Calhoun 21st Century Community Learning Center

Calhoun R-VIII School District is very fortunate to be a recipient of two Century 21st Community Learning Center (CCLC)  grants made available through Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Early and Extended Learning.  Grant funding allows the district to provide quality after school care and summer programming to students pre-k through fifth grade and a teen program for students grades sixth through twelfth grade.   Each CCLC site provides students a safe and high quality year-round learning center, expand their achievement in academics as well as enhance their quality of life by exposure to the arts.  Educational activities are designed to assist students in meeting state and local academic achievement standards in core academic subjects. The students  have the opportunity to participate in activities such as music, art, technology, character education programs, drug and violence prevention programs.

Elementary CCLC Goals 

Calhoun 21st Century Community Learning Center cooperates with families and the Calhoun R-VIII School District in meeting the development needs of children kindergarten through fifth grad.  This program provides adequate adult supervision and guidance when students are not in school.

  1. To create a relaxed, trusting, homelike atmosphere where children are encouraged to pursue their own interests, develop friendships, and grow in confidence, independence, and respect for themselves and others.
  2. To provide caring staff, who show genuine respect for the children and have confidence in each child’s potential and promote each child’s self esteem.
  3. To create a stable environment that is inviting, comfortable, attractive, orderly and manageable by the children.  It should also be a happy and exciting place.
  4. To provide for the children a variety of developmentally appropriate activities, including expressive art, construction, active play, sports, games, dramatic play, science, cooking, crafts and reading.
  5. To frame a schedule that allows time for each child to observe, to reflect and to become absorbed in activities according to his/her own interests and talents.
  6. To give individual guidance to children based on careful observation of each child’s needs and in keeping with parental values and goals.

Jr/High CCLC Goals

The goals/objectives and program design are outlined according to the greatest needs identified by the districts need assessment.

  1. By 20123-2015 all students will reach high standards, at a minimum attaining proficiency or better in reading/language, arts and mathematic.
  2. By 2016, the Calhoun High School dropout rate will at a minimum improve to fall below the state average dropout rate.
  3. By the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year, all students will demonstrate improvement in meeting or exceeding the state’s Show Me Standards in communication arts, mathematics and science.


The CCLC Programs are open to all students when slots are available.