Schools In Joliet, Illinois


As with most of the cities in the USA and Illinois, Joliet has an abundance of both private and public schools for parents and kids to choose from.

The city is served by the Joliet Public Schools District 86 and the Troy Community Consolidated School District 30-C with regards to its elementary and middle school education. Joliet shares these with the neighbouring areas of Plainfield and Shorewood.

As for its high school education, Joliet is a part of the Joliet Township High School District 204 and is also served by Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202, Oswego Community Unit School District 308 and the Minooka Community High School District 111.

Almost 63% of the students studying in the district schools were classified as low income in a survey 2009, in comparison with the county’s 23.4% rate. Contact us at for more information on our new services in Joliet.

Early Learning:

The education begins in the Early Childhood Center, which is the Marycrest Early Childhood Center, whose motto is “Providing Bright Beginnings to Joliet’s Children and Families!”

Elementary Schools:

Then comes the elementary schools, which are well spread around the city.

Here are some of the better ones:

  • The M.J Cunnigham Elementary School, known as the “Home of the Comets and Kernel Kids”. They believe it takes a team to educate a child, not just a single individual.
  • The Eisenhower Academy, a Joliet Public Schools District 86 Magnet School. Their main focus is problem based learning.
  • The Farragut Elementary School, founded in 1899. It is a partner with the University of St. Francis as a Professional Development/Lab School. It has approximately 700 students.
  • The Forest Park Individual Academy,  boasts of being Joliet’s only public elementary school offering Corsini’s 4R Individual Education/Adlerian philosophy. Their current enrollment is 300 students.
  • The Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, home of the Patriots, with approximately 500 students.
  • The Edna Keith Elementary School, going with its new initiative of “Mindfulness over madness.” They call themselves the “Cougars of Peace”.
  • The A.O Marshall Elementary School, home of the Mustangs. They provide Bilingual Education, Special Education, gifted program, physical education, music, art, and after-school tutoring.

Junior High Schools:

Junior High Schools are what cement the foundations and concepts learned in elementary school and hold a concrete history in Joliet. There is a need to continue the optimum quality of education as the child is still learning and growing and finding his/her place in the world. The city has a fewer number of junior high schools, which are large enough to cater to the needs of the entire city.

  • The Dirksen Junior High School, “Home of the Dirksen Senators”. They boast of a very diverse student population of approximately 600 students.
  • Gompers Junior High School, which has a special education program as well as a bilingual program.
  • Hufford Junior High School, boasts of being the largest school in District 86 with approximately 1,100 students. The school has a focus on the 4 R’s: Respect, Responsibility, Resourcefulness, and Responsiveness.
  • Washington Junior High School, whose primary focus is the subjects of Mathematics, Technology and the sciences. They call themselves a “body of educators” and partner with the students’ parents to ensure learning, growth and overall holistic development of a child until adulthood. It has a large and diverse population of 700 students.

High Schools:

When it comes to the city’s high schools, the high schools serving the area are:

  • Joliet Catholic Academy, with its mascot of hilltoppers for boys, and angels for girls.
  • Joliet Central High School, with its mascot of steelmen and steelwomen, for boys and girls respectively.
  • Joliet West High School, with its mascot of tigers.

Alternate Learning Centers:

The city is home to one alternate learning center, the Thompson Instructional Center, catering to students from kindergarten to grade eight.