Qualifications to qualify as a K-12 School Group the following criteria must be met:

  • A school group must originate from a state-accredited public or private school serving any grades of K-12 and be recognized by the state’s department of education
  • Students must represent an academic class for which they receive a grade
  • Students are accompanied by a teacher(s) employed by the school district
  • The school principal will have signed the ALPLM School Admission Form acknowledging his/her knowledge and approval of the field trip
  • All K-12 school groups must include the required number of chaperones based on the museum’s 1:10 ratio (1 chaperone per 10 students)

Tour Reservations
All groups of 15 or more—regardless of age—must reserve a tour date through the Springfield Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (SCVB). Return the completed Student/Youth Group Reservation Request Form by email or postal mail. You will receive a confirmation by postal mail. Please be advised that the volume of requests for ALPLM tours will affect the processing time.

Groups of fewer than 15 should contact Carol Manning carol.manning@illinois.gov at the Museum to schedule a to

Chaperones
All K-12 school groups must include the required number of chaperones based on the museum’s 1:10 ratio of 1 chaperone per 10 students. Example: 40 students require 4 chaperones; 45 students require 5 chaperones. Failure to comply with this policy may result in the school being turned away. Chaperone Policy

Cost
June through February all K-12 school groups reserving through SCVB or Carol Manning will receive free admission to the museum. Allotted chaperones based on the 1:10 teacher/student-ratio will also be free, as well as accompanying classroom aides and bus drivers. Any chaperone over the 1:10 ratio will be charged regular adult admission at the door as the ALPLM does not invoice for additional chaperones.

In March, April, and May there is a $4 fee per student. Allotted chaperones, classroom aides, and bus drivers will be admitted free. Any chaperone over the 1:10 ratio will be charged regular adult admission.