On 10/30/2019 The Daily Herald published an article about the per-pupil cost of schools, the following is a summary of some key facts from it:
“While the average per-pupil cost at a typical suburban preschool is $15,250 and median cost is $13,814, the top five suburban early childhood schools are spending roughly $30,000 or more.”
|Type (suburban)||Average per-pupil expense||Median per-pupil cost|
Top per-pupil pre-K
- Ann Reid in Naperville D203, $36,633
- Jefferson in Wheaton D200, $34,969
- Prairie Children Preschool in Aurora, $34,274
- Queen Bee in Glendale Heights, $33,751
- Rondout Elementary in Lake Forest, $31,491
- Geneva 304 Early Learning Program, $30,875.
Note: Typically preschoolers attend ½-day four-days/week, Kindergarten is ½-day five days/week, grades 1-12 are full-day 5 days/week.
Based on the 1990 Wheaton-Warrenville, CUSD 200 school report card and an inflation calculator the per-pupil operating cost (district-wide data) was
$3,317 in 1986… adjusted for inflation, in 2019 should be $7,770.71
$4,438 in 1990… adjusted for inflation, in 2019 should be $8,718.41
This spending (both 1990 operating cost and 2019 per-pupil) does not include cost of construction or debt services.