Details overview

Hours 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
School leader Debbie Houston
Transportation options None
Preschool capacity 90


Basic school information

Dress code None
Schedule AM and PM kindergarten
Block scheduling
Day or Boarding offered Day school
Type of school Reggio Emilio
Coed/Single-gender Coed

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


Visual Arts
including: Design
including: Instrumental and theory music lessons
including: Spanish
Music Choir / Chorus
Instrumental and theory music lessons
Performing & written arts Creative writing
Media arts None
Visual arts Ceramics
Drawing / Sketching
World languages taught Spanish


including: Library
Facilities Art room
Computer lab
Garden / Greenhouse
Music room
Natural area
Outdoor learning lab
Science lab
Sports Fields
Extra learning resources Differentiated learning programs
English Language Learner programs Push-in model

Early childhood program

Early childhood program offered Yes
Type of center In-school
Early childhood starting age 2 years old
Certified and/or licensed Yes
Accredited Yes
Days open Monday
Payment schedule Monthly
Preschool meals offered Morning Snack
Afternoon Snack
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.
Speech development 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.
Required credentials for lead staff Bachelor's degree
Teaching credential
% of early learning staff that holds a credential or certification 76%-100%
Maximum number of infants per adult 0
Maximum number of toddlers per adult 0
Maximum number of 2 year olds per adult 6
Maximum number of 3 year olds per adult 7
Maximum number of 4 year olds per adult 9
Maximum number of kindergartners per adult 12
Maximum number of school-age children per adult 12

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Student diversity

  This school State average
White 79% 81%
Two or more races 15% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 1%
Black 1% 11%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 4%
Source: See notes


Girls Sports
including: Basketball
Boys Sports
including: Cross country
Girls sports Basketball
Cross country
Boys sports Basketball
Cross country
Boys sports (misc.) Enrichment Classes
Girls sports (misc.) Enrichment Classes
Extended care / Extended programs Before
Before school start time 07:30 AM
After school end time 06:00 PM


Parent involvement 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.


including: Reading specialist
Staff Educational diagnostician
Librarian / media specialist
Reading specialist
World languages spoken by staff Spanish
Staff details 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.


Transportation options None
Partnerships with local resources and organizations No


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 requirements Application
Application fee
Type of application deadline Rolling
Application fee amount $100
Application fee waivers available? No
Tuition range (low) $3700
Tuition range (high) $15800
For the year 2014-2015
Financial aid offered School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Vouchers accepted No


Student diversity NCES, 2011-2012