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The East St. Louis School District is committed to providing educational experiences for students Pre-K through twelfth grades. The experiences will ensure that students are afforded the broadest range of opportunities to reach their academic potential and thus become productive and contributing members of society. Opportunities are inclusive of, but not limited to, community-based programs and post-secondary options that focus on reading and mathematics strategies which ensure that each child is proficient at every grade level.

May 1, 2015

Dear Parents and Members of the East St. Louis Community:

  In an effort to gather input into the selection of the next Principal of East St. Louis Senior High School, the District will be conducting a “Visioning Forum” with parents and community members. The forum will take place during the regularly scheduled Key Communicators Network Meeting on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 6:00PM at the Board of Education Office, located at 1005 State Street, East St. Louis, IL.

  The meeting will involve some visioning style activities (Keep, Start, and Stop) which will help to generate discussion and input about programs, initiatives, and past practices. We will also seek your input regarding the skills, qualities, and characteristics you desire in a new principal and use this information in the screening, interviewing, and selection of candidates. Please plan to attend.


Arthur R. Culver Superintendent of Schools

Vivian Adams Early Childhood Center Screenings/Preschool Registration

Parents, it is now time to schedule developmental screenings for children ages 1 month to 3 years old, and preschool screenings for children ages 3, 4 and 5 who are not eligible for Kindergarten. See the enclosed flyer for more details.

Vivian Adams Free Screenings and Preschool Registration 4.22.15

For more information, call Vivian Adams Early Childhood Center at 618.646.3290.

State of the District Reports 2015

The East St. Louis School District 189 State of the District Report covers progress made in each the district's five goals: academic improvement, financial stability, safe learning and workplace environment, and quality staff. Two versions of the report are available: a summary version and full version.

State of the District - Summary

State of the District - Full Version


Read to Succeed Reading Challenge

The East St. Louis Community has come together to ensure that all third grade students who attend East St. Louis School District 189 are reading at grade level. To do this, we need volunteers who will listen to students read for two hours, from 10 a.m. to noon, each Saturday, beginning April 11 - May 16, 2015.

Interested volunteers, please complete one of the following steps:

1. Fill out an online volunteer form and submit the confirmation page to KMA Certified Testing, 6400 W. Main St., 1A in Belleville.

Online Form Version: Click here. Volunteers will need to print out the confirmation page.

2. Download a volunteer form. Submit the volunteer form to KMA Certified Testing, 6400 W. Main St., 1A in Belleville.

Downloadable Volunteer form: Volunteer Information Form and Waiver of Liability - Reading Challenge

3. Visit one of the reading site locations (listed below), pick up a form and submit it to KMA Certified Testing, 6400 W. Main St., 1A in Belleville.

Read to Succeed Saturday morning reading site locations:

We are now only hosting two reading site locations for the remaining Saturdays:

New Life Community Church

Katie Wright Elementary

Metro East Preschool for All

Metro East Preschool for All, is a Community Hub Partner with the State of Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development and the Illinois State Board of Education in the Southern Illinois, St. Louis Metro East area. We are a rapidly expanding progressive early education provider serving four year old children with a high quality preschool education and comprehensive services. Job openings here!    

2015 School Board Election Information

Recent legislation significantly changed school election procedures. Please follow the links to information regarding School Board Election in the enclosed file. 2015 School Board Election Information

2015 School Election Procedures_Questions



Students from East St. Louis Senior High School will be serving the community by providing a school-based food pantry twice per month.

FLYERS FEEDING FAMILIES will distribute food boxes to local residents at the North 51st Street (side) entrance of the high school from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. beginning in November and continuing through May. Food will be donated by the St. Louis Area Food Bank and by Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House.

Students who would like to volunteer can participate in the following ways: 1. Load and prepare boxes prior to community distribution. 2. Serve food boxes during distribution hours. 3. Help with publicity and obtaining boxes or donations. Flyers Feeding Families  

  School Supply List for 2014-15 East St. Louis School District 189 School Supply Lists for the 2014-15 school year. Miles Davis School Supply List for Officer, James Avant, Dunbar Katie Wright 2014-15 Gordon Bush

New Student Registration Information for Kindergarten 2015-16

Parents of students in who will be entering Kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year must register their children. For more information, please see the enclosed flyer.


Vision Exams English
Vision Exams-Spanish

Registration Health Forms

Child Health Exam-English
Child Health Exam-Spanish
School Medication Authorization Form
Registration Form Spanish
State of Illinois Dental Exam Form
State of Illinois Eye Exam Form
State of Illinois Eye Exam Waiver Form

Dear Parents and Guardians of School District 189:

East St. Louis School District 189 will offer Kindergarten, first, fifth, and eighth grade students who attend a district school a free school physical or immunization.

Immunizations will be offered 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday at Vivian Adams Early Childhood Center, 501 Katherine Dunham Pl. Parents must accompany children. Walk-in appointments are available for immunizations.

Physicals are done at Vivian Adams by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 618.646.3296 to schedule a physical. Parents or guardians must fill out a “Consent to Services” form and the primary parent or guardian must be present at the appointment. This is a service offered only to school district 189 students.

School physicals and immunizations can also be done from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays; and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. only on Fridays at the school-based health clinic at East St. Louis Sr. High School, 4901 State Street. A “Consent to Services” form must be filled and a parent/guardian must be present during the appointment. The health clinic at the high school requires a payment of $15 or a medical card.

Superintendent's Update: Teacher Evaluation Update

Thank you to teachers and administrators at East St. Louis Senior High School and at James A. Avant Elementary School, who are piloting our new teacher evaluation process. Teacher Evaluation Update 

Consent Decree Between East St. Louis School District 189 and ISBE

Dear Parents, Patrons, Staff, and Community Members,

Attached is the Consent Decree agreed upon by the East St. Louis School District 189 Board of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The Board and ISBE will work collaboratively to meet the goals of the Decree, which are targeted at increasing academic achievement for our students and establishing financial stability. I am privileged to lead the important work of facilitating this improvement process.

If you have questions, please contact me at arthur.culver@estl189.com.

Consent Decree May 7 2013

Resolution Consent Decree

East St. Louis School District 189 Learners Creed The Learners Creed sets the tone for the school day and is recited daily by all District 189 students. The East St. Louis School District's Learners Creed

Learn about Common Core State Standards The Common Core State Standards Initiative will provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. Get the facts. Learn more about the core here. Specific information on the Common Core for Illinois can be found at www.commoncoreil.org, which includes resources for parents and educators.

District Participates in New Assessment Called PARCC: Twenty-six states are working together in the  Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

The new assessment system will greatly increase the number of graduating students who  are ready to succeed after graduating. Illinois is one of 11 states serving on  PARCC’s governing board, helping to lead the way. PARCC Letter 2014 PARCC FAQ 020414Parent's Guide to New Illinois Assessment