From PreK-12 through lifelong education, you’ll find what you need in Sterling, Illinois to meet your family’s educational needs. The Greater Sterling area has a well-respected PreK-12 public school system, a variety of private K-12 schools, and many local and regional college options for lifelong learners and job training opportunities.


Sterling has one high school, one middle school, four elementary schools, two K-2 buildings and two 3-5 buildings that provide various programs that tailor to various needs.  Sterling Public Schools is a Pre-K thru 12th grade unit district of approximately 3600 students, configured into six different buildings.

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The Greater Sterling area excels at the 2-year college graduation rate, which means a wealth of trained employees ready to work for the trade industries (source: Sperling’s Best Places 2012).



Area colleges work closely with business and government leaders to ensure they’re offering classes and programs that deliver the experience and training local industries need. Sterling has five community/technical colleges in the immediate area, and five colleges and universities in the region. Together, we meet the demands of business today.


2-year college graduation rate (percent of adults 25 years or older):

Sterling: 7.30%

Quad Cities 7.25%

Chicago 5.80%

IL average 6.18%

U.S. average 6.48%


(Source: Sperling’s Best Places 2012).