Geneseo Community Unit School District #228 is a K-12 district that was formed in 1949 and covers 261 square miles in Henry County in West Central Illinois. The district operates five schools plus the Unit Office, all located within the city limits, and serves approximately 2,600 students ages 3 to 18. The staff includes over 157 certified teachers, 132 support staff, and 11 administrators. Special programs in the district begin with the “Ladders to Learning” program for 3 to 5-year-old children. The District also supports an Early Childhood Special Education (ECE) program for 3 to 5 year olds.
Special Education programs are offered at all levels. Title I Reading services are provided to elementary students. Accelerated programs are offered in the core content areas of the middle school and many college credit dual-enrollment and AP courses are offered at the high school level. Art, music and physical education are taught by certified specialists in all grades. Geneseo High School offers a wide variety of courses in the career/technical, academic, and fine arts disciplines. Students have the opportunity to take a wide-ranging selection of elective courses to meet students’ particular interests and career goals. Geneseo High School’s extra-curricular programs in music and athletics are known throughout the State of Illinois. Students attend Yale, Harvard, Northwestern, Notre Dame, University of Illinois, and University of Iowa, Augustana College, St. Ambrose and other public and private schools in Illinois and neighboring states. Over 85% of graduating seniors move on to continuing education earning certificates, two year or four year degrees. Students earn honors as National Merit Scholars, Illinois State Scholars, Advanced Placement Scholars, National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. Some District awards and recognitions since 2013 to present include:
- 135 Illinois State Scholars
- 11 National Merit Scholars
- 64 Advanced Placement Scholars
- 91 students advanced to ILMEA All-State for band, orchestra and choir combined
- 4 students named IHSA All-State Academic Team
- FFA Marketing Team- State champions and received a Bronze rating in the preliminary round at the National FFA Convention
- Robotics Club – State Runner-up
- Wrestling – State Runner-up
- Football – State Runner-up
- IHSA Boys Track & Field – State Runner-Up
- GHS was recognized by the National Federation of High School Association as one of the 37 NFHS Network Elite Schools.
- 8th grade students selected to participate in the Carnegie Hall Junior Honors Band in NYC
- 8th grade Boys Cross County – 2A State Champions
- 7th grade Boys Track & Field – State runner-up, State Champions in 110 meter hurdles
- 6 teachers now with National Board Certificates
- Geneseo CUSD 228 receives recognition from the National School Board Association as one of the Top 10 Digital Districts in America and received a 1st place designation for school districts under 3,000 students.
- Geneseo CUSD 228 received a Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Award for K-12 small-medium school districts. The award is given to districts who are using technology to advance digital curriculum and content in exciting ways.
- Geneseo CUSD 228 has been named a District of Distinction by the District Administration magazine for its work in recreating a system of support where teacher leadership can be distributed between and among school buildings.
The mission of St. Malachy School (Kindergarten – Grade 6) is to teach that Christ is the center of our lives, and it is through Him that we educate and develop the whole child in a safe and nurturing environment.
Black Hawk College’s district office is located at the Quad-Cities Campus in Moline, while the East Campus is located five miles south of Kewanee. Black Hawk College serves all or part of nine counties in northwestern Illinois with a population of more than 225,000 residents.
Operated as one college with two campuses and several outreach sites, Black Hawk College offers more than 140 career, certificate and transfer programs. The college also offers a wide range of special purpose and community service (outreach) programs.