Goreville Community Unit School District #1 is located at 201 S. Ferne Clyffe Road in Goreville, Illinois and houses Goreville Elementary School, Goreville Middle School and Goreville High School. Goreville CUSD 1 is comprised of grades Pre-K-12 and has literally doubled in size over the past two decades and, as a result, has constructed eight different additions in order to accommodate the growth and to provide the best possible learning environment for our students. In 1998 the District constructed a new Media Center along with a new state-of the art science lab. In 2000, the District constructed a new high school addition with eight new classrooms including another new science lab and a business classroom with 26 networked computer work-stations. In 2004, the District constructed a new cafeteria/multi-purpose room which also serves as the large meeting area for the community. In 2007, the District underwent a gym renovation and construction project that added 600 more seats to the high school gymnasium and made both the high school and elementary gyms two top-of-the- line athletic facilities that our students and community can be proud of for athletic events as well as our plays and musicals. Then in 2009, the District constructed a state-of-art age-appropriate Early Learning Center for all students ages 3-5 to have an opportunity to gain a head-start on their precious education.
The district, located in northern Johnson County in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest encompasses the communities of Goreville, Tunnel Hill, and the Lake of Egypt area to cover 70 square miles. The Village of Goreville, home of Ferne Clyffe State Park, has approximately 1200 residents while the Lake of Egypt and Tunnel Hill areas have approximately 5,000 residents. While the school serves as the centerpiece to the community…hosting large benefit dinners, concerts, political fundraisers, etc., the Village of Goreville maintains a clean, safe environment for children to live and learn. The City Park has a skatepark, ball courts, two ballfields and a youth football and soccer field that functions as both a part of the Johnson County Youth League as well as the home field to the Goreville Lady Blackcats High School and Junior High Softball Teams.
Goreville Unit #1 boasts a very technologically advanced school system, in fact, in 2012 we were named an International SMART Showcase School and in 2014 a "Future Ready" Top 50 School due to our commitment to engaged learning. All students grades 5th through 12th receive and utilize a Chromebook and all students from Pre-Kindergarten to 4th grade receive and utilize iPads for our 1:1 Technology Initiative. In addition, each classroom has 2-3 networked computer stations as well as completely integrated SmartBoard interactive studio systems with document cameras. There are three other open technology labs other than the Business classroom complete with integrated SmartBoard systems plus three 30 station mobile labs consisting of an IPad Lab, a Chromebook Lab, and a Microsoft Laptop Lab that can be used wirelessly in any classroom throughout the district. The Elementary Computer Lab has 24 networked computer systems while the Media Center has 14 networked stations for research, homework, or any other need the students may have. Finally, the District has a state-of-the-art Distance Learning Lab in which students can take high school OR college courses from Shawnee Community College.
The District offers a variety of vocational, arts, and foreign language programs including an award winning Marching and Concert Band, Music Appreciation, Art, Jobs for Illinois Graduates, Agriculture, Auto Mechanics, Information Processing, Family and Consumer Science as well as Spanish on site and German, Latin, and French via Illinois Virtual High School. Students at Goreville High School have the opportunity to earn 33 credits from Shawnee Community College in our Dual Credit Program at no cost to the students! In addition, Goreville Unit #1 offers 22 different interscholastic sports and clubs that students can join, take part and find success. For example, Goreville’s FFA program has consistently been ranked in the top 10 of programs in the State of Illinois and one of the top 10 programs in America! Also, Goreville Unit #1’s high school athletic teams have won over 40 IHSA Regional Titles in 7 different sports and placed in the IHSA State Tournament 8 times including State Championships in 2012 (Softball), 2016 (Baseball), and 2017 (Softball)! Also, the middle school has placed in the Junior High State Tournament 42 times in 5 different sports including 8 State Titles in 1980, 2000, 2006, 2013, two state championships in 2014, and one in 2016!
We are extremely proud of our schools here in Goreville!