Schools that care. Students who care.
When choosing a community in which to live, the quality of the school system is one of the most important factors. Children who grow up in Dwight experience a school system marked by:
- A culture of caring, inclusion, and service led by example by 2020 Illinois Principal of the Year Dan Kaiser and Principal Brandon Owens and embraced by faculty, students, and the community.
- Instructional excellence as exemplified by 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year and Dwight Instructional Leader Lindsey Jensen.
- Opportunities – Students in Dwight each have the opportunity to participate in several clubs, activities, and sports. Students are encouraged to explore all of their talents.
The vision of Dwight Common School District #232 is to provide each student with the intellectual, emotional, and social growth necessary to become self-motivated, responsible, and caring citizens. In order to attain our high expectation for success, our mission is to provide a varied, comprehensive program that will stimulate students to become creative thinkers and problem solvers who strive to achieve their maximum potential. We are committed to developing strong partnerships with students, parents, community members, and businesses to place an emphasis on learning as a life-long process.
The Dwight Baptist Academy opened its doors as a ministry of First Baptist Church on August 28, 1975. It consists of grades kindergarten through twelve. Dwight Baptist Academy strives to prepare students to serve God. We have high academic standards and offer students many extra-curricular activities. Students in grades seven through twelve have the opportunity to play interscholastic sports such as volleyball for the girls and basketball for the boys. Dwight Baptist Academy also hosts two annual tournaments. Dwight Baptist Academy students get hands-on training for life through the unique fundraisers and events in which we are involved.
- Grades: 9-12
- Size: 258 Students
- Conference: Sangamon Valley
- Baseball (B)
- Basketball (B/G)
- Cheerleading (G)
- Cross Country (B/G)
- Football (B)
- Golf (B/G)
- Softball (G)
- Swimming (B/G)
- Track and Field (B/G)
- Volleyball (G)
- Wrestling (B)
- Art Club
- Bass Fishing Club
- Drama Club
- Math Team
- Scholastic Bowl
DTHS Juniors and Seniors who meet the requirements may elect to take coursework at the Livingston Area Career Center, located in Pontiac. LACC provides a quality technical education experience, helps students to develop lifelong learning skills, and assists with career decision-making in a safe environment. LACC provides a wide variety of programs, many of which lead to college credit toward Associate in Applied Science (AAS) or certificates and/or lead to professional certifications. College credit for applicable courses is granted by Heartland Community College or Joliet Junior College, depending on the program.
A full listing of programs is shown on the right. Visit the LACC website or speak with your guidance counselor for more information.
- Grades: 11-12
- Automotive Technology
- Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
- Computer Maintenance
- Construction Trades
- Criminal Justice
- Culinary Arts
- Cyber Security / Networking
- Digital Media / Graphics
- Early Childhood Education
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
- Engineering & Architectural Design
- Fire Science
- Medical Terminology
Dwight is serviced by two community college districts. The Village of Dwight and the Dwight Township High School District are within the Joliet Junior College District and receive in-district tuition there. Students from DTHS who attend one or more semesters at Livingston Area Career Center are able to receive in-district tuition at both Joliet Junior College and Heartland Community College.
Main Campus: Joliet
Nearby Campus: Morris
Size: 38,000 Students Annually
Joliet Junior College is recognized as the first community college in the United States. Founded in 1901, JJC has a proud history of providing affordable transfer degrees, as well as occupational degrees and certificates – over 180 programs in all.
Any resident of Dwight is eligible to receive in-district tuition at Joliet Junior College.
Main Campus: Normal
Nearby Campus: Pontiac
Size: 17,000 Students Annually
In contrast to JJC, Heartland is one of the country’s youngest community colleges, created to serve the growing I-55 corridor from Pontiac to Lincoln. Heartland provides a growing number of transfer degree programs, as well as career-ready degree and certificate programs.
Residents of Dwight may receive in-district tuition at HCC if they:
- Are within a year of graduating from high school and took at least one class at Livingston Area Career Center
- Work full-time within the Heartland district (Pontiac, Bloomington, etc.)
- Are the dependent of someone who works full-time within the Heartland district.
Other Educational Opportunities
Blackbird Yoga Studio provides a variety of classes for people of all ages. Like their Facebook page to find out about special classes for youth. These classes are often themed for holidays and are offered to coincide with days off of school.
Fundamentals Sports Academy is a sports facility providing expert coaching in Tumbling, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, and Volleyball. They offer affordable group & private lessons. They believe in finding a balance between challenging our athletes, discipline, and keeping sports fun! Also available is full facility and equipment rentals. You can view their programs and instructor biographies on Facebook.
Futures Unlimited serves individuals with a variety of physical, developmental, and mental disabilities in Livingston County. They provide community day services, employment services, residential programs, and home-based support services. The facility in Dwight provides community day services as well as an opportunity for clients to work in the production of SeedBallz.