The 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that lead to improved outcomes for all students, including improved attendance and larger test score gains.

The five indicators that positively affect school success are:

  1. Effective Leaders
  2. Collaborative Teachers
  3. Involved Families
  4. Supportive Environments
  5. Ambitious Instruction

Research derived from the Five Essentials for School Success has proven that schools strong on at least three of the 5Essentials are 10 times more likely to improve student outcomes.  This survey generates valuable data that districts can use to guide their ongoing efforts to improve schools and to offer students an excellent education. The survey is another improvement tool that allows districts and the state to share data as a means to inform parents and community members about the school’s learning environment. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Belleville School District #118 has been informed by the USDA that due to the pandemic, the waiver for all students to receive free meals has been extended.  We  are excited to announce meals are now FREE to all children 18 and under until June 30, 2021.   "Meal Packs" will include breakfast and lunch and are available for curbside pick-up at school or via school bus route delivery daily.  School pick up is available from 11:15-12:00 and buses leave the schools for their routes at 11:15.  Children or adults may pick up meal packs.  

Every Friday, the St. Louis Area Food Bank's Mobile Market will be at the Abe Lincoln/West Jr. High Parking Lot from 10:00-until supply runs out.  

Our district proudly serves a majority of the residents residing in the City of Belleville and encompasses more than twenty seven square miles. Our enrollment is approximately 4,000 students in pre-school through eighth grade. Our students and staff come from a wide range of socio-economic, cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, which enriches our community.

We are proud of the numerous national, state, and local achievements of our students and staff. Our students regularly represent the District at a very high level by their academic, athletic, and fine arts accomplishments. Our standardized test scores consistently exceed state averages. Both state and national organizations have recognized our staff and our educational programs as exceptional!

Read the latest District Newsletter HERE