Roberts High School

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Roberts High School
3620 State Street
Salem, Oregon, (Marion County) 97301
United States
School type Alternative, secondary
Founded 1996
School board Salem-Keizer Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Sandy Husk
Grades 6-12
Enrollment 673 (2009-2010 school year)

Roberts High School is located in Salem, Oregon, United States. It provides non-traditional educational programs in the Salem-Keizer School District. Rather than a centralized campus, Roberts High School consists of departments at different sites in Salem and Keizer. These branch sites include the Downtown Learning Center, Structured Learning Center, Bridge, and Internet-based SK Online.

Web-based curriculum[edit]

SK Online provides web-based curriculum for students who need accelerated learning, are credit deficient, have scheduling conflicts in a traditional school, are home schooled, need remediation, or are medically fragile. Students under the age of 21 who reside within the Salem-Keizer Public School District are eligible to fully enroll with SK Online. SK Online also serves students enrolled at other schools or districts by prior arrangement.

In addition to online support and email, SK Online teachers may meet students in face-to-face meetings, conference by telephone, or arrange web camera conferences to further assist students or monitor testing.

SK Online courses can supplement instruction for students enrolled at traditional high schools. SK Online provides online learning opportunities in multiple ways: 1) students who reside and are enrolled in Salem-Keizer Public School District as part of the student’s school day and with their school’s approval; 2) through tuition or prior agreements with other school districts; or 3) through privately paid tuition. As a matter of policy, SK Online does not enroll students outside of Salem-Keizer District boundaries but will serve by tuition or interagency agreement.

Courses and programs[edit]

Available courses and online registration are listed on SK Online's website. Students enrolled in SK Online can earn a Roberts HS diploma or may transition to a neighborhood high school or another branch of Roberts High School.

Bridge is an alternative program of opportunity designed to help credit deficient 11th and 12th grade students complete the requirements for a Salem-Keizer high school diploma. Bridge is an online learning program providing computer resource labs after regular school hours in neighborhood high schools and as a full-day option, the Downtown Learning Center. Bridge supports students with online courseware and instructional assistance.

The Downtown Learning Center hosts a daytime Bridge option to accommodate the need for flexible scheduling. Bridge students usually focus on one course at a time according to their personal learning plan. Bridge students can earn a Roberts HS diploma or may transition to a neighborhood high school or another branch of Roberts High School.

The Structured Learning Center addresses the needs of secondary-level students with severe behavior issues or expelled from their neighborhood schools. It works to continue the students' educational progress while developing personal management skills. The center offers small-group instruction with additional opportunities through online learning, and internships such as IKE Media. As part of the Structured Learning Center, Fresh Start classroom provides students with high school educational opportunities and development of their ability to make appropriate choices, be responsible for their actions, and become self-sufficient. Structured Learning Center and Fresh Start students can earn a Roberts HS diploma or may transition to a neighborhood high school or another branch of Roberts High School.

The Work Experience Program enables high school students who have jobs to gain elective credit through learning employment skills directly from their jobs. The curriculum is aligned to Oregon's Career Related Learning Standards. Administered centrally for Salem-Keizer Public School District, students may earn up to four credits in their high school careers and enter the Work Experience Program through referral by their local high school counselor.

The Downtown Learning Center

The GED Option located at the Downtown Learning Center serves Salem-Keizer Public Schools students ages 16 through 21 who need alternative education outside of their resident high school and who are deficient in credit. The GED Option provides students with an instructional program in GED preparation and vocational assessment. GED testing is provided at the Downtown Learning Center without cost for enrolled students. Students can earn a GED certificate.

The Downtown Learning Center also hosts a READ 180 classroom. This intensive basic program addresses the needs of students reading below grade level.[1] Interactive computer programs and printed materials are used to improve reading skills. Students successfully raising their reading level are transferred into GED, Bridge, or other alternative program within Roberts High School.

Under contract with the Oregon Youth Authority, Roberts High School provides education services for juveniles who are incarcerated at the Marion County Juvenile Detention facility. Students in Detention are either serving a sentence imposed by the juvenile judge or have been detained by law enforcement. The Detention Education program provides students the opportunity to earn credit in math, art, physical education, and language arts.

Marion County Corrections Facility Education Program, located in the Marion County Jail, serves juveniles who are incarcerated either awaiting trial or who are adjudicated and awaiting transfer to a state corrections facility. Students have the option of working towards a GED, or completing high school course work leading to a diploma.

In the 2006-2007 school year, over 1,000 students were enrolled in Roberts High School, and more than 400 students earned high school diplomas or GED certificates.

Roberts High Schools is named in honor of former Governor Barbara Roberts.[2][3]


In 2008, 18% of the school's students received a high school diploma. Of 457 students, 83 graduated, 245 dropped out, one received a modified diploma, and 128 were still in high school the following year.[4][5]


  1. ^ [1] Final Report: A Summary of Independent Research on READ 180
  2. ^ "Friends and Colleagues Honor Barbara Roberts". Portland's Walk of Heroines. Portland, Oregon: Department of Women's Studies, Portland State University. 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-09-01. Retrieved 2006-12-11. 
  3. ^ "Roberts High School - Secondary Alternative Programs". Salem-Keizer Public Schools (Official website). Salem, Oregon: Salem Keizer Public Schools. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-11. 
  4. ^ "State releases high school graduation rates". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  5. ^ "Oregon dropout rates for 2008". The Oregonian. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 

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