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School Choice in Beaverton: Middle and High School Learning Options

Considering Beaverton School District (BSD) choice options for your middle or high school students?  Now is the time to check these options out – applications are already available and are due at the start of the new year.  Scoop on Schools will provide more detailed profiles of the individuals schools in future posts.  Here we focus on the details of researching and applying to all the programs.

BSD offers exceptionally well-regarded learning option programs at the middle and high school levels.   These options include thematically organized programs (such as the Health Science School) as well as spots in the middle school program at the district’s smaller K-8 learning communities.  Family will be pleased to note that the district provides transportation for students attending these middle and high school learning options programs.

For students in middle school, the learning options programs include:

For students in high school, the learning options programs include:

Admission to all programs is determined via a single, district-run lottery, and students must select on their application a single program to which to apply.  This system requires students to put all their eggs on one basket and cross their fingers that they (quite literally) win the lottery for a spot in their preferred program – they cannot apply to a second choice program as a backup. 

As a result, students and families should carefully research the choices and learn as much as possible about each before making their selection.  To facilitate this process the programs offer open houses for prospective students.  Students considering entering the BSD learning options lottery should strongly consider attending these events to help them make an information choice.

Current BSD students can apply online to these learning options programs, and students living in the district but not currently attending Beaverton school district schools can submit a paper application.  Only students currently living in the district are eligible to apply for these programs.  Important dates to remember for this process include:  

  • Monday, October 24, 2016 - Applications Available
  • Wednesday, January 4 at 4pm -  Application Deadline
  • Friday, January 6 - Electronic lottery for all programs
  • Tuesday, January 10 - Letters mailed offering enrollment or wait pool status
  • Wednesday, January 25 at 4pm - Deadline to accept or decline an offer of enrollment

Do you have a child in one of Beaverton’s learning options programs?  Share your experience with us in the comments!

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