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WE Collaborate: High School Transition Plan

All five comprehensive high schools in the Beaverton School District have been "adjusting their sails" this year as they prepare for the addition of the sixth comprehensive high school Mountainside, and the new boundaries that will take effect this September. That adjustment has been months in the making and continues through today.

Once the School Board approved the key elements of the high school transition plan, the principals worked together to determine the best way to implement the transitions and support students. This included conversations around academic programs, extracurricular activities, and communication. Our IT Dept. staff was pivotal to ensure families assigned to different high schools were correctly identified and communicated with during the transition process.  

The principals came up with common agreements and developed a transition process for their individual building work. Last November and December, all high schools held several tours for students and families. They spread the word by reaching out to their feeder schools, as well as communicating directly with incoming families.

In December, Beaverton High School, one of the schools that will see the most change with the new boundaries, held an event focused on the storied history of the school, with an eye on the present and a look toward the future. It was an opportunity to share the Beaverton High School story, traditions and core values with new families.

Administrators at the high schools worked with their middle school colleagues to focus on making the forecasting experience the same for all incoming 9th grade students. Fore-casting began in late January and ran through February. High school counselors went to their feeder middle schools on the same day.

Other areas of collaboration included holding the curriculum night for all existing high schools, on the same date in February. And of course, Mountainside High School, our newest high school opening in Sept. 2017, has had a variety of activities to welcome freshman and sophomores.