At A Glance
Southridge High School opened in 1999 in Beaverton, Oregon, and is one of six comprehensive high schools in the Beaverton School District. An emphasis on relationships -- among staff members, students, parents, and community members -- was central to the design and planning of Southridge, and Southridge is committed to promoting learning, a sense of community, and collaborative decision making. Students consistently report in surveys that Southridge has a positive environment. Drop-out rates are very low, and state assessment results are strong. Southridge opened with shared decision making and mentoring relationships as essential features of learning. This is evident in many aspects of its structure and practices. Southridge continues to create opportunities as we strive to meet the needs of all our students.
Features of our School Community:
Our Mission Statement:
The mission of Southridge High School is to develop compassionate graduates who think critically and creatively, embrace lifelong learning and responsible citizenship, and who learn from and appreciate the connections between our school, community and the world.
Our Shared Core Values:
- Graduation for all in preparing for post-high school success
- Safe, respectful, welcoming, and spirited school culture
- Authentic learning experiences in a varied, challenging, innovative, curriculum
- Meaningful engagement in our community
- A learning culture valuing passion, collaboration, perseverance and individual growth
- An awareness and appreciation for diversity, equity, and international perspectives
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
- IB Diploma Program
- IB Career Program
- Career and Technical Education
- Dual Language
Standards Based Learning
In a standards based system teachers work to create clear learning targets in all content areas so that students can access complex subject areas. Teachers also create assessments to measure content knowledge and skills, and align classroom instruction and assessments. Multiple opportunities are provided for students to demonstrate growth and learning.
Advisory: The advisory program is at the heart of our work in building relationships and a strong learning community.. Each teacher is assigned to advise 25-30 students by grade level during the course of their high school careers, helping to provide personalized attention to students' needs. Advisory periods are scheduled about two times per month to deliver a wide range of academic advisement functions, as well as address school activity and culture topics.
Seminar: Students meet with teachers for additional learning during a 90-minute period on most even days. The seminar time is used for study hall or for time for teachers to assist students to continue their classroom learning or to academically intervene if students are not meeting standards. Students sign up for specific seminars at several points during the school year.
Shared Decision Making: Regular staff communication occurs through department representatives and through School Leadership Team meetings, which supports an ongoing exchange of ideas, innovation, and collaboration.
Student Relationships: Link Crew provides a transition program for 9th graders in which upperclassmen serve as mentors. In addition, we do work throughout the year to to build a safe and inclusive environment at Southridge. Days of Understanding, Unity Week and other student-centered events are a means to promote healthy student relationships.
Southridge operates on a semester block schedule of approximately 18 weeks per term. The district requires students to earn 24 credits to graduate; however, students can earn up to 28 credits while at Southridge.
All students are encouraged to study in a Career Pathway (focus) area or be an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. To earn a Career Pathway endorsement, during their junior or senior years students will take certain elective courses and complete career related learning experiences, 60 hours of Service Learning, and a senior project, all of which are tied to their pathway of choice. A commitment to interdisciplinary learning and personalized support for all students is a priority.
Attention to academic learning and to the development of positive staff and student relationships is crucial to creating a culture of excellence and respect. At Southridge, staff members have worked to address academic and instructional needs in Learning Teams. Learning teams meet regularly to provide teachers an opportunity to discuss student work, collaborate, and to participate in ongoing professional learning.