East St Louis School District 189

Leadership Community

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. The district’s mission is 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 toward exceeding grade-level expectations for all students using diverse, culturally responsive, rigorous, and ISBE standards-aligned curricula, instruction, and assessments.

Preserve strong financial standing while maintaining 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 process to create a thriving culture for students.

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

The most important goal is to improve academic outcomes for students, and the District focuses resources on this area.

Areas of Expertise

  • Collective Impact
  • Systems Change
  • Early Childhood System
  • Out-of-School Time System
  • School-Based Partnerships and Data Sharing
  • Coalition Building

Prioritized Focus Areas

  • Energy
  • Health Sciences
  • Information Technology

Key Successes

  • Continue to expand the Running Start program in partnership between School District 189 and Southwestern Illinois College, allowing students the opportunity to earn their associate’s degree while graduating from high school.
  • Annually increase the number of high school students earning college credit through dual credit courses and industry-recognized certifications.
    Increase academic rigor and student preparation in the Transitional Math program to reduce the percentage of students needing remediation coursework in college.
  • Selected to participate in the state’s Competency-Based Education pilot program.
  • Continue partnership between Vistra Energy, School District 189 and Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI) for the annual STEM Challenge project. STEM Challenges are real-world projects that create opportunities for high school students to work alongside STEM professionals as mentors.
  • Continue partnership between Jobs for America’s Graduates and School District 189 to provide employability skills, work-based learning experiences and job placement for students at alternative school.
  • Conducted a Pathways to Prosperity Asset Mapping in East St. Louis with Jobs for the Future.

2-Year Goals

  • Fully implement school-wide AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) strategies at East St. Louis Senior High School and earn recognition as AVID School of Distinction.
  • Fully implement an enhanced diploma program providing high school students with Pathway Endorsements by 2022.
  • Develop an apprenticeship program for Career and Technical Education students.

Community Updates

East St. Louis Celebrates Class of 2022

East St. Louis HS’s Class of 2022 has has earned a combined total of over $29 million in scholarships and two graduates also earned their associate degrees while in high school.

Trauma-Informed Practices Webinar

Representatives from East St. Louis School District 189 and Township High School District 214 in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago shared how they have implemented trauma-informed practices in their districts in partnership with the Illinois Federation of Teachers and community partners.

Walking Across Two Stages

Montez Holton, Valedictorian of the East St. Louis Senior High School Class of 2018, walked across two stages in May: earning a high school diploma and associate’s degree.