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Brick & Mortar Public Schools
Your child’s age is your first indicator of his or her eligibility for beginning school. In Oregon, children must attend school or comply with the homeschool laws between the ages of 6 and 18 years or until they have graduated from high school.
If your child turns 6 after September 1, you are not required to enroll that child in school or comply with the homeschool laws until the beginning of the next school year. see more >
Oregon school districts set the requirements for what documentation is required prior to enrolling a student in their district. To get that information, contact the district directly.
Some legal documents are required for Oregon students to attend school:
- Certified Birth Certificate/proof of identity
- Official copy of records/transcripts from the previous school the child most recently attended
- A shot immunization record (or proof that immunization is not required for the child)
- Click here to view the immunization requirements
- Proof of home address (for example, a rental agreement or tax statement)
Paying some fees is a part of public education, though it is primarily a free education. Students are expected to supply their own basic school supplies such as paper, pencils, and notebooks. Each district has a list of approved expenditures for students. Fee waiver forms can be requested from the school if there is a situation that prevents a family from being able to pay for required materials or events.
Some typical items on that list include:
- Summer school
- Student parking passes (high school)
- Lost textbooks
- Late or lost library books
- Field trips
- Special class-required fees (e.g., science lab fees)
Public Charter Schools
What are Charter Schools?
Charter Schools are tuition-free public schools operated by independent, non-profit governing bodies.
Parents, teachers, and community leaders sign a “charter” or contract with a school district or state agency to create a charter school and give students more educational options than their assigned school. Charter schools have flexibility over classroom hours, curriculum, and employment policies, but are subject to periodic reviews based on student performance. In Oregon, public charter school students are measured against the same academic standards as students in other public schools. Local boards of education monitor the academic and financial performance of charter schools, and, can revoke or refuse to renew a school’s charter.
Oregon Charter Schools
For a complete list of Oregon charter schools, visit the League of Oregon Charter Schools.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions about charters can be found at the The League of Oregon Charter Schools
Most charter schools do not have attendance zones. If you are interested in applying for your child, you must apply directly to the school. The application and selection process can be quite complicated. Make sure to contact the school early to determine the correct next steps to applying.
Virtual Public Schools
Phone: (541) 924-3759
Bend-La Pine School Online
Phone: (541) 355-1050
Crater Lake Charter Academy
Phone: (541) 830-6602
Crook County School District
Phone: (541) 447-5664
Phone: (503) 359-2446
Hermiston Online Program
Phone: (541) 667-6400
Insight School of Oregon—Painted Hills
Phone: (855) 534-6303
Klamath Falls Virtual School
Phone: (541) 883-4719 x7510
Monroe School District Online
Phone: (541) 847-5161
North Wasco Virtual Academy
Phone: (541) 506-3449 ext 3003
Phone: (541) 451-8555 ext 1164
Oregon Virtual Academy
Phone: (866) 529-0160
Sisters Educational Options
Phone: (541) 549-8521
What makes a school “private”?
Private schools charge tuition, and many have a religious mission. Some private schools offer families assistance to make tuition payments. Click below for the complete list of over 450 private schools across the state.
Private School Review offers free, detailed information on U.S. private schools combined with useful community data (e.g., housing costs) and maps of the surrounding areas.
*Information on non-public school admission requirements should be obtained from the school directly.
Educational Choice Programs
There is currently no government educational choice programs in Oregon.
For more information on policy change or to get involved in the school choice movement in Oregon visit EdChoice
Private Virtual Schools
George Washington University Online High School is an online college preparatory academy for motivated students who are willing to be challenged to become the best students and persons they can be. Combining award-winning curriculum with small class sizes and intensive college counseling, students receive a flexible, individualized education attuned to their own needs and goals.
International Academy is a K12, Inc accredited, online private school for grades K–12. Students earn a U.S. high school diploma while using award-winning K¹² curriculum
They offer extensive, individualized academic and counseling support keep students on track. The flexibility allows students to explore their passions. Full-time and part-time options are available.
International Connections Academy is a fully-accredited, online, college preparatory private school serving K–12 students worldwide. The program combines a top-rated curriculum with talented teachers, cutting-edge technology, the flexibility to learn at home, and direct family involvement to ensure each student realizes his or her full potential.
The Keystone School offers flexible education programs for high school and middle school students. Whether your student wants to study full-time or just needs individual classes, they offer more than 170 courses from credit recovery to world languages and AP. Students can enroll at any time.
To homeschool legally in Oregon, you will need to follow these steps.
You must send a one-time notice of intent to homeschool to your local ESD in writing within 10 days of starting your homeschool program, or within 10 days of withdrawing your child from public school to be taught at home.
By August 15 in grades 3, 5, 8 and 10, you must have your child tested. When the legislature lowered the compulsory attendance age to 6 they specifically stated that the testing schedule for homeschool students would not change.
If your child has a disability, you must have that child evaluated for satisfactory education progress according to the method recommended in your child’s individualized education plan (IEP) or privately developed plan.
Dual enrollment allows students to receive both high school and college credit for certain career/technical education courses taken through an institution while enrolled in high school. State has two programs. The Dual Enrollment program includes college courses offered on the campus of an accredited postsecondary institution and on a secondary school campus, and may include online courses.
The state has multiple programs. “Accelerated college credit programs” include Dual Credit, Two-plus-Two (CTE), Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. Dual credit means awarding secondary and postsecondary credit for a course offered in a high school during regular school hours. In addition, the Expanded Options allows eligible students to enroll full-time or part-time in an eligible post-secondary institution.
Each district must either provide students in grades 9-12 with accelerated college credit programs related to English, math and science, or ensure students have online access to accelerated college credit programs in these subjects.
Unless otherwise noted, policies in this profile refer to the Expanded Options Program or the Dual Credit program.
For more information about dual enrollment in Ohio visit the Oregon Department of Education or the Education Commission of the State’s website.
Tuition and/or fee payment varies based upon the program and courses offered.
Dual Credit: State. The legislature appropriates funds to reimburse FTE costs to institutions based on participation reports; these funds are distributed by the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. Local decision as to whether students are charged registration/transcription fees.
Expanded Options: Local decision. Expanded Options programs were developed to ensure “at-risk” student participation in Accelerated College Credit Programs are provided at no cost to the student. Tuition and fees are negotiated between the school district and the postsecondary institution to pay required instructional costs of the student. A student may apply to the resident district for reimbursement for any textbooks, fees, equipment or materials required for a postsecondary course. A postsecondary institution that receives payment through the negotiated financial agreement may not charge a student for tuition, fees and other required instructional costs associated with the student’s enrollment in a course.
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