New diploma/degree program offers exciting opportunity for our students

Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 1/14/2019 8:00:00 PM

Peoria Public Schools is proud to announce, in partnership with Illinois Central College, an innovative new program for academically motivated current high school sophomores. 


The D² Diploma/Degree pilot program will provide students the opportunity to earn their high school diploma at the same time they earn an Associate of Arts degree during the last two years of high school. A student participating in D² will accelerate their completion of a Bachelor’s degree, and families will receive significant cost savings as the district will pay the full Illinois Central College tuition rate. 


Students who have completed the D² program will be better prepared for college and beyond, and their credits will transfer to all 4-year institutions in the state of Illinois. Though it is a rigorous course of study, both Peoria Public Schools and Illinois Central College are fully prepared to provide the necessary support to our students during their two years in the program. 


Students entering their junior year in the fall of 2019 are eligible to participate in the first cohort. Families of current sophomores who are interested in the program can hear more about it during the informational meetings in the coming weeks. The schedule for those meetings is as follows: 


  • 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the Manual Academy Auditorium 
  • 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the Peoria High Library 
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 in the Richwoods High School auditorium  
  • If you cannot attend those informational session, one last meeting will be held at the district's administration building at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

For more information, contact Tracey Jones at 672-6768 or 

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