• Provide the highest quality of academic programs and services
  • Consider the needs of students while making decisions
  • Listen actively to all stakeholders
  • Open communication creates a good working climate for good decision making
  • Truth and respect are essential both internally and externally
  • Continuous growth comes through self-evaluation, assessment, and research-based action
  • Community support is imperative to our success
  • High expectations produce higher results
  • Good character and citizenship should be modeled by adults and learned by our students


The mission of Unit School District 709 is to serve the Groveland-Morton community by stimulating a desire for life-long learning, graduating productive individuals, and challenging all to achieve their highest potentials as active participants and leaders in a dynamic, global society.


Morton District 709 Goals:

Achievement: Morton District 709 will nurture and challenge each student to reach their potential through the highest quality teaching and evidenced based practices.


Climate: Morton District 709 will maintain a continuous improvement culture of mutual trust and respect demonstrated by all members of the school community.


Communication: Morton District 709 will strive to engage all members of the district and community in open, meaningful two-way communication providing timely information and opportunities for dialogue regarding key educational issues.


Facilities: Morton District 709 will develop and maintain facilities providing the current and future students with safe, well maintained, and functional space to support research based best practices in teaching and learning.


Finance: Morton District 709 will maintain a financial position which supports all district operations in an efficient, cost effective manner, providing long term stability for the district.



Enrollment and Staff

Total Enrollment for 2022-2023: 3,238

Total Number of Schools: 7

Total Number of Teachers: 219

Grundy: 440 students in grades PK-6
Jefferson: 355 students in grades K-6
Lettie Brown: 355 students in grades K-6
Lincoln: 523 students in grades K-6

Morton Academy: 13 students 

Morton Junior High: 483 students in grades 7-8

Morton High School: 1,059 students in grades 9-12



Operational Spending
$10,454 per student in FY22. This amount is the average per-student spending for all overall operations in the district, including instructional spending, but excluding summer school, adult education, capital expenditures, and long-term debt payments. The average cost in the state of Illinois is $16,029 per student.


Special Programs

  • Special Education
  • Enrichment Education

  • English Language Learner

  • Early Childhood



Niche,  research, and ranking company, ranked Morton School District as the following in their 2020 Best Schools rankings.

  • 1) Morton School District was ranked in the top 10 percent on the list of the Best School Districts in Illinois 
  • 2) Morton School District ranked #1 as the Best School District in Tazewell County
  • 3) Morton School District ranked #4 among the 643 Safest School Districts in Illinois 
  • 4) Morton School District ranked #57 among the 11,823 Safest School  Districts in America

US News & World Report

  • Morton High School was 1 of 3 high schools in downstate Illinois that was ranked in the top 80 high schools in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report in May of 2019.