WELCOME TO JAMES AVANT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
James Avant is located in Washington Park, Illinois and serves the communities of Washington Park and Caseyville.
Striving for Excellence
James Avant Elementary School is located in Washington Park, IL with a population of 3.91K people with a median age of 34.9 and median household income of 21,065. The most common educational levels obtained by the working population were high school or equivalent. 54% of the population is currently under poverty status with 53.9% living below the poverty line. James Avant ES serves a diverse population of students (87.4% AA, 7.5% Hispanic, and 3.8% White).
Despite it all........
At James Avant ES we believe in educating the whole child and providing them with every opportunity to advance in learning in the 21st Century. On the Illinois State Report Card our Summative Designation is currently Commendable. This status shows that our school has no underperforming student groups with a graduation rate greater than 67%. Schooldigger Reports shows that James Avant is currently ranked 1551 out of 2,081 within Illinois Elementary Schools.
Principal Nicholson & The A-Team are looking to keep up their excellence stride by continuing to promote Positivity in all Facets of the school community. James Avant has been awarded several awards in the past few years. In the school year 2020-21, at the start of the pandemic, the school was awarded The Bayer School of Excellence Award at St. Louis American Foundations Salute to Excellence Gala which highlighted their continued improvements during the pandemic academically. They were also awarded the IL-ASCD Whole Child Award during the school years 2020-2021 (Healthy) & 2022-2023 (Supportive).
Programs that aid in our school's stride toward excellence.....
James Avant's focus on the whole child, has initiated many programs that help to keep that focus. The following programs help with keeping our students Steadfast in Excellence:
PBIS-Positive Behavior Interventions & Support (Incentive program for all students.)
Kings Boys Group- Mentor Group for 3rd-5th grade boys.
Onyx Girls Group- Mentor Group for 3rd-5th grade girls.
Boys Scouts/Girl Scouts- Practical skills for all students
21st Century Program- After School enrichment program
Tech Club- Students learn how to code and enhance technology skills.
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Our Mission Statement:
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.
Our Vision Statement:
Our vision at James Avant Elementary School is to create a learning environment that fosters high expectations for success, college and career readiness and productive citizenship.
Our School wide Goals:
- NWEA Math and ELA Goals
- Math Winter Goal 60%
- ELA Winter Goal 55%
- Spring 80%
- IAR Goals
- Math 36%
- ELA 38%
- Attendance Goal Student & Staff
- Absentee Rate: 30%
- Health Compliance 100%
- Suspension Rate 1% or Less
Where we are “Building Tomorrow’s Future by Educating the Whole Child.”
- NWEA Math and ELA Goals
Featured News and Headlines
Parents and students can download the optional mobile app called "Versatrans My Stop" to track the school bus location and projected arrival from your smartphone. The app displays the actual location of the school bus utilizing GPS technology. It updates and adjusts the scheduled arrival time as the bus travels along the route. It also will show if the school bus has already passed the assigned stop.
Flyers Nation: The East St. Louis Senior High School Flyers Football Team competed in the IHSA 6A State Championship Game against Cary Grove High School in the final leg of an amazing season. The team worked hard on and off the field; ultimately earning the runner-up title.
Fans, please take note of these spectator rules that apply for all home athletic events. Ensuring safe athletic events is a priority for the East St. Louis School District. Please note that no bags or purses (including clear bags) are allowed into the stadium or gyms.
East St. Louis School District 189 Teacher Bestowed the 2023 Illinois Teacher of the Year Award from Illinois State Board of Education
Briana Morales from Gordon Bush Alternative School in East St. Louis School District 189 has been named the 2023 Southwest Regional Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Out of almost 500 applicants, Briana Morales was selected for this honor because of the positive impact she makes with vulnerable students, her dedication to personalized, competency-based education, her passion for educational research and policy development, as well as her commitment to supporting colleagues and future educators through Affinity Groups and more.
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.