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The place we call home

The Joseph Sears School has operated from its current location on Abbotsford Road since 1912. A second wing was added to the building in 1944 and dedicated to former Building Superintendents Jacob and his son, Russell Baker.

Student groups (Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts), school-related organizations (The Joseph Sears School Parents’ Volunteer Association, The Joseph Sears School Booster Club, and The Joseph Sears School Foundation), local government agencies (Village of Kenilworth, Kenilworth Park District, Kenilworth Police Department, Winnetka Fire Department) and non-profit organizations are granted the use of school facilities at no charge during regularly staffed hours. Fees and costs shall apply during non- regularly staffed hours and to other individuals/organizations granted use of facilities at any time.

Are you looking to reserve space for your public or private organization? Download and submit the Facilities Usage Form on the district forms page and submit it to The Joseph Sears School Front Office.

The Joseph Sears School Campus

Nygaard Auditorium

Nygaard Auditorium was named in honor of former Superintendent Elmer L. Nygaard. Many school events, including school assemblies, music concerts and the graduation ceremony are held in Nygaard Auditorium.

Multipurpose Room

The Multipurpose Room is most commonly used as the lunchroom for students in grades K-5. The space is also used for receptions, presentations and occasionally meetings.


The gymnasium includes a full-length regulation basketball court, a 50-foot climbing wall and a high ropes course.

Library Technology Center

The Library Technology Center includes a state-of-the-art computer lab, a transformational common working space, a makerspace and a reading corner. Meetings of the Kenilworth Board of Education take place in The Library Technology Center.

Outdoor Classroom

The Outdoor Classroom is filled with native prairie, woodland flowers and a rain garden. In addition, we have 4 raised vegetable beds, concord grape vineyard, blueberry, raspberry and strawberry bushes and places to sit, study and enjoy the garden. The outdoor classroom is maintained by students, staff, parents and The Organic Gardener. In 2013, a Native American Indian marker tree, was a wonderful addition to our space.