Learning In Schools
The goal of the Beaverton School District is to “increase academic achievement districtwide with a special emphasis on mathematics and literacy gains for each student.”
The intent is to give every student the skills to succeed in challenging courses, meet academic standards, graduate from high school and be fully prepared for a range of post-secondary education and vocational options.
The Beaverton School District has a comprehensive accountability plan to ensure yearly progress toward this goal, and these efforts are synchronized with accountability standards set by state assessments and the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Each District staff member strives to teach students how to think analytically and creatively, to communicate effectively, solve problems and to achieve their highest academic potential. Whether students are reading, writing, completing a science experiment or creating a piece of art, they are encouraged to go beyond the bounds of their subject and critically analyze and evaluate their work.
All students are supported as they explore their interests and reach beyond their current level of work. Educators use research-based teaching methods to spur student interest and support student learning inside and outside the classroom.
• Elementary School
Beaverton elementary school curriculum
focuses on helping each student build a strong academic foundation --
with an emphasis on literacy -- as well as fostering an enthusiasm for
learning. Elementary students receive a well-rounded education in
language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health and safety,
art, music and physical education. In addition, teachers integrate the
use of technology and various research methods into the curriculum.
staff members also work to nurture students in their personal and
social development. Staff work to create a safe, collaborative learning
environment that respects and values cultural differences.
options also are available at the elementary level in Beaverton,
including K-8 programs and Spanish language immersion programs located
at some schools.
• Middle School
The District’s middle school program
is designed to continue to build students’ academic skills, as well as
prepare them for the challenges they will face in high school.
Beaverton middle schools have rigorous academic programs, where
students continue to study the core subjects, but also begin to enrich
their educational experiences with elective studies in special interest
Middle school staff focus on developing a supportive
school climate that encourages intellectual, creative, social and
In an effort to increase academic rigor and
provide options for a variety of learning styles, Beaverton also offers
several learning options programs, including Rachel Carson
Environmental Science Program, Summa (for high-achieving students) and
the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy.
• High School
High school is a time of exploration and
intense preparation for the future. The focus at this level is on
preparing each student for the challenges of further study and
employment. High schools offer students a rigorous core academic
program, including honors, Advanced Placement and International
Baccalaureate course options, as well as a wide variety of elective
courses ranging from marketing to oceanography to video production.
that each student has specific needs, the District has developed
several options for its high school students. Students can choose from
a variety of educational settings that include traditional high
schools, magnet programs and an alternative high school program. The
District offers several learning option programs for students,
including Arts and Communication Magnet Academy, Science and
Technology, and more.
Outside of the classroom, District high
school students participate in numerous extracurricular activities
including sports, music, theater, speech and debate, leadership
activities and community service projects.
• Special Education
Special education services are
available at each school in the Beaverton School District to serve
students who have been identified as eligible for special education
services. Eligible students must meet federal and state eligibility
requirements as having a disability in at least one of 11 handicapping
A written Individual Education Plan (IEP)
for each eligible student is prepared that addresses the student's
unique educational needs. A team of educators and the parent(s) develop
the IEP. The IEP team also determines the appropriate educational
placement for the student.
If you believe a child may be
eligible for and in need of special education services, please contact
the school office where the child attends.
Regional Education Service District (NWRESD) provides services to
children ages birth-5. Please contact the NWRESD at (503) 614-1446.
further information please contact your child's school, the District
Special Education Office at (503) 591-4365, or the District's website
at www.beaverton.k12.or.us. Click on the Instruction link, then on
• Talented and Gifted Students
The District is
committed not only to its strong core curriculum, but also to the
special needs of its talented and gifted students. Beaverton’s programs
for gifted learners work to meet student’s differentiated instructional
needs within the classroom. Teachers are the primary providers of
instruction for identified talented and gifted students. At the middle
school level, the District also offers Summa, a special program for the
highest achieving students.
• English Language Learners
The English Language
Learners (ELL) program serves qualified students who speak a language
other than English. ELL services are available at all levels,
kindergarten through 12th grade. ELL teachers work in collaboration
with other teachers to ensure the ELL curriculum helps students to
achieve the standards and benchmarks needed for graduation. Achieving
English proficiency while maintaining grade level in core subject areas
is the focus of the ELL program.
ELL Bilingual Welcome Center
staff members, housed at the ELL Welcome Center, improve communication
between parents and their children’s school through translation and
interpretive services. The ELL Welcome Center also conducts placement
testing and provides local agency referrals, enrollment and orientation
of new families, migrant services, first-language tutoring and family