Award Year: 2017

Central Intermediate School

1301 Eagle Avenue
Washington, IL, 61571-1111

(309) 444-3943

Mr. Brian Hoelscher, Principal at time of Nomination

Central School District 51

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Encourage Excellence Everyday, With Compassion, Commitment and Community

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 90%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 18%
Central Intermediate School Students viewing the solar eclipse

Central Intermediate School Students viewing the solar eclipse

Central Intermediate School, a 4th-8th grade building in Central School District 51, is located in Washington, Illinois, a growing city with a small-town feel. Central School District 51 has always been a close-knit community with a great amount of parental support, but a tornado that ripped through the district in November of 2013 forged an enduring bond between the school and the stakeholders in the community.

In the 1830's Central School District 51 began as a rural, one-room, log schoolhouse, housing less than forty students. From its humble, rural beginnings, Central has developed into a bustling elementary district housing nearly 1400 students in two buildings, with plans for future building due to increasing enrollment. Central Intermediate School has a long history of high standards and performance, earning the Award for Academic Excellence from the state of Illinois from 2008-2011. In 2010 Central Intermediate School was recognized as a National Model Professional Learning Community at Work by Solution Tree. As a Professional Learning Community, Central Intermediate School concentrates on student learning for ALL students as its main and most important goal. Our district mission, Encourage Excellence Everyday with Compassion, Commitment and Community, guides all of our actions. Central's goal is to help all students realize their full potential. This is demonstrated by encouraging all students to perform to their highest level. With a strong emphasis on a rigorous curriculum, a focus on the whole child, and the support of parents and community, Central Intermediate School students continue to succeed.