•  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

  • Student Meal Distribution Through Adaptive Pause

    Grab and Go Student Meals are available daily through January 28, 2022. Each day, come get a Grab and Go bag that contains breakfast, lunch, and supper. Look for the school bus between 11:00am and 1:00pm at participating schools and centers. No service on Monday, January 17 (MLK Day).

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  • Adaptive Pause: Remote Instruction January 4-28, 2022

    School District 189 will hold remote instruction during an adaptive pause from January 4-28, 2022. School will resume in person on Monday, January 31, 2022. Please carefully review the full communication found here.

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  • Virtual Parent Meetings-All Parents are Welcome

    Attention Parents and Guardians, You are invited to join our virtual parent meetings scheduled by school level. The schedule is as follows: January 25 for High School Parents; January 26 for Middle School Parents; and January 27 for Elementary School Parents. The meeting times will be 11am and 5pm each day. Please see the flyer in this email for additional information and meeting log in information.

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  • Technology Support Available for Students, Parents and Caregivers

    Students, Parents, and Caregivers who are in need of technical assistance with their district devices and programs can reach out to the Technology Team through the Tech Support Line, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am until 2:30 pm.

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  • Help Is Available

    Many of us may need additional emotional or mental health support. Help is available.

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  • Return to Learn Plan

    Please review our Return to Learn Plan. We value the feedback received from students, parents and community stakeholders.

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  • School District 189 E-Learning Plan Adopted on October 19, 2021

    The East St. Louis School District 189 E-Learning Plan was adopted by the Board of Education on October 19, 2021.

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  • COVID Data Dashboard, Weekly COVID Testing and Test To Stay Program

    Check here for the COVID Data Dashboard. School District 189 is participating in the Test to Stay program in partnership with the CDC, IDPH, and East Side Health District. The SHIELD Illinois saliva-based PCR test is also used weekly to test students for COVID to promote a safe learning environment.

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  • East St. Louis School District 189 is Hiring Substitute Teachers!

    East St. Louis School District 189 is seeking qualified candidates to hire as Substitute Teachers in the district. Interested candidates must have an appropriate State of Illinois Substitute Teaching License and must possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

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  • COVID-Related Notices

    Thank you to all our students, staff, parents, and health partners at East Side Health District for working together to keep our campuses safe. If a COVID case is identified, it is East Side Health District (not School District 189) that determines who needs to quarantine and for how long. Review details here about COVID messages, quarantines, COVID testing, staff vaccinations and more.

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  • SHINE189 Newsletter

    Be sure to review the SHINE189 Newsletter for School Year 2020-2021. Inside, you will find many highlights of stellar students, terrific teachers, achieving administrators, spectacular staff, pivotal programs and nifty news notices!

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  • Now enrolling for preschool!

    Do you have a preschooler ages 3 to-5 or know of a family with a young child? We are now accepting new preschool student enrollment for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

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