Located in the heart of Illinois, Peoria was established in 1691 and is the oldest European settlement in Illinois. It is also the largest city on the Illinois River with 114,265 residents (2016) and is midway between Chicago and St. Louis. Peoria is a city that cares as evidenced by the many agencies and organizations working to improve the community and the quality of life of its residents.
The Peoria Teacher Education Pipeline has partnered with Peoria Public Schools to cultivate and sustain innovative, resilient, and effective educators to serve the Peoria community. Peoria Public Schools, serving approximately 13,300 students in 27 schools, is guided by the District's Strategic Plan and its five pillars of support: High standards, rigorous college and career curricula, and engaged & relevant experiences; Systems of support; Committed and effective leaders, teachers, staff, and students; Engaged families and community; and Financial stewardship and operational excellence. The Strategic Plan was written through a collaborative effort of the community, parents, students, staff, and Board of Education and is a fluid document, regularly reviewed and revised to reflect current conditions.
Other Peoria partners include Glen Oak Community Learning Center, East Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services and Dream Center Peoria. Glen Oak CLC serves approximately 940 K-8 students in the East Bluff neighborhood. EBNHS and Dream Center provide after-school programs and tutoring as well as summer day-camp programs.For more information, contact:
Peoria Public Schools (D150) is the 14 largest school district in the state of Illinois. The district services 13,675 students in 24 schools. All PPS150 schools receive public funding and do not charge tuition.