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Call for a Tour:
503.594.8800
Office Hours

September - June
Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

June - August
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Thank You

Having teachers and staff that actually cared about me and challenged me to set and achieve goals made all the difference. I was lost, they helped me find my real self.
Malachi Simnitt

Malachi
Graduate, Class of 2018

2016-03-14T15:19:08-07:00

Malachi
Graduate, Class of 2018

Malachi Simnitt
Having teachers and staff that actually cared about me and challenged me to set and achieve goals made all the difference. I was lost, they helped me find my real self.

Positive Impact

As soon as Malachi started at Park we began to see positive changes in him, his confidence began to grow.  For the first time, he actually like going to school. His academic and reading performance greatly improved after just one year. Park helped him recognize his potential by highlighting his strengths and encouraging him to keep trying.

Angie,

Parent of Graduate

2016-03-14T15:19:18-07:00

Angie,

Parent of Graduate

As soon as Malachi started at Park we began to see positive changes in him, his confidence began to grow.  For the first time, he actually like going to school. His academic and reading performance greatly improved after just one year. Park helped him recognize his potential by highlighting his strengths and encouraging him to keep trying.

Personalized approach

Frequently referring families to Park Academy, I count on Park's remarkably ignited, highly qualified staff for positive personalized approaches to assessing and re-assessing each student's strengths and challenges followed by innovative educational techniques drawn from many disciplines.

Dr. Judith Belk

2019-02-04T22:00:31-07:00

Dr. Judith Belk

Frequently referring families to Park Academy, I count on Park’s remarkably ignited, highly qualified staff for positive personalized approaches to assessing and re-assessing each student’s strengths and challenges followed by innovative educational techniques drawn from many disciplines.

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

Melissa Carroll
Music Teacher
Jeff Barnes
Teacher
Chris Devers
Teacher
Gena Fields
Art Teacher
Charles Geier
Teacher
Dan Kimbro
Teacher
Jenni Kumanchik
P.E. Teacher
Margaret Mart
Teacher
Chris Morrison
Teacher
Sandy Nemer
Teacher
Jill Ramos
Teacher
Christine Sills
Teacher
Maddy Roach
Maddy Roach
Teacher
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