The district is lucky to have many colleges and universities within close proximity. The district enjoys many benefits through its relationship with these institutions of higher learning. Local colleges and universities regularly place student teachers in district classrooms, helping these young educators gain practical hands-on classroom instruction as well as providing district students with more individualized instruction. Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville has been involved in coordinating meaningful grant partnerships with district staff, providing excellent staff development and classroom resources for district teachers and students.

A number of district employees serve on advisory boards and as adjunct instructors at these colleges and universities. In addition, many district staff members take classes and/or pursue advanced degrees from these local and regional institutions. Several schools offer onsite undergraduate and graduate courses at district locations.