The Charleston Joint PTA is a Parent Teacher Association in Charleston, Illinois made up of parents/guardians and staff who collaborate to develop programs and activities for the students of Mark Twain, Carl Sandburg and Jefferson Elementary schools.

Building these relationships helps further enhance our students' experience at our schools. The PTA is wonderful way to get involved with the schools and to give back to the schools that give our children so much.

Charleston Joint PTA is a member of the Illinois PTA.

Charleston Elementary Schools currently report 56% of students eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch.

Many children report only eating breakfast & lunch daily at school and no other meals the rest of the day.

The Food 4 Kids Backpack Program provides children at risk of hunger with bags of food they can take home and easily prepare on their own.

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Show Your School Spirit!

School spirit shirts and hoodies are on sale now. The artwork on the shirts were submitted by Students & Staff at Carl Sandburg & Jefferson Elementary School!


Competency Based Education is CUSD #1

Charleston School District, like many other districts across the country, are transitioning away from “seat time” or traditional time-based education. Competency Based Learning will provide opportunities and increased flexibility for our students. Allowing students to progress as they demonstrate mastery of both academic content and personal skills will mean our students will be prepared for success in life after high school. Being part of the Competency Based High School Pilot Program will provide Charleston High School students with flexibility in the way credit can be earned.

Charleston teachers are currently learning more about Competency Based Education, by participating in book study, visiting schools, and working together to develop plans for each school. For the 2021-22 school years, 43 teachers from Grades K-12 will participate in a Competency Based Education pilot program. These teachers will begin implementing personalized learning into their instructional practices. They will provide leadership and guidance for the rest of the district in the coming years, as we implement Competency Based Education.

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Looking for a Tutor?

There are a number of great tutors willing to help.

**Dates, times, and fees are up to the individual tutor**

Patricia Foster


Dr. Andrew White (4th - 6th Grade)


Jenny Evans