City of Freeport, Illinois


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Public Schools

The Freeport School District 145 (FSD145) serves the children of Freeport (population 27,000) and the nearby bedroom communities of Cedarville (population 750) and Ridott (population 450). The Freeport School District #145 is committed to giving all students a solid educational base. About 4,650 students come to Freeport Public Schools each day. Phone 815-232-0300

FSD145 is comprised of:

  • Jones-Farrar Magnet School

  • Taylor Park, Blackhawk, Center, Empire and Lincoln Douglas Elementary Schools

  • Carl Sandburg Middle School

  • Freeport Middle School

  • Freeport High School - home of the Freeport Pretzels

Private and Parochial Schools

Freeport offers excellent alternatives to public education in several private and parochial systems.

  • Aquin Catholic Schools - Aquin Catholic Preschool, Aquin Catholic Elementary School, and Aquin Junior/Senior High School combine to provide a complete, faith-centered preschool through12th grade academic education. Aquin has more than 200 students enrolled and provides daily religion classes help to instill Christian values in students coupled with an exceptional learning environment. Aquin Preschool provides activities for children three to five years of age. Phone (815) 235-3154 or visit their website at

  • Immanual Evangelical Lutheran School provides education to children from preschool through eighth grade. The school offers academic preparation for high school, as well as a diverse sports and music program for boys and girls. The school is a ministry of Immanuel Lutheran Church and serves children of some 30 churches in the Freeport area.  Phone (815) 232-3511

  • Tri-County Christian School has two campuses in Freeport and enrolls approximately 185 students in preschool through eighth grade. The school also offers a "latchkey" program for children in first through fifth grade. Phone (815) 233-1876


Highland Community College
The 140-acre campus of Highland Community College sprawls with grace and beauty on Freeport's west side. The two-year college serves a district population of 90,000 from Stephenson, Ogle, Jo Daviess, and Carroll Counties.

Each semester, the college enrolls approximately 7,500 students who range from 16 to 86 years of age. The average age of students is 32.

Highland College awards Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Engineering Science, and Associate in General Studies degrees in 28 majors, including agriculture, business administration, computer science, history, music, physics, political science, pre-medicine, psychology, theatre, and others. It awards certificates in 21 different career programs. In addition, the college awards Associate of Science in 17 career subjects.


In addition to the above degrees, students may also complete a four-year degree through Columbia College, which is located on the campus. Columbia College offers associate and bachelor's degrees through online and on-campus learning and is geared toward helping adults advance their lives through higher education.


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Freeport City Hall
314 W. Stephenson St.
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-8200 or 815-235-8203