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
- Social Studies & Science (1 semester each)
- Reading or Academic Writing
- Health & Wellness
We 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: