Important message regarding course selection for 2024-25 school year

Hello, everyone. My name is Dr. Jean Barbanente, and I have the honor to serve as the Superintendent of DuPage High School District 88, and I’d like to share some important information with you. This is an exciting time here in District 88, as students are beginning to plan their journey for the 2024-25 school year.   

Here in District 88, we are proud to offer a comprehensive curriculum, including more than 30 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and more than 50 Dual-Credit/Collegiate-Credit courses in 17 career pathway areas, along with award-winning fine arts programming. Last year, our students earned more than 3,000 college credits and more than 1,000 career certifications, and our families saved more than $1 million in college tuition. Our students also continued to earn state and national recognitions in academics, extracurricular activities, fine arts and athletics. 

District 88 has the coursework, extracurricular opportunities, work-based experiences and academic support programs to help each and every student achieve his/her unique goals. 

Please plan to join us on Thursday, Jan. 25, for the Course Information Night and Curriculum Showcase at Addison Trail and Willowbrook high schools. The night will begin with an Activities/Athletics Fair at 5:30 p.m., the Opening Session will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the Course Information Night/Curriculum Showcase portion of the evening will begin at 7 p.m.

Detailed schedules for each school can be accessed at

We strongly encourage you to come to meet our incredible staff and witness firsthand the phenomenal programs we have to offer your students and further understand how we can support students along their individual journeys.

Our new District 88 Course Guide located in SchooLinks is now organized according to our 17 career pathways. Those areas are:

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources: Plant Systems, Animal Systems

Arts and Communication: Audio/Visual Technology, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Journalism/Broadcasting

Finance and Business Services: Hospitality/Culinary/Tourism, Accounting, Entrepreneurship

Health Sciences and Technology: Health Sciences

Human and Public Services: Education/Training, Government/Public Administration

Information Technology: Cyber Security/Network Systems, Programming/Software Development

Manufacturing, Engineering, and Trades: Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics, Transportation/Distribution/Logistics, Architecture/Construction

To view the Course Guide, go to

Some highlights from a few of our career pathway programs, as well as a video in English and Spanish, can be accessed at

Again, please plan to join us for the Course Information Night/Curriculum Showcase at Addison Trail and Willowbrook high schools on Thursday, Jan. 25.  

Please note that along with the robust course offerings in District 88, students also are able to access the career and technical programs at Technology Center of DuPage (TCD) for courses not offered at Addison Trail or Willowbrook. The Technology Center of DuPage is located in Addison, IL and District 88 students are eligible to attend several TCD programs, including the following:  

  • Auto Body Repair and Refinishing
  • Computer Information Systems & Game Design
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Fire Science
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration/Residential Wiring
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Terminology 
  • Multimedia & Television Production
  • Nursing Assistant Training Program
  • Robotics & Automation Technology
  • Welding Technology

Students who would like to attend TCD should let their counselor know at the time of course selection. The link to the course-selection schedule is

As a reminder, the district has instituted flexibility within the graduation requirements for students to have the schedule flexibility to access the career pathway offerings. Details can be viewed at

In addition to the rigorous academic opportunities afforded to District 88 students, all students also have the opportunity to access academic support with licensed teachers in each content area through our resource centers (the Academic Success Center at Addison Trail and the Warrior Resource Center at Willowbrook) every period of the day, including zero and ninth hour (after school). Students who would like to be scheduled into a resource period should let their counselor know at the time of course selection.

We look forward to working with you to help support your student’s journey. Please feel free to make an appointment with your student’s counselor to discuss any questions, or contact District 88 Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and College and Career Pathways Yvonne Tsagalis at Thank you for your continued support of District 88.

With District 88 Pride,
Jean Barbanente, Ed.D.
District 88 Superintendent