The Polo School District is located mainly in southwest corner of Ogle county in northern Illinois, and includes small sections of Whiteside and Lee counties. The area is mainly agricultural with rolling hills dotted with forested areas. The town of Polo, founded in 1857, has a population of approximately 2500 and is a rather typical Midwestern small town.
Initially the town had separate elementary and high school districts, but these combined to form the current unit school district in 1954. Centennial Elementary School houses grades K-5 as well as pre-school services. Aplington Middle School contains grades 6-8, while the High School has grades 9-12.
The district has officially adopted the following School District Philosophy:
Polo Community Unit Schools are established and maintained for the purpose of meeting the educational needs of all boys and girls of this community. We feel the opportunity for an education is a right which is extended to all.
Our School District Goals are:
Curriculum and Instruction
1. Provide and maintain a curriculum through which all students achieve to the maximum potential and are well prepared for future choices.
2. Develop and implement collaborative partnerships between District 222 and the community.
3. Align all resources available to strengthen our educational system and remain financially responsible.
4. Select, develop and evaluate qualified personnel for the delivery and support of district programs.
5. Continue to provide high quality facilities to fulfill the current and future needs of students, staff and community.
Student Support Services
6. Provide a comprehensive program of student support services to meet the needs of the whole child.
7. Emphasize technology as a learning tool; to be integrated into the operation of the school and instruction of the students.
School Closing Notifications
In addition to the TV and radio notifications of school closings, the district is also participating in the txtAlert program being offered by Sauk Valley Newspapers. With txtAlert, you can get school closings and other emergency information sent to you as a text message to your cell phone. To receive these notifications, you will need to sign up using saukvalley.com and look for the txtAlerts link at the top of the page. This is a free service provided by Sauk Valley Newspapers, but you may wish to check with your wireless provider for any additional text message fees they may charge.