• Elementary music, PE, and counseling remain a priority in North Clackamas, despite funding cuts. In most other Oregon school districts, these programs were eliminated or reduced years ago.
• Arts-based learning: Thanks to partnership with the Right Brain Initiative, 13 North Clackamas elementary schools focus learning around arts projects, through artist-in-residence experiences and teacher training. Right Brain Initiative schools include Ardenwald, Concord, Linwood, Oak Grove, Scouters Mountain, Spring Mountain, Sunnyside, El Puente, Milwaukie Elementary, Happy Valley Elementary, Oregon Trail, Riverside, and View Acres.
• SMART reading program: Six North Clackamas Schools offer the SMART reading program, which pairs adult mentors with two students in grades K-3 to share their love of reading. Students receive free books, and the one-on-one mentorship that increases their academic success. SMART schools include Ardenwald, Oak Grove, Lewelling, El Puente, Sunnyside, & Milwaukie Elementary.
• 3 magnet school options focus learning in distinctive ways: El Puente and Riverside Elementaries offer dual-immersion Spanish bilingual programs. Sojourner offers multiple-intelligence elementary learning.
• 2 charter school options give families choices, from Cascade Heights Public Charter School (K-8) to Clackamas Web Academy (K-12).
• 4 new elementary schools were built in the past four years: Ardenwald, Scouters Mountain, Verne A. Duncan,& Happy Valley Elementary.
• Kindergarten readiness program: Ready, Set, Go. is a kindergarten readiness program for four-year-olds and their parents, including Spanish speakers, run by Metropolitan Family Service.
• After-school programs: From the Extended Day child care program to CAFE after school programs, children can spent time after school in a safe, nurturing child care setting that provides homework time, academic support, fun activities, and enrichment. Extended day sites, open to elementary students across the district, include Bilquist, Duncan, Happy Valley, Linwood, Sunnyside, and View Acres. CAFE sites, open to qualified students, include Lewelling, Linwood, Oak Grove, Rowe Middle School and Lot Whitcomb.
High School & Middle School highlights:
• More AP, IB, & college credit courses: Clackamas and Milwaukie High Schools offer an array of AP courses for college credit, and Rex Putnam High School has an International Baccalaureate diploma program. Most courses at the Sabin-Schellenberg Center offer college credit. Last year high school student enrollment in other college credit courses was 5,253.
• Sabin-Schellenberg Professional-Technical Center offers all students from Clackamas, Rex Putnam or Milwaukie High a choice of 15 hands-on career programs on 3 campuses, from broadcasting, automotive services, and health services to law enforcement, culinary arts, electronics, and manufacturing.
• New Urban High School serves students who seek an alternative experience to the large comprehensive high schools. With a school of 200, students have greater personalization and have been recognized for experiences in the community through programs like Youth Take Action and Senior Internships.
• Twilight is an evening school held on the New Urban High School campus that allows students to work independently toward a high school diploma through online course curriculum.
• Performing arts opportunities: North Clackamas has a thriving arts education program, including partnerships with the community theater group New Century Players, and numerous grant funded artists-in-residence. Starting in 6th grade, every student has the opportunity to pursue band, choir, or orchestra. Of 197 public school districts in Oregon, only 9 offer orchestra, and North Clackamas is one of them.• Health Services:
A new school-based health center at Milwaukie High serves teens. At no cost to students, the center provides a full spectrum of services, from medical and dental care to mental health services.
• 4 charter school options give families choices, from Cascade Heights Public Charter School (K-8) and Clackamas Web Academy (K-12) to Clackamas Middle College and Milwaukie Academy of the Arts for high school students.• Sports: School and club sports offer students a spectrum of opportunities to pursue athletic excellence and learn about teamwork and perseverance. Dance & Drill teams from Rex Putnam, Milwaukie, & Clackamas consistently excel in state competitions. Milwaukie High recently tied as league champion in boys basketball, finishing 4th in state, and the Clackamas High girls basketball team finished second in state.
• 2 new middle schools were built in the past four years: Happy Valley Middle School, and Rock Creek Middle School.
• Student activities: Students have a wide array of activities, clubs, groups, and extra-curriculars to choose from, enabling them to apply their learning and connect with their community. From Key Club, Model U.N. Club, DECA, and FFA, to thespian troupes, multicultural clubs, and speech team, students can find their niche and take on leadership roles.
• Real-world learning: From the high school deli, child care, and catering programs students have opportunities to operate a real business, learning career skills vital to the work place.
• SAT scores are up thanks to an increased focus on research-based teaching strategies and added opportunities for academic support.