Chicago South Suburbs School System includes Rich Township High School District 227 which operates three high schools that serves Matteson, Tinley Park, Country Club Hills, Chicago Heights, Olympia Fields, Park Forest and Richton Park, offers advanced placement courses, gifted and talented programs for students attending those schools. The district is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Education's Award for Excellence. Seventy-eight percent of the the graduates go on to some form of higher education. There are 65 public school districts that serve residents of Chicago South Suburbs 71 communities, some serve as models for other Illinois schools receiving numerous awards.
Chicago SouthSuburbs also include the award-winning Homewood Flossemoor High School that received the U.S.Education Blue Ribbon award. For those who do not want to go to public schools, there are a number of private and parochial systems offered in the area.
In addition there are 5 two year community colleges, 4 four year colleges and a regional university that offer a full range of career programs, giving students access to a variety of higher education choices. Some of the choices are Governors State University in University Park, South Suburban College, and Prairie States in Chicago Heights, with satellites in Matteson and Homewood. Coming to the Southeast Suburbs of Chicago for education choices for many is the reason to relocate from the city.