- Provide the highest quality of academic programs and services
- Consider the needs of students while making decisions
- Listen actively to all stakeholders
- Open communication creates a good working climate for good decision making
- Truth and respect are essential both internally and externally
- Continuous growth comes through self-evaluation, assessment, and research-based action
- Community support is imperative to our success
- High expectations produce higher results
- Good character and citizenship should be modeled by adults and learned by our students
The mission of Unit School District 709 is to serve the Groveland-Morton community by stimulating a desire for life-long learning, graduating productive individuals, and challenging all to achieve their highest potentials as active participants and leaders in a dynamic, global society.
Morton District 709 Goals - 2017- 2018
Achievement: Morton District 709 will nurture and challenge each student to reach their potential through the highest quality teaching and using evidence based instructional practices, curriculum, programs, and services.
Climate: Morton District 709 will maintain a cohesive organizational system which fosters a culture characterized by mutual trust and respect among the board, administration, faculty, staff, students, and community resulting in an organization focused on continuous improvement.
Communication: Morton District 709 will strive to engage all members of the district and community in open, meaningful two-way communication providing timely information and opportunities for dialogue regarding key educational issues.
Facilities: Morton District 709 will develop and maintain facilities providing the current and future students with safe, well maintained, and functional space to support research based best practices in teaching and learning.
Finance: Morton District 709 will maintain a financial position which supports all district operations in an efficient, cost effective manner, as well as providing long term stability for the district.
Total Enrollment for 2017-2018: 3,083
Number of schools: 6
Morton High School – 935 students in grades 9-12
Morton Junior High – 479 students in grades 7-8
Grundy – 423 students in grades PK-6
Jefferson – 361 students in grades PK-6
Lettie Brown – 346 students in grades PK-6
Lincoln – 539 students in grades PK-6
Number of teachers: 205
Operational Spending: $9,881 per student. This amount is the average per-student spending for all overall operations in the district, including instructional spending, but excluding summer school, adult education, capital expenditures and long-term debt payments. The average cost in the state of Illinois is $12,521 per student.
ACT scores: The Class of 2017 had an average composite score of 23.3 on the ACT. The average composite score for the state of Illinois is 20.8. The National average composite score is 20.8.
~ Special Education
~ Enrichment Education
~ English Language Learner
~ Early Childhood
Top Rankings for MHS
~ Silver Medal from US News & World Reports - 2nd time
~ Bronze Medal awarded 6 out of 7 years
~ 467th in the nation, according to Newsweek magazine