|Hours||08:30 AM - 03:00 PM|
|School leader||Debbie Houston|
Basic school information
AM and PM kindergarten
|Day or Boarding offered||
|Type of school||
Academic focus and philosophy
|Educational philosophy and approach to learning||
At Chance, we know that children are naturally curious and motivated by their desire to make sense of their world. When their curiosity is encouraged and effectively channeled in school, children become eager learners. Our approach to education fosters creativity, problem-solving, skill-building and a lifetime love of learning. Chance students learn by doing – and it’s an exciting journey of discovery.
|Academic themes / Areas of focus||
General - school does not emphasize one particular subject
Choir / Chorus
Instrumental and theory music lessons
|Performing & written arts||
Drawing / Sketching
|World languages taught||
Garden / Greenhouse
Outdoor learning lab
|Extra learning resources||
Differentiated learning programs
|English Language Learner programs||
Early childhood program
|Early childhood program offered||
|Type of center||
|Early childhood starting age||
2 years old
|Certified and/or licensed||
|Preschool meals offered||
|Social emotional skills development||
It is our mission at Chance to develop the self-esteem of young children, which is vital to positive attitudes about learning and living together in a democratic society. As school personnel work with children, they model respect in all encounters. An environment of dignity and respect enhances social, emotional and moral development. Chance graduates often are recognized for their their openness to reach out to others, and for the respect they routinely show for teachers and fellow students.
|Math skills development||
Group time featuring real-life experiences, the calendar, weather graphs and games make math learning come to life. Preschoolers may assist with a demonstration or talk about some interesting observations. Math practice takes place in learning centers, with a small group or on an individual basis. Students explore new concepts at their individual levels of understanding by using hands-on materials. Teachers offer guidance and extra support.
Group read-alouds that let students experience meaningful literature as an extension of their studies. Class discussions stretch students to grow in comprehension, recall and reasoning.
|Reading skills development||
Writing practice, that helps students make important connections. The youngest writers create stories using scribbles, stamps and pictures. Soon they are associating sounds with symbols. The grouping (patterning) of letters becomes words and then sentences.
|Typical day and activities||
As preschool begins, teachers greet students with engaging group activities, then students follow their curiosity and select a learning center. Choices include building with blocks, dressing up for dramatic play, creating a masterpiece on an easel, reading a book, digging into the sensory table, exploring a science topic or playing a game with a new friend. Centers promote exploration, decision-making, and social interaction as an extension of their studies.
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|This school||State average|
|Two or more races||15%||2%|
|Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander||6%||1%|
|Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander||0%||0%|
|American Indian/Alaska Native||0%||0%|
|Boys sports (misc.)||
|Girls sports (misc.)||
|Extended care / Extended programs||
|Before school start time||
|After school end time||
Attend parent nights
Chaperone school trips
Organize fundraising events
Present special topics during curricular units
Serve on school improvement team or governance council
Volunteer in the classroom
|Parent involvement details||
Virginia Chance School is proud to offer a workshop to parents who want to improve their parenting skills and incorporate “Chancese” into their family. The course includes information regarding developmental stages, the parent’s role in supporting those stages, new understandings of our changed family living, and specific ways of communicating and practicing positive discipline.
|Approach to addressing and preventing bullying||
We rely on positive discipline. Our goal is to help students gain understanding from their experiences so they can make better choices in the future. Elementary students help make classroom rules and have weekly class meetings with agendas they have determined. They offer compliments to one another, express any grievances and look for solutions as a group. Positive guidance helps children develop self-control and assume responsibility for their actions.
Librarian / media specialist
|World languages spoken by staff||
The classroom teacher is an observer, role model, guide and facilitator who establishes a productive learning environment. The teacher’ role and responsibility is to foster a community of learners by creating a non-threatening educational environment, developing a respectful ownership of one’s learning space and materials, practicing appropriate methodology that includes formal and informal assessments, and creating a partnership between home and school.
|Application/ enrollment process details||
Interested parties are encouraged to tour the school and begin the application process. Applications are accepted at any time. For first-round consideration, families are encouraged to complete the admissions steps by specific deadlines, although immediate placement is sometimes also available. This first step it to request a tour.
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|Application fee waivers available?||
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|Financial aid offered||