Top 10 Best Jackson County Public Schools (2024)

For the 2024 school year, there are 25 public schools serving 6,695 students in Jackson County, IL (there are 7 private schools, serving 500 private students). 93% of all K-12 students in Jackson County, IL are educated in public schools (compared to the IL state average of 88%).
The top ranked public schools in Jackson County, IL are Giant City Elementary School, Elverado Junior High School and Carbondale Comm High School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Jackson County, IL public schools have an average math proficiency score of 14% (versus the Illinois public school average of 26%), and reading proficiency score of 22% (versus the 31% statewide average). Schools in Jackson County have an average ranking of 2/10, which is in the bottom 50% of Illinois public schools.
Minority enrollment is 42% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the Illinois public school average of 53% (majority Hispanic).

Best Jackson County Public Schools (2024)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Giant City Elementary School
Math: 35-39% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1062 Boskydell Rd
Carbondale, IL 62902
(618) 457-5391
Grades: PK-8
| 246 students
Rank: #22.
Elverado Junior High School
Math: 20-24% | Reading: 50-54%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
Po Box 35
Vergennes, IL 62994
(618) 684-3527
Grades: 6-8
| 82 students
Rank: #33.
Carbondale Comm High School
Math: 26% | Reading: 35%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
1301 E Walnut St
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618) 457-3371
Grades: 9-12
| 958 students
Rank: #44.
Unity Point Elementary School
Math: 16% | Reading: 38%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
4033 S Illinois Ave
Carbondale, IL 62903
(618) 529-4151
Grades: PK-8
| 606 students
Rank: #55.
Trico Senior High School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 25-29%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
Po Box 336
Campbell Hill, IL 62916
(618) 426-1111
Grades: 9-12
| 230 students
Rank: #66.
Trico Jr High School
Math: 10-14% | Reading: 25-29%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
Po Box 335
Campbell Hill, IL 62916
(618) 426-1111
Grades: 6-8
| 183 students
Rank: #77.
Elverado High School
Math: ≤20% | Reading: ≤20%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
Po Box 217
Elkville, IL 62932
(618) 568-1104
Grades: 9-12
| 125 students
Rank: #8 - 98. - 9.
Desoto Elementary School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 15-19%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
311 Hurst Rd
De Soto, IL 62924
(618) 867-2317
Grades: PK-8
| 177 students
Rank: #8 - 98. - 9.
Murphysboro High School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 15-19%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
50 Blackwood Dr
Murphysboro, IL 62966
(618) 687-2336
Grades: 9-12
| 580 students
Rank: #1010.
Trico Elementary School
Math: 10-14% | Reading: 15-19%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
Po Box 305
Campbell Hill, IL 62916
(618) 426-1111
Grades: PK-5
| 422 students
Rank: #1111.
Elverado Intermediate School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 6-9%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
Po Box 35
Vergennes, IL 62994
(618) 684-3527
Grades: 3-5
| 77 students
Rank: #1212.
Carruthers Elementary School
Math: 11% | Reading: 11%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
80 Candy Ln
Murphysboro, IL 62966
(618) 687-3231
Grades: 3-5
| 394 students
Rank: #13 - 1413. - 14.
Lewis School
Math: 6-9% | Reading: 10-14%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
801 S Lewis Ln
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618) 457-5393
Grades: 4-5
| 306 students
Rank: #13 - 1413. - 14.
Thomas Elementary School
Math: 6-9% | Reading: 10-14%
Rank:
3/
10
Bottom 50%
1025 N Wall St
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618) 457-6226
Grades: 2-3
| 303 students
Rank: #1515.
Tri-county Center
Special Education School
Math: ≤10% | Reading: ≤10%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
1725 Shomaker Dr
Murphysboro, IL 62966
(618) 684-2109
Grades: n/a
| 0 students
Rank: #1616.
Carbondale Middle School
Math: 5% | Reading: 14%
Rank:
2/
10
Bottom 50%
1150 E Grand Ave
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618) 457-2174
Grades: 6-8
| 469 students
Rank: #1717.
Murphysboro Middle School
Math: 4% | Reading: 6%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
2125 Spruce St
Murphysboro, IL 62966
(618) 684-3041
Grades: 6-8
| 433 students
Rank: n/an/a
Cope Alternative School
Alternative School
1725b Shomaker Dr
Murphysboro, IL 62966
(618) 687-7290
Grades: 6-12
| 0 students
Rank: n/an/a
Po Box 130
Elkville, IL 62932
(618) 568-1321
Grades: PK-2
| 122 students
Rank: n/an/a
Five County Regional Alternative
Alternative School
1001 Walnut Street
Murphysboro, IL 62966
(618) 687-7290
Grades: 6-12
| 0 students
Rank: n/an/a
320 Watson Rd
Murphysboro, IL 62966
(618) 684-4471
Grades: K-2
| 429 students
Rank: n/an/a
Jackson/perry Project Soar Middle School Taoep
Alternative School
1725b Shomaker Dr
Murphysboro, IL 62966
(618) 687-7290
Grades: 6-8
| 0 students
Rank: n/an/a
Mcelvain School
593 Ava Rd
Murphysboro, IL 62966
(618) 684-3781
Grades: PK
| 78 students
Rank: n/an/a
121 N Parrish Ln
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618) 457-5781
Grades: PK-1
| 475 students
Rank: n/an/a
1725b Shomaker Dr
Murphysboro, IL 62966
(618) 687-7290
Grades: 9-12
| 0 students
[+] Show Closed Public Schools in Jackson County, IL

Jackson County Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
636 Elza Brantley Dr
Murphysboro, IL 62966
(618) 684-8500
Grades: 7-12
| n/a students
Po Box 968
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618) 457-6127
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
593 Ava Road
Murphysboro, IL 62966
(618) 684-6273
Grades: K-5
| 161 students
504 2nd St
Grand Tower, IL 62942
(618) 565-2211
Grades: K-4
| 56 students
Tri-county-mcelvain (Closed 2013)
Special Education School
593 Ava Rd
Murphysboro, IL 62966
(618) 684-8972
Grades: K-12
| n/a students
801 S Lewis Ln
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618) 457-5393
Grades: 4-5
| 272 students

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Jackson County, IL?
The top ranked public schools in Jackson County, IL include Giant City Elementary School, Elverado Junior High School and Carbondale Comm High School.
How many public schools are located in Jackson County, IL?
25 public schools are located in Jackson County, IL.
What percentage of students in Jackson County, IL go to public school?
93% of all K-12 students in Jackson County, IL are educated in public schools (compared to the IL state average of 88%).
What is the racial composition of students in Jackson County, IL?
Jackson County, IL public schools minority enrollment is 42% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the Illinois public schools average of 53% (majority Hispanic).

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