Education Programs & Services


Schoolwide Title I is a supplemental federally funded program that provides extra academic support and learning opportunities for children farthest away from meeting the state standards. Identified elementary schoolwide programs embrace a high-quality curriculum according to a comprehensive plan that ensures all children meet the state's challenging academic standards.

Schoolwide programs serve all children in a school. All staff resources and classes are part of the overall schoolwide program. The purpose is to generate high levels of academic achievement in coure subject areas for all students, especially those students most in need.

This purpose is achieved through:

-Highly quality instruction
-School improvement strategies and methods
-Strategies and methods to improve teacher quality and professional development
-Consolidated use of funds


District 95 offers free preschool and early childhood programs for students from the ages of 3-5 at Parrish Elementary. The preschool program is offered on a tuition free basis for students whose academic success may be at risk. A screening process is used to determine student eligibility for the programs. Screenings are free, but it is necessary to schedule an appointment in advance. Information about the Preschool and Early Childhood Programs is available by calling Parrish Elementary School at 618-549-7402.


To the extent possible within the resources available, District 95 offers all gifted and talented students an opportunity to participate in appropriate educational programs. Students with a need for academic enrichment receive support services through differentiation of curriculum in grades K-12. Classroom teachers and enrichment facilitators collaborate in providing appropriately challenging activities in reading, science, math, English and social studies. Beginning in grade 3, students needing enrichment are offered opportunities through a pull-out program to work in both small and large group setting. Students learn to apply their skills in world-of-work type activities. In addition, students in grades 6-8 are offered the opportunity to take advanced courses in literature and math. Parents interested in the Academic Talent Program should contact the Director of Curriculum or their child’s teacher for further information and participation criteria.


Sheltered English Instruction
District 95’s Sheltered English Program is designed to increase the English language proficiency skills of English Learners in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Social and academic learning occurs in an environment that values the language and culture of all students and sets high standards to ultimately achieve academic success. Teachers who hold endorsements in teaching English as a Second Language staff the program. Instruction is conducted in English. However, native language support is given, whenever possible, to enhance the educational development of each student.

English as Second Language Instruction (ELL)
Given the needs of the student, some instruction may take place in an individual or small group setting by a licensed English as a Second Language teacher. The purpose of this instruction is to assist the child in English development through language based content instruction focusing on English Language Development standards.