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.