Beaverton School District
|Beaverton School District|
|Washington County, Oregon|
|Students and staff|
The Beaverton School District is a school district in and around Beaverton, Oregon, United States. It serves students throughout Beaverton, Hillsboro, Aloha, and unincorporated neighborhoods of Portland, OR. The Beaverton Elementary School District 48 was established in 1876, with other elementary districts later merged into the district. The elementary district was later merged with the high school district (10J) to create a unified school district. It is the third-largest school district in the state, with an enrollment of 39,763 students as of 2015. For the 2015–2016 school year the district had a total budget of $423.1 million.
The district employs over 2,000 teachers at its 34 elementary, eight middle, and six high schools as well as several options schools. In 2014 18,345 students were enrolled in elementary school, 9,200 in middle school, and 11,588 in high school. Mountainside High School, the district's sixth high school, opened in 2017.
District 48 was established in 1876 as the "Beaverton Elementary School District", serving grades 1-8. Over the years it merged with other elementary districts and finally, in July 1960, merged with the Beaverton High School District to create one unified school district. The district has followed the trends throughout the US, establishing schools for 7th–9th grades in the mid-1960s (to make a 6-3-3 system) and then in 1994 moving 6th grade into middle school and 9th grade back into high school to form the current 5-3-4 configuration.
The Beaverton School District's school-age population grew by 44% in the 1990s, but by only 14% in the 2000s. The median age in the district increased from 33.3 in 2000 to 35.3 in 2010. The total population of the area under the district's jurisdiction was 253,198 as of the 2010 census.
In 2017, the district began releasing all students early on Wednesdays to allow additional time for teacher collaboration and development; the school year is also being lengthened.
|Aloha Huber Park (K-8)||Cougar||Scott Drue|
|Beaver Acres||Beaver||Stacy Geale|
|Bonny Slope||Bobcat||Janet Maza|
|Cedar Mill||Lumberjack||Amy Chamberlain|
|Cooper Mountain||Cougar||Ali Montelongo|
|Elmonica||Engineer||Cynthia Lam Moffett|
|Errol Hassell||Hornet||Scarlet Valentine|
|Fir Grove||Furry Grover||Erin Miles|
|Jacob Wismer||Eagle||Joan McFadden|
|McKinley||Mountain Lion||Aki Mori|
|Montclair||Red-Tailed Hawk||Sean Leverty|
|Nancy Ryles||Crocodile||Kayla Bell|
|Oak Hills||Otter||Sheila Baumgardner|
|Raleigh Hills (K-8)||Panther||Peter McDougal|
|Raleigh Park||Tiger||Brian Curl|
|Rock Creek||Rocket||Tiffany Wiencken|
|Scholls Heights||Knight||Tracy Bariao-Arce|
|Sexton Mountain||Eagle||Cherie Reese|
|Springville (K-8)||Wolf||Robin Kobrowski|
|Terra Linda||Tiger||Christy Batsell|
|West Tualatin View||All-Star||Kalay McNamee|
|William Walker||Eagle||Melissa Murray|
The Beaverton School District operates eight middle schools housing 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Prior to the 1994-95 school year they housed students in grades 7-9, as a part of the districts 6-3-3 plan established in the 1960s.
Cedar Park, located on Park Way, was built in 1965 as the district's fourth middle school. It was first opened during the 1965–66 school year for seventh graders only, with an enrollment of 343; however, construction was not complete until 1966. It opened for all grades beginning with the 1966 school year. The school's mascot is the Timberwolf, and its current principal is Dr. Shannon Anderson. Enrollment for the 2014 school year was 1,043, up from 968 the previous year. Its enrollment in 2018-19 was 1,001. The school received air conditioning for the whole building over the summer of 2017, and its lockers were painted and its fence was replaced over the summer of 2018. This school offers electives such as Drama (also called Theater), Band, Choir, Physical Education, and Spanish. It used to offer a more advanced Spanish class for native speakers as well as a class called Design, which was removed starting in the 2017-18 school year.
