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.


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


Theresa R. Rouse, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Tanisha Cannon, Ed.D
Deputy Superintendent

Ankhe Bradley
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Tamara L. Mitchell
Assistant Superintendent for Business and Financial Services

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

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

John J. Armstrong
Director of Technology and Information Services

Sandra L. Zalewski
Director 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. The curriculum reflects a focus and alignment to the new state-adopted college and career readiness learning standards. In addition, we provide Early Childhood instruction, academic enrichment, bilingual education, before and after school programs, and comprehensive special services programs.


Cultural Proficiency

  • All District 86 Members will engage in training and support in the development and implementation of an equity framework supporting the increase of cultural proficiency to ensure all students are successful.

Early Literacy

  • All District 86 Primary Students will be provided with the instruction and support needed to achieve academic success of at least 90% mastery of grade level targets.

Mastery by Grade Three

  • All District 86 Students will be provided the necessary instruction, support, and enrichment to ensure at least 95% of students are at mastery of grade level content by the end of the school year.

Mastery by Grade Eight

  • All District 86 Students will be provided the necessary instruction, support, and enrichment to ensure at least 95% of students are at mastery of grade level content by the end of the school year in preparation for success in high school.

Digital Citizenship

  • All District 86 Staff and Students will be provided the necessary instruction, support, and enrichment to increase their knowledge and skills in the utilization of digital tools and resources.


A Culturally Responsive Organization

  • Our diversity is a strength and an asset.  We are committed to equity, excellent service for all, and continuous improvement.

Equitable Access to Rigorous, Standards-Based Instruction

  • High-quality instruction for all students.

Results Focused Professional Learning and Collaboration

  • Investing in our staff so they continuously fine-tune their craft and grow in their profession.

Strong Partnerships with Families and Community

  • Schools cannot do it alone.  We are better when students, families, community, and educators work hand-in-hand.


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: 11,454 students (09/30/2017)

Ethnic Breakout:

  • 60% Hispanic
  • 24% African-American
  • 11% Caucasian
  • 4% Multi
  • 1% Other

Full Day Kindergarten is offered.

1505 employees, 750 teachers

Operating Expense Per Pupil: $11,316.64
Per Capita Tuition Charge Per Pupil: $9,137.46

Average Class Size: 25 students: 1 teacher

Student Attendance Rate: 94.2%

Two Magnet Programs

Eisenhower Academy named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School.

More than 6,800 students ride a bus to school.

Over 2,700 school breakfasts and 8,200 lunches are served daily.

More than 1,700 students participate in a music ensemble.

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.

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