Student Testimonial – Stella M.

“I have been at Chance School all my life and it truly is an amazing experience from preschool to the cottage. Some of the people who were in the twos with me are now in the cottage (fourth and fifth graders) with me.

The good thing is that there are two rooms in each class level. The outdoor time is also terrific. Mr. Stevens takes kids outside to the garden to experience nature. Every day we have specialists, like art where we learn about different mediums of art, how it is made and the name of the artist. In music, we learn notes and play instruments. In Spanish, we learn about holidays celebrated. In P.E, we run laps, play games and jump rope. In library and media, we read and check out books and also have computer class and typing classes. We also have Girl Scouts, chess and flamenco dance.

Chance kids are always nice and they have an important reason – they feel the nice Chance family around them and feel welcome. Graduates from Chance School have moved on with smiles on their faces, soon to be best of their class.”

Stella M. – Intermediate 4 (fourth grade) Student

Student Testimonial – Olivia C.

Student - Olivia C.

“I like a lot of stuff. The teachers are so caring, and I’ve been there for so long that everybody knows me and everybody is really nice. When I first went there, I thought this is so cool because this is the perfect size for me. And all of the classrooms are big enough, you get to sit by your friends, and there are no uniforms.

There are two teachers, so every teacher gets to pay attention to every kid. You get to spend two years with the teachers, so when you really like the teachers, like Mrs. Farmer and Mrs. Linde, then you will be excited when you come back the next year, and you won’t be sad. My pre-school teachers are usually sitting, waiting for the pre-schoolers so I get to say “hi” since I don’t get to see them a lot. Then sometimes I sneak when I am returning a library book, and it’s just nearing lunch, I sneak up to my kindergarten teachers classroom so I can see them again.

When summer comes I get sad because I miss going through the hallways, and I miss doing art, and music, and Spanish, and media, and all of that stuff.”

Olivia C. – Primary 3 (Grade 3) Student

Student Testimonial – Desric M.

“I have gone to Chance School for 5 years. When I was 4 years old, my best friend and I use to draw under the table with crayons. That’s what I remember about my 4 year old experience at Chance.

When I started kindergarten, my classroom was in a Tree house which was the highest point of the school. I loved my classroom and had so much fun with my friends and teachers. Our school work was always fun because we got to choose what we wanted to talked about in class.

My fondest memory at Chance School will always be PE with Ms. Patti and all my other Specialist classes and teachers.. My other memories are all the fieldtrips I have gone on since I was 4 years old, every single Derby Hat Parade, Egg Drop, and Pajama Day.

My most favorite thing about Chance School is that all of my teachers are really nice and care about me. We always have fun no matter what we are doing in the classroom or outside. My favorite subject at Chance is math but I am really starting to like silent reading. The more I read, the more I am realizing how much fun it is to read different books.

Chance School is a special school to me. I have two teachers in my classroom to help me with my work. I do not have many students in class with me. Having a small class is good because the teachers can easily make sure everyone is ok and understand the work. My classmates and I are friends and we try to take care of one another.”

Desric M. – Primary 3 (Third Grade) Student

Student Testimonial – Jacob F.

Student - Jacob F.

”When I think of Chance School I think of hands-on learning, caring teachers and awesome specialists. At Chance all the teachers treat students with respect and listen to their opinions.

I came to Chance when I was three years old. My teachers were Mrs. Malthouse and Miss Ann. We had so much fun watching the birds from our classroom window and doing science experiments on science day. Mrs. Malthouse and Miss Ann made learning our numbers and letters fun by putting them to music. I will never forget being the Ringmaster in our Spring Fling and singing Miss Mary Mack.

In the fours I did a lot of building at the blocks center. Miss Kathy and Miss Melissa also taught us manners. We all dressed up one day, had a fancy snack and all ate together at our snack table. I loved going to Miss Melissa‘s house for our end of the year party.

Then came the Treehouse. Wow, there were a lot of stairs! It felt like we were on top of the world. Mr. Stevens and Miss Usher made everyday fun. I met my best friends Kase and Luke in the Treehouse. We always went outside for playtime and finally got to play in the woods. I loved working in the garden and at the workbench. My mom still has a piece of artwork I made at the workbench hanging in our kitchen. I will never forget the cookouts we had at the fire circle with our parents. It was hard to leave the Treehouse but I was excited to see all of my friends who had been in first grade the year before.

The summer before I started second grade in the Lodge I received a letter from my teachers, Mrs. Farmer and Mrs. Linde. They told me how much they were looking forward to having me in their class. Then I also received a letter from my good friend Matthew who was going to be in third grade in the same class. Reading their letters made me very excited. Primary was just as much fun as I had hoped it would be. I will never forget going to Kart Kountry for our Third Grade Day. It rained but we still played Putt-putt outside and had the best time ever!

