Village Academy


Burr Ridge Village Academy Logo Registration is now open on a rolling basis for our annual Village Academy program each spring!

The Village Academy aims to foster a stronger bond between the Village of Burr Ridge and its residents. With a primary focus on increasing civic engagement and awareness, this initiative is designed to empower community members with valuable insights into the inner workings of local governance. The academy takes place over 10 weeks, expected to begin in early March. Advanced registration is required, and classes are limited to 25 participants.

As a participant in the Village Academy, you'll gain an up-close view of local government operations through a series of classes and interactive activities. Topics include Village Administration, Police Operations, Public Works Operations, Criminal Investigations and MERIT, Village Infrastructure & Utilities, Police Use of Force, Community Development, Community Policing & Crime Prevention, and Village Finances.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend/participate?

The Village Academy is open to Burr Ridge residents, 18 years of age and older. All participants will be subject to a criminal background check. The Village of Burr Ridge and its representatives have the right to exclude an applicant with a less than exemplary police record whose participation is deemed not to be in the best interest of the Village of Burr Ridge and/or the applicant. 

How do I register?

Complete and submit your registration here, online. If you encounter issues with the online registration form, please call the Village Hall at (630) 654-8181 for assistance. Registration is open on a rolling basis until the class is filled.

Dates and Locations?

Village Academy sessions are held on Wednesday evenings in the Spring from 7-9 p.m. at designated locations. Sessions usually begin at the Burr Ridge Village Hall, located at 7660 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527. Specific locations may vary based on the class.

When can I apply?

Applicants can apply for the Village Academy on a rolling basis.  If the next class year fills, applicants will be put on the list for the following year. 

What If I'm out of town during one of the weeks?

While we would love for you to attend every week, we understand that life happens. Applicants are asked to attend at least 8 of the 10 weeks. Please let us know in advance if you will miss any sessions.  

What's earned at the conclusion?

Participants receive a certificate of completion and are recognized by the Mayor upon completion of the Village Academy. 

What if I have more questions?

For additional information, accommodation requests, or any questions about the Academy, please email Hannah Breakey, Special Projects Manager.