• 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!





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