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Schools In the Bloomington-Normal Area


Students joining Leroy CUSD (Community Unit School District) join a revered and succesful group of schools committed to delivering a top-notch education to every student. 


The district's superintendent, Gary Tipsord, has helped the school commit to continued improvement and sustained high performance. For parents moving to the Bloomington-Normal area, Leroy CUSD should be at the top of their list.


For parents and families looking for a school near Bloomington-Normal, the schools in Leroy CUSD should be at the top of their list. Click the buttons below to contact us directly or to learn more about what makes us one of the most respected schools in central Illinois.


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Our mission statement drives us forward, and we are strongly committed to the ideals it lists. Each individual component goes toward our goal of providing the best educational opportunity for all students of our school system.


"I moved many many time as a child and among the dozens of schools I went to all of which blur together in memory this gem stands out powerfully against the rest. It was here that I was inspired to do what I do for a career it was here that I had a safe haven from my troubled home it was here that I was told that I was special and trained in such a way as to not test well but truly learn well a concept far uncommon in today's education system. I adore this school." 

- A satisfied parent in Leroy, IL

Criteria For Choosing A School Near Bloomington

Parents, of course, want to pick the school that will give their child the best education and, consequently, the best chance at success. We understand that, which is why it's important to do thorough research before selecting a school near Bloomington, IL. Below is a list of tips and criteria from experts in the education sector - we hope this list both gives you a better idea of what to look for in a school near Bloomington-Normal and makes you feel better choosing Leroy CUSD.


Leroy High School Is Nationally Recognized By US News


Academic Programs

Schools nowadays should offer specialized academic programs to help students prepare for university and life after high school. The number of Advanced Placement or dual-credit courses offered speaks to how much is expected of students and whether the school will challenge their teen.



Depending on your area, you may be more inclined to select a private education for your child. With private schooling comes additional costs, which public schools do not have. In any case, it's important for you to be aware of any costs for which you'll be responsible before selecting a school near Bloomington-Normal.



Diversity refers to all sorts of factors, and we think it's important for a child's education. Will your child face different ways of thinking? Will the school challenge them and expose them to new ideas? Will your child grow? These are questions to ask before selecting a school.



In many ways, size goes hand in hand with diversity, as it will directly affect your child's learning environment. Size can impact the diversity of a school, and it can also affect the student-teacher relationship. A smaller school can offer a personalized, hands-on approach to help maximize each student's abilities, something a larger or private school can't always offer.


Test scores, Graduation rate, College attendance rates

Graduation rates and college placement statistics reveal how successful a school is at seeing students through to the next level. With that said, those scores do not tell the entire story. You should visit and speak with faculty before selecting one of the many schools near Bloomington-Normal.


Technology/teaching methods

Is your prospective school providing its students with the best educational opportunities? Are students receiving access to useful technology? On the same token, is the school so focused on technology that it has lost its commitment to education? 


Extracurricular activities

Can students get involved? Does the school offer both activities geared toward student interest and toward building useful life skills? Is the prospective school near Bloomington giving students access to the best possible learning opportunities?


Parent interaction

How does the school make you feel? Do they encourage parent involvement? Do they keep you in the loop? Each school has its own distinct culture and social climate. This is something you'll need to experience before making your selection.


Further Criteria

Nowadays, many businesses focus on selling a product, using misleading or overwhelming language to convince buyers to purchase something they may not fully understand. In the same way, some schools are guilty of "selling" certain aspects while overlooking other shortcomings. To combat this, we developed a checklist to determine whether your child's school is preparing him for a future job. Your school near Bloomington-Normal should:


1. Your child spends time each day on group work and group projects.

2. Your child is taught to focus on the process of thinking versus finding the correct answer.

3. Creativity is rewarded.

4. Excellent communication is being promoted vigorously at all levels.

5. Your child is becoming familiar with software and an engineering mind-set.


Signs Of A Good School District Near Bloomington


Like many things, all school districts are not created equal. Over the years, we've noticed some habits of successful schools -- habits that lead to sustained success. These are habits we stick to and habits we teach our students. Below, we've listed the habits and characteristics you should look for in choosing a school district for your son or daughter.


  1. Strong, consistent performance on state assessments

  2. High teacher retention rate

  3. Successful post-graduation outcomes for students

  4. Lack of violent incident reports

  5. Focused, efficient Board of Education meetings


Questions To Ask Your School

Questions to get started:

  • Does the school meet my basic needs? What time does the school start? Is childcare and busing availabe?

  • How are behavior problems handled? Every school should have an articulated disciplinary policy. Is it strict or lax?

  • How are teachers supported and held to a high standard? It’s worth asking if teachers collaborate and have a unifying vision and goal for their students. Do teachers of the same grade collaborate on a curriculum, so you can expect them to cover the same material and give the same amount of homework? Do teachers have regular meetings to discuss projects, teaching techniques, and specific students? 

  • To what universities do students apply and gain acceptance? Are students from the school (in meaningful numbers) accepted to a variety of quality colleges, including highly selective universities, geographically diverse schools and respected honors programs at state schools? 

  • What professional development opportunities do teachers have? In what ways do teachers collaborate?

  • Does the school offer Physical Education (PE) classes?

  • What are some of the school’s greatest accomplishments? What are some of the biggest challenges this school faces?

  • Does the school offer tutoring or other support if students need extra help?

  • Does this school have a particular curriculum focus, such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) or the arts?

