Our School

  • 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.

    School 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.

    School Motto: James Avant Elementary School is striving for academic excellence and greatness!

    School Programs include:

    • Building and District Spelling Bee
    • Young Author's Conference
    • Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee and Monthly Meetings
    • Family Reading Night
    • Family Math Night
    • Real Women and Men Read Initiatives
    • Dr. Seuss Literacy Activities
    • STEM Initiatives
    • Building and District Science Fair
    • Holiday Programs (i.e., Grandparent's Day, Christmas, Cinco De Mayo and  Black History Programs)
    • Earth Day Recycling Program
    • Greenville College Future Educators' Program
    • East St. Louis Sr. High School Students As Teachers Program
    • Boy Scouts of America
    • Girl Scouts of America
    • PTSA Monthly Meetings
    • Parent University Initiatives
    • Parent Involvement in the Title 1 planning process
    • Parent Surveys (i.e. 5 Essential and AdvancEd Survey)
    • School Newsletter and Monthly Calendar/Reminders
    • Parent Workshops and Conferences
    • Real Men Read
    • Real Teens Read (High School Students Read to Elementary Students)
    • Scholastic Book Fair
    • East Side Health District
    • Building and District Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
    • Ned Character Education Program
    • Grade Level Awards Day Program
    • Athletic Programs and Events
    • 21st Century Family Activities
    • Jackie Joyner Kersee Wellness Program
    • University of Illinois Extension Nutrition Program
    • National Jr. Beta Club
    • Washington Park Fire Prevention and Awareness Program
    • Boys to Young Men Character Building Program
    • Onyx Girls Character Building Program
    • Student & Staff member of the Month
    • Robotics Team

Contact Us

  • Quanshanda Nicholson, Principal

    Email:  quanshanda.nicholson@estl189.com


    Latesha Clemons, Assistant Principal

    Email:  latesha.clemons@estl189.com 


    Kathryn Smoot, Clerk

    Email:  kathryn.smoot@estl189.com

    Phone:  618-646-3870