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Celebrate Central

Staff Members holding up prizes from fundraising gala

Since 2017, the Washington Community Foundation, through its Central 51 Fund, has issued grants to Central District 51 totaling $109,596.

Officer Taylor

We work closely with the Washington Police Department (WPD) to update our safety protocols. We have incorporated the CrisisGo app for greater communication during a crisis.

students knitting
Central Activities

Central activities feature Cookie Coders, CIS Knitters, E-Sports, and Central Care Club which hosts community days with acts of service both on and off campus.

State of the Art Playground

Central has a new, state-of-the-art playground for all students to enjoy. This project was made possible by a generous $70,000 donation from PTO.


STEM program for K-8 that is helping us meet the science standards in more depth at the younger grade levels. We look for ways to offer more to our students and expand the program


Central District 51 has committed to have Art K-8 and our students are now receiving a full Art experience in our flourishing Art Program.

Girls basketball team

We offer multiple opportunities for students to compete in sports throughout the year. We continue to expand the programs to allow for more ways for kids to participate.


The application for a $50,000 ROE-approved grant has been accepted by the ISBE to provide ceiling tile throughout CIS – the last areas not tiled in the district.

Trojan Talk

Julie Faulkner
I've had the privilege of working with so many wonderful people in all aspects of this job. I love the school, the staff, the parent involvement/support through the PTO, and the programs Central has to offer.
Julie Faulkner - 1st Grade Teacher
Kyle Hamon
Both Central schools are driven by a mission and purpose that focuses on preparing students for success in the modern world. I am very impressed by the implementation of technology, social/emotional, and inquiry-based instruction in almost every classroom.
Kyle Hamon - 4th/5th Grade Resource Teacher
Anna Underhill
I enjoy collaborating with my colleagues and growing professionally through the various experiences I have had here at Central. I am happy to be part of a supportive community that focuses on the whole child and providing the best possible education to all students!
Anna Underhill - 8th Grade English Language Arts Teacher
Allison Malcom
I came to Central because of the opportunity to work with an amazing special education team. Here at Central we offer a variety of special education programs and all the professionals here are fantastic! I have all of the best resources and parent participation is superb!
Allison Malcom - CPS Special Education Resource Teacher
Wesley Lane
My favorite part of my job is getting to know my students. I love joking around with them and making them feel relaxed in my classroom. The staff at Central is second to none. It's a great community to be a part of.
Wesley Lane - 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Stephanie Standish
This is my 2nd year as the reading interventionist. I really enjoy working with small groups of students and one-on-one. It's very exciting to see a reader leave me! I have great memories at each grade level with both both the students and teachers that I've worked with.
Stephanie Standish - Reading Interventionist
Julie Zimmerman
I enjoy my co-teachers, my students, the staff, and families at Central. My co-workers are very friendly and helpful. I have enjoyed working with my co-teachers and getting to know so many of my students and their families in my last twelve years here at Central 51.
Julie Zimmermann - 1st Grade Teacher
Breanna Basso
I wanted to explore teaching Spanish to middle school students. I love the kids and I love the people that I work with.
Breanna Basso - Spanish Teacher
Amy Krismer
The children have flourished this year. Their speech and fine motor skills have improved. They are very sweet, funny, busy, silly and hard workers. We ask a lot of them and they love to learn.
Amy Krismer – Paraprofessional Kindergarten