Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 is a creative, proactive school system in the southwest Chicago suburbs, dedicated to ensuring that all students learn, achieve and grow to their maximum potential.
District 202 serves 28,728 students in 2012-13 from a 64-square mile area encompassing all or parts of Bolingbrook; Crest Hill; Joliet; Lockport; Naperville; Plainfield; Romeoville and unincorporated Will and Kendall counties. District 202 has been the fourth largest public school system in Illinois for several years.
Our mission is to serve the community as the primary source of comprehensive, high quality education in a trusting, supportive environment - to develop, at all levels, responsible, successful citizens by providing an education, in cooperation with home and community, which fosters each individual's value, uniqueness, and importance and promotes lifelong learning in an ever-changing society.
District 202's work is guided by a Five-Year Strategic Plan which defines the District's goals and outlines work to create and maintain a first-class school system. The current Strategic Plan runs through 2016.
District 202 has 30 schools - 17 elementary, seven middle schools, four traditional high schools, an alternative school and an early learning center.
District 202's official 2012-2013 enrollment is 28,728 students based on the state Fall Housing Report.
District 202 does not discriminate on the basis of gender, religion, handicap, race, color, national origin or disability, nor does it permit sexual harassment in its educational programs, activities or employment policies as required by Title IX of the Federal Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title 11A of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Grievance procedures have been established to provide for prompt and equitable resolution of student and employee complaints alleging any prohibited action under these regulations. Click here to download a copy of these procedures (policy 7:20) or call the Administrative Office at (815)577-4000. There have been recent changes to (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that affect students who have a disability, or who may be regarded as having a disability. Your child may have rights under this or other laws. The Administration coordinates the District's efforts to comply with these laws. Contact the District Office (815) 577-4000 for additional information.
District 202 has experienced tremendous growth and increasing diversity in recent years.
In 1990, the district counted five schools and about 3,500 students. Projections call for the district to eventually house about 50,000 students in 55 schools. In the mid-2000s enrollment increased by an average of about 2,400 students a year for about five years. District officials expect enrollment growth to resume when the economy improves, but at a more moderate pace of several hundred new students annually.
District 202 schools do well overall on state standardized tests. Student achievement has improved dramatically over the last seven years, during the heart of the period of intensive growth.
What’s more, District 202 has made significant progress in closing the achievement gap between its white and minority students.
And, District 202’s academic improvement since 2003-2004 (when the No Child Left Behind Act was implemented) outpaced the state average in nearly every category.
- 82.2 percent of all students met or exceeded state learning standards on all tests in 2012 – up 16.6 percentage points from 2003-2004*
- District 202’s composite ACT score among 2012 graduates was a record-high 21.3, up from 20.7 last year. The state average ACT composite score was 20.9. For the first time ever, District 202's ACT composite score beat both the state and national averages.*
- About 93 percent of all District 202 students graduate, compared to about 82.3 percent statewide.*
District 202 is engage in a multi-year process to create its own curriculum, aligned to local, state and national learning standards.
Each core area curriculum undergoes a thorough cycle of review, testing and adjustment led by teachers, and incorporating community input.
At the same time, district administration, teachers and staff are working hard to improve academic achievement at all levels by:
- Increasing the rigor of district curriculum at every level;
- Increasing access to more challenging coursework to all students, and especially at the high school level;
- Creating a fully coordinated and articulated (aligned level to level, and building to building) curriculum to eliminate “learning gaps” and ensure equitable opportunity for all students regardless of which school they attend;
- Developing common local assessments to create better, more useful data to guide instruction;
- Developing data-driven school improvement plans;
- Increasing and improving the type and quality of support systems and resources to help all students achieve more.
District 202’s annual 2012-2013 operating budget is $242 million, down $200,000 or 1 percent from last year. Operating budget revenues are down from $242.8 million last year, to $233.1 million this year.
The total budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year is $277.5 million, down from $279 million last year. Total budget revenues are down from $277 million to $267.1 million.
District 202 employs about 3,022 regular full and part-time staff members in 2012-13, most of whom are represented by two professional associations. The Association for Plainfield Teachers represents about 1,847 certified staff, and the Plainfield Association of Support Staff represents about 1,074 non-certified staff. The district also has about 101 non-union support staff and administrators.
The average District 202 teacher salary in 2011-2012 was $56,125, compared to the state average of $66,614. *
The average District 202 teacher had 10.1 years of experience in 2011-2012, versus the state average of 12.9 years. Finally, 61.9 percent of all District 202 teachers had masters degrees or above, compared to the state average of 61.7 percent. *
The average District 202 administrator salary in 2011-2012 was $105,790 compared to the state average of $110,870. *
District 202’s general administrative costs in 2010-2011 totaled 1.8 percent of its budget, compared to the state average of 3.3 percent. *
District 202 is dedicated to open, transparent and efficient two-way public communications through many means, including the IllinoisFreedom of Information Act (FOIA). Click here for more information about requesting public documents, records, etc.
Projects or programs funded in whole or in part with Federal grant money must credit the Federal government for the Federal government's portion of the financial support. This web page citation informs the public that the use of Federal dollars in Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 meets the Stevens Amendment requirement. Staff development opportunities, resource purchases and personnel have been funded in whole or in part with Federal entitlement dollars.
*All data reported on the 2012 Illinois State Report Card