Growing Diversity Shaping Schools Across Illinois Area

Monday, November 26, 2012

The student body scurrying through crowded hallways during passing periods at Oswego’s two high schools does not look the same as it did 20 years ago.

For one, it’s huge. Just 1,230 students filed through the halls of Oswego High School in the fall of 1989.

Since then, the population of Oswego has exploded, mostly with new construction that has attracted young families. Oswego East was built in 2005 to accommodate the growth — with more than three times the number of students — 4,090 students in the two schools together in the 2009-10 school year.

But there’s another trend emerging in Oswego and the other schools districts around the Fox Valley aside from rapid growth: rapid diversification.

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