The Gladstone School District invited other public and private agencies to partner with them in creating an early childhood center to serve the region. The school district’s six full-day kindergarten classes are housed at the center. This provides a seamless transition into school for children who visit the GCCF for play groups, story hour, family services, or Head Start and ESD preschool programs.
Gladstone Schools has the stated goal of Growing Great People, and early childhood education and services are a vital part of this mission. Gladstone Schools educates 2,200 students in grades K-12.
“As a small, close-knit community, Gladstone offers an innovative, caring education experience,” explained Superintendent Bob Stewart. “We work to serve the whole child, supporting health, family, and socio-emotional needs while providing a robust academic program. Our small size means we can take the time to know each student as an individual.”
Gladstone’s free, full-day kindergarten provides an enriched kindergarten experience, including time for music, art, technology learning, and physical education. A full-service health clinic is on site.
John Wetten Elementary (grades 1-5) offers technology education and is a front-runner in teaching common core mathematics. The school offers enrichment options from leadership and choir to golf, basketball, and Lego clubs, plus classes in arts and cooking. A volunteer force of more than 300 supports the school.
Kraxberger Middle School (grades 6-8) offers students academic experiences in technology, Spanish, art, and band. Afterschool programs include choir, robotics, tutoring, track, and intramural volleyball. All students take a Power Time class that reinforces study skills, community building, equity, and problem solving.
Gladstone High School is a small, college preparatory high school known for its technology programs. The recently remodeled school offers 17 Advanced Placement and college credit courses, 14 career-technical courses, and fine arts. In addition, GHS boasts 17 athletic teams, with 44 percent of students participating. Other activities include an electric vehicle club, a competitive robotics team, an art-literary magazine, service clubs, and leadership. A national Green Ribbon award winner, Gladstone High emphasizes sustainability both in operations and curriculum. After school tutoring and Saturday School provide free academic support.
The Gladstone School District will accept Open Enrollment applications for 2014-15 from mid-January until April 1 from students outside the district boundary who live within Clackamas County. If more students apply than there are openings available, the district will conduct a lottery for the spots.
Families interested in information and a tour can contact the district at 503-496-3935. More information is available at the district website at http://gladstone.k12.or.us/.