone School. Earliest enrollment numbers record 28 students at that location.
The administration is led by Superintendent Dr. Margaret Longo, with a Board of Education. The Board meets the third Tuesday of every month, at 7 p.m.