Illinois School for the Visually Impaired

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Illinois School for the Visually Impaired
658 East State Street

Coordinates39°44′06″N 90°13′12″W / 39.7351°N 90.2199°W / 39.7351; -90.2199Coordinates: 39°44′06″N 90°13′12″W / 39.7351°N 90.2199°W / 39.7351; -90.2199
Head teacherSerena Preston (Superintendent)
GradesPreK - 12
Number of students40 (9-12 only)
School color(s)     maroon
AccreditationIllinois State Board of Education
North Central Association

The Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI), located in Jacksonville, Illinois, is a state-operated pre-kindergarten, elementary and high school for the blind and visually impaired. The school provides educational instruction and other resources for not only its school-aged students, but also people up to age 21.[1]

Founded in 1849 as the Illinois Institution for the Education of the Blind, the school was known as the Illinois School for the Blind from 1905 to 1954 and the Illinois Braille and Sight Saving School from then until the 1976/77 school year, when it gained its current name.[2]


ISVI is an active member of the Illinois High School Association and fields teams in sports such as swimming and diving, as well as Track and field for both male and female competitors; the school also offers wrestling for males and competitive cheerleading for females.[3]

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  1. ^ "DHS: About ISVI". Illinois Department of Human Services. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  2. ^ "Twenty-ninth Biennial Report of the Trustees, Superintendent and Treasurer of the Illinois Institution for the Blind, at Jacksonville, July 1,1906". American Printing House. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "IHSA Jacksonville (Illinois School for the Visually Impaired)". Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  4. ^ Shim, Eunmi (2007). Lennie Tristano – His Life in Music. University of Michigan Press. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-472-11346-0.

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