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Employers are challenged every day with finding qualified workers to fill positions. Marion is in close proximity to two institutions of higher education, which provide outstanding academic opportunities to students who want to earn a degree, expand their skills and enhance their resume.

700 Logan College Rd.
Carterville, IL 6298
(618) 985-3741

John A. Logan College is a two-year school that serves students of all ages and backgrounds, and offers dynamic programs with over 150 degrees and certifications. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, JALC provides quality and affordable education. In 2008, it had a total enrollment of 7,364 students, including 2,204 full-time students and 5,160 part-time students. John A. Logan College participates in NJCAA athletics and provides distance learning, independent study and internship learning environments. The college also has a range of scholarship opportunities available.

Carbondale, Illinois 62901
(618) 453-2121

From its humble beginnings as the state’s second teachers college – founded in 1869 with a dozen academic departments and an inaugural class of 143 – Southern Illinois University Carbondale now ranks among Illinois’ most comprehensive public universities. Each year, SIUC welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries who take advantage of outstanding academic programs as they pursue associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in law and medicine. In 2011, SIUC had a total enrollment of 19,817 students. The college has over 400 student organizations and participates in NCAA Division I Athletics.


Marion Community Unit #2 School District is proud of its comprehensive educational program, and we hope the information contained in this executive summary will assist you in becoming better acquainted with a school district that is “Teaching Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.”

Community Unit #2 School District was formed during the summer of 1951 and functioned as a unit district for the first time during the 1951-52 school year. The original area of the district was 53 square miles and was composed of the original Marion Township High School District and all or a part of 45 former school districts. By annexation of adjacent areas Community Unit School District #2 now covers approximately 159 square miles and extends into seven of the 12 townships of Williamson County and one township of Johnson County.

Employees in Marion Unit #2 Schools care about the students they serve and enthusiastically strive to provide necessary experiences for students to be successful. District goals include providing a well-rounded educational experience, making education the #1 priority of the community, and making parents a meaningful part of the educational program.

Marion Unit #2 Schools are comprised of 232 certified staff that are dedicated to providing quality educational programs to over 4,000 students in seven buildings on a daily basis. These quality programs include strong core academics, a variety of vocational programs, successful fine and applied arts, offerings for talented and special students and a wide spectrum of extra-curricular opportunities. Nearly 50 percent of district teachers possess advanced degrees, and 14 staff members are recognized as National Board Certified Teachers.

Currently, Marion Unit #2 is constructing a new 330,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art high school. The four-phase project is scheduled for completion in 2017. Its design will be unrivaled in southern Illinois for both academics and extra-curricular activities. The new campus will accommodate 21st century learning with a science and technology (STEM) lab, a performing and visual arts center, a technical and vocational educational center and an extended learning facility. The project includes a new health education center with an indoor track, multiple courts, a dance rehearsal area and a fitness center. The educational wing will better accommodate the wide variety of honors, advanced placement, capstone vocational courses and college dual credit opportunities that prepare students for experiences in the work place and at universities and colleges throughout the nation. The high school campus also includes a state of the art outdoor sports complex.

Marion Unit #2 is also making great strides in the area of technology by becoming a Google Apps for Education School District. This year alone the district increased its bandwidth to accommodate wireless capabilities in all attendance centers, replaced over 750 computers and deployed more than 500 Chromebooks/iPads. Starting the Fall of 2015 all Marion High School students will be issues a Chromebook that will launch the 1-1 project for Unit #2 Schools.

Adams School
15470 Lake of Egypt Rd.
Creal Springs, IL 62922
(618) 996-2181

Adams School, located in Creal Springs, is a Pre-K through 8th grade building housing about 250 students. Adams is a new state-of-the-art facility that was built to replace the original school, which was built in 1912. In 2011, the seventh grade class won Disney’s Planet Challenge Environmental competition for their work in the Cache River wetlands.

Jefferson Elementary
700 E. Boulevard St.
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997-5766

Jefferson is a K-5 building with approximately 325 students. The School for the Hearing Impaired is attached to Jefferson and houses an additional 50 students. Jefferson recently won the 2011 Illinois Spotlight School Award.

Lincoln Elementary
400 Morningside Dr.
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997-6063

Lincoln Elementary School is a K-5 building housing approximately 610 students. In addition, it currently houses two Pre-K classes which are staffed by the Williamson County Early Childhood Cooperative and serve a maximum of 80 students in a half-day program.

Longfellow Elementary
1400 W. Hendrickson St.
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 993-3230

Lincoln is a PreK-5 school and has approximately 375 students. Longfellow Elementary has been the recipient of the Illinois Spotlight School Award is 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Washington Elementary
420 E. Main St.
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997-0460

Washington Elementary School is a K-5 building housing approximately 610 students in grades K-5, as well as two sections of preschool and two classrooms of self-contained special education students.

Marion Junior High School
1609 W. Main St.
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997-1317

Marion Junior High School houses approximately 800 students and strives to enhance the talents of students by providing coordinated academic programs and by encouraging cooperation and unity among peers in a stable physical, social and academic environment. Also, our school concept encourages the involvement of the family to assist in preparing their children to live and contribute to their community, as well as to an ever-changing world.

Marion High School
1700 Wildcat Rd.
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 993-8196

Beginning the Fall of 2015 Marion High School will open a new state-of-the-art facility and health education facility that will be unrivaled in the Southern Illinois area. The Fall of 2015 will also see the launch of the MHS 1-1 program that will include every student being issues a Chromebook device to enhance access to digital materials and resources.

206 S. Market St.
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 993-5935

Marion Carnegie Library was opened to the public in 1916, with 1,162 volumes and 680 borrowers. It has undergone several renovations in the years since, including a major expansion in 1997 that added 12,000 square feet. The library’s collection now exceeds 80,000 items. There are 8,000 registered borrowers and the library averages more than 140,000 visitors each year. The library has an automated circulation system, as well as multi-media workstations and Internet capability, including WiFi. There are two public meeting rooms.

The library is linked to a network through the Illinois Heartland System. The system is a regional, multi-type library system serving schools, the public and special and academic libraries. Being linked to such a large collection allows our patrons to have access to a wide variety of materials that are delivered to each library through inter-library loan. As a member of the system and as an Illinois library, people not living within the city limits of Marion may still use Marion Carnegie Library’s services. Many of the library’s services and programs are free and open to the community, regardless of library card possession or status.

Type — Number — Teachers — Enrollment
Elementary — 5 — 109 — 1,851
Junior High — 1 — 50 — 851
High School — 1 — 60 — 1,200
Trade & Technical — 1 — 7 — 344
Community College — 1 — 300 — 6,300
Four-Year College — 0 — 0 — 0
University — 1 — 1,295 — 19,817
Latest A.C.T. Composite Score • 20.5



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