With recent mask mandates, controversial curriculum and the possibility of school closures, we wanted to provide resources and contacts for private schools, and solid online education options.
According to ODE:
Home Schooling is an educational option in Oregon. Families who choose to home school children in their care must do the following items, pursuant to Oregon Administrative Rule 581-021-0026:
Notify the local Education Service District (ESD) of intent to home school (ESD Homeschool Websites) within 10 days of withdrawing from public or private school
Coordinate with Home School Tester(s) to assess student growth at the end of grade levels 3, 5, 8, and 10 (testing begins 18 months after notification)
Submit test results to local ESD when requested
For additional information and resources about Homeschooling, please visit our Homeschool Resource page.
According to ODE:
A charter school in Oregon is a public school operated by a group of parents, teachers and/or community members as a semi-autonomous school of choice within a school district. It is given the authority to operate under a contract or "charter" between the members of the charter school community and the local board of education (sponsor). Under Oregon law, a charter school is a separate legal entity operating under a binding agreement with a sponsor. A public charter school is subject to certain laws pertaining to school district public schools, is released from others and must operate consistent with the charter agreement.
More information about Charter Schools, both in-person and virtual, can be found on ODE's Charter School webpage.
Here are a few options that have piqued our interest:
Alsea School district has put together a learn from home school for K-8th grade. Considered by some as "Just the Facts" style education, you can guarantee that your child will be taught high standard academics and bridge learning gaps created by Comprehensive Distance Learning.
"is a public charter school that pays for curriculum for each child. However, you can't use Christian curriculum with that money. While they call it “distance learning”, it is done at home and parents select the curriculum they want."
"is a hybrid online program offering students a full menu of online classes as well field trips, labs, and other face to face educational opportunities. We specialize in individualizing each child's education through learning curriculum, highly relational teaching, and interactive support systems. Each student is assigned a mentor teacher that is able to visit the students in their local communities. All teachers are Oregon TSPC certified instructors who care deeply about students and want to make their education meaningful and challenging."
"is an at home school curriculum choice program. (Click Here)
Baker is more “formatted”. They don’t give parents money, but they provide the curriculum and monitoring learning. Twice a month a teacher pays home visits. They do not have any faith based curriculum."
"Pine Eagle Charter School is a public charter school located in Halfway, Baker County, Oregon. It is a K–12 public school and only school in the Pine Eagle School District."
Shawn Thatcher is the pastor at Pine Baptist Church and also works in administration at Pine Eagle Charter Schools, which includes a one room distance learning classroom.
Other Alternative Options
"is a micro-school, meaning our purpose and intent is to remain small. We enroll no more than 80 students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade on our main campus, and our classes are multi-grade and never larger than 20 students. We are located in Dallas, Oregon with a satellite location in Stayton, and we run a hybrid school model: Students meet four days a week in the physical classroom and Fridays are flexible learning days for field trips, at-home learning, extracurricular enrichment or community service."
In the Salem-Keizer Area
Willamette Valley Christian School in Brooks, Oregon began as a church ministry in 1967 outside of Woodburn. Today it is an independent, non-denominational ministry serving the Christian community of Oregon's Mid-Willamette Valley. WVCS offers preschool, elementary and secondary grade levels.
Riviera Christian School is located in West Salem and offers fundamentally sound curriculum along with a Christian Education.
Capital Christian School has been serving the Salem community for over 30 years. Formerly known as Sonshine Christian School, Capital Christian School is a ministry of Salem First Baptist Church.
The school’s purpose is to assist the family in providing Christ-centered, Bible-based education that supports the uniqueness of each student and lays the foundation for the development of moral character, the pursuit of excellence in academics, and a lifestyle of service to God and others. Located in Salem, Oregon.