Conestoga Middle School
College pennants line the walls of the cafeteria. Collages of college posters decorate the halls. At every teacher's door there's a sign showing what colleges or universities he or she attended, and the degrees they earned. But this isn't a high school, it's Conestoga Middle School. You will actually find similar elements at all Beaverton School District middle schools.
It's part of the District's implementation of AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination). "We want students to be thinking what can you do today to be ready for college," says Principal Zan Hess.
Enrollment at Conestoga is around 895 students, 287 of those are 6th graders. During their bustling lunch period, students wipe down tables as they clear out. Hess says the goal is for students to have a greater sense of ownership and take pride in their school. Homerooms rotate cleanup duty each week for all three lunch periods.
Conestoga MS was built through a construction bond approved by voters in June of 1991. The school opened in 1994, the same year the District moved 9th graders to high schools and 6th graders to middle schools.