About William L. Thompson School
William L. Thompson School opened its’ doors in the fall of 1999! Our school was named after the late 'Bill' Thompson who was a life-long educator and resident of Lake Villa and then later Antioch, Illinois. Bill's wife, La Verne, continues to volunteer on a weekly basis within our kindergarten and reading resource programs.
Our school houses 630 early childhood through sixth grade students. In addition to the core curriculum, students participate in art, library, music, and physical education class. We are proud of all of our students! It’s magical to see them learn and grow!
From the Principal
I would like to welcome all of our past, current, and potential William L. Thompson students and families to our school website! We are excited to be opening our school doors this fall for the 21st school year!
I strive to ensure that our students receive a balanced education with a focus on meeting students’ social emotional as well as their individual academic needs. During the upcoming year our students will be focusing on becoming leaders both within our school and community. Students will learn about Stephen and Sean Covey’s ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People.’ The 7 habits are researched-based traits for both children and adults alike.
The staff and I look forward to another successful school year! As always, it’s an honor and a privilege to serve the students and families of Thompson School.
Dr. Sandra Keim-Bounds, Principal
About Our Staff
William L. Thompson School is filled with a talented staff! Each and every one of our students is special in our eyes. We strive to ensure that all of our students reach their fullest educational potential.
The staff at William L. Thompson School demonstrates the true meaning of being a life-long learner. Eighty-six percent of our staff holds a Master's Degrees or higher and many are taking courses beyond to ensure that they are staying abreast of current education topics. Fifteen of our staff members have been on staff since William L. Thompson opened and one former student has returned to teach within her alma mater. This truly demonstrates how much we love our school!
About Our Students
Leaders in Action
William L. Thompson School encourages students and staff members alike to be leaders. During the 2019-2020 school year, we will be recognizing our students for being outstanding leaders within the school and Lake Villa community based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Students have a variety of opportunities to be involved in both school, club, and extra-curricular activities. Students can select from Spanish, Chess, Cooking, Art, STEM, and Leadership Clubs. In addition, they can participate in band, choir, softball, dodgeball, basketball, volleyball, and track. We encourage all of our students to get involved in extra-curricular activities!
About Our Parents
I am pleased to say that our parent/guardians are extraordinary! The culture of William L. Thompson School is highly impacted by our parents/guardians. We thank all of our volunteers for all that they do! During this past school year, approximately 200 volunteers contributed to the educational well-being of our students! Our Parent Teacher Organization invites all parents/guardians to join in and participate in any way that they can! Additionally, teachers request parent/guardian helpers throughout the school year for daily and special activities.
Student, Volunteer, and Staff Awards
Thompson School Staff and Students are recognized for the following: Highly Qualified Staff, Principal-Above and Beyond Award, Principal, Illinois Principal Association Principal of the Year Award, Psychologist-Psychologist of the Year Award, Board of Education Citizen of the Year Award, President's Education Awards Program, Character Education Awards, Illinois Principal Association Student Recognition Award, and Lake County Attendance Award.
About Our Town
Lake Villa, Illinois is a small town which was incorporated in 1901. Formerly a resort town, Lake Villa has steadily grown from a population of under 400 to now housing over 9,000 residents. Lake Villa, a growing business community, is located just 53 miles from both Milwaukee and Chicago.
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