I was very nervous my first day of Intermediate. I had always looked up to the Intermediate students and thought of them as being the leaders of the school. Now it was my turn. I knew I was going to be given a lot more responsibility and even though I felt ready I was still nervous. After the first day I felt right at home in the Cottage. I will never forget the first time we went out to the woods for playtime and officially got to play in the Intermediate fort! Then at the end of the year we went to Cincinnati for our class trip. The Zoo, Museum and Aquarium were so much fun. We spent the night at Great Wolf Lodge. It felt like we were one big family on vacation.

Now that I am in fifth grade I realize that my time as a Chance student is coming to an end. I have been excited to come to school every day since I have been three. I think that is amazing. Chance has made me a confident learner and respectful friend. It is hard to imagine going to another school but I know I will be ready to tackle any challenges I face because of what I have learned at Chance.”

Jacob F. – Intermediate 5 (Fifth Grade) Student

Student Testimonial – Alyssa C.

Student - Alyssa C.

“Being a student at Chance School means I am an individual. I am ready to learn and I am always happy where I am. The wonderful teachers are so easy to connect with. They inspire me to learn and make learning a fun part of everyday.

I also enjoy all of the individual reports and group projects we do in classes such as Math, Theme and Writing. We get to choose books for reading on our own in addition to being a part of organized literature groups. Our Specialists teachers at Chance have the most interesting programs in Media, Library and Foreign Language. The Visual and Performing Art Classes such as Music, Chorus and Art have been a favorite of everyone’s over the years. I credit much of my love and ability in these areas to the best art and music teachers in the world!

Physical Education teachers at Chance are second to none. They push us to do our best while giving constructive criticism and bright compliments. My favorite thing ever about Chance School is how we are always outside and part of such a beautiful environment. Hands on activities make most everything more fun. That is why Chance School is known as the place ‘Where learning comes to life!'”

Alyssa C. – Intermediate 5 (Grade 5) Student

Student Testimonial – Max B.

Student - Max B

“I think Chance is great because once you get to know the school and the routine, it is easy and fun to learn. It is easy to make friends. I look forward to specialists because it is the most fun thing of the day. The teachers are perfect. Chums is the best after school program. The days just get better and better.”

Max B.- Intermediate 4 (Grade 4) Student

My son shadowed in third grade and the first day I picked him up, he told me it was the best day of his life!

Lisa B. – Mom

Student Testimonial – Cameron K.

Student - Cameron K.

“I am four. I go to school at Chance.

Ms. Malthouse, my teacher, is good at telling people what we are doing today. She tells us how to stick a magnet to a ball and move the ball to the right number. You need one ball for number 1 and two balls for number 2. I can go all the way to 9! Ms. Malthouse helped me build a track for trains and cars I was playing with.

Ms. Ann teaches us art. We did witches for Halloween. My witch was black with a orange bottle cap nose. I like to sit by Ms. Ann at snack time where we have carrots and crackers and I brought cantaloupe.

Did you know I can count all the way to 14?

I like to play with the sand table, in the kitchen with the plastic food and the microwave that goes “beep” and with the blocks.

We get to slide down the slide, jump on the jumpy thing, and play hopscotch in the Fun Room. Sometimes I see my brother at school. He is in third grade.

We work hard to be on time for carpool in the morning.”

Cameron K. – Five-day Three Student

Student Testimonial – Jackson K.

Student - Jackson K.

“I have been at Chance since I was 3 years old. I am 8 now and am in the third grade. So, basically, I have spent a lot of my life here.

I don’t remember much about what I did at Chance when I was three. My mom reminded me that my teachers were Miss Nonee and Miss BJ. I do remember meeting Coby when I was little because he is still my friend at Chance. We play tennis together in the Fun Room.

I have some favorite things about Chance. They are the teachers, learning math, and playing in the woods. I remember my teachers since kindergarten. You get to have them for two years. I had Mr. Stevens who does the Fall hike and knows a lot about nature. Ms. Usher read books to us in group. Then I was a second-grader with Ms. Farmer and Ms. Linde. Ms. Linde is really good at teaching word study and I love spelling. Miss Farmer is teaching me so much about math. Right now we are learning about multiplication and division.

Older kids get to play in the woods by the school. I mostly play with Coby, Keaton, and Bennett in the woods where we look for animal tracks to see what lives there. We look for bears, deer, and coyotes. We have seen a fox and some deer, but no coyotes or bears yet.

If you get to go the Chance, you will have an awesome time.”

Jackson K. – Primary 3 (Grade 3) Student