Gladstone Schools opened its doors to students from outside district borders, announcing openings for students from kindergarten through grade 10 for the 2014-15 academic year. Applications are due April 1, 2014. Open Enrollment Application
“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 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 kindergarten will open spots in the full-day program at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families. The longer day provides an enriched kindergarten experience, including time for music, art, technology learning, and physical education. A full-service health clinic is on site. New Learning Zones provide small group enrichment experiences in science, dramatic play, music, and social studies.
John Wetten Elementary will open spots in grades 1 to 5. The school provides technology education, music, P.E., and library time, and is a front-runner in teaching common core mathematics. The school offers free enrichment options from leadership and choir to golf, basketball, knitting, and Lego clubs, plus classes in arts and cooking. A volunteer force of more than 300 supports the school.
Kraxberger Middle School will open spots in grades 6 to 8. The school offers students academic experiences in technology, Spanish, art, and band. After school programs include choir, competitive robotics teams, tutoring, track, and intramural volleyball and basketball. All students take a Power Time class that reinforces study skills, community building, equity, and problem solving.
Gladstone High School will open spots in grades 9 and 10. The small, college preparatory high school is 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, Key Club, manga club, 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 until April 1. 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/.