Who We Serve:

Park Academy offers a unique high school experience for students in grades 9-12 whose learning styles are not complimented by a traditional academic setting. Our students are highly capable, but may struggle with:

  • Executive Functioning / Organization
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Dyslexia / Language Processing Difficulties
  • Memory Processing and Processing Speed Difficulties

For more information about who we serve, scheduling a tour, or the application process, contact Kim Barton at 503.594.8776 or kbarton@parkacademy.org or visit the How to Apply page of our website. Some questions may also be addressed on our FAQ’s page, or this blog post by Craig Lowery, Head of School.

Our Approach:

We are dedicated to providing a safe and supportive atmosphere for all students. In a recent parent survey, 100% of parents felt that Park Academy offered a safe learning environment for their child. Our low student-to-teacher ratios allow us to create a family-like environment among students, which, in turn, creates a supportive student network between peers.

Core classes are designed with dedicated staff working with small class sizes, allowing students to explore their unique learning styles and discover their strengths. Assistive technology is integrated throughout the high school curriculum, along with other necessary accommodations that support learning, growth, and measures of proficiency. Typical assistive technologies used in the high school classrooms include:

  • Google Chromebooks
  • Google Classroom
  • iPads with different learning applications
  • Audiobooks and dictation software
  • Online Gradebook

Park Academy also believes that enrichment in education is critical to a well-rounded education for our students. Our elective courses are designed to empower students and engage them in creative expression, student collaboration, and critical thinking. Enrichment classes include:

  • Fine Arts
  • Culinary Arts
  • Robotics
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Videography
  • Leadership
  • Careers

With a 100% graduation rate, Park Academy is proud to help guide students in their transition out of high school and into their next stage in life. We offer post-secondary education placement support through the support of our School Counselor and the ASPIRE program, which connects students with mentors as they explore their future after graduation.

Required Credits for Graduation:

All core curricula align with common core state standards and benchmarks. Students may also earn credits through a demonstration of proficiency in core knowledge and skills. A multisensory, strengths-based instructional approach is implemented throughout core curricula.

24 credits are required to graduate with a standard high school diploma:

  • 4 – English Language Arts (including integrated literature and writing)
  • 3 – Mathematics (including advanced algebra)
  • 3 – Science (including life and physical science)
  • 3 – Social Sciences (including social studies inquiry)
  • 3 – Fine Arts, Career Technology, or Second Language
  • 1 – Health
  • 1 – Physical Education
  • 6 – General Electives (See enrichment courses listed above)

Meet Our High School Teachers:

Jeff Barnes

Teacher

Jeff Barnes was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up in the small town of Madras. As a young boy, he loved to play sports. Mr. Barnes interest in helping students began his junior year in high school. He was

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Melissa Carroll

Melissa Carroll teaches music to both Lower and Upper School students.  She is a native Oregonian born and raised in Salem. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pacific University and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies

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Chris Devers

Teacher

Mr. Devers teaches High School Language Arts and Careers. Growing up as a military brat, Chris has lived all over the United States and abroad. Some of the unique locations were Iceland, Newfoundland, and Hawaii. Chris attended the University of

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Gena Fields

Eugena “Gena” Fields is a professional art educator and has taught and studied art in Portland most of her life. She has a Bachelors of Art in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking, and a Masters Degree in Education, both from Portland

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Charles Geier

Mr. Geier teaches small groups of students in the areas of reading, math, and organization/social skills. He was born in Germany and grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming after his father retired from the Air Force. As a student, school wasn’t

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Jill Giedt

Ms. Giedt teaches Reading for some lower school students and Theater for both lower and upper school. Jill grew up in the City of Roses. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Directing from Roosevelt University in Chicago,

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Dan Kimbro

Teacher

Dan Kimbro started at Park Academy in 2013 as an instructional aide. Since then, he has taught or assisted in every class the school offers. He took a year off to complete a Masters of Art in Teaching at George

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Jenni Kumanchik

An old adage claims that people are born teachers; for Jenni, this statement rings true. As a young girl, she loved playing “school” with her friends and determined early on in kindergarten that she wanted to become a teacher. Athletics

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Margaret Mart

Margaret (Malgorzata) Mart is originally from Poland. She has lived in several countries throughout her life, including Germany, Canada, and the USA. Margaret earned her Master of Education in Curriculum Development (Specialization Secondary School Math Education) from the Simon Fraser

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Chris Morrison

Mr. Morrison teaches high school history and has been at Park Academy for ten years. Chris grew up in a variety of places, including Chicago, southern California, and Arizona. He attended the University of California Santa Barbara, Marymount Palos Verdes,

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Sandy Nemer

5th Grade Primary and OG Reading Specialist Sandy Nemer’s passion for teaching started while teaching English and German in Japan. She is a graduate of The University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, and a

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Maddy Roach

Teacher

Mrs. Roach teaches Reading to all ages at Park. Maddy grew up in a family with a focus on education. She married her high school sweetheart in 2007 and they just had their first son in July of 2016.  

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Christine Sills

Teacher

Christine Sills grew up in Eugene, Oregon. After causing some football fan family division (raised in a family of ducks, turning on them to become a beaver) she moved to Corvallis where she attended Oregon State University. It wasn’t until

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