The Delphian School

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The Delphian School
The Delphian School in Sheridan, Oregon.JPG
20950 SW Rock Creek Road
Sheridan, Yamhill County, Oregon 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]
Head of school Trevor Ott
Grades K–12[1][2]
Number of students 272[1]
 • Kindergarten 7
 • Grade 1 5
 • Grade 2 4
 • Grade 3 2
 • Grade 4 3
 • Grade 5 5
 • Grade 6 7
 • Grade 7 6
 • Grade 8 12
 • Grade 9 29
 • Grade 10 30
 • Grade 11 57
 • Grade 12 105[1]
Campus type Rural
Color(s) Green and white   
Athletics conference OSAA Northwest League 2A-1
Team name Dragons
Accreditation NWAIS,[3] AdvancED[4]
Affiliations Delphi Schools, Applied Scholastics

The Delphian School is a co-ed K–12 private school operated by Delphi Schools, which employs L. Ron Hubbard's study techniques, known as Study Tech.[5] It is located in unincorporated Yamhill County, Oregon, near Sheridan.[6][7] 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.[8] Most of the school's 272 students are in grades 8-12.[1]

Campus and history[edit]

In the fall of 1976, the Delphian School opened on the site of a former a Jesuit novitiate near Sheridan, Oregon.[9][10] The main building on campus is a four-story, Art Deco-style building with a brick exterior that was designed by Poole & McGonigle and built in 1933 for the Jesuit house.[11]

There were about 60 students enrolled in the school's first year.[12] Two years later in 1978 the school had 120 students, tuition was $4,500 for boarding students and $2,800 for non-boarders.[10]

In the mid-1980s the campus was considered as a possible location for a federal prison. The Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution opened in 1989 in another location in the area.[13][14]


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.[5] The school is also the location of Heron Books, which published textbooks and materials using Hubbard's educational philosophy (the Delphi Curriculum).

The school uses a proficiency- or competency-based education model. There are no letter grades, report cards, or traditional grade levels at the school. Students advance through the curriculum by demonstrating proficiency or competence rather than at a set time.[15]

Delphian School is a member of the Oregon Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS),[16] an organization that works to limit government influence on school choice.[17] The OFIS's current director, Mark Siegel, also acts as assistant headmaster of the school.[18] The school is an accredited member of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools, and an accredited member school of AdvancED.[3][4]


The Delphian School's sports team is known as the "Dragons". The school participates in the Oregon School Activities Association's (OSAA) Northwest League, 2A classification, for girls and boys basketball, baseball and softball, boys soccer and tennis, volleyball, cheerleading, solo music, and choir.[19] In 2014 the Delphian choir tied for the OSAA Choir State Championship, and three school soccer players were named to the All-State team.[20][21]

In 2013 a student was chosen as the youth delegate to Youth for Human Rights International, a Scientology-related organization.[22]


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."[7]

Sky Dayton, a business mogul, graduated from the Delphian School in 1988, and was not accepted when he applied for admission at the California Institute for the Arts after graduation. He decided to forego college and pursue business, his true passion.[23]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for Delphian School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Oregon School Directory 2008-09" (PDF). Oregon Department of Education. p. 128. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 26, 2011. Retrieved March 26, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b "NWAIS: Delphian School, The". Retrieved 2016-10-18. 
  4. ^ a b "Institution Summary". AdvancED. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Applied Scholastics". Delphian School. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Contact Us Archived 2011-04-17 at the Wayback Machine.." The Delphian School. Retrieved on 27 December 2010. "Delphian School 20950 SW Rock Creek Road Sheridan, Oregon 97378"
  7. ^ a b Wright, Lawrence. "The Apostate." The New Yorker. 14 February 2011. 11. Retrieved on 10 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Student & Parent Handbook (ver. 13.5)" (PDF). Delphian School. p. 23. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Friedman, Ralph (1990). In Search of Western Oregon. Caxton Press. p. 175. ISBN 978-0-87004-332-1. 
  10. ^ a b Associated Press (3 January 1978). "Delphian School sets sights high". Register-Guard. pp. 3B. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "St Francis Xavier Novitiate". Oregon Historic Sites Database. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "The Delphian School Celebrates 30th Anniversary (press release)". iNewswire. 8 February 2006. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Delphian School inspected". Register-Guard. 2 November 1984. pp. 5A. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  14. ^ Mortenson, Eric (21 May 1989). "Sheridan becomes a prison town". Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  15. ^ Siegel, Mark. "A New Paradigm - Putting All Students in the Driver's Seat". AdvancED. The Delphian School. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  16. ^ Oregon Federation of Independent Schools
  17. ^ "Home". Oregon Federation Of Independent Schools. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  18. ^ Delphian School: about Mark Siegel
  19. ^ "Delphian School". Oregon School Activities Association. Oregon School Activities Association. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  20. ^ Rastrelli, Thomas (8 May 2014). "Delphian choir nails it, ties for first at state". Statesman Journal. Gannett Satellite Information Network. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  21. ^ "Area Highlights". Statesman Journal. Gannett Satellite Information Network. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  22. ^ "Delphian student to represent USA at youth summit in Brussles, Belgium". Newspaper Archive of The Sun. SmallTownPapers, Inc. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  23. ^ Poole, Hillary. "Sky Dayton". The Internet: A Historical Encyclopedia : Chronology. 3. ABC-CLIO. p. 65. 

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