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About Ballard

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The Ballard Community School District encompasses approximately 85 square miles, with a district population of almost 7000 residents. The communities of Cambridge, Huxley, Kelley and Slater came together in 1957 and formed the Ballard Community School District. The first graduating class was 1959. The name Ballard is derived from a creek that once flowed throughout the District. Ballard Community School District is located in the “Golden Circle” 10 miles south of Ames and 20 miles north of Des Moines. Its location provides the opportunities of small town living while enjoying access to metropolitan activities.


Direction and Goals

Vision Statement
Ballard empowers all learners.

Mission Statement
The Ballard Community School District will educate the whole child, providing the essential knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful and responsible citizen in the 21st Century.

Student Outcomes
Students will demonstrate proficiency in literacy and communication, mathematics, science and social studies and will experience the fine and performing arts through study and/or performance.

Students will be creative thinkers who demonstrate the ability to research and use information and set, prioritize, and act on decisive goals both independently and in a group.

Students will demonstrate respect for themselves and for the diversity of others and will act with respect, be supportive, welcoming, productive and encouraging.

Students will possess life skills that will enable them to be responsible, contributing members of family, community and society.

Students will demonstrate proficiency in the 21st Century Skills: financial literacy, health and wellness, employability and work skills.


Financial Information