Education, Schools, and Libraries

Education is a priority in Carbondale, which enjoys the influence of a leading community college (John A. Logan) and a nationally known university (Southern Illinois University-Carbondale). Excellence in education begins early, as Carbondale offers one of the finest school systems in Illinois.

Carbondale is set up into four public school systems. Giant City, Unity Point, and District 95 all serve elementary / junior high students, while District 165 serves students at the high school level. Expansion Management magazine has recognized CCHS as a Gold Medal School because of its high graduation rates and graduates’ high college-board scores.

Located just minutes from Carbondale, John A. Logan College (JALC) is a leader in providing quality education and customized training for business and industry. The Los Angeles Center for the Study of Community Colleges has ranked JALC as the fifth-best two-year college in the nation.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) is home to nearly 21,000 students from around the world. SIUC's many accolades include being named a “Best Midwestern College” and “Best Value College” by the Princeton Review.

Website Links for Education, Schools, and Libraries and Museums

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
John A Logan College
Shawnee College
Rend Lake College
SICCM College
Carbondale Community High School
Carbondale Elementary Schools
Parrish School
Thomas School
Lewis School
Carbondale Middle School
Carbondale New School
Giant City School
Unity Point School
DeSoto Grade School
Brehm Preparatory School
Trinity Christian School

Carbondale Public Library
SIU - Morris Library
SIU - University Museum
John A. Logan Library
John A. Logan Museum
Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale


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Quick Facts

  • The Saluki Express offers all SIUC students free transportation throughout Carbondale. For the fall of 2012 the Saluki Express bus routes at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will be changing this fall. Read more.....
  • John A. Logan College traditionally has one of the lowest tuition rates in Illinois — currently $92 per credit hour for local students.
  • The city’s $40 million Superblock project, included new, state-of-the-art middle school and high school facilities, finished in 2003.  In addition, for 2012 the Carbondale Park District has received a $2.5 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Natural Resources to go towards the construction of this facility. Fund raising is in effect to raise $900,000 in matching funds. Read more…

Highlights from the "Saluki Way" Project include:

  • Morris Library, recently underwent a $64 million renovation and 50,000-square-foot expansion.
  • Major renovations and technology upgrades have improved the learning environment in 16 auditoriums and 50 classrooms.
  • Upgrades to campus buildings totaling $100 million will take place over the next 10 years.
  • Saluki Way is transforming a portion of our campus with construction of a new football stadium and major renovations to the SIU Arena, home to the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
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