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Information regarding Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) testing

Forest Ridge School District 142 fifth and eighth grade students will take the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) starting April 21. The ISA aligns with our Illinois Learning Standards in Science. This assessment helps students understand how well they are performing in their understanding of the Science standards.
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Self-Certification Language Update April 2021

When students return from their well deserved spring break on Wednesday, April 7, we welcome our Grade 1-8 In-Person Hybrid A students back while Ridge continues with an AM/PM schedule.
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March Community Update

In January, the District sent information to staff and families regarding Administrative Procedures for quarantines after travel. Our goal was to be clear and concise in our communication of information to the people we serve.

Who We Are

G. Kerkstra Elementary School educates over 400 students in Grades 1-5.


G. Kerkstra Elementary School provides a learning atmosphere, which is exciting, stimulating and success oriented; school climate engenders respect; students feel free to accept and express ideas without fear or prejudice; students and teachers possess a high sense of responsibility; students come to school prepared, eager to participate, and devoted to learning and the entire community embraces involvement in the educational development of all students.


The mission of G. Kerkstra Elementary School is to create and maintain an environment that ensures that every member of the school community reaches a high level of academic achievement as determined by state and national standards.  We will ensure that each and every child grows as a learner, a person and a citizen.  Employing best practices and committing to a comprehensive system of support will accomplish this.

Our School At A Glance

  • National Blue Ribbon School Logo
  • Exemplary School
  • 100% 1:1 iPads Grades 1-5
  • STEAM Grades 1-5