• 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 the community.

    SPIRIT WEEK - Homecoming Parade  

    Student Council and Cheerleaders represented JAES in the Homecoming Parade!

    SPIRIT WEEK - Throwback Thursday

    For Throwback Thursday we are asking staff and students to wear an outfit from a different era! Let’s continue to show school spirit while throwing it back to the 60’s 70’s 80’s 90’s or early 00’s!



    SPIRIT WEEK - College and Greek Day

    We celebrated College and Greek Day! Staff and students wore their College gear or Greek gear to promote Spirit Week at JAES!

    SPIRIT WEEK - Wacky Tacky Tuesday

    Wednesday, October 5, 2022, is Wacky Tacky Wednesday at James Avant Elementary School! We would like all staff and students to wear their favorite Wacky Tacky clothing!


    SPIRIT WEEK - Grade Level Colors


    PBIS Incentive: Today our students were able to shop at the Roar Store inside our SEL Room! Students are awarded Roar Bucks for their Positive Behavior by any adult they come in contact with throughout the day, even from our bus drivers. Students were so excited to visit and purchase a variety of items from snacks to fidget spinners to school supplies! 🖤💛❤️🐾 ❤️🖤💛🐾


    Book Buddies

    This year our upper grade level students are so excited about becoming Book Buddies with our Kindergarten and 1st grade classes. They are able to create bonds and read books together. 



    JAES Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

    September 15 - October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Students at JAES learned about Hispanic history, Famous Hispanic People, and created Hispanic masks, birds, and pinatas in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. 


     Grandparent's Day at JAES

    On Monday, September 12th, 2022 James Avant Elementary celebrated Grandparents day! Our grandparents and students had a great time. They enjoyed a continental breakfast and were able to engage in 5 educational stations that allowed them to make arts and crafts, play educational board games, Math Bingo, create Colorful art work out of coloring sheets, and play Math Dominoes. We really enjoyed witnessing the magic and bonds the children displayed with their grandparents! 💛❤️🖤


    James Avant Celebrated

    Back to School Block Party!

    Our Back to School Block Party was held on August 20th from 10 until 1.  Parents were introduced to the various supports that we offer to our students and families at James Avant Elementary School. In addition, they had a chance to meet and talk with the Mayor of Washington Park, Mayor Leonard Moore, explore and talk with the Volunteer Fire Department of Washington Park,  and talk with a police officer and sit in the drivers seat of the police car.  Students worked puzzles and games, ran an obstacle course, and even had the chance to dunk a teacher!





Featured News and Headlines

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    Notice of Board Member Vacancy

    NOTICE OF BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBER VACANCY PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, pursuant to Section 10-10 of the Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/10-10) and Board of Education Policy No. 2:70, the Board of Education of East St. Louis School District Number 189, St. Clair County, Illinois (School District) is accepting applications to fill the vacancy

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    Illinois 5Essentials Survey

    Parents, we need your voice! Ask school staff how to participate. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey can be completed starting January 24, 2023.

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    Join Us for the Key Communicator Network (virtual) Meeting

    Key Communicator Network (KCN) meetings are the best opportunity for parents and community members to have an open dialogue with the Superintendent and Cabinet members regarding questions, concerns, or recommendations they have. KCN participants will also hear updates about what is new at School District 189.  You are invited to join us!

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    Join Our Team!

    East St. Louis School District 189 may have the perfect career opportunity for you! Check out our current job openings on our website. School District 189 offers: * Competitive pay! *Best insurance benefits! *Higher pay with experience! *One-time stipend for teachers hired in the areas of math, science or foreign language!

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    Board Member Consolidated Election

    Three (3) seats on our seven-member Board of Education will be filled at the April 4, 2023 Consolidated Election. To be eligible to serve, one must be, on the date of election, a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age or over, a registered voter, and a resident of the State of Illinois and the East St. Louis School District for at least one year immediately preceding the election.

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    SHINE189 Newsletter

    Be sure to review the current SHINE189 Newsletter. 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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    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 available weekly to test students or staff for COVID to promote a safe learning environment.

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    eLearning, Return to Learn, & ESSER III Plans

    Please review our eLearning, Return to Learn and ESSER III Plans. We value the feedback received from students, parents and community stakeholders.

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    East St. Louis School District 189's Discipline Improvement Plan

    East St. Louis School District 189 has worked diligently to develop a discipline improvement plan. Please click the read more link to access the document.

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    Safety Message

    The East St. Louis School District is deeply committed to ensuring the safety of all students, staff, and school visitors on a daily basis.  Click here to read about existing safety and security measures we have in place.

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    Información de Emergencia para Familias

    Recursos para estudiantes de inglés

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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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    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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