Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116


Promote connections between the school and community.

The Round Lake Area (RLAS-116) is located in northeastern Illinois, halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee and just 50 miles from the cultural and educational opportunities of either metropolis. The Round Lake Area is on two train lines to Chicago, with access to trains to Milwaukee as well. RLAS-116 is made up of a preschool, kindergarten, five elementary schools, two middle schools, a high school and a transition center. We are truly neighborhood schools; each serving an important role within its individual community.



First, let us introduce ourselves:

  • RLAS-116 is made up of a preschool, a kindergarten, five elementary schools, two middle schools, a high school and a transition center.
  • We are fortunate to have the opportunity to serve around 7,300 students in grades PK-12. Our students have a great advantage in that the District is quite diverse, offering them experiences not found in other places!
  • RLAS-116 currently employs approximately 950 outstanding and dedicated staff members.

Our staff are truly phenomenal. We foster a culture of support and camaraderie while working hard to benefit our students and community.



Equal educational and extracurricular opportunities shall be available for all students without regard to color, race, nationality, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, gender identity, status of being homeless, immigration status, order of protection status, actual or potential marital or parental status, including pregnancy. Further, the District will not knowingly enter into agreements with any entity or any individual that discriminates against students on the basis of sex or any other protected status, except that the District remains viewpoint neutral when granting access to school facilities under School Board policy 8:20, Community Use of School Facilities. Any student may file a discrimination grievance by using Board policy 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure.


No student shall, based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.

Any student may file a sex equity complaint by using Board policy 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure. A student may appeal the Board’s resolution of the complaint to the Regional Superintendent (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/3-10) and, thereafter, to the State Superintendent of Education (pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/2-3.8).


The Superintendent shall appoint a Nondiscrimination Coordinator. The Superintendent and Building Principal shall use reasonable measures to inform staff members and students of this policy and grievance procedure.

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Our curriculum is to Ensure Educational Excellence for Everyone. We do this by creating standards-based curricula with common assessments and using correctives and enrichments to push students further in their achievement. We create a culture of collaboration by establishing a specific time and set of expectations for teachers to work together to discuss student learning where everyone brings something to the team. Our focus is on results! We create a system for data analysis which encourages teachers to work together to find solutions to increase student achievement for all.

The Human Resources Department serves as a strategic partner, by being a continuous source of assistance, providing quality individually focused services, and ongoing support to all employees.

Inspiring great people, with great passion, working towards a greater purpose.

Quality Customer Service, Sound Policies & Procedures, Respect, Honesty, Integrity & Trust, Confidentiality, Team Spirit, Accountability



Teamwork and collaboration have always been underlying leadership philosophies for me. I have experienced firsthand the value of individuals working together as a team accomplishing more than the individual alone. These philosophies were developed early for me through school activities and athletics, and have served me well as an educational leader, at the elementary, middle high school and central office levels where teaming and collaboration are essential in providing students and staff with positive experiences. I look forward to continuing this work as your Superintendent.

Donn Mendoza, Ed.D.




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Location: 884 W Nippersink Rd, Round Lake, IL 60073

Telephone: (847) 270-9000

School Hours: M-F: 8am – 4pm


The School District shall provide equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of their race; color; creed; religion; national origin; sex; sexual orientation; age; ancestry; marital status; arrest record; military status; order of protection status; unfavorable military discharge; citizenship status provided the individual is authorized to work in the United States; use of lawful products while not at work; being a victim of domestic or sexual violence; genetic information; physical or mental handicap or disability, if otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodation; pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions; credit history, unless a satisfactory credit history is an established bona fide occupational requirement of a particular position; or other legally protected categories. No one will be penalized solely for his or her status as a registered qualifying patient or a registered designated caregiver for purposes of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, 410 ILCS 130/.