Welcome to The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School District
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Paxton-Buckley-Loda CUSD No. 10 was formed in 1990 from the Paxton and Buckley-Loda School Districts. The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Community Unit School District includes the communities of Buckley, Clarence, Loda, Roberts, and Paxton along with the two large distinctive subdivisions of Bayles Lake and Lake Iroquois located west of Loda. The District encompasses parts of five counties, namely Livingston, Iroquois, Vermilion, Champaign, and Ford.

PBL includes a total enrollment of approximately 1,400 pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade students housed in four buildings. Clara Peterson Elementary School contains students in pre-school through second grade. Eastlawn Elementary School contains students in grades three through five. PBL Junior High School contains students in grades six through eight. PBL High School contains grades nine through twelve.

PBL Unit #10 School District has been a source of pride and inspiration for the PBL communities and students since it’s inception. PBL has served as a springboard for young people on their way to attending distinguished universities, colleges, community colleges, trade schools and military service academies all on the journey to embarking on exceptional careers, community service and the betterment of society. PBL has an innovative spirit, while holding true to the traditions, programs and values which have inspired generations of success.

Students at PBL Schools have options and alternatives during their school experience all thoughtfully crafted to assist them on their pathway to college/career success. PBL employs a standards based, rigorous curriculum that integrates technology, offers choice and fosters students exploration and innovation. PBL High School is able to offer dual credit classes, AP classes, has an exceptional FFA organization and award winning music programs. PBL is proud of its variety of career and technical education programs, providing students with skills and knowledge to enter the workforce with the qualities industry requires for successful long term employment. PBL is proud to have students who have attended, or are attending some of the nation’s finest post-secondary educational institutions including, but not limited to, The University of Illinois, Stanford University, Harvard University, The Naval Academy (Annapolis), Northwestern University, Saint Louis University, The Citadel, The University of Pennsylvania and the University of Notre Dame. Proud rich traditions, strong local values, collaboration, innovation and an unyielding quest for excellence make PBL Schools the very best public education has to offer.

More than a saying that’s posted on the wall, the PBL vision statement is the driving force behind decision making at PBL. Excellence is the expectation in all areas of education. The following opportunities have been introduced and implemented to insure the best possible outcomes for PBL students.

‣ Increased technology tools woven throughout the curriculum: PBL has created and adopted grade level technology standards.

‣ Space utilization: Community input was gathered to determine the best course of action moving forward in terms of district facilities. Comprehensive studies have been performed to determine the current conditions and a referendum question has been placed on the November ballot. Community members will be informed and empowered to make a decision that they feel best meets the needs of PBL staff, students and the PBL communities.

‣ Curriculum Committees: PBL has created subject area curriculum committees to revise and evaluate curriculum, review instructional resources, and assist in assessment design.

‣ Professional development: PBL is committed to providing high quality professional development. We dismiss early each Tuesday for staff collaboration opportunities.

‣ Navigating the journey to 1:1: Technology integration is critical to ensure PBL students have the 21st century skills necessary in today’s workplace. The Technology Committee has worked to create a platform for increasing devises for staff and students that include plans for long range affordability and sustainability as well as professional development for teachers. The addition of an instructional technology specialist has been instrumental in making technology integration seamless for students and educators.

Instructional Innovation

Educators know, backed by research, that early intervention and exceptional reading instruction is the most efficient and effective strategy to bring students to grade level expectations, as well as accelerate those already meeting standards. Through collaborative data review, the decision was made to concentrate efforts to strengthen Tier One instruction. Utilizing existing staff and resources, we have changed our Title delivery model to a push-in approach. Every 2nd and 3rd grade classroom is co- taught by a general education teacher as well as a reading specialist. This collaboration facilitates differentiation at a level that was not realistic in previous years. All students will benefit by collaborative planning, individualized instruction and a focus that all students excel.

PBL has partnered with other high schools in the region, through Education for Employment System #330, and in collaboration with Parkland College to provide high school students an accelerated pathway to post-secondary experiences. The program, known as the Early College and Career Academy, is a new program for high school juniors and seniors to earn credits that count toward a high school diploma and college, all while gaining skills in six different Parkland College degree programs.

Panther Pride

4 FFA State Presidents (3 in the previous 10 years)

9 ICTM State Champions (Top 2 regional finishers in 24/25 years) 3 National Merit Scholars (3 semifinalists, 21 commended)
2015 US News and World Report Bronze Medal High School

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