Alton School District #11 is the largest of the six area districts, with seven elementary schools, one middle school, an early childhood center, an alternative school and a new 387,000 square-foot high school. The new Alton High School has 90 new classrooms, a performing arts auditorium, gymnasium and many other amenities for students. The Alton School District recently invested $57 million in the construction of the state-of-the-art high school and a renovated middle school. The District’s comprehensive academic program is targeted to provide all students with a high-quality education and post-secondary success. The District’s fine arts program is one of the finest in the State with the Alton High Music Department winning the IHSA State Championship in both 2004 and 2005.
Alton also has five parochial schools, including Marquette Catholic High School, a facility near downtown Alton, with an enrollment of more than 300 students. Eighty-five percent of graduates go on to a college or university. As a result, its curriculum is academically oriented, with a foundation in Christian principles, and contains several advanced placement courses. Other parochial schools in Alton include Mississippi Valley Christian School with 139 students enrolled, and housing pre-kindergarten through 12th grade; and two Catholic kindergarten through eighth grade schools - St. Mary’s School with an enrollment over 340, and Sts. Peter and Paul School, with an enrollment of 200 students. Westminster Christian Academy - River Bend is an interdenominational college-preparatory school offering classes from kindergarten through 12th grade in a caring, family-oriented environment. The goal of Westminster is to provide students with a solid, well-rounded educational experience as well as to prepare them to become the future leaders of our communities. Westminster’s motto is “Building Scholars in Mind, Spirit, and Truth.”
Bethalto has six public schools operated by Bethalto Community Unit School District 8, plus two parochial schools. The district has recently committed $6.3 million in capital improvements to their schools. The public schools include four kindergarten through fifth grade schools, a middle school, and a high school. Civic Memorial High School has an enrollment of nearly 900. The two parochial schools are Our Lady Queen of Peace, a Catholic school with 222 students enrolled, and Zion Lutheran School, with 172 students.
In East Alton, four East Alton School District 13 public schools serve the community’s education needs. Eastwood Elementary has an enrollment of 600 students. East Alton Middle has 300 students while Washington Kindergarten enrolls 90 youngsters.
Godfrey is served by three schools of the Alton School District and the District’s Early Childhood Center. Gilson Brown Elementary, Lewis & Clark Elementary, and North Elementary focus on the kindergarten through fifth grade levels. Godfrey also has three parochial schools - Evangelical Elementary Schools with 365 students in grades kindergarten through fifth, Faith Lutheran School with 61 young people in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, and St. Ambrose Catholic School which has 300 students in kindergarten through the eighth grade.
The Jersey School District 100 serves the Village of Elsah and the City of Grafton. The district committed $5.7 million for a new elementary school in Grafton which opened in 2005. A total of 184 students are enrolled.
The Village of Hartford has one of Wood River-Hartford School District 15’s elementary schools, Hartford Elementary School, a pre-kindergarten through fifth grade facility. The school has an enrollment of 195 pupils.
Roxana has three schools, each part of Roxana Community Unit School District 1. Central Elementary School is a kindergarten through fifth grade school and has an enrollment of 438. Roxana Junior High School spans grades sixth through eighth and has an enrollment of 424 students. Roxana High School enrolls some 570 students.
South Roxana Elementary School in South Roxana is also part of the Roxana School District. A pre-kindergarten through fifth grade school, it has 495 young people enrolled. Bethel Christian Academy is also located in South Roxana. A pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school, it has an enrollment of 129 students. Hope Christian Academy has 47 students in K-12 grades.
Wood River has three public schools, including East Alton-Wood River High School, with 759 students. Lewis and Clark Elementary School and Lewis and Clark Junior High School are housed in a single building. Both are part of Wood River-Hartford School District 15. The elementary school has an enrollment of 376 students while the junior high school has 285 students enrolled.
A Montessori school on Lewis and Clark Community College campus provides care and education for the children of the River Bend area, from preschool through 8th grade. The William BeDell Achievement and Resource Center provides special education, and the Beverly Farm Foundation is a home and training center for the developmentally disabled.
As well as the complete range of public schools, many private and parochial schools serve the area. Many of the larger churches, and even some small churches, offer early grade schooling for area children. Many pre-school programs are available in both public and private schools.