• City of Champions

    East St. Louis School District 189 is focused on providing rigorous, high quality education and exceptional educational experiences to the nearly 6,000 students within the community.  Across ten school campuses, over 800 full-time district staff provide educational services to students in preschool through 12th grade.  We operate an early childhood learning center, five elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and one alternative campus.  Our students reflect the local community: they are vibrant, resilient and strong.


    Students in East St. Louis School District 189 are supported physically, socially, and emotionally in a safe and nurturing environment to achieve academic success that prepares them for college, the workforce, and citizenship in the 21st century.


    To cultivate the potential in every student to thrive as a global citizen by inspiring a love of learning and civic engagement, by challenging and supporting every student to achieve academic excellence, and by embracing the full richness of our community.


    The work in East St. Louis School District 189 is guided by five goals:

    Establish and maintain continuous academic growth for all students using diverse, rigorous, and relevant curricula and assessments.

    Maintain stable funding and sound fiscal stewardship to provide appropriate instructional resources and support services, and to operate facilities at maximum efficiency.

    Foster a positive culture and climate that supports the health and social-emotional well-being of every student.

    Engage families, community members and all stakeholders in a collaborative proces to support academic excellence.

    Recruit, hire, retain, and develop highly effective personnel to achieve academic excellence and support student social-emotional health.

    Our most important goal is to improve academic outcomes for our students, and we have focused resources on this area.  We have also been fortunate to receive additional state funds to support the social and emotional needs of our students, which are directly related to their academic achievement.  A foundation has been built, and we are now ready to see our student achievement improve even more.

    Academic highlights of the past year include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Increased the Freshmen on Track to graduate from 69% in 2016 to 80% for SY 2017.
    • Increased Advanced Placement (AP) enrollment from 30 seats in 2012 to 444 seats in 2017.
    • Increased the ACT average score one full point from 15.1 in 2016 to 16.1 in 2017.
    • Increased the four-year graduation rate by 14.2% (62.8% in 2012 to 77.0% in 2017).
    • Increased scholarships earned by seniors from $389,000 in 2014 to over $14 million in 2017.
    • Increased percentage of students enrolling into college within 12 months of graduation from 47% in 2014 to 59% in 2017.
    • Increased college persistence rate (percentage of those who entered college in one year and returned the second year) from 49% in 2016 to 61% in 2017.
    • Decreased the dropout rate from 8% in SY 2014 to 4% in SY 2017.
    • Achieved 82.9% to 177.5% of expected growth in NWEA across all cohorts in reading and math from Fall 2014 to Winter 2017.

    These successes, and many more, are included in the State of the District Report.  Accomplishments are listed under each of the five goals that guide our work.  To review this report, CLICK HERE.

    As you review this Report, please note the improvements in our graduation rate, college acceptance rate, and the amount of scholarships our students have earned.  These outcomes are directly related to the increase in the number of students in Advanced Placement courses, the improvements in Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) scores, and the greater focus on administrator, teacher, and staff accountability.  Details of these accomplishments are provided within this Report.

    District 189 adopted the above-noted vision, mission and a strategic plan in February 2018. We believe the strategic goals represent a strong collaborative process and provide purposeful direction for the East St. Louis School District and provide a clear roadmap as we ensure educational excellence for our students. To view the Strategic Plan, CLICK HERE