Middle School

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

2019-02-04T22:00:31-08:00

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.

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.
Middle School Friends

Who We Serve

Park Academy offers a unique experience for students in grades 6-8 whose learning styles are not complimented by a traditional academic setting. Our students are highly capable, but may struggle with:

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

Our Approach

We are dedicated to providing a safe and supportive atmosphere for all students. Our low student-to-teacher ratios allow us to create a family-like environment among students, which, in turn, creates a supportive network among peers. Our on-site school counselor provides responsive counseling services, such as social and emotional coaching, problem-solving and organizational skills.

Park Academy’s curriculum mirrors the Oregon State Standards with scaffolding and differentiation that make learning accessible. Students have their core classes and electives throughout the day, allowing for mental breaks from academics that are so important for this age group. Core classes include:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies & Science (1 semester each)
  • Reading or Academic Writing
  • Health & Wellness
  • Support

assistive technologyWe offer a range of electives for our middle school students, and some of these change from year to year to provide variety. Some of our electives include robotics, art, music, theater, stage production, podcasting/music production, yearbook, videography, gardening, and forensics. Electives meet either M/W/F or T/Th so students can have multiple electives each year. All electives are year-long classes. In addition, all students have an academic support class three days per week. During this time, they have access to all of their core teachers to get extra help, work on their limited homework, or finish up assignments.

Most of our students remain in our intensive reading program throughout middle school. Students have their reading class 5 days per week in small groups. We use the Orton-Gillingham methodology as the basis for our program and all of our reading teachers have completed at least 80 hours of training in this method. Once students are fluently decoding, they move into a comprehension and morphology (word study) class and then finally into academic writing. Our reading classes are limited to four students in the lower-level classes and ten students in the comprehension class.

Here is a sample schedule:

Sample Student Schedule

Assistive technology is integrated into all of our classes, along with other necessary differentiation that supports learning, growth, and measures of proficiency. Typical assistive technologies used in the Middle School classrooms include:

  • Audiobooks and dictation software
  • Google accessibility software
  • Google Docs w/ Grammarly for spelling and grammar help
  • Chromebooks to typewritten assignments
  • Kami for digitally annotating work

We do not participate in statewide or other standardized academic testing programs. These are historically poor measures of achievement for students with learning differences. Families can request state-wide assessment participation through their local school district.

Middle School Friends at Park Academy

When surrounded by supportive teachers and peers, students begin to regain their self-esteem and confidence, boosting their overall academic performance. Park Academy’s highly adaptive, strengths-based curriculum allows students to better understand their challenges, advocate for their needs, and ultimately reach their full potential.

For more information about who we serve, scheduling a tour, or the application process, contact us at 503.594.8800 or visit the How to Apply page of our website. Some questions may also be addressed on our FAQs page, or this blog post by Craig Lowery, Head of School.