Ashland School District (Oregon)

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Ashland School District administration building in 2013

The Ashland School District (#5) is a public school district that serves the city of Ashland, Oregon, United States. As of 2009, there were approximately 3,000 students and 300 employees in the district.[1]


  • Superintendent: Julie Di Chiro


Elementary schools[edit]

  • Bellview Elementary School
  • Helman Elementary School
  • Walker Elementary School

Middle schools[edit]

  • Ashland Middle School

High schools[edit]

Alternative schools[edit]


In the 2009 school year, the district had 62 students classified as homeless by the Department of Education, or 2.1% of students in the district.[2]

Teacher/student staffing ratio[edit]

  • Total Students: 3,040
  • Classroom Teachers: 150.8 (FTE)
  • Student/Teacher Ratio: 20.2

Drug testing controversy[edit]

In late 2001, Ashland School Board enacted a controversial drug and alcohol policy for leadership students. The local Oregon chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union had advocated on behalf of various students expelled by the Ashland School District for drug use in May 2001 at a national forensics tournament and rallied again to protect the students from an unconstitutional invasion of their privacy.[citation needed] This landmark battle for students' rights was the first of many similar incidents across the country.[citation needed]

Students at Ashland High School argued that their off-campus behavior after school hours should have no effect on their academic standing. In a statement to the local press, Ashland High School Student Body Co-President Brady Brim-DeForest said "Teaching kids not to use and abuse drugs and alcohol is a family thing. Ultimately, it's a student's own personal choice."[citation needed]

Eventually, the code of conduct was rewritten and the controversy led to a full scale re-evaluation of the school district's entire drug and alcohol policy.[citation needed] In order to reach consensus however, a community committee was formed, which met consecutively for five months.[citation needed]

Drug policy references[edit]

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