•  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

  • Join our Team!

    East St. Louis School District 189 may have the perfect career opportunity for you! Check out our current job openings, including June-only teaching positions for our extended school year. Apply here!

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  • Student Rapid Testing Now Available with Parent Consent

    Attention All East St. Louis School District 189 Parents and Guardians: COVID testing is NOW available for students. Please sign the consent form (linked below) and return to your child's school at your earliest convenience to authorize your child to receive a rapid test as needed. Please read the full document carefully.

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  • Update for Extended Learning for Summer 2021

    The next phase of learning recovery is pivotal for our students and their futures. We strongly believe that learning instruction needs to be extended this year to ensure students are on pace to advance to the next grade level. The local teachers’ union has agreed to extend the current school year for student attendance through June 29, 2021. A formal recommendation for the continuation of the school year will made to our Board of Education members later this month. The extended school year will be required for all students in preschool through grade 11 and for seniors (grade 12) who have not met graduation requirements by May 19, 2021. School principals and counselors will provide communication to students regarding their completion of graduation requirements.

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  • P-EBT Benefits

    Are you wondering how to change your address for P-EBT benefits? All School District 189 students are eligible to receive P-EBT resources. If you already received your P-EBT Link Card, and need to update your address; you may do so using the LINK hotline at 1-800-678-5465. If needed, you can order a new card at that time as well.

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  • Transitions to In-Person Instruction

    Please see detailed communications regarding return to in-person instruction for some grade 6-12 students beginning April 7, 2021. Until further notice, we will not require school uniforms. Please refer to the Uniform/Dresscode section of the Student Code of Conduct for details. Please also review recommendations to extend the school year through June 30, 2021.

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  • Grab and Go Student Meals

    School District 189 provides Grab & Go meals every Thursday from 10am-Noon to remote learners enrolled in the district. The weekly box includes breakfast, lunch, snack and supper for 7 days! Get yours at: - All 10 schools - Several Community Centers - Mobile Routes. Look for the school bus!

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  • School District Partners with East Side Health District and National Guard to Vaccinate Staff

    East St. Louis School District 189, in partnership with East Side Health District and the National Guard provided School District 189 staff members with COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 and Thursday, February 11, 2021. East St. Louis School District 189 is the first known school district in the region to partner with a local health department on such a large vaccination event for staff members.

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  • Former Flyers Football Team Members Play College Football

    Twenty-one former members of the East St. Louis Senior High School Football Team are currently enrolled in college on scholarships and playing on college football teams. These former Flyers are playing all over the United States demonstrating not only their athletic ability but their sholastic abilities as well.

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  • Technology Guide for Students and Parents

    Please click here to access resources to help your family navigate technology being used by School District 189. Having technical difficulties? Contact the Tech Helpline at 618-646-3322 or email parentsupportcenter@estl189.com

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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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  • Información de Emergencia para Familias

    Recursos para estudiantes de inglés

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  • Ed Resources During Remote Learning

    Families, teachers & 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 & 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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