What is Open School East doing during the Covid crisis?

Open School East adapted our relationship-based model to be fully online since March 2020. Similar to our in-person model, students have an assigned Advocate (or mentor) who checks in with them daily. To adapt to Distance Learning, Open School provides: Chromebooks for students and internet and resource support for their […]

How much does it cost to go to Open School?

Open School East is free for families. Our District Partners pay us a portion of what it costs to serve students . We cover the rest through private donations from individuals and local organizations.  

Is Open School accredited?

Open School Inc, is accredited by AdvancED (formerly the Northwest Accreditation Commission) and registered with the Oregon Department of Education as a private alternative education program.

How does Open School address student behavior?

We believe that all students deserve to learn in school. When a student breaks a school agreement or creates harm, instead of removing them from school, we work with them to repair the harm. This can look like ____ or  . What are some examples? I want to add a […]

My student is behind in their credits to graduate. Can Open School help me?

Yes! Open School uses a hexter system so that students get a report card every six weeks and earn .25 credits for every class they pass. This means that a student can earn up to 8 credits in an academic year. We have credit earning opportunities through credit recovery, work […]

Does Open School provide transportation?

Open School does not provide our own transportation, but we work with Partner Districts to provide either TriMet passes or direct drop-off/pick up via District school buses. Contact Katy Roy-Johnson at k.roy-johnson@opennw.org or call to see if you can get transportation assistance through your Home District.

If my child has an IEP or a 504, can they attend Open School?

We will work with the School Districts to determine if we can meet the student’s IEP or 504.  They may attend Open School as part of their Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

What is Open School’s commitment to Equity and Diversity?

Demo of staff students, Identity affirming Affinity groups  

Is Open School East a private school?

Not exactly. Open School East is a nonprofit alternative school that partners with 6 public school districts: Centennial David Douglas Gresham-Barlow Parkrose Portland Reynolds We work with districts to serve students who would thrive in a small, relationship-based school. This means we can provide the Open School experience at no […]
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