McLean County

Unit District No. 5

Educating each student to achieve personal excellence.

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  • SCHOOL HOURS - 2021-2022

    Elementary: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    High Schools:  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Junior High:  8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

    Early Childhood:  7:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - AM CLASS

    Early Childhood: 11:45 am - 2:15 pm - PM CLASS



    Unit 5 is providing free meals for anyone 18 years of age or younger this summer! Lunch begins today at Unity Center and Breakfast begins next week at several locations. 

    Here is a link for information on times and locations.

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    logoUnit 5’s mission is to educate each student to achieve personal excellence. Our students have access to opportunities few other districts provide. While enjoying all the benefits of a big school district, our staff works tirelessly to build relationships and foster a sense of connectedness with students and families.

    To put Unit 5 on more stable financial footing and ensure our students continue to have access to the quality education they deserve, we need our community to come together to collaborate on a plan for the future of our school district.  Over the next several months, we will be engaging members of the community to help us develop a sustainable, long-term plan for Unit 5’s future. We hosted three public engagement sessions to help us review our options. 

    Last month, Unit 5 kicked off its community engagement process by hosting three public meetings to engage members of the community to help develop a sustainable, long-term plan for Unit 5's future. Based on feedback from those meetings, Unit 5 hosted an additional three meetings to gather guidance on how to proceed. 

    We are continuing this community-driven process by utilizing a phone survey for those residing in the Unit 5 school district. Please take the survey, as your feedback will help determine our plan for the future of our schools. You may receive a phone call from 309-260-2670, and to take the survey you simply need to answer the call and participate until it is completed. (Please note, your response will not count unless you complete the entire survey). You are also welcome to call 309-260-2670 to participate at your convenience any time until Saturday, May 28.

    Here is a link to the previous presentations, and a survey of priorities you are able to take.

    We hope you are able to attend one of the public engagement sessions that will help determine the future of our schools.


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  • info2022-2023 ACADEMIC CALENDAR

    The  calendar for the 2023-2023 school year has been approved. 

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    Unit 5 is proud of Unit 5 alum Leah Marlene, who made it to the American Idol finale. Here is a link for Leah's hometown visit, featuring many Unit 5 students and staff members.

    A 2019 graduate of Normal West (who also attended Prairieland and Parkside Junior), Leah was an honors student involved in Choir, Drama, and Key Club. Important to note, the first time Leah performed on stage was at the Prairieland talent show.


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    SUN The first day of school for students in kindergarten through 12th grades is Wednesday, August 17. Students will attend full day.
    Elementary - 7:45 am-2:30 pm
    High School - 8:30 am-3:30 pm
    Junior High - 8:45 am-3:45 pm
    The first day of school for early childhood students is Thursday, August 18.
    Morning - 7:45 am-10:15 am
    Afternoon - 11:45 am - 2:15 pm
    Full day - 7:45 am - 2:15 pm
    Welcome back!

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    Unit 5 kindergarten registration is now open for the 2022-2023 school year. Children reaching the age of 5 on or before September 1, 2022, will be eligible for enrollment in kindergarten and should contact their home school. Registration will be virtual. Here is a link for more information: Welcome to the Class of 2035!
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