The school choice program will be held at Burke Elementary and Santa Fe Elementary for the 2016–2017 school year. First through sixth grade students will learn through a Project-Based Learning/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) program.
This method of learning is research based where students...
• Generate original ideas
• Gain a deeper knowledge of academic standards in each subject area
• Investigate questions related to real-world problems and issues
• Work collaboratively to produce products that demonstrate what they have learned
• Are actively engaged in what they are learning
STEM + Arts = STEAM.
This is a PBL curriculum that focuses on the value of the learning process as well as results.
• analyze real-world issues through science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.
• try multiple solutions to a problem, to which there are many correct solutions.
• listen to alternative ideas.
Over 50% of instruction through PBL/STEAM activities
PBL/STEAM-focused process in a collaborative manner
All students will participate in extra-curricular or co-curricular clubs
Strong parent involvement with weekly communication from teachers
Annual college campus visits
Summer college experience for intermediate grades
Technology: All students will receive an iPad for student learning
There is endless research supporting PBL, showing increases in students’ knowledge and proficiency. Children are able to thrive and learn about themselves, how to work as a team, and gain leadership skills.
Parents must apply for students who meet eligibility requirements to be enrolled in the school choice program. This application is available at
www.hickmanmills.org, all district elementary schools, and Ervin Early Learning Center.
Applications must be submitted either online or dropped off/mailed to the Administration Center by March 4, 2016. On April 13, all applications that are fully completed, meet the eligibility requirements, and received by the due date will be entered into the lottery system for admission. From that group of students, approximately 525 will be randomly selected to enroll.
On your child’s application, you will be asked to select whether you prefer Burke Elementary or Santa Fe Elementary. However, please note that seats at Burke Elementary will fill first, and your preferred school may not be guaranteed. We will make every effort to place your child at your preferred school.
Parents who have children already enrolled in Compass at Burke Elementary and now have additional children eligible for school choice will have all their children attend the Burke Elementary location.
Additionally, all current Compass students at Burke will remain at that location.
Eligible students must:
Be a kindergarten–5th grade student during the 2015–2016 school year
Have 94% or higher attendance (No more than 10 absences per school year)
Demonstrate positive behavior (No more than one discipline referral resulting in OSS per semester)
Demonstrate academic growth (Reading and Math scores no more than two years below grade level)
Parents of all eligible students will receive a letter notifying them of eligibility by mid-February. For additional information, please call Cindi Layton at (816) 316-7120.
If space is still available after HMC-1 students are placed in the program, eligibility will open up to any student who lives within the district but attends a private school or is home schooled.
A lottery is the process by which the final student selection will be conducted to ensure fairness for entrance into the school choice program, if demand is greater than available slots. All completed and reviewed applications will be validated and logged into the school lottery database. Upon review of your completed application, each applicant will receive communication regarding their eligibility status.
The lottery will be held on April 13, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. inside the Hickman Mills Freshman Center gym and will be open to the public. The lottery will be conducted by grade for all spots and will also generate a waitlist for each grade.
Teachers will plan a variety of activities where parent volunteers will be needed. There will be opportunities during the school day, before and after school, and on weekends.