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Education in Fairview Heights

Pontiac-William Holliday School

Belief in the solid future of their community prompts residents to demand high quality education for their children. The city is served by three elementary school districts: Pontiac-William Holliday School District 105, Grant-Illini Consolidated District 110, and School District 189. The latter serves a small area along the city’s western edge.

District 110 operates two schools in Fairview Heights. Illini Elementary School houses kindergarten through third grade and Grant School contains fourth through eighth grades. The district offers programs for gifted students and special education.

District 105 also has two schools in the city. William Holliday School has kindergarten through sixth grade and Pontiac Junior High School offers grades seven and eight.

Students from Districts 105 and 110 complete their secondary education at Belleville East High School, a few minutes south of the city.

Parochial education is also available in Fairview Heights at Holy Trinity Catholic School (grades 1-8,) Berean Christian School (grades K-12,) and Altoff Catholic High School.

The Illinois Center for Autism is a unique educational facility in Fairview Heights. It is a non-profit community-based mental health treatment and special education center for young people afflicted with autism, a lifelong physiological disorder. The facility strives to modify behavior and correct speech and language difficulties. It also provides vocational and job skill training.

After graduation from high school, Fairview Heights students have easy access to higher education. Nearby Belleville is home to the main campus of Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC,) a two-year community college. SWIC serves 21 southwestern Illinois communities, and offers 80 university transfer and career programs. Standing as the sixth largest community college in the state, SWIC awards associate degrees in arts, science, and applied science, most require two years to complete. Certificate programs require less than two years of study. Students achieving an academic degree can transfer to a four-year college or university to complete work on a bachelor’s degree.

Many who earn an associate degree from SWIC can transfer to Southern Illinois University in nearby Edwardsville (SIUE,) a few miles north of Fairview Heights. SIUE has approximately 11,000 students enrolled in its 57 majors and 42 minors.

Six schools make up the university: the College of Arts and Science, the School of Business, the School of Dental Medicine (located in Alton, IL,) the School of Education, the School of Engineering, and the School of Nursing.

SIUE is one of the area’s sites for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Center program, an organization that promotes growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity, and management improvement in area business.

Historic McKendree College, located in Lebanon, Illinois, is just minutes from Fairview Heights. Established in 1828 by pioneer Methodists, the four-year liberal arts college is the oldest in the state and boasts six bachelor degree programs and four graduate degree areas.

Fairview Heights students can also readily attend classes at several other well-known colleges and universities in the St. Louis area including St. Louis University, Washington University, and the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

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