• October 30, 2023

    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released the annual Illinois Report Card today at www.illinoisreportcard.com. The Report Card shows how well our school district is progressing on a wide range of educational goals.

    One component of the School Report Card is the annual summative designation, a descriptor of how well our schools are meeting the needs of all students. The designations recognize schools with strong overall performance across a range of academic and student success indicators. There are five designations a school can receive – Exemplary, Commendable, Targeted Support, Comprehensive Support, or Intensive Support. We are happy to report that Grant Community High School received a COMMENDABLE designation by the State of Illinois.

    There are multiple areas of growth that stand out on this year's School Report Card, including ELA and science proficiency.  Not only did proficiency improve dramatically for each, but our students performed well above the state average.  Our graduation rate, at over 90%, is also above the state average, with 77% of students pursuing higher education beyond Grant High School.  Chronic absenteeism, which includes excused and unexcused absences, continues to improve, but efforts are still needed to increase the number of days students are in attendance.  Having a strong staff is an integral component to supporting student learning, so we are happy to report a teacher retention rate of 95%, with 73% of our teaching staff having earned a Master’s degree or above.   

    We are also pleased to report an increase in the number of students taking and being successful in dual credit courses and advanced coursework, earning industry certifications, and completing career internships. 

    We are proud of our students, faculty, staff, parents and community as the Report Card demonstrates positive gains on a multitude of academic, and culture and climate fronts.  District 124 thanks you for your continued partnership to ensure the success of each and every student!

    July 31, 2023

    Hello Grant Families!

    I hope this letter finds you and your families well and everyone has enjoyed summer break!  On behalf of Grant Community High School District 124, I am thrilled to extend a warm welcome to the 2023/24 school year.  As we prepare to embark on another exciting year, I want to take this opportunity to share our enthusiasm and outline some of the wonderful opportunities that await our students. 

    • Opportunities for students to focus on specific career pathways, career internships, and service learning opportunities continues to grow.  These courses are all designed to allow for students to explore areas of interest and prepare them for future employment in a variety of career pathways.  Students can look forward to continued expansion of these career specific exploration opportunities.
    • We are shifting into year two of our Multi-Tiered System of Supports Framework.  The goal of the framework is to ensure that every student receives the appropriate level of academic and social-emotional support they need to be successful.  We learned a great deal in year one and have made changes to the Framework going into this school year, which continues to guide our instruction and the delivery of targeted, evidence-based interventions that equitably meet specific student needs.  We look forward to school personnel beginning to utilize Branching Minds, a new MTTS platform, to create personalized interventions plans tailored to student needs.    
    • Our partnership with experts at a local university will continue on our journey to becoming a more inclusive school community, with the goal to deliver programs, comprehensive support, and educational opportunities that all students need to be successful.  
    • Senior student, Julia Podgorski, began her tenure as the student representative to the Board of Education on July 1st.  She hit the ground running in this position, after shadowing the former student representative for several months.  We look forward to continued increased communication between students, staff, the administration and the Board of Education!      
    • We have a few August activities planned to establish solid lines of communication between school and home.  We invite you to be a part of Parent University, a program hosted throughout the school year to provide information and support for GCHS parents.  The first Parent University program will be held the evening of August 9th and is strongly recommended for parents of freshmen students.  Back to School Night, will be held on August 31st, which will provide a chance for teachers to highlight key information about course curriculum, share student expectations, and provide details that will assist you in supporting your student this year. We do know that there are many demands of your time, but hope you will join us for these valuable programs.
    • School safety, of course, continues to be a top priority. We go to great efforts to maintain a safe and secure campus, including maintaining a safety planning team that meets regularly to evaluate and refine our safety plans.  We will begin practicing our safety drills with students the week of August 21st.  Please encourage your students to take these drills seriously so we are well prepared.  We will be testing the Skylert emergency alert system, our method of communicating in the event of a potential emergency, on Wednesday, August 16th at approximately 5:00 p.m.   
    • Students and staff will enjoy a new coffee and snack shop this year!  The coffee shop will be open to all students before school, during passing periods (grab-and-go only), and after school.  Senior students that qualify for Red Zone privileges, based on academics, attendance and behavior, will be able to visit the coffee shop during their study halls as well and enjoy the café style seating in the auditorium lobby.  Senior students eligible for the Red Zone, will find it listed on their student schedule when distributed.       

    I invite you to follow the wonderful things happening this year on the school website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  We look forward to seeing students in two weeks for the start of what will be an exciting 2023/24 school year! 


    Christine A. Sefcik, Ed.D.