Joliet Public Schools | District 86


Student Services


Tanisha Cannon,
Assistant Superintendent
for Student Services

420 N. Raynor Ave.
Joliet, IL 60435

Phone: (815) 740-3196
Fax: (815) 740-5955

District Office

Student Services

Find Us On A Map!



Welcome to the Department of Student Services. Our department focus is to provide support services to students, faculty, staff and to parents. Each year the Student Services Department develops goals to ensure that all students can maximize their potential for academic success by developing the necessary skills to think critically, to socialize appropriately and to become responsible citizens of their community.

Joliet Public Schools District 86 serves a culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse population, of over 10,000 pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students in 21 sites. Special Education Services are a dynamic force within the department, offering a full continuum of service delivery model to over 1500 students with disabilities.

In addition to servicing the students of our attendance area with Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disorders, Communication Disorders, Autism, Mental Retardation, and Speech and Language Impairments. Joliet Public Schools District 86 also provides educational services to the Hard of Hearing and Multiply Impaired populations of Will County and surrounding region. We also provide an Alternative School for those students in the county with significant emotional and behavioral needs.

Special education services are mandated by federal law and regulated by state statues. The purpose of special education is to identify and educate students with disabilities. The special education personnel are responsible for the evaluation and the determination process, this entails identifying students with disabilities but also protecting the rights of ineligible students. Special education staff identifies students with disabilities by gathering information on the student's functional levels, learning styles, emotional development and global strengths and weaknesses. Special education offers the same curriculum, but with the ability to provide alternate instructional strategies, materials, and methodologies based on the needs of the individual. The department is also responsible for identifying and providing the necessary related services and support which allow a student to fully benefit from his/her individualized educational program (IEP).

The Student Services Department looks forward to joining you as partners to enable our students to succeed in all of their endeavors.

Diagnostic Services

Program Services



Congratulations to the Class of 2016

Over 1,130 eighth grade District 86 students graduated from Dirksen, Gompers, Hufford, Washington, and Thompson Schools.


District 86 Foundation Awards Grants

The Joliet Grade Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence approved nearly $24,000 for classroom grants for the 2016-2017 school year.




Memorial Day – No School
Event's details
May 30, 2016

All Day Event

Memorial Day – No School
(All Day Event)

Welcome to Joliet Public Schools District 86

Our schools, as partners with our children's parents and with the community, will create a safe and positive environment in which all students will learn and develop to their greatest potential. All students will be empowered to become lifelong learners, responsible citizens and caring members of their communities.

Join Our Mailing List

Sign up to receive our electronic
news sent directly to your e-mail!