Curriculum & Special Education


District 7 offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the needs of the individual student. The curriculum is a result of a research-based study by a K-12 committee of teachers, parents, and administrators into the best practices in instruction of the particular content area. The comprehensive core curriculum includes instruction in language arts, math, social science, and science.

In addition to the basic academic subjects, the elementary schools also offer specialist classes in art, vocal music, and physical education, as well as instrumental music and orchestra at the intermediate level. A regular program of gifted experiences is available for qualified students. Although each school has its unique features and special interests, the elementary curriculum is identical in all eight schools.

Advanced classes are available at both the middle school and high school levels. Students at Edwardsville High School may elect to take advanced placement exams. Qualifying high school students may also participate in a series of work experience situations under teacher supervision, as well as advanced vocational courses offered through the Collinsville Area Vocational Center.

In fall 2003, the historic N.O. Nelson Campus opened as a branch of Lewis & Clark Community College (LCCC). It has been renovated into a high-tech career education center that serves the residents of the Edwardsville-Glen Carbon areas. The state-of-the-art technology center serves Edwardsville High School students during the day, and LCCC students in the late afternoon and evening. Fine arts also play an important role in the curriculum. The district’s music program has won a number of prestigious awards for its band and orchestra. The drama program is frequently recognized at the all-state level with our students participating in the state drama productions.

A highly varied program of extracurricular activities also exists, particularly at the middle schools and high school. Our sports teams have done exceptionally well in recent years, with state-level appearances by many of the high school athletic teams.


Catherine Wright, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Phone: 618-655-6021
Adam Garrett, Director of Special Education
Phone: 618-655-6051
Fax: 618-655-6035
Beth Jacobs, Coordinator of Curriculum and Special Education
Phone: 618-655-6055
Cindy Steele, Coordinator of Special Education

Phone: 618-655-6038

Barb Johnson, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 618-655-6021

Lori Compton, Coordinator of Special Education
Phone: 618-655-6083
  Dusti Knoche, Secretary

Phone: 618-655-6026

  Mary Leone, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 618-655-6016

  Stacey White, Secretary

Phone: 618-655-6024


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