Five Oaks' mascot is the Falcon, and its principal is Shirley Brock. 2018-19 enrollment was 1,001, down from 1,055 in 2013. Five Oaks hosts Rachel Carson Environmental Middle School, which focuses on environmental science.
Highland Park was opened in 1965 to 1,106 students, after several failed bonds in the previous years. Its mascot is the Raider, and its principal is Curtis Semana. 2018-19 enrollment was 855, up from 820 in 2013.
Stoller is located on Laidlaw Road. Its mascot is the Jaguar, and principal is Veronica Galvan. 2018-19 enrollment was 1,554, up from 1,341 in 2013. It is the largest middle school in the school district.
On November 30, 2018, a threat of violence was made, prompting law enforcement and increased police in the school. The threat was heavily rumored to be a bot that sent out similar threats across the country on the same day. Many other threats were also made in the 2018-19 school year causing panic in many cases.  Several threats since then have prompted tighter security measures around the school.
Whitford is located in Garden Home–Whitford. Garden Home was an established community when the Oregon Electric Railway was built at the beginning of the 20th century, which named a depot on the line for the community. Whitford was a station on the same line, located at the present-day intersection of Allen Road and Scholls Ferry Road (Oregon Route 210); the name was created by combining the names of W. A. White and A.C. Bedford, New York investors who were directors of the railway. Whitford Station closed when the railway stopped running around 1920, but the name stuck. The school itself opened in 1963 to grades 7 and 8. Whitford's mascot is the Coachman, and its principal is Brian Peerenboom. 2014 enrollment was 681, up from 680 in 2013.
High schools in Beaverton are part of the Metro League for interscholastic athletics and activities. The newest, Mountainside High School, opened in September 2017 for freshmen and sophomores. As a result, the district began planning to alter its high school boundaries. The boundary changes were approved in June 2017 and went into effect at the beginning of the 2017–2018 school year.
|Image||School||Mascot||Principal||Feeder middle schools|
|Aloha||Warrior||Matt Casteel||Five Oaks, Mountain View|
|Beaverton||Beaver||Anne Erwin||Cedar Park, Highland Park, Meadow Park, Whitford|
|Mountainside||Maverick||Todd Corsetti||Conestoga, Highland Park, Mountain View|
|Southridge||Skyhawk||David Nieslanik||Conestoga, Whitford|
|Sunset||Apollo||John Huelskamp||Cedar Park, Meadow Park, Stoller|
|Westview||Wildcat||Matt Pedersen||Five Oaks, Meadow Park, Stoller|
- Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA)
- Focuses on the arts for 6th through 12th grade students. Principal: Bjorn Paige.
- Beaverton Academy of Science and Engineering (BASE)
- International School of Beaverton (ISB)
- Offers the International Baccalaureate program for 6th through 12th grade students. Principal: Jill O'Neill.
- Merlo Station High School
- Composed of several programs, including the Community School. Principal: Mary Jean Katz.
- Rachel Carson Environmental Middle School
- Located at Five Oaks Middle School, it focuses on environmental science for 6th through 8th grade students. Principal: Shirley Brock.
- Programs at Meadow Park, Whitford, Stoller, Cedar Park, and Highland Park middle schools for talented and gifted students. 795 students were enrolled in Summa classes at five middle schools for the 2014-2015 school year.
- In November 2014 a plan to move Summa students who attend Stoller Middle School to the newly constructed Timberland middle school as a solution to overcrowding was proposed, but was delayed in November 2015 due to opposition from parents and school administration.
- Timberland Middle School
- Cedar Hills Elementary School
- Garden Home Elementary School
- Merle Davies Elementary School (named Beaverton Grade School until 1949)
- Opened in 1938; closed in 1983. The building became an annex to Beaverton High School, located directly adjacent, and remains in use as such.
