Regional Office of Education #47

Lee, Ogle & Whiteside Counties, Illinois
1001 West 23rd Street, Sterling, IL 61081
Phone: 815.625.1495 | Fax: 815.625.1625
Robert D. Sondgeroth, Regional Superintendent
Janet Kacvinsky, Assistant Regional Superintendent

Alternative Learning Opportunity Programs (ALOP)

FLEX Program
It is a late-day program (3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) for students ages 16-19 who are at risk of academic failure, retention, or are having difficulty with school attendance. This program is located at Oregon High School and Rochelle High School.

Nachusa Options Program
A safe and secure classroom for middle and high school students who suffer from anxiety and other non-disciplinary attendance issues. Located at Nachusa Campus School.

Graduate Equivalent Degree (GED)

Preparation and testing for those over 18 years of age is available through Sauk Valley Community College. Preparation and testing for ages 16-18 is available in our alternative programs. For details, visit the GED page.

Education Outreach Program

The Education Outreach Program provides services to Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside County residents between the ages of 17-24 who are no longer enrolled in school. Individuals receive instruction that results in the HSE (GED) certificate as well as career-readiness skills to help them secure and maintain employment. Services include:

  • Individualized academic instruction
  • Financial assistance for HSE (GED) test fees and specific certificate training programs
  • Transportation assistance to HSE (GED) classes
  • Periodic financial incentives
  • Career-Readiness classes
  • Resume and Job Search Assistance
  • Paid work experience and job shadowing opportunities

Parents As Teachers First Years

Parents as Teachers First Years is a home-based parent education and family support program for families in Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside Counties with children ages birth to three. Some families may also be eligible for services prenatally. Families must meet eligibility guidelines as determined through a screening process.

The program offers weekly home visits, weekly group connection and parent/child interaction activities, developmental screenings, assistance in developing family goals and connecting to community resources.

Services Provided:

  • Home Visits
  • Individualized Child Development Information
  • Developmental Screenings
  • Parenting Education and Support
  • Parent Group Connection Meetings and Parent/Child Interaction Activities
  • Linkage to Community Resources
  • Parent Resource and Toy Lending Libraries

View our Parents As Teachers newsletters here.

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Home School

Parents educating their students must provide a program comparable to a school program and deliver it in English. Contact the Regional Office of Education to be put in touch with other parents currently home-schooling their children.

Truant Alternative Programs (TAP)

A truancy intervention/prevention service provided to Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside County schools.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program

Serving Families in Transition and Unaccompanied Youth. For details, visit our Homeless Education page.

Regional Safe School Classrooms (Classrooms in Sterling, Nachusa, and Chana)

The RSSP program is an alternative school program for regular education students who have been disruptive in the education program. This program is available to students in middle and high school.

Parent/Student Ombudsman Services

Interpretation of the school code and administrative rules, advocacy if needed, and assistance in communication between parent and school district.

Preschool For All

The Regional Office of Education offers two free early childhood programs for children between the ages of three and five who are not age-eligible for Kindergarten. The preschool programs provided daily classes and a variety of learning experiences to give children a “jump start” in their education. Children must meet eligibility guidelines as determined through a screening process.

Jump Start Preschool is located in Rock Falls and the children served primarily live in Montmorency or East Coloma-Nelson School Districts. Morning and afternoon classes are offered Monday through Friday from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. or 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. at Riverdale Preschool Center in Rock Falls.

Mt. Morris Pre-K is located in Mt. Morris and the children served primarily live in Lee and Ogle Counties. Morning and afternoon classes are offered Monday through Friday from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. or 11:45 – 2:15 p.m. at DLR Jr. High School in Mt. Morris.

Services provided:
*Early Childhood Education

View our Preschool newsletters here.

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School Safety

Emergency preparedness services for districts and counties, school crisis planning and drill monitoring, and School Crisis Assistance Team (SCAT) made up of trained counselors and social workers to assist with students in crisis.

Scholarship Communication

Disseminate information regarding a variety of statewide scholarship opportunities.

Spelling Bee

Coordinate the delivery of the regional spelling bee each February. Each school with fifth- through eighth-grade students can send a school champion to compete in the Regional Bee. The winner of this regional bee competes in Washington, D.C., in the National Spelling Bee in May. Sponsors cover the expenses of the trip for the winner and one adult.

Printing & Laminating

Large-format printing and laminating.

Printing (36” max width)

  • 20% ink coverage or less – 50 cents/square foot
  • 21-40% ink coverage – 75 cents/square foot
  • 41-60% ink coverage – $1/square foot
  • 60% ink coverage or more – Contact ROE for price

Laminating (5 mil max thickness, 24” max width)

  • $0.75/foot (DIY)
  • $1.50/foot (ROE)

Ellison Die Cutter Rental

You may use the Ellison Letter Machine at the office for no charge. You may pick up the machine, use it off-site, and return it for a fee of $10.00 per day. View a list of dies here.


Regional Office of Education #47 offers LIVESCAN fingerprinting and background check fingerprinting services. For a list of fingerprint categories and prices, click here. WE DO NOT FINGERPRINT FOR DCFS Childcare, Adoption and Foster parents. For details, visit the Fingerprinting page.