Virginia Chance School was founded in 1958 by Virginia Thomas Chance, a visionary in the field of education. Mrs. Chance staunchly believed that each child is a unique individual to be respected and valued. With an intentional whole-child approach to education, the school commits itself to excellence and respect through a joyful, challenging and progressive program. The school fosters a love of learning and empowers each individual to reach his or her potential.
Virginia Chance School is an independent, non-denominational preschool and elementary school, serving children ages 2 through fifth grade. The school is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The school is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), a membership organization of 230 independent schools from 13 states in the Midwest.
Program Foundation The hallmark of a Chance education is the way in which educators thoughtfully and deliberately develop the whole child. The curricular foundation is a blend of the school’s philosophy with age-appropriate milestones and Common Core Standards along with guidelines from the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), National Academy of Early Childhood Programs (NAECP), the Gesell Institute, and academic best practices.
Housed in the historic Rogers Clark Ballard School in Glenview, Kentucky, Virginia Chance School is located near the Ohio River in eastern Jefferson County, 4200 Lime Kiln Lane, 40222. It is near the I-264 Watterson Expressway/ Hwy 42 – Brownsboro Road interchange.
Campus & Buildings
The campus is a wooded wonderland for learning. Its 26-acres are surrounded by woods and fields, and the school sits on a bluff overlooking the Ohio River. The campus features a Learning Greenhouse, outdoor playgrounds, gardens, a soccer field and a running course. Constructed in 1914, the two-story main building has undergone extensive renovation that is sensitive to the history of the building as the former Rogers Clark Ballard School. The building features the Funroom (gymnasium), Treehouse and Lodge classrooms, art and music rooms, library and technology lab. Elementary classrooms are fully equipped with computers and Smart Boards with document cameras.
Hours of Operation
Preschool classes 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; elementary classes 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Preschool and elementary students have the opportunities to extend the school day from 7:30 a.m.– 6 p.m. Summer camp options are available during June and July.
Faculty and Staff
Chance faculty and staff number 50, with an average of 10 years experience.
Approximately 225 students are enrolled each school year.
Maximum Class Size and Student/Teacher Ratio
Two-year-olds: 12 students with 2 lead teachers. Ratio of 6:1
Three-year-olds: 14 students with 1 lead teacher and 1 assistant teacher. Ratio of 7:1
Four-year-olds: 18 students with 2 lead teachers. Ratio of 9:1
Kindergartners and first-graders: 24 students with 2 lead teachers. Ratio of 12:1
Second- and third-graders: 24 students with 2 lead teachers. Ratio of 12:1
Fourth- and fifth-graders: 24 students with 2 lead teachers. Ratio of 12:1
Typically, the school achieves at least 20 percent racial and ethnic diversity each year. Approximately 20 percent of five-day students receive need-based financial aid, with the priority given to elementary students. The school welcomes families of all faiths and does not promote any one belief or practice. The majority of students live in six zip codes within 15 minutes of the school, but more than 25 zip codes are represented in the student population.
At least 60 percent of intermediate students are typically identified as academically gifted and qualified for the Duke Talent Identification Program, scoring in the 95th percentile on one or more subtests of the Stanford Achievement Test.
Chance Graduates After their graduation from Chance,
- 60 percent of students attend private and independent
- 40 percent of students continue their education at public schools
Fundraising in 2 Annual Events Participation in fundraising events is expected from all members of the Chance community. For the last five years, participation has been: 100 percent of Board of Trustees, 100 percent of faculty and staff, and 100 percent of Chance families.