- Sunset Valley Elementary School
- C. E. Mason Elementary School
According to the Beaverton School District's website, the school board is "responsible for providing an education program for students living within the District boundaries." The board members for the 2015-2016 school year were Susan Greenberg, Anne Bryan, Eric Simpson, Donna Tyner, LeeAnn Larsen, Becky Tymchuk, and Linda Degman.
The current Beaverton School District superintendent is Don Grotting, who has served since July 1, 2016. Dr. Jeff Rose served between July 2011 and July 2016, after previous Superintendent Jerome Colona stepped down. Rose previously served as Superintendent of the Canby School District from 2008 until 2011. In 2016, Rose resigned in order to head the Fulton County School System in Georgia.
In the 2009 school year, the district had 1114 students classified as homeless by the state's Department of Education, or 3.0% of students in the district. By 2010, the number of homeless students had grown to 1,580, the highest of any school district in the state.
The following are the district's teacher/student staffing ratios (K-5 numbers have been updated for the 2019-2020 school year):[needs update]
- Kindergarten - 1:26.95
- Grades 1–5 - 1:30.48
- Grades 6–8 - 1:35:50
- Grades 9–12 - 1:26.4
All information below is as of October 1, 2014.
- Number of primary languages spoken in students' homes: 94
- Percentage of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch: 36.6%
- Percentage of students qualifying for special education services: 12.1%
- Percentage of Talented and Gifted students: 13.5%
- Percentage of ESL students: 13.3%
- Percentage of male students: 51%
- Percentage of female students: 49%
- High school dropout rate: 2.7% as of 2013–14, lower than Oregon's average of 3.9%
- Graduation rate: 79.7%, higher than Oregon's average of 72%
- Number of staff:
- Teachers: 2,330
- Classified employees: 1,710
- School administration: 92
- District administration: 30
- Total number: 4,162
- Teachers with a master's degree or higher: 87%
- Average years teaching experience: 14.6
- Salary range: $39,100 - $80,253
- "Superintendent: Beaverton School District". Beaverton School District. Archived from the original on December 6, 2016. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
- "2015-2016 Adopted Budget" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2015-09-07.
- "Quick Facts". Archived from the original on July 7, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
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- "Quick Facts: BSD". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-23.
- "About Us: Facts and History". Archived from the original on 2015-04-04. Retrieved 2015-03-23.
- "Cedar Park History" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-09-13.
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- "OREGON AT-A-GLANCE SCHOOL PROFILE Meadow Park Middle School". Oregon Department of Education. Oregon Department of Education. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
- "OREGON AT-A-GLANCE SCHOOL PROFILE Mountain View Middle School". Oregon Department of Education. Oregon Department of Education. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
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- "Whitford History". Beaverton School District. Archived from the original on October 12, 2016. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
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- Nakamura, Beth; Hammond, Betsy (September 6, 2017) [published online Sep. 5]. "Beaverton's new $185 million high school, Mountainside, opens". The Oregonian. p. A8. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
- Balick, Lisa (December 2, 2015). "Beaverton SD boundary changes upsetting parents". KOIN 6 News. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
- "Boundary Information". Beaverton School District. 2017. Archived from the original on September 8, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
- "Beaverton School District: Feeder Schools, 2017–2018" (PDF). Beaverton School District. August 16, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 8, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
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- "High homeless numbers in Beaverton schools point to outreach". Beaverton Valley Times. January 19, 2011. Retrieved 2014-10-13.
Last September, the Oregon Department of Education released the state's homeless student count and Beaverton School District was at the top of that list with 1,580 students, followed by Medford and Portland districts.
- "Student and Teacher Profile". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-23.
- "Beaverton School District Statistics". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2015-09-07.
- "Student Race and Ethnicity" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-12. Retrieved 2015-09-07.
- "Student Gender Profile" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-12. Retrieved 2015-09-07.
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