Our Pretzel Points of Pride

    • Our accomplished district music program has been recognized for the past 16 consecutive years by the Grammy Foundation, which means it ranks in the top 100 programs of all those that they considered.
    • The population of our schools is comprised of 46% minority and over 70% poverty, yet 65% of our students are heading to college.
    • Our award-winning Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program has received national recognition for its quality and has earned awards in marksmanship and drill team, as well as thousands of dollars in scholarships.
    • Our speech program competes annually at the state level. This past year, they had an individual who was the state champion in his event.
    • Our staff members have been recognized in a variety of categories by the Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel initiative.
    • Our blended pre-school program has been recognized by the state as an exemplary program.
    • Our robotics team is competitive at the regional level.
    • Our CareerTEC program continues to grow by partnering with other area school districts and by offering additional programs to students. Most recently, Orangeville School District joined the collaborative, bringing the number of school districts involved to 6.
    • Our Special Education Programming draws tuition-paying students from other districts to participate.
    • We have a well-educated staff, many of whom possess Masters degrees and some of whom also possess doctorates.
    • We have been approved for a second grant from the Illinois 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program amounting to $1,000,000 over a five-year period. The grant will provide for the continuation of our after-school tutoring partnership with the Boys & Girls Club.