Oregon Outreach Mission

The mission of Oregon Outreach, Inc. is to provide an accredited academic program and a support system, which assists the student to succeed in the classroom, at home, and in the community.

Oregon Outreach History

Rebecca BlackOver 25 years ago, Rebecca (Becky) