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Peoria District and Curriculum

The Peoria Public School District #150 is an exciting district that values the uniqueness in every child. The team of administrators, teachers, parents, and community members work to provide a rich experience for the students from the personal curriculum, wide range of extracurricular activities, and by using a variety of teaching styles. The goal of the Peoria Public School District #150 is to create a remarkable educational experience that develops each student into a citizen who can reach his or her potential. The curriculum at Peoria Public Schools is as varied as the students that use it. The district uses the nationally recognized Common Core Curriculum States Standards, but they use two distinct tools to deliver the Common Core Standards effectively.

We currently cover the following Peoria-area school district: Peoria Public School District #150.

Schools in Peoria include:

Ridgeview Elementary School is located at 3903 W Ridgeview Dr, Peoria, IL 61615. Ridgeview Elementary School covers Kindergarten through fifth grade. Contact Ridgeview Elementary School at (309) 692-8260. Ridgeview Elementary School opened in 2001 and is one of 5 elementary schools in the Dunlap Community Unit School District. Situated on a 13-acre site, Ridgeview is located off of Radnor Road in North Peoria next to the Golf Learning Center. The building is large enough to house 450 students. Almost totally air-conditioned, Ridgeview offers twenty spacious classrooms, a Media Center, an Art Room, a Music Room, a Band Room, a Gymnasium with a wood floor and a large Commons area.  Like other students in the state of Illinois, students at Ridgeview are taught a curriculum that conforms to the standards of Education. These standards describe the knowledge and skills students should have at the end of each grade level. For example, student in fifth grade science learn about earth and space science, life science, and physical science. In Earth and Space Science, students learn about cycles and patterns in the solar system, including how the sun and celestial bodies orbit the sun. In life science, students learn about ecosystems and food webs. In physical science they learn about light, sound and motion. To learn more about the Science tutoring we offer, please contact SchoolTutoring Academy.

Dunlap Middle School is located at PO Box 366, Dunlap, IL 61525. Dunlap Middle School covers sixth grade through eighth grade. Contact Dunlap Middle School at (309) 691-3955. Dunlap Middle School, home of the Panthers, is one of two middle schools in Dunlap Community Unit District 323.  This district is one of the fastest growing districts in the Peoria, Illinois area. Teams of teachers from each grade level meet daily to ensure that the needs of the whole child are addressed.  Interdisciplinary units and activities are planned to create an educational experience for each student that allows them to grow intellectually and socially. Curriculum is aligned with state and, when appropriate, national standards.  Each student is assisted in achieving their full potential through the rigorous lessons, diverse activities and multiple strategies used to address their individual needs. Their curriculum will challenge students to explore beyond the obvious as they become lifelong learners. Like other students in the state of Illinois, students are taught a curriculum that includes the Illinois State Learning Standards, these standards also include the Common Core State Standards. For example, students in grade 7 mathematics focus on four critical areas: understanding and developing proportional relationships, performing operations with linear equations and rational numbers, solving problems with 2D and 3D shapes with area, surface area and volume, and learning how to draw inferences about populations based on samples. For more information on how SchoolTutoring Academy can help your child succeed in mathematics, please contact us.

Dunlap High School is located at PO Box 365, Dunlap, IL 61525. Dunlap High School covers ninth grade through twelfth grade. Contact Dunlap High School at (309) 691-3955. Dunlap High School is a comprehensive, four-year senior high school with approximately 1,300 students. It is located in the northwest corner of Peoria County in the town of Dunlap, IL. Dunlap High School Community Unit School District #323 serves students from Dunlap as well as part of northern Peoria. The Dunlap High School staff consists of 81 certified personnel, including five counselors and two assistant principals. Over 63% of this staff holds a master’s degree or higher and the student to teacher ratio is 21:1.  Dunlap High School is a member of the IHSA, and the Mid-Illini Conference. The school offers 22 different sports teams, including 41 teams for boys and girls. The teams compete at the Freshman through Varsity level. The student-athletes who maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher are named Mid-Illini Scholars. The class of 2018 boasts 93 scholar athletes. In addition to athletics, DHS also has upwards of 40 clubs that students can join.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Peoria District Curriculum

The first tool they are using is called Thinking Maps and it is a program that helps students build connections. Brain research shows that students have an easier time learning new concepts if they can connect the new knowledge to prior knowledge. The Thinking Maps program helps students learn new material with a collection of graphic organizers that show them a visual representation of new concepts and old concepts.

The second curricular tool involves the best practices of Reading in the Content Area. Since reading is a life skill, the more practice that student get, the better reading skills they develop. Students are expected to develop the ability to make connections between ideas, devise predictions about what will happen next, and confirm or modify those predictions as they acquire more information. Children also learn how to summarize what they’ve read by explaining the relationships between events or ideas presented in the text. With Reading in the Content Area, students learn about the skills to decode the context of complicated texts and they build more background knowledge as they read more.

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My philosophy is practice, practice, and more practice. Mathematics is not a study; it is a practice, and the more you practice the better you become at the practice. Practice through engaging learning activities that promotes critical thinking skills and models real world situations.
Learning should be an engaging experience in which teachers provide a variety of tools for students to discover information, and how it conveys meaning to their lives. These tools should appeal to different types of learners, be it visual, audio, musical, hands on, or interactive.
I believe that all students should have an equal opportunity to receive an education. All students learn differently and need different levels of support in order to be successful. Students are more likely to remember information if they are engaged and the material is presented in a variety of ways (i.e. said orally, displayed in a poster or power point presentation). In order for learning to occur, the teacher must be flexible and willing to try new activities and instructional strategies.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Peoria Educational News

  • Ahead of the Curve - The District and the Peoria teachers union agreed to a new teacher evaluation tool in their efforts for transparency and focus on student achievement. The State of Illinois does not require the use of the evaluation tool until 2016, getting the district out ahead of the curve.
  • Parent University Expansion - To help urge ninth grade students into college prep, the Parent University started a College Bound Peoria program. This is designed for ninth grade students and their parents to learn what it takes to make it to college. Only 30 lucky ninth graders will be accepted.
  • Community Involvement - Peoria Public Schools is serious about involving the community in their schools. The volunteer coordinator was able to arrange 350 volunteer reading buddies to work with elementary students. Each reading buddy had to attend a two-hour training session to help work the with elementary phonics program.

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SchoolTutoring Academy works with young learners and students, all the way up through high school. We offer Pre-K and Kindergarten Tutoring as well as Elementary School Tutoring to build a strong learning foundation early on. We also offer comprehensive tutoring across all school subjects.

About Peoria, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois is the county seat of Peoria County; Peoria is relatively large, covering an area of 130.7 km2 . Peoria has a population of 115,007, and is the seventh largest city in Illinois. Peoria is the largest city on the Illinois River, and was established in 1691 by the French. It is the oldest European settlement in Illinois, and is named after the Peoria tribe of Native Americans. Until 2018, Peoria was the site of the headquarters of Caterpillar Inc, a fortune 100 company that is one of the select few that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average, a metric used to compare the state of the economy.

As of the census of 2010, there were 115,021 people and 47,202 households residing in the city. The population density was 2,543.4 people per square mile (982.1/km²). There were 52,621 housing units. There were 45,199 households, out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.6% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. Individuals made up 33.2% of all households, and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.04. The city population was 25.7% under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years.

Peoria Zoo

The vision of the Peoria zoo is to become recognized as a leader in raising public awareness and commitment to conservation. Their core values include maintaining outstanding human relations, as in, visitors, staff, and volunteers are vital and will be treated with the utmost respect, and the zoo pledges to strive to make their connection with the zoo as enriching as possible. They also value excellence in animal care, they see their animals as ambassadors for wildlife conservation. They believe in promoting innovation in husbandry and achieving the highest standards of animal care. Furthermore, they believe in making connections through education, they believe that only through caring will people make the choices and changes needed to save the natural resources. Their educational programs will promote the knowledge and connections that are the key to caring. Finally, they believe in having an impact on conservation. Their main purpose, as they see it, is conservation. Their programs and practices are based on achieving the maximum possible conservation potential. For more information, please visit their website located here.

Peoria Riverfront Museum

The mission of the Peoria Riverfront Museum is to inspire lifelong learning for all, connecting art, history, science and achievement through collections, exhibitions, and programs. The Peoria Riverfront Museum is a one of a kind collaboration where visitors can explore and learn about the world; rom their own backyards to far off galaxies. There is a large focus on interdisciplinary learning, a fusion of art, history, and science designed to develop knowledge, critical thinking skills, and passion. They strive to bring Central Illinois exciting national and international exhibitions, with the goal of offering world class experiences that visitors might normally have to travel great distances to see. Their programs are an extension of the classroom, engaging the community, empowering teachers, and exciting and educating students. The museum is a collaborative effort formed of eight partner organizations, between them they have 500 combined years of experience educating, entertaining, and supporting culture in the local area. For more than 10 years they have worked tirelessly to bring this one of a kind experience to life for locals and tourists alike. Their collective objective is to provide interdisciplinary learning opportunities to people of all ages. For more information, please visit their website here.

Interesting Facts

  • Peoria has been awarded the All-America City Award four times (1953, 1966, 1989 and 2013).
  • In 2007, Forbes ranked Peoria #47 out of the largest 150 metropolitan areas in its annual “Best Places for Business and Careers.”
  • In 2005, Bert Sperling and Peter Sanders’ “Best Places to Live Rankings” among 331 metropolitan areas placed Peoria #51.
  • Peoria consistently ranks in the Top 10 Best Mannered Cities in America as compiled by etiquette expert Marjabelle Young Stewart.
  • In 2009, Peoria was ranked #5 best mid-sized city to launch a small business by CNN Money and Fortune Small Business.

Chalk Talk: Improving Student Achievement

As state and local governments look for ways to improve student achievement, they often overlook the one factor that makes the biggest difference: parent involvement. The most reliable way to consistently improve student achievement is to have parents involved in their children's education. This does not mean that the parents need to continually hover and call teachers, but it means that parents have continuous conversation with their children about school. The biggest problem with student achievement is in the secondary school years as parents begin to pull away from their children's education. All the way through 12th grade, parents need to attend conferences, make sure their children attend school regularly, and teach them skills that they do not learn at school.