Joliet Public Schools | District 86


District Information


Joliet Public Schools District 86 will partner with our community to create a safe and innovative instructional environment to empower all students to become lifelong learners, responsible citizens, and productive members of society.


Joliet Public Schools, District 86 is committed to educating learners for life. All stakeholders have been involved to make this a successful process. We believe that our Vision Statement, along with the Mission Statement supported by Statements of Belief will support the educational programs for all students, employees, board, parents and community.


Gwendolyn R. Ulmer, President
Tonya M. Roberts, Vice President
Jeffrey K. Pritz
Deborah K. Ziech
Christine Kim
Anthony B. Contos
Quinn X. Adamowski



Charles E. Coleman, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Ankhe Bradley
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Tanisha Cannon
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services

Cheryl D. Woods-Clendening
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Labor Relations

E. Wesley Russell
Assistant Superintendent for Business and Financial Services

Nicholas E. Sakellariou
Chief Officer for Legal Services and Labor Relations

John J. Armstrong
Director of Technology and Information Services

Sandra L. Zalewski
Coordinator for Communications and Development


All children receive instruction in the curricular areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social science, fine arts, and physical development and health. In addition, we provide Early Childhood instruction, gifted education, bilingual education, before and after school programs, and comprehensive special services programs. We have implemented differentiated instruction in all classrooms and offer accelerated math and language arts instruction.


Student Achievement

  • Establish and support professional learning communities that foster continuous improvement in order to ensure every student achieves maximum potential.

Student Services

  • Provide a safe and supportive environment in every school that ensures high levels of learning for all students.
  • Create an attendance and truancy program that promotes a proactive approach to students being in school on time and ready to learn.


  • Utilizing viable technology resources, District 86 will provide and sustain 21st Century learning environments throughout the District.

Human Resources

  • Develop and implement a recruitment, retention, and support program that reflects our community's need for a highly qualified and diverse staff who positively impact student learning.

Parent/Community Involvement

  • All District 86 Schools will offer opportunities for parents to be involved in their child's education.
  • Joliet Public Schools will actively encourage relationships with the community.


Joliet Public Schools District 86 covers 26.4 square miles in Joliet, Illinois. The District includes:

  • 15 Elementary Schools
  • 4 Junior High Schools
  • 1 Early Childhood Center
  • 1 Alternative School

Enrollment: 11,943 students (06/05/2014)

Ethnic Breakout:

55% Hispanic
27% African-American
14% Caucasian
4% Other

Full Day Kindergarten is offered.

1412 employees, 689 teachers

Operating Expense Per Pupil: $9,882.57
Per Capita Tuition Charge Per Pupil: $7,862.69