Marion Community Unit School District #2
Marion Community Unit #2 School District is proud of its comprehensive educational program, and we hope the information contained in this executive summary will assist you in becoming better acquainted with a school district that is ‘Teaching Tomorrow's Leaders Today’.
Community Unit #2 School District was formed during the summer of 1951 and functioned as a unit district for the first time during the 1951-52 school year. The original area of the district was fifty-three square miles and was composed of the original Marion Township High School District and all or a part of forty-five former school districts. By annexation of adjacent areas Community Unit School District #2 now covers approximately one hundred fifty-nine square miles and extends into seven of the twelve townships of Williamson County and one township of Johnson County.
Employees in Marion Unit #2 Schools care about the students they serve and enthusiastically strive to provide necessary experiences for students to be successful. District goals include providing a well-rounded educational experience, making education the #1 priority of the community, and making parents a meaningful part of the educational program.
Marion Unit #2 Schools are comprised of 232 certified staff that are dedicated to providing quality educational programs to over 4,000 students in 7 buildings on a daily basis. These quality programs include strong core academics, a variety of vocational programs, successful fine and applied arts, offerings for talented and special students and a wide spectrum of extra-curricular opportunities. Over 50% of district teachers possess advanced degrees, and nine staff members are recognized as National Board Certified Teachers.
Currently, Marion Unit #2 opened a new 330,000 square foot, state of the art high school. The final phase of the project is scheduled for completion in 2017. Its design will be unrivaled in southern Illinois for both academics and extra-curricular activities. The new campus accommodates 21st century learning with a science and technology (STEM) lab, a performing and visual arts center, a technical and vocational educational center including learning labs in culinary arts, agricultural science, building trades and automotive repair. The project includes a new health education center with an indoor track, multiple courts, a dance rehearsal area and a fitness center. The educational wing better accommodates the wide variety of honors, advanced placement, capstone vocational courses and college dual credit opportunities that prepare students for experiences in the workplace and at universities and colleges throughout the nation.
Marion Unit #2 is also making great strides in the area of technology by becoming a Google Apps for Education School District. In August 2015, each high school student received a Chromebook to accommodate digital and extended learning experiences. The district increased its bandwidth to accommodate wireless capabilities in all attendance centers, replaced over 750 desktop computers and deployed more than 2,700 Chromebooks/iPads. Deploying one device per student to better engage and prepare students for future learning opportunities is a goal of the district.