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Education is, and always will be, a top priority in Joliet. The community is well equipped with knowledgeable and committed faculties, active school boards and highly involved parents, who all come together to ensure high-quality learning opportunities are provided to students at all levels.

The area’s youngest learners are served by numerous daycare and early childhood education centers in the area – great options for busy parents looking for a good start to their children’s education. Joliet also hosts a multitude of private and parochial institutions offering everything from preschool and kindergarten programs through secondary education. Leading options include Joliet Catholic Academy and Providence Catholic High School in nearby New Lenox.

The majority of the area’s students (around 11,000 each year) enroll at one of more than 20 schools in Joliet Public Schools District 86. In addition to more than a dozen traditional elementary schools and four junior high schools, District 86 operates four magnet-designated schools, an early childhood center, a gifted center and an alternative school. The district recently unveiled its newest preK-5 school, Isaac Singleton School, in fall 2011. This stands as the third school to be built since 2003.

All District 86 students receive a basic skills curriculum consisting of language arts, mathematics, science, social science, fine arts and physical development/health. Joining these core areas are opportunities for gifted education, bilingual instruction, unique before- and after-school programming, intensive reading programs and comprehensive special services.

Upon graduating 8th grade, the greater part of the community attends one of two comprehensive high schools managed by Joliet Township High School District 204. Whether attending the Central or West campus, all students receive a diverse education fashioned to prepare students for what’s next – continuing their learning at a college or university, or entering the workforce.

The district’s comprehensive curriculum includes coursework from the foundations of math, science, English and social studies, as well as foreign language, computer technology, applied life, industrial technology and the fine arts. The district also offers a range of specialized educational programs, including gifted & talented courses, Advanced Placement (AP) options, an alternate high school for at-risk students and the Academies program, which is designed to increase student achievement and career preparedness through a smaller, more focused learning environment.

For further information on the public school systems serving Joliet, visit www.joliet86.org and www.jths.org.

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