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Educational opportunities from early childhood development through university studies are all available within the Jersey County learning community. While the area is home to various private and parochial institutions, the majority of students enroll in public education through Jersey Community School District Unit No. 100. The pre-K through 12th grade school system is composed of several elementary schools, Illini Middle School and Jersey Community High School. District No. 100 is committed to providing the highest quality of education and enhancing the academic and social lives of its growing student population. It maintains some of the highest standards in the state and boasts high graduation rates and above-average achievement on standardized tests.

Post-secondary education is offered through a number of colleges and universities in the region. Locally, Jersey County hosts Principia College in Elsah, a four-year, liberal arts college offering more than 30 different majors and minors and a highly active campus life. Neighboring Godfrey is the site of Lewis & Clark Community College, which caters to approximately 13,500 students working to obtain associate degrees or professional certificates. Lewis & Clark operates the Tri-County Community Education Center in Jerseyville as well. The campus provides exceptional corporate and community learning opportunities for people of all ages. Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville is located approximately 45 minutes from the county, and the nearby city of St. Louis is home to a host of further higher learning options.

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