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)


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