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The school system in the Village of Mokena is excellent, and it is one of the top reasons that families move to the area. Top-notch academics combine with a wide variety of activities and extra-curricular opportunities for a terrific educational experience. Even though Mokena is a smaller town, the accomplishments of the schools rank right alongside those from larger cities in the area. Here is a little sampler of some things you might not know about the schools in the area…

Academics & Education

Learning is not limited to the math or science classroom. The fifth grade classes at Mokena Intermediate School participated in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program, and all 273 students graduated. In addition, eleven MIS students were further recognized for writing “outstanding DARE essays.”


Mokena Junior High School was named a 2006 Honor Roll School by the Illinois State Board of Education. MJHS met and exceeded the criteria set forth by the organization, which included showing an improvement on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) of at least 7.5 percentage points in reading and mathematics.

This type of achievement continues up to the next level of schooling as well. The high schools of the Lincoln-Way District hold the number one and two spots for the top Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) scores in the southland region. Students from the schools also rank in the top 15% of ACT test scores.

It is not just one or two schools that continually perform at an above average level in the village. In 2007, the Bright-Star award for educational excellence was awarded to Mokena School District 159. The criteria for the awards are based on high student academic performance combined with low per pupil spending. Out of 872 school districts in Illinois that were considered for the honor, only 80 were chosen, and Mokena was one of them.

Service & Fundraising

Mokena Intermediate School is a good example of the service projects going on in local schools. The fifth grade students held a “jump-a-thon” where participants raised over $7,500 for needy families. MIS students also collected and donated the equivalent of two truckloads of supplies for soldiers overseas.

Mokena Elementary School students will be well- prepared for entry into the service culture at MIS. Throughout the past six years, over $120,000 has been raised by MES students. The Student Council has charity drives such as “Sharing Our Soles,” which collected about 700 pairs of shoes for needy children in addition to raising approximately $500.


Strong music programs are a hallmark of the Mokena school system. Mokena Junior High School offers students both Jazz Band and Meteor Band as extracurricular activities. Lincoln-Way East High School’s Jazz Ensemble I took top honors at Purdue University's 2008 Jazz Festival, where they were also able to participate in clinics given by professional jazz musicians. The high school also has an outstanding marching band, The Marching Griffins, who took home a State Championship in 2007.



The variety of sports offered at Mokena junior and senior high schools is staggering. At the high school level, there is everything from golf to wrestling to water polo for boys, and girls can select from choices as varied as badminton, bowling or cross-country. In 2005, Lincoln-Way East won the State Championship in football, and the school also boasts award-winning softball and gymnastics teams.

There are many different things that make up a good school system, and Mokena has been recognized again and again for their excellence in a variety of different areas. A solid academic record is made even more appealing by the variety of service and extracurricular opportunities, truly making the village shine when it comes to its schools.

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