•  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

  • Registration is Now Open for our Virtual Job Fair

    Virtual Job Fair July 22, 2020! Read more for the link to register.

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  • Superintendent Culver's Message on School Year 2020

    Attention all parents, students and staff, please review the following message from Superintendent Culver concerning fall updates.

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  • Now Enrolling NEW PreK-Grade 8 for Fall 2020

    Registration for returning preschool and new preK-8th grade students can be picked up Monday-Thursday from 10:00am-1:00pm at Vivian Adams Early Childhood Center.

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  • Superintendent's Message on Racial Injustice

    The nation is unraveling, deeply saddened and devastated by the killing of yet another black man. George Floyd’s brutal and senseless murder is the latest in a continuous tide of deaths caused by police brutality and indifference. His name is now added to a growing list including Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and many other unarmed black people who have been killed because of overly aggressive behaviors of police officers or vigilantes across our nation. This trend has continued because the criminal justice system has allowed the human rights of the victims to be grotesquely violated without significant consequences. Feelings of outrage, shock, despair, and heartbreak cannot begin to express the deep range of emotions that most of us have experienced during this painful time.

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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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  • Grab and Go Student Meals on Wheels

    Grab and go meals are provided during school closure. Meals available 10am-Noon, Monday-Friday, at our nine K-12 schools and at participating centers. Brief mobile stops also provide Grab and Go meals. Meals include one day of breakfast and lunch provided in one bag and are to be picked up then taken home to eat. Meals may be picked up by students or guradians.

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  • Contact Info During School Closure

    Are you trying to reach your child's teacher or school principal during school closure? This list provides principal emails and phone numbers for you to use. If you have general questions and don't know who to start with, email questions@estl189.com for help.

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  • Ed Resources During School Closure

    Families, students, leaders, teachers and staff are concerned anytime students are away from school for an extended period of time. For this reason, the Curriculum and Student Support Services departments have compiled a 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 during our school closure.

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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 During School Closure

    If there is an urgent need for transcripts or student records, please follow steps to make requests while we are under school closure due to COVID-19 precautions. There may be a delay. Please understand that unique circumstances may not be resolved until we return.

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