Questions To Ask Other Parents:

  • What do you like about the school?

  • What don’t you like?

  • Did your kids react badly to anything?

  • If there were one thing you could change, what would it be?

  • Did your kids like it? What didn’t your kids like about it?

  • Lastly and most importantly: Will my child be happy here?  Will my family be happy here?

So, Why Leroy CUSD?

We hope that you'll see the benefits and opportunities the Leroy CUSD has to offer. We think it's a special community and we hope that your child will feel right at home.


Leroy CUSD is also working to improve the education experience for students potentially interested in the medicinal field. The district partners with The McLean County Medical Society (MCMS) to host a Human Anatomy Cadaver Dissection Lab for High School Students who might be interested in a career in medicine. 




  • Students at Leroy schools earn test scores higher than the state average.

  • Leroy schools offer a better student-teacher ratio than both the state and national average.

  • Test scores higher than Bloomington IL, Heyworth IL, Mansfield IL, among others.


The city of Leroy is also conveniently located, planted approximately 30 minutes from Champaign/Urbana and 20 minutes from Bloomington-Normal. LeRoy is often referred to as the crossroads of downstate Illinois.  Interstate 74, and State Highways 150 & 136 all converge in LeRoy, providing a path to any direction that you could choose to go. On top of that, Illinois State University, University of Illinois, Heartland Community College, and Illinois Wesleyan University are just a short drive from LeRoy.


School Districts in the Bloomington-Normal area:

  • Dunlap Community Unit School District

  • Morton Community Unit School District

  • Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Community Unit School District 5

  • Tri Valley Community Unit School District 3

  • Heyworth Community Unit School District 4

  • Bloomington School District 87

  • Mclean County Community Unit School District 5

  • Morton Community Unit School District 709


From Gary Tipsord, Leroy CUSD's superintendent:

"My children and now my grandchildren can attend one of the best school districts in the state. A district which embraces the latest technology and learning techniques; which doesn't forget about the kids who have special needs; which has LIFE, STEM, LeRoy Preparatory Academy, RIGHT Start, before and after school care and a cadaver lab. A school district which offers children the opportunity to explore the arts and participate in sports and many other activities. And despite the State of Illinois a school board which has been frugal enough to keep the doors open with most of its programs intact."

Leroy Elementary Schools

We take great pride at LeRoy Elementary in motivating your child. We will actively serve as "Star Polishers" in your child's life. The vision of LeRoy Community Unit School District #2 is an involved community, competitive students, and productive citizens. The mission of the Board of Education is to support and participate in the process of creating the best educational opportunity for all students of our school system.

LeRoy Elementary supports this mission by setting high expectations for student learning and conduct. We strive to develop academically strong, self-regulated learners who demonstrate respect. Students at LeRoy Elementary School will be challenged, motivated, celebrated, and cared for by our outstanding faculty and staff.


Leroy Jr-Sr High School

We have partnerships with the Bloomington Area Career Center to further enhance the opportunities for our students, our local business community provides real world work opportunities through a Senior Internship Program, and Parkland College continues to provide complete access to our students.


Leroy Preparatory Academy

Success at the LPA is any day that both the students & staff are actively engaged in the same pursuit. We can open the doors to opportunity for any child, regardless of their circumstances or disability if they bring a good attitude and put forth effort.


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In a recent evaluation by third-party assessor AdvancED, the school received praise and encouragement. The assessment recorded respectful and engaged students, a positive culture within our classrooms and beyond, strong peer supports between students, and a staff that genuine cares for our children.


All of this goes a long way toward making Leroy CUSD the best local school district near Bloomington-Normal. We want families new to the area to feel comfortble.


The assessors also recognized the uniqueness of our approach to teaching and learning and celebrated both our commitment to what we believe in and in the impact of that system on student learning.  They also celebrated the Board of Education for their commitment to providing an environment that allows our staff to work in the best interest of each and every child.


Leroy CUSD is also committed to giving students opportunities to complete dual credit and AP courses, which have been shown to be hugely beneficial for high school students, especially those planning to attend college. In fact, recent data shows that students who were exposed to college coursework while in high school were 2.2 times more likely to enroll in a two- or four-year college, two times more likely to return after the freshman year of college, and 1.7 times more likely to earn a college degree within six years.


These statistics don't tell the entire story, but we are encouraged by the consistent performance of our students and by the success they have after graduating from Leroy High School. Altogether, we feel comfortable saying that Leroy CUSD is the best school district Bloomington IL.

Living In Leroy, IL

Le Roy has much to offer as a community. Our recreation center, The Replex, offers indoor and outdoor pools, gymnasium, running/walking track, and more. We also have a 9-hole golf course, swimming pool and a clubhouse with restaurant.

  • The cost of living in Le Roy is 9% lower than the Illinois average.

  • The cost of living in Le Roy is 11% lower than the national average.

  • The cost of housing in Le Roy is 25% lower than the national average.

  • The overall crime rate in Le Roy is 37% lower than the national average.

  • Le Roy is safer than 66% of the cities in the United States.

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Best School District Near Bloomington-Normal | Leroy CUSD #2

Our belief is that schools are a reflection of the surrounding community, as well as an expression of how that community values its children -- its future. The town of Leroy, a nearby neighbor of the thriving Bloomington-Normal community, is committed to providing its students a top-notch education, and we hope that you'll come to call our area home.


Leroy CUSD

600 E. Pine, LeRoy IL 61752