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  • Explore Sites and Services

    • Elementary schools will begin at 8:50 a.m. and end at 3:20 p.m. except for Pershing, which will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.
    • Middle schools will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.
    • Free breakfast and lunch, where allowable by federal guidelines, at most Explore sites, including special programs.
    • Free bus transportation will be available to eligible elementary and middle school students to their designated Explore site. To be eligible students must live within the designated attendance area and their residence must be 1.5 miles or more from their designated Explore site.

     View boundary map to determine your Explore location.

Extended Learning Program (ELP)

  • Students in grades 1-8 who need extra support in literacy and/or mathematics will receive a letter from ELP. Follow the steps outlined in the letter to register your child for the appropriate courses.

English Language Learners (ELL)

  • Courses are offered for grades K-12 to support reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in English. Qualifying students will receive a letter with more information. ELL students in grades K-5 should register for the appropriate grade-level class offered at their school. ELL students in grades 6-8 should register for the ESOL class offered at their school, plus one additional class. ELL students in grades 9-12 will register for ESOL 1550 offered at Central High School, plus one additional class. For more information, contact the ELL office, (417) 523-1135. Transportation:  For ELL students, view high school bus eligibility map here.  

Special Education Services

  • All elementary and secondary courses are available to students with disabilities. Parents should consult with their child’s teacher prior to enrolling. Special Education Extended School Year Services (ESY) will be provided for SPS students as determined by the student’s IEP team. If you have questions regarding your child’s eligibility for ESY, please contact your child’s special education teacher. 


  • Explorers will regularly use technology as a tool during their summer learning. Chromebooks or iPad minis, in combination with passionate, innovative teachers, will engage students throughout the journey.



  • Will you take advantage of breakfast and lunch served at school? At most Explore sites breakfast and lunch will be provided free where allowable per federal guidelines.

Gifted Education

  • Eligible students may choose to participate in gifted education classes offered at Phelps Center.  Information about how to enroll will be provided to those who are eligible.

Important Explore Information

  • Attendance

    Regular attendance is expected, and high school students taking classes for credit must receive a passing grade in order to receive credit. 

    Withdrawing from Explore

    To withdraw prior to Explore starting, contact the Explore office at 523-0011. After the summer session starts, high school students must drop the class before it meets 15 hours and will receive an NGN-no grade/no credit. High school students will receive a failing grade if they withdraw after the 15 hour deadline.


    Any student who exhibits inappropriate behavior may be dropped from Explore. All SPS board policies apply to students attending Explore.

    Textbooks and materials

    Textbooks will be provided by the school district. Secondary students will be expected to bring textbooks, paper and pencils to class every day. Elementary students will need to bring their basic supplies from the regular school year.

    Class offerings

    Class offerings are subject to change based on enrollment. If a class is no longer available, we will attempt to contact you.

    Special Education students

    All elementary and secondary courses are available to students with disabilities. Parents should consult with their student's teacher prior to registration. Reasonable accomodations will be available, if required, to assist in regular Explore classes.

    Special Education Extended School Year (ESY) Services will be provided for SPS students as determined by the student's IEP team. The student must have been enrolled in SPS the preceding year and determined eligible for such services. The provision of ESY services for non-resident students is the responsibilty of the domicile district.

    ESY service students may receive transportation if it determined to be a related service by the IEP team.

    English Language Learners

    Services available for qualified students. Contact the ELL office at 523-1136 for information and placement.

    Notice of Non-Discrimination

    Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all employee groups, associations or organizations who meet and confer with representatives of the Springfield R-12 School District are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of of race, color, religion (belief or non-belief), ancestry, national origin, sex, age or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the Springfield R-12 School District's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, ADA, or Section 504 is directed to contact Human Resources (523-0052) involving staff concerns; Diann Barth (523-4647) involving student programs or building accessibility. These offices have been designed by the Springfield R-12 School District to coordinate the District's efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, ADA and Section 504.

    Immunization Requirements

    Students enrolled in Explore 2018 classes must be compliant with the 2017 – 2018 school year immunization requirements. A complete immunization record must be presented when registering your child in the records office located in the Roseanne Bentley Administrative Center at 1610 E. Sunshine, to attend the program. The record can be faxed to Health Services at (417) 523-1695, or the information can be e-mailed to immunizations@spsmail.org.   Immunization Requirements

    A school nurse will be available at each of the school sites throughout both the June and July sessions of Explore.It is important for the school nurse to be aware of any chronic health conditions your child may have in order to appropriately address his or her needs during the school day. Please complete the Student Health Inventory and submit to the records office at the time of registration, fax the completed form to Health Services at (417) 523-1695 or the completed form can be e-mailed to immunizations@spsmail.org

    If specialized healthcare procedures are required as a part of the care for your child during the school day, i. e., diabetes care, emergency medication, etc., appropriate orders must be submitted prior to the child attending classes this summer. The physician order(s) or care plan must be submitted by May 1, 2018 to the Health Services office via fax (417)523-1695, email to immunizations@spsmail.org, or in person by visiting Roseanne Bentley Administrative Center, 1610 E. Sunshine Street.