Innovative Education

Rigorous curriculum that provides students with engaging, hands-on learning experiences that promote problem solving, critical thinking, and peer collaboration

Exemplary School

Performance in the top 10 percent of schools statewide with no underperforming student groups

PreK Program

Gold Circle of Quality PreK Program

Fiscal Responsibility

4th lowest operating expense per pupil in the entire state of Illinois and the highest financial profile designation of 'Recognition' for 19 consecutive years.

Dedicated Staff

Hire highly qualified, dedicated educators with a retention rate of 89% or higher

Focus on SEL

Strong focus on the social and emotional well-being of each child

Extra-curricular Academic Success

Finished in the top 2 at the Central Math Contest every year since 2018 Reigning Hardee's Scholar Bowl Tournament champions

History of Athletic Excellence

28 State Championships - 18 in volleyball, 6 in girls basketball, and 4 in boys basketball

In the Spotlight

Haley Kmucha

"Haley participates 100% of the time, is kind to everyone, and has a personality that makes class fun."

- Haley Kmucha, September Student of the Month

Connor Ades

"Connor is an all around respectful, kind, and hardworking student. He is always willing to help out when needed. As a student, he is motivated to grow and learn everyday."

- Connor Ades, September Student of the Month


We would like to give the Germantown Kernel Nut Club a BIG shoutout for sponsoring the Student of the Month Program again this school year. In addition to the SOM Program, this year the KNC fully sponsored the House Program. Both programs greatly benefit the community children.


Mrs. Pat Henrichs

At the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year, Mrs. Henrichs will be retiring. She was hired in 1993 to serve in the role of band/music teacher at GES. She has been teaching in the district for 29 years. Mrs. Henrichs has shared her passion for music with countless students over the years.

- Mrs. Pat Henrichs, Band/Music Teacher

Mrs. Koopmann

After 32 years of teaching at GES, Mrs. Koopmann will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year. Mrs. Koopmann was hired by the district in 1990 to serve in the role of special education teacher. She taught 2nd grade for a year before switching to 4th grade in 2001.

- Mrs. Margie Koopmann, 4th Grade Teacher