EDUCATION

Go Get Smart.

It’s easy to do in Greater Peoria. The region boasts several award winning high schools and one of the top-rated private colleges in the Midwest. Technical degrees and certifications are also prized here in GP. Illinois Central College and several technical institutes can help you take your career just about anywhere.

Morton High School
The Morton High School Marching Band competes at the State of Illinois Invitational Marching Band Championship, where it has won Class 2A ten years in a row. In 2012, the band received the honor of being class 2A champions in the St. Louis Super Regional, and performed during halftime of a St. Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers game that fall.

Illinois Central College
Illinois Central College’s College for Kids offers a broad range of classes that challenge students in academic areas, and also offer creative and interesting topics in the fine arts, sciences, technology, math and more.

Washington School District
In 2012, the Washington School District was the recipient of the Bright Star Award that recognized high student performance and academic excellence.

Bradley University
Bradley University’s World of Wonder Program offers a series of 2 one week summer camps designed for gifted and talented youth. The program features a broad array of courses, which enables first through eighth grade students to explore and expand their interests and abilities in a university environment.

Tremont School District
In 2004, the Tremont School District was the recipient of the Bright Star A+ Award, recognizing academic excellence that ranked them in the top 5% of Illinois School Districts.

Peoria Chinese Language School
The Peoria Chinese Language School offers instruction in Mandarin for children age’s Kindergarten through 7th grade.

Pekin School District
The Pekin School District’s Career and Technical Education Program offers 56 different courses that prepare students for a wide range of careers, from child care, registered nursing, business, culinary arts, imaging, engineering, JROTC, computer technician, to manufacturing and construction. The CTE program offers college dual credit, advanced placement, certification, or the background to easily transition into a career or post-high school training and education.

Dunlap High School
The Dunlap Eagles Robotics Team is a group of high school teens and adult mentors who compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) every year. FIRST is an organization dedicated to encouraging children and teens to get involved in science and technology. They inspire innovation and creativity through annual competitions in which teams build a 120-lb robot in only six weeks and put that robot to the test in the games that FIRST designs.

Brimfield High School
Brimfield High School’s Boys Basketball Team claimed its first state championship in the 2014-2015 basketball season.

Washington Gifted Middle School
Peoria School District’s Washington Gifted Middle School Ranked 6th in the state based on ISAT scores in 2014.

Woodruff Career and Technical Center
The Peoria School District is home to the Woodruff Career and Technical Center. This center prepares both youth and adults for a wide range of careers, from cosmetology to weatherization. Woodruff programs “center on hands-on, real-world projects that help students understand how the information and skills they are learning in the classroom could be applied in every day life.”

Dunlap Community High School and Richwoods High School
Dunlap Community High School and Richwoods High School were ranked in the top 13 percent of high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 ranking.