Did you know that Chase County Elementary is one of a handful of schools nationwide with an interactive Outdoor Learning Center?
Here children can experience unique, hands-on education. In addition to traditional classrooms, the elementary school has a teaching barn with animal pens, chicken coop with a classroom, greenhouse and recycling/composting operation.
The Outdoor Learning Center’s project-based model is an invaluable supplement to traditional instruction.
For example, third-graders tend a flock of chickens, collect, wash and sell their eggs for $1.50 a dozen, and calculate the cost of feed and their profit. The proceeds from the egg sales go back to the third-grade classroom.
In the greenhouse, science classes learn about soil types and varieties of tomatoes, social studies classes learn about the origin of tomatoes, and math students chart the plants’ growth and use measurements to make tomato sauce. To enhance public speaking skills, the students give presentations on their projects and lead tours for visitors to the school.
In addition to unique educational opportunities, Chase County (USD 284) has a low student-teacher ratio. Both Chase County Elementary and Chase County Junior Senior High School are currently exceeding Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals are well above state averages in Reading and Math.
Chase County is a wonderful place to raise a family!
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