Schools of Choice
The Champaign Unit School District has adopted what is referred to as a "controlled choice" method of student assignment designed to give all parents the opportunity to make selections from a wide range of school themes. The schools will be offering educationally appropriate programs and will promote stability in the assignments of students. First, Champaign Controlled Choice offers parents and students an assurance that once students are enrolled in a school, they may remain in that school through the highest grade available unless they choose to leave or they require placement in an alternative program. Second, Champaign Controlled Choice serves as an impetus for academic improvement and fosters greater accountability within the school system.
Champaign, Illinois, is a cosmopolitan community, with a population of nearly 65,000 people. The area offers residents a mix of collegiate, residential, business, agricultural, industrial, athletic, social, and intellectual pursuits.
Located in East Central Illinois, Champaign is 135 miles south of Chicago, 180 miles from St. Louis, and 120 miles west of Indianapolis.
Champaign is one of the twin cities of Champaign-Urbana and the home of the University of Illinois. Within close driving distance are Illinois State University (Bloomington-Normal) and Eastern Illinois University (Charleston).
The Champaign Unit 4 School District serves approximately 9,390 students within 17 schools. These include eleven elementary schools (K-5), three middle schools (6-8), two high schools (9-12), and one early childhood facility (ages 3-4). In addition, Unit 4 has one alternative middle school and one alternative high school that provide students with opportunities for smaller class sizes and enriched learning opportunities.
Mastering the basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics is central to a student's education in Unit 4. In addition to the basics, students gain skills that enable them to be productive in a technologically changing society. All schools have computers, which are used in individual or laboratory settings. Unit 4 has extensive specialized education programs moving toward full inclusion of students.
As early as kindergarten, children are using computers and other technology to learn to read and write.
Unit 4 is committed to staying abreast of current educational trends. Teachers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of professional development courses covering a range of topics, including TESA (Teacher Expectation and Student Achievement), Cooperative Learning, Critical Thinking, Interactive Science/Mathematics, Problem Based Learning, and REACH (Respecting Ethnic and Cultural Heritage).
Unit 4 is the only district in the nation to have two elementary schools (Carrie Busey and Kenwood); one middle school (Jefferson); and one high school (Centennial) participate in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Futures Planning Networking Project. Through this association, Unit 4 provides leadership to other school districts nationwide in the areas of curriculum and school planning.
Unit 4 has six schools that have been recipients of the National Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in Education presented by the U.S. Department of Education. These include: Garden Hills Elementary School, Carrie Busey Elementary School, Dr. Howard Elementary School, Franklin Middle School, Central High School (twice) and, most recently, Jefferson Middle School! Of course, we think all Unit 4 schools are excellent. We invite you to explore this Web site, visit our schools and get to know us better. We're proud of our school district and think you will be too!
Champaign Community Schools Unit District No. 4 is a publicly funded organization
No. of Schools: 18
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