Long known for high educational standards, the Granite City School District continues to reach for new heights. For example, in April 2006, St. Louis Magazine conducted a study comparing the public high schools in St. Louis City & County, as well as the counties of St. Charles and Jefferson in Missouri and the counties of Madison, St. Clair and Monroe in Illinois. Unsurprisingly, in 2006 Granite City High School ranked #1 in Madison County in graduation rate (97.2) and 3rd in dollars spent per pupil ($4,320). And, they achieved this all while having the highest enrollment in the County. For more information on the performance of the Granite City School District, visit the School District Profile section.
Granite City has twelve different schools, with two of those schools being parochial and nine being public schools. The public school district has six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Go to the School District Contact Section for contact information for each of the City's schools. For more information about the Granite City School District, please visit the district’s website at www.gcsd9.net. For more about the various schools in the City, go to the Local Schools section.
In addition to a great public school system, Granite City is also surrounded by several tremendous colleges and universities, both public and private. For example, just 20 minutes away is Washington University in St. Louis, which was ranked as the 14th best university overall in the United States in 2011 by U.S. News & World Report. For more on higher education in Granite City and the surrounding area, see the Colleges & Universities section. There are also now an abundant number of online programs available through local colleges and universities. For a list of those programs in Illinois, visit http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/illinois/