Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I apply for my child to enroll in the STEM School?
A. We are no longer accepting new students because the STEM School will be shutting down on May 26, 2022. For more information regarding the closing of the STEM School please contact your school district superintendent. 

Q. What are the school’s hours and what is its schedule for holidays?
A. The school hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students may enter the building at 7:50 a.m. The school follows the academic calendar of West Aurora District 129.

Q. How do I report my child’s absence?
A. Report absences before 8:30 a.m. by calling 630-947-1240. If a staff member is unavailable to take your call, a voicemail system will allow you to leave your name, your child’s name, the date and the reason for the absence.

Q. What grading scale does the School use?
A. Students are graded on a standard scale: 91%-100%=A, 81%-90%=B, 71%-80%=C, 61%-70%=D, 60% or less=F

Q. Is bus transportation available?
A. Yes. Each school district facilitates its own routes and pick-up/drop-off times.

Q. What supervision and security measures are provided for the students?
A. The STEM School has a dedicated School Resource Officer who can also draw on the resources of Aurora University Campus Public Safety staff if needed. Access to the STEM School is tightly controlled, and state-of-the-art safety and monitoring technology is present throughout the facility. The School Resource Officer, teachers, and/or student aides accompany students whenever they travel across the university campus.

Q. Are there lunch and breakfast programs?
A. Yes. Both services are provided through Chartwells, in coordination with their service to the rest of Aurora University. 

Q. How do I pay for my child’s meals?
A. Payments are made through the same system that each student’s home school district uses. 

Q. Are there free or reduced breakfast or lunch programs?
A. Yes. Parents apply via their home school district. The district then notifies STEM School administrators of students who qualify.

Q. Where do students eat?
A. Students eat breakfast in their classrooms and lunch in the Aurora University Dining Hall, located a three-minute walk away from the STEM School. STEM students are led to and from the facility by dedicated staff. They use the Dining Hall on a separate schedule from AU students.

Q. When are lunch and recess?
A. Elementary students eat lunch at 10:30 am with recess following lunch until 11:10 am.  Middle school students eat lunch from 10:50 am with recess following lunch until 11:30 am.

Q. Where do students go for physical education class?
A. Much like the Dining Hall configuration, STEM students use the university gymnasium, football field, or racquetball court, all on a schedule separate from AU students. STEM teachers will occasionally also conduct physical education classes within the STEM school itself.

Q. Why does my child need a pair of gym shoes?
A. Students regularly conduct their physical education classes in the Aurora University gymnasium, the floor of which can easily be destroyed by many types of shoes. Students are therefore required to have a pair of non-marking gym shoes that are kept at the school.

Q. Do students participate in field trips?
A. Field trips are limited this school year (2021-2022) due to COVID-19.

Q. What happens if a student moves out of the district while attending the school?
A. The child would not be able to remain at the STEM School, even if he or she is moving to one of the partner districts. Each district is given an equal number of spots at the school and has a wait list for vacancies.