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|What is a charter school?|
A charter school is a public school, but it is an independent public school—one that is free from some of the regulations that may stand in the way of achieving educational excellence. A charter school is held accountable for how well it educates its children. It operates under a mandate for high standards and it must deliver. The Illinois State Board of Education must approve the charter school's program.
|Who can attend Springfield Ball Charter School?|
Any child who resides within the boundaries of District 186 may apply to enroll in Ball Charter School. Ball Charter School is a school of choice in the District.
|How is Ball Charter School governed and financed?|
Ball Charter School is a not-for-profit organization that has its own 7-member Board of Directors. Currently, the District Board of Education appoints two community members and one District staff representative. The Ball Charter School appoints one parent from the K-4 grade level and one from the 5-8 grade level, as well as one representative from the Springfield community. Ball Charter School receives funds from District 186 (currently 75% of the per capita pupil expenditure for district students). District 186 provides transportation, cafeteria, and special education services to the school.
|How do you get into Ball Charter? Are there entry requirements or exams?|
Enrollment is open to all children regardless of ability, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, ancestry, or need for special services. Applications are accepted through the school year until the end of January and a lottery selection follows during the month of February. There is no selection criterion except that siblings of current students receive priority in the lottery in order to keep families together.
"In Springfield, there has been support from the citizens and the school district. You don't find that combination of circumstances very often. Here we have sort of a blessed moment." - Carl Ball, Springfield State Journal Register, 1998 Carl Ball, a horticulture business owner from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, established the Ball Foundation in 1975. Mr. Ball was extremely interested in helping schools be more productive. Mr. Ball approached the Springfield School District in 1993 about being a partner district for the School Design Collaborative. The framework for the SDC focused on student achievement using a systems approach, partnering, research and development and productivity models. Soon there were several elementary schools in Springfield partnering with the Ball Foundation. In 1998, District 186 and the foundation created one of the first Illinois charter schools. The Springfield Ball Charter School, currently one of the most successful charter schools in the state, serves 378 K through grade 8 students.
|Is there tuition charged at Ball Charter School?|
No. Ball Charter School is a public school that charges no tuition for kindergarten through 8th grade.
|What is the purpose of the Ball Charter School's existence?|
The mission of the Ball Charter School is to create a safe, nurturing environment that fosters learning through the development of high quality, research-based academic programs, attention to the learning needs of individual children, and the involvement of parents in their children's education. The school was created with the intention of being a laboratory-type school which was given the flexibility to try new instructional strategies, staff development models, and curriculum modifications that could be evaluated for effectiveness and possible duplication in other schools in the district.
|CURRICULUM COMPONENTS||MORE INFORMATION|
|Four Focus Areas|
Literacy (Reading/Language Arts):
Professional Development for Teachers:
Springfield Ball Charter School teachers create their own curriculum. The curriculum at the school is standards based and reflects what students must know and learn. The curriculum follows the standards and skill-based continuum developed by Bonnie Campbell Hill, as well as the Illinois State Learning Standards. The Illinois State Standards closely coincide with the standards listed in the continuum developed by Hill.
|Math Continuums||Primary Math|
Upper Primary Math
Middle Level Math
|Writing Continuum||All levels: Writing Continuum|
|Reading Continuum||All levels: Writing Continuum|
|2018 - 2019 Application While the Application Period for new students is held in January/February each year, applications are accepted throughout the year. A waiting list is created at each grade level when there are more applicants than available spots for enrollment. Please fill out this form and return to the SBCS Office if your family is interested in applying to SBCS.|
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