Our Mission

At Garden Hills Academy: Math & Engineering Leadership, our mission is to work collaboratively with our diverse families and staff to support students' social, emotional, and academic well-being. 

About Garden Hills

Garden Hills Academy: Math & Engineering Leadership is one of 12 elementary schools in the Unit 4 School District in Champaign, Illinois. It has an enrollment of approximately 470 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Garden Hills also houses a satellite classroom from Champaign Early Childhood Center. We have 20 general education classes, with three or four classrooms at each grade level. We also support the district RESTORE program classrooms. Garden Hills is also home to a diverse ESL (English as a Second Language) population.

Garden Hills recently received grant funding to support implementation of instructional best practices relating to Math and Engineering Leadership. Our objective with this process is to ensure all students meet challenging academic standards and benefit from theme-related learning opportunities. Staff will experience professional development relating to Habits of Mind, cultural competence, cooperative group learning, project-based learning, math and engineering. Our goal is to develop inquiry and project-based thematic units of study.

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We believe: 

  • Our children deserve a high-quality education in a safe and loving environment.
  • Our most important task is to support the academic, social, and emotional needs of the student.
  • Student development is guided by strong and meaningful relationships.
  • Postitive behavior is facilitated by consistency, accountability, and restorative practices.
  • Academic success is motivated by student engagement through interactive lessons, relevant materials, and accommodating different learning styles.

Bell Schedule

Students are not permitted to enter the building before 8:30 a.m. as supervision is not available. Please do not drop your child off earlier than this time as this poses a safety risk.

Morning Start Time: 8:55 a.m.

Dismissal: 3:10 p.m.

Our History

Garden Hills Elementary School was constructed in 1958 on land donated by the Ozier family. Since 1989, Garden Hills has been a charter school for the Illinois Accelerated Schools Project. In addition, Garden Hills is a past recipient of the prestigious "Excellence in Education Award" from the United States Department of Education. It serves as one of the three elementary sites for the gifted programs.