The Delphian School

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The Delphian School
The Delphian School in Sheridan, Oregon.JPG
20950 SW Rock Creek Road
Sheridan, Oregon, Yamhill County, 97378
United States
Coordinates 45°06′26″N 123°26′53″W / 45.107282°N 123.44801°W / 45.107282; -123.44801Coordinates: 45°06′26″N 123°26′53″W / 45.107282°N 123.44801°W / 45.107282; -123.44801
Type Private
Opened 1976
CEEB Code 381071
NCES School ID 01161668[1]
Headmistress Rosemary Didear
Grades K–12[1][2]
Number of students 231[1]
Campus type Rural
Color(s) Green and white   
Athletics conference OSAA Tri-River Conference 2A-3
Team name Dragons
Accreditation PNAIS,[3] NWAC
Affiliations Delphi Schools, Applied Scholastics

The Delphian School is a K–12 private school located in a rural setting in unincorporated Yamhill County, Oregon, near Sheridan.[4][5] The school operates primarily as a boarding school, with most students living on campus either full-time or five-day (going home for the weekends). The school also accepts day students; boarders must be at least eight years old, while day students can be as young as five.[6]


The grounds of the school were formerly a Jesuit novitiate,[7] and in 1976, The Delphian School was established at the site.[8] In 1978 tuition at the school was $4,500 for boarding students and $2,800 for non-boarders.[8] In the 1980s the campus was a candidate for the location of a federal prison, with the Federal Correctional Institution - Sheridan later built elsewhere in the Sheridan area.[9]


The Delphian School is operated by Delphi Schools using L. Ron Hubbard's study techniques, known as Study Tech. The Study Tech teaching methodology is licensed through the Scientology-related group Applied Scholastics.[10] The school is also the location of Heron Books, which published textbooks and materials using Hubbard's educational philosophy (the Delphi Curriculum).

Delphian School is a member of the Oregon Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS),[11] an organization that works to limit government influence on school choice.[12] The OFIS's current director, Mark Siegel, also acts as assistant headmaster of the school.[13] The school is also an accredited member of the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools, and an accredited member school of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC).[3]

The main building on campus is a four-story, Art Deco style building with a brick exterior.[14] Designed by Poole & Mcgonigle, it was built in 1933 for the Jesuit house.[14]


Lauren Haggis, a daughter of Paul Haggis, said that Delphian is "on top of a hill in the middle of nowhere" and that she "lived in a giant bubble. Everyone I knew was a Scientologist."[5]

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  1. ^ a b c "Search for Private Schools - School Detail for Delphian School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Oregon School Directory 2008-09". Oregon Department of Education. p. 128. Retrieved May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ "Contact Us." The Delphian School. Retrieved on December 27, 2010. "Delphian School 20950 SW Rock Creek Road Sheridan, Oregon 97378"
  5. ^ a b Wright, Lawrence. "The Apostate." The New Yorker. February 14, 2011. 11. Retrieved on May 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "Student & Parent Handbook (ver. 13.5)". Delphian School. p. 23. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon. Caxton Press. p. 175. ISBN 978-0-87004-332-1. 
  8. ^ a b Associated Press (January 3, 1978). "Delphian School sets sights high". Register-Guard. pp. 3B. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  9. ^ "Delphian School inspected". Register-Guard. November 2, 1984. pp. 5A. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  10. ^ "Applied Scholastics". Delphian School. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Oregon Federation of Independent Schools
  12. ^ "Home". Oregon Federation Of Independent Schools. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Delphian School: about Mark Siegel
  14. ^ a b "St Francis Xavier Novitiate". Oregon Historic Sites Database. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  15. ^ "Ilaria Urbinati: The Stylist for the Quieter Half of the Red Carpet". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 

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