Village of Bethalto
213 N. Prairie St., Bethalto, IL 62010
(618)377-8051 (Phone)
(618)377-5264 (Fax)

Schools in Bethalto Area 


K-12 Education

The Bethalto School District is the largest employer in Bethalto and has the greatest impact in terms of land area and government spending. The school district, Bethalto Unit School District 8 (BCUSD8), is made up of two intermediate schools, two primary schools, one middle school, one high school, a special needs school, an administration building, and an industrial complex. A list of schools can be found below.

Two private schools serving kindergarten through eighth grade are also in Bethalto:

  • Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School
  • Zion Lutheran School


Lewis and Clark College also offers a satellite GED campus in Bethalto located at 203 Oak Street. GED®/High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation classes offer instruction in reading, writing, social studies, science, and math so that students will have the skills necessary to pass the GED®/ (HSE) exam. Before starting GED® classes, students must attend an orientation, which includes taking part in educational and goal-setting activities in addition to completing reading and math assessments. These assessments are designed to assist the student and instructor in determining what instruction would best serve the needs of the learner. GED® instructors will discuss various options available during orientation and will supply additional GED® test information and material as needed. Please contact the GED® office at (618) 468-4141 or click here for more information.

Higher Education

No colleges or universities exist within Bethalto’s corporate limits, but there are various nearby institutions that serve the Village’s residents. The closest 4-year college is Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and the nearest 2-year college is Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL.

School Enrollment

Population 3 years and over enrolled in school (2,763)

2011 ACS Estimates

Looking at the levels of enrollment of various stages of education can help to get an idea of where residents of the Village are in terms of the stage of schooling. This can also assist in determining the future needs and expectations for students beginning, continuing, and finishing their academic careers. A majority of the students in Bethalto (about 45%) are currently in elementary school.  About 24% are in high school and around 22% are in college or graduate school. Kindergarten and preschool student comprise less than 5% of the student population each. In comparison to Madison County and the State, Bethalto has similar student composition. Notable differences include higher portions of the Villages students in elementary and High school and less in college or graduate school. This can signify that Bethalto’s student population is slightly younger than the region. Bethalto CUSD #8 has lost 223 students since 2003.

Educational Attainment

2011 ACS Estimates

For Population 25 years and older (6,276)

Educational attainment is closely tied to the economic characteristics of an area and can be used to build both a demographic picture of the region, as well as support other demographic and socioeconomic trends. Bethalto is lagging slightly behind in terms of residents with bachelors and graduate or professional degrees.  Bethalto more closely follows the same pattern of attainment as Madison County, but is still slightly behind the attainment levels of the State.

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