Quincy is located in western Illinois along the Mississippi River. District 172 includes a total enrollment of 6,868 students in 10 schools. It currently has a poverty rate of 61% of students receiving free and reduced lunches). The racial make-up of its student population includes 81% Caucasian; 11% African-American; 5% multi-racial; 2% Latino; 1% Asian.
District 172 recently forged a formal partnership agreement with Western Illinois University (WIU) to collaborate in the preparation of principals. WIU is a public university located in Macomb, Illinois in the west-central part of the state. It is comprised of several campuses, in order to bring the course offerings to the students living and working in a wide, rural geographic area as well as the urban areas of the “Quad Cities” (Davenport, IA; Bettendorf, IA; Moline, IL; and Rock Island, IL). Unlike other Principal Preparation Programs in Illinois, WIU attracts candidates from multiple states, including Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Illinois. The Principal Preparation Program at WIU consists of 13 courses and 4 credit hours of internship experiences sequentially developed in a cohort model, designed to be completed within three years. WIU is in its 3rd cohort of the IL-PART grant.