Award Year: 2016

Eisenhower Academy

406 Burke Drive
Joliet, IL, 60433-2114

(815) 723-0233

Ms. Wendy Wolgan, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School

Joliet 86

School Website


The Eisenhower community provides an inviting atmosphere for academic excellence, promotes high standards to educate the whole child, and creates life-long learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 26%
  • White: 37%
  • Hispanic: 33%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Problem-based learners planting solutions at Eisenhower Academy

Problem-based learners planting solutions at Eisenhower Academy

Esprit de corps can be felt when walking through the doors of Eisenhower Academy. The principal, staff, parents, and students together create a family culture that has resulted in high standards of excellence passed from generation to generation. There is a strong bond of unity among parents and teachers which is the impetus behind the continued prosperity of the school. The Eisenhower community promotes character and accountability by upholding the school's Four-Way Learning Agreement which outlines principal, teacher, parent, and student expectations and responsibilities.

Problem-based learning and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are the hallmark of Eisenhower's Curriculum. Core curriculum is planned by incorporating multiple researched-based educational strategies that provide challenging academic programming. Instructional delivery methods cultivate rigorous, student-led discussions, debates, and analysis of solutions, texts, and writing genres. Problem-based inquiry units are designed to prepare students to be informed citizens in a democratic society and develop the skills needed to compete in a global economy. STEM kits and Going Green Modules are filled with engineering design opportunities that provide academic rigor through practical hands-on experiences in developing alternative fossil fuels, eco-friendly solar homes, clean oceans, and telecommunication devices.
Collaborative relationships among staff and parents is the largest contributing factor to student success. Professional learning communities are infused throughout the day where teachers participate as action researchers engaged in lesson studies and data analysis to improve instruction and learning for all students. Eisenhower students ultimately benefit from the school-wide family atmosphere that works together to achieve the best possible education.