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Our History

Our Vision

To ignite and instill confidence and skills to excel in a global and changing environment



Mission Statement


Virginia Chance School is an independent school that serves children ages 2 through 5th grade. As a diverse community of learners, we commit to excellence and respect through a joyful, challenging and progressive program. With an intentional whole-child approach to education, each individual reaches his/her cognitive, social, emotional, moral and physical potential. Chance students graduate as confident, and inquisitive learners prepared to engage productively with their world.



Philosophy Statement


Childhood is a continuous and unfolding process. All children advance through stages of development cognitively, socially, emotionally, morally and physically, and benefit from developing positive attitudes about learning and living in a democratic society.


Therefore, at Virginia Chance School:


We believe in creating a learning environment that is welcoming and provides a culture of mutual respect. Our environment instills a joy of learning by encouraging and supporting curiosity, discovery, creativity and an open exchange of ideas through collaboration and cooperation.


We believe learning and experience are inseparable. Day by day we empower children to construct knowledge through active engagement, hands-on learning, and social interaction. Learning opportunities are relevant because children benefit from making connections to the real world.


We believe in guiding children with dignity and respect. By using positive discipline and respectful language, Chance students are empowered to solve problems and to become responsible citizens.


We believe children benefit from having a voice. Choices and decision-making blended with routines and expectations create a culture for optimal learning and develop the foundation of habits, skills, and attitudes.


We believe in nurturing self-reliance and self-confidence daily. A strong sense of self is vital to being an engaged learner and healthy participant in one’s learning journey.


We believe that teachers, as facilitators, guide, support and challenge learners to work toward reaching their full potential in all areas of development.


We believe in honoring the uniqueness of each individual. By acknowledging and celebrating diversity, we encourage the acceptance of ourselves and others while enriching the learning environment.


We believe in establishing a sense of community by having a partnership between home and school. Together educators, administrators and parents contribute to the life of the school in ways that benefit young children.




I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.


Chinese Proverb Adopted 5/10/2011

School Highlights 

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.

Duke Talent
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.