•  James Avant is located in East St. Louis, Illinois and serves the communities of Washington Park and Caseyville.

    We serve a diverse population of students consisting of African Americans, Caucasians and Hispanics, as well as Special Services students in Kindergarten - 5th grade. We are a school that strives to service the whole student’s needs in our care.  

    Please continue to visit our website as we add new information and features to connect with students, staff, teachers, parents, and community.


    The Mission of James Avant Elementary School is to provide all students with a safe and nurturing learning environment that fosters a rigorous and diverse core curriculum in every classroom.



    We believe all children can learn through differentiated instruction.

    We value every student at James Avant Elementary School.

    We value a safe, supportive, stimulating and care environment.

    We believe that every student can achieve EXCELLENCE AND GREATNESS.

    We value our partnership with parents, community, teachers and the entire James Avant Elementary Family.





    Respect yourself and others around you.

    Excellence is the expectation.

    Always cooperate with teachers, staff and fellow students at all times.

    Dress properly with pride in your school uniform.

    You are responsible for YOU!!!



Featured News and Headlines

  • Technology Guide for Students and Parents

    Please click here to access resources to help your family navigate technology being used by School District 189.

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  • Back to School 2020-2021 Details

    School will begin for students on Monday, August 17, 2020 with REMOTE LEARNING at least through Friday, October 16, 2020 (the first quarter) to support the safety of our students, staff and families. Read details about the Remote Learning plan and the Hybrid model to be used when community conditions are safer. FAQ found here.

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  • Now Registering Students for Fall 2020

    Registration for RETURNING students can be completed online! It only takes a few minutes and can be done here: https://bit.ly/2ZY4s8U. NEW student enrollment begins the first week of August! School begins with remote learning on August 17, 2020.

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  • Grab and Go Student Meals

    Grab and Go student meals will NOT be served the first week of August or Monday, August 10th. We look forward to resuming these services on Tuesday, August 11th.

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  • Messages to Staff for Return to School and Safety

    Review detailed communications to all staff regarding back to school preparations and safety amid COVID-19.

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  • Click Here! - Virtual Graduation

    2020 High School - Virtual Graduation - Congratulations to our East St. Louis Senior High School Class of 2020 on earning over $11 million in college scholarships! Your future is bright! We wish our Class of 2020 the best!

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  • Need Help? Resources for You

    There are resources available to those needing assistance now during the COVID-19 pandemic – anything from where to find food and childcare support to numbers for County Health Departments and mental health and counseling hotlines.

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  • Ed Resources During Remote Learning

    Families, teachers and staff are concerned anytime students are away from school for an extended period. The Curriculum & Student Support Services departments suggest the following list of resources and websites for students and their families to engage in learning activities. Please use the links provided and activities shared by teachers to keep students engaged in academic and social-emotional activities.

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  • Remote Learning Plan

    In response to Illinois State Board of Education's recommendations and in accordance with Illinois State Governor JB Pritzker's executive orders, District 189 and IFT Local 1220 have developed a Remote Learning Plan to meet learning needs and ensure future academic success for all students during this unprecedented school closure.

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  • Información de Emergencia para Familias

    Recursos para estudiantes de inglés

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  • Transcript Requests

    For transcript or student records requests, please go to www.parchment.com and complete all steps and include payment.

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  • Recruiting & Hiring for 2020-2021

    East St. Louis School District 189 is looking for high-quality teachers, administrators and support staff to help our students get the best education possible. If you are committed to excellence, School District 189 is the team to join!

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