Alternative Education Programs

Not all students have the same educational needs. Alternative education programs offer educational options and interventions to meet student educational needs, and academic standards that help students achieve their career goals.

Our alternative educational programs provide additional support when needed and encourage inclusion in regular education; many students participate in both alternative education and mainstream classes within their home school.

Enrollment is the result of an educational intervention. For more information, call 503-565-5333.


Cook Campus

  • Shortened full-day schedule, 9 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
  •  11th-12th grade
  • Total students: 130 approximate. Varies depending on number of split schedules.
  • Direct instruction and online curriculum (Novel Stars Ed Options); electives on and off campus, including paid work experience or volunteer internship at local businesses and exercising off campus
  • GED program
  • All students are heavily tracked in attendance, academics, and behavior for optimal success. Required advisory class for setting and reviewing goals, career development, social skills, reading comprehension improvement and math skill development.
  • Reading Lexile score of 1000 or higher.
  • ELL level 4 or higher.

Target population: Students facing challenges succeeding in the traditional high school environment; 5th-year students' students needing credit recovery; parenting; working; medically fragile students. 


Connections for 10th grade on MHS campus

  • Two separate sections:
    • four-period morning block: SS, LA, MA, Advisory
    • Afternoon classes focusing on Math/English credit retrieval
  • Total students: 20/per class period
  • Small-group, combination of direct instruction and online curriculum, morning section.
  • Advisory designed to work on reconnecting to school, personal and social skill development, and improving study skills.
  • Afternoon MA/LA classes, focus is on credit retrieval and test score improvement.
  • Reading Lexile score of 900 or higher.
  • ELL level 4 or higher
Target population: Students disengaging from school, moderate credit deficiency, risk factors for dropping out, non-passing OAKS test scores.
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