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Kerkstra Elementary School
14950 Laramie Ave, Oak Forest, IL 60452

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.

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