History

Barkstall Elementary opened in 1998 and is named after Vernon L. Barkstall. Mr. Barkstall was co-founder of the all-black radio station, WBCP, and executive director of the Urban League of Champaign County. The design of the school, classroom configuration, and advanced technology reflect the community's vision of education for the future. We have a commitment to an exemplary curriculum which emphasizes high expectations for all students and blends the arts with academic skills.

Technology

Technology is integrated into the curriculum through the use of Internet-accessible computers and SMART Boards in the classrooms and resource areas. Web-based library programs allow access to resources from all classrooms. Mobile carts have been upgraded with multimedia capabilities.

Enrichment Opportunities

Enrichment is an opportunity to expand our thinking. Students are presented with challenging projects and activities that require critical thinking. There are many special school events where students can display their interests and talents. These events include math night, reading nice, a science night, Fall Festival, grade level productions, grade level family projects, and a PTA supported artist in residency program.

Mentoring and Volunteering

We are always looking for volunteers and C-U One-to-One mentors who can meet with students once a week during the school day to serve as role models and share experiences. Parent volunteers in and outside the classroom are an integral part of our school.

Support Programs

Students who need individual assistance with literacy and math are offered the services of an interventionist. Support services are offered to students who may benefit from individual assistance. These services may be in the form of intense reading and math instruction, speech and language services, and/or special education services. A Response to Intervention (RTI) team is in place to offer staff members and parents additional assistance and direction.

Parent - Teacher Association

Parental involvement is a key to academic success and the Barkstall PTA exemplifies a strong school and family partnership. The PTA welcomes and encourages participation by parents, guardians, and extended family members of all Barkstall Elementary students. Parents serve as classroom volunteers, plan extracurricular functions, and work daily with the principal and staff to accomplish the goals of the school. Learn more about the Barkstall PTA.