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All district logo In order JTHS, Centennial, East, Central and West

Joliet Township High School District 204 (JTHS) is a high school district located in Will County, Illinois. Established in 1899 and founded in 1901, it is one of the area’s oldest school districts, also serving as the site of Joliet Junior College, the first Junior College in the United States, until 1969.

With a population of over 6,500 students, the district has two campuses—Joliet Central High School and Joliet West High School. Each JTHS high school promotes academic success and instructional relevance through rigorous academic academies, which include a Freshman Academy and five Career Academies. The JTHS Career Academies of Health and Medicine; Arts and Communication; Business Management and Information Systems (BMIS); Human Services; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are designed to give today’s students a head start on their post-secondary pathway by providing career-themed content aligned to academic standards and college/career readiness goals.

Collaborative programs with local post-secondary institutions such as Joliet Junior College, the University of St. Francis, and Lewis University ensure a successful transition to college through an extensive offering of Dual Credit and Advanced Placement courses. These courses allow students to earn college credit while enrolled in high school. During the 2016-2017 school year, Joliet Township High School was awarded the CollegeBoard Advanced Placement District of the Year Award for being the national leader among small-sized school districts in expanding access to AP courses while simultaneously improving AP Exam performance. JTHS has made remarkable gains with its AP program, increasing the number of students taking AP courses and exams by over 200 percent, while simultaneously increasing the amount of students scoring 3 or higher on the AP exam.

With award winning academic programs and facilities designed to meet the needs for decades to come, JTHS always goes the extra mile to help students maximize every opportunity. While always raising the academic bar, JTHS knows that in this competitive job market, students need an extra advantage. A 1:1 technology initiative has been implemented to give every student 24/7 access to technology by providing laptop computers that are used in school and at home. In addition, the Youth Experiencing Success in School (YESS) leverages community partners who help students through the social and psychological hurdles that can steal the focus from academics.

Job shadowing, internship programs and career/technical vocational programming are included in JTHS’ educational offerings.

JTHS students have a vast array of activities, athletics, and fine arts offerings from which to choose. Students can explore a variety of interests with over 30 campus-based clubs, 40 athletic offerings, band, orchestra, choir, robotics, JROTC and more.

With a historic past and a bright future, Joliet Central and Joliet West have become the high schools of choice for the community, continually empowering students to compete and contribute in our local and global society.