Programs and Incentives

school improvement teams    
District #205 is committed to school improvement. Each of the nine schools in the district has a School Improvement Team. The team is responsible for writing a School Improvement Plan (SIP), required by the Illinois State Board of Education. These teams are committed to examining data, analyzing trends, and obtaining as much internal and external input as possible to develop school improvement goals. These goals center on academic challenges but include a wide variety of targets that include topics like school climate and culture and parental involvement. The SIP is updated every two years.    
     
standards aligned classrooms (SAC)    
District #205 schools are actively involved in the Standards Aligned Classroom (SAC) Project sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Two Rivers Professional Development Center. SAC emphasizes instruction using standards based lessons rather than student activities. Teachers work in small teams, usually four or five members, to develop units and lessons based on the Illinois Learning Standards. Activities are chosen to support those lessons based on their relevance to the standards and the likelihood that they will improve student learning. Teachers are trained in seeking multiple instructional methods to address the learning needs of all students. All schools have seen student successes from the implementation of this program. District #205 is the most active SAC in the State of Illinois.    
     
ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES    
Six Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered at Galesburg High School. These courses follow a rigorous college-level curriculum. Each spring, students who have succeeded in the AP courses are encouraged to take the AP exams offered through the College Board. Students who are successful on these exams (3 or higher on a 1- 5 point scale) may earn college credit. Students are encouraged to check with their prospective college or university to identify the school's exact policies regarding AP credit. Registration fees for the AP exams are the responsibility of the individual student. AP course offerings at GHS include:
            
           
  • AP English-Language and Composition
  • AP Literature
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • Honors AP Calculus BC
  • AP Physics
               
   
george washington gale scholars program    
The George Washington Gale Scholars Program (developed in partnership with Carl Sandburg College and Knox College) annually guarantees the award of a tuition-free college education to fifteen qualified, at-risk freshman students who complete certain requirements during their high school education.    
     
galesburg area vocational center (GAVC)    
Located in the North wing of Galesburg High School, the Galesburg Area Vocational Center is one of 24 centers throughout Illinois which provide students with occupational skills that will allow them to obtain employment or continue with advanced training. The center serves schools that are members of the Delabar Vocational Education System. Students learn from a variety of occupational training programs through hands-on experiences. Programs offered are Automotive Technology I and II, Building Trades I, Child Care and Guidance, Drafting and Computer Aided Design (CAD), Culinary Occupations, Health Occupations, Introduction to Pharmacology, Emergency Medical Technician, First Responder, Fire Science and Welding.    
     
special education    
The district provides educational services to students in Pre-K through 12th grade requiring specialized assistance. The district offers a full range of special education opportunities in different environments to meet each student's needs, in addition to physical, speech and occupational therapy, social work, and psychological services.
   
     
summer SCHOOL    
Over two hundred elementary students are involved in the District's K-5 Summer School Program each summer. This program serves students in grades K - 5 that are in danger of retention and need additional instructional support. It lasts for six weeks during the summer, and focuses on the improvement of  skills in language arts, reading, and writing. An intensive balanced literacy reading model is used for instruction. Teachers receive extensive professional development and instructional support. Class sizes are small and students attend for 3½ hours a day. With the average student gaining over one year in reading level, this in one of the most successful curricular programs we have in the district.

At the middle school level, the District offers summer instruction in reading and math. Approximately 80 students attend the summer school for 6th thru 8th graders. Instruction focuses on shoring up skills in the two academic areas.
   
   
title one    
Through the Title One program, the federal government provides money to school districts to plan and operate educational programs for children attending schools that have a high percentage of low income students enrolled. Students in the six District #205 elementary schools receive assistance in reading or math through the Title One program. District #205's program has received acclaim from the Illinois State Board of Education for innovative approaches in providing Title One services to students. Among our most successful Title One programs is Reading Recovery, an intensive early intervention reading program for first graders.
 
Title I Brochure‚Äč
   
     
teen parenting program    
The Galesburg High School Teen Parenting Program was developed to increase the graduation rate of teen parents, to improve parenting skills of teen parents, and to enable students to become independent, self-supporting adults. The program offers child care for children while their parents are pursuing their high school education. Teen parents must maintain academic status and complete parenting classes to remain in the program.    
     
other interesting facts about our district    
  • Approximately 4,800 Pre-K thru 12 Students
  • Schools include one child care/teen parenting center, one pre-kindergarten center, six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school and one alternative school.
  • Outstanding fine arts and athletic programs have achieved considerable success in state level competitions.
  • Significant student academic successes are demonstrated by above-average ISAT and PSAE scores and performance of students attending college.
  • Academic expectations have been developed for grades K-12 that are tied to the Common Core State Standards in Language Arts and Mathematics.
  • Galesburg High School was ranked 63rd in the State of Illinois by U.S. News & World Report for performance on advanced placement test.
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