The Oregon Small Schools Initiative is a $25 million, multi-year, statewide program to increase student achievement and graduation rates in Oregon high schools. It will help communities develop both restructured and new high schools that offer a rigorous, personalized education to all students, and which will serve as models for the rest of the state. A particular focus is on traditionally underserved students – those from low-income homes and students of color.
The Initiative will work with communities to create 38 small schools:
- restructure 9 large high schools into autonomous small schools, and
- help local innovators, whether school districts or community groups, develop 6 new small high schools.
The Initiative provides grant funds and intensive coaching and technical assistance to support school-wide planning, professional development for teachers and administrators, curriculum development, restructured governance, and improved family and community partnerships.
The Initiative’s reach will extend beyond the high schools chosen to participate directly. These schools will lead by example, sharing their experiences, successes, and mistakes. The Initiative will offer online learning tools and professional development opportunities for all Oregon schools, and will work with state and community partners to remove policy barriers that prevent innovation at the high school level.
For more information, see Program Documents in Resources.