District 214 Mission (Policy 1:30)

Our primary mission is to help all students learn the skills, acquire the knowledge, and develop the behaviors necessary for them to reach their full potential as citizens who can meet the challenges of a changing society.

Our secondary mission is to provide residents with opportunities for lifelong learning.

District 214 Vision

The District 214 Vision embraces continuous improvement and includes students who demonstrate...

  • analytic capabilities;
  • communication skills including reading, writing, speaking, listening, and numeracy;
  • creative expression and educated response to the creative works of others;
  • ethical judgment and decision-making ability;
  • career and life planning skills;
  • responsible citizenship;
  • understanding of ways to participate in an interdependent world;
  • problem solving skills;
  • concern, understanding, and respect in social inter actions;
  • technology literacy;
  • ability to develop and maintain wellness. 

Course Selection

Course selection is as much a commitment by the student as the school. Students should ask teachers, counselors, and administrators for help in selecting courses and discuss their plans, decisions, and choices with their parent(s)/guardian(s). Requesting a course does not guarantee that the course will be available. Sometimes it is necessary to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or other factors. Irresolvable scheduling conflicts may also occur. Students should have alternative course selections and backup plans ready in the event of such situations. Courses are reviewed each year. Any course not taught for two years is placed on the archive list.

Definition of Credit

Academic credit is awarded to students based on a combination of achievement and time spent in class. In general, students earn academic credit by passing regularly scheduled classes. In special cases, students earn credit through independent study, homebound/hospitalized instruction, and accredited correspondence and/or online courses. Participation in any of these special programs requires prior administrative approval.

Course Achievement Levels

In addition to the general education program the district offers three curriculum achievement levels to meet the learning needs of individual students. Weighted grading is based on a course’s achievement level and course titles indicate their achievement levels.

  • Advanced Placement (A=6.0): A designation of "AP," Advanced Placement, with a course title indicates the course follows the College Board’s guidelines for that subject’s official AP course description and has been authorized by the College Board through the AP Course Audit process. Students take college level courses while in high school and may take advanced placement exams in May. Colleges may give credit and/or advanced placement to students on the basis of exam scores.
    • District 214 also offers Project Lead-the-Way (PLTW), as well as a number of other courses, at the 6.0 grade weight. Many colleges and universities move students who successfully complete PLTW in high school to a higher-level engineering class freshmen year. Students taking PLTW in high school can earn college credit from a number of participating universities/colleges. Colleges may give credit to students who achieve an 85 percent average in their high school course, earn a 70 percent or higher on the college credit exam, and complete a portfolio of course work.
  • Honors (A=5.5): Honors courses, more rigorous than general education courses, are designed for students who have an outstanding record of achievement in a particular subject area.
  • General Education (A=5.0): General education courses are taught at grade level. These course titles do not contain any achievement level designation.
  • Preparatory (A=5.0): Preparatory courses are specially designed to address the learning needs of students who are below grade level (general education level). The purpose of preparatory courses is to move students to grade level study in the general education curriculum. Teachers monitor student progress to determine if and when a student is ready to move to the general education curriculum.

Dual Credit Options

District 214 offers a limited number of dual credit options whereby students may earn high school and/or college credit by
taking college courses while in high school.

Grading and Promotion

Grading System
A     Excellent performance
B Strong performance
C Satisfactory performance
D Minimally acceptable performance
E Provisional grade for credit
F Unacceptable performance
P Pass (pre-approval required)
I Incomplete/In progress

 

Grade Point Values
Grade Advanced Placement/College Honors General Education Preparatory
A 6.0 5.5 5.0 5.0
B 5.0 4.5 4.0 4.0
C 4.0 3.5 3.0 3.0
D 3.0 2.5 2.0 2.0
E 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
F 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

District 214 Graduation Requirements 

In order to receive a diploma from a District 214 high school, a student must:

  1. earn 4.0 units of credit in English;
  2. earn 3.0 units of credit in mathematics (including 1 unit of algebra 1 [algebra 60, 61, 62, and 63, or 66 and 67, or 70 and 71, or 74 and 75, or 80 and 81, or 90 and 91] and 1 unit of geometry [64 and 65, or 72 and 73, or 82 and 83 or 92 and 93] unless otherwise approved by an associate principal for instruction or an assistant principal for student services);
  3. earn 2.0 to 3.0 units of credit in science (depending on course of study);
  4. earn 3.0 units of credit in social science;
  5. earn 1.0 unit of credit in the career and technical education program or the world language program (including American Sign Language);
  6. earn 0.5 unit of credit in health education;
  7. earn 0.25 unit of credit in physical education for each semester of attendance in District 214 except the semester the student is enrolled in health;
  8. earn 0.25 unit of credit by passing the Driver Education Classroom course (09650) which includes 30 hours of classroom instruction. This requirement can be met with credit through the successful completion of a commercial driver education program or waived with credit for students possessing a valid Illinois driver’s license;
  9. pass a course(s) that meet(s) the fine arts requirement;
  10. demonstrate proficiency in information processing;
  11. pass an examination covering the federal and state constitutions, the Declaration of Independence, and flag etiquette;
  12. meet the consumer education requirement;
  13. enroll in District 214 as a full-time (2.75 credits) student for at least one semester and earn a minimum of 2.75 District 214 credits;
  14. take the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) or, if eligible, the Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA); and
  15. earn a minimum of 21.0 units of academic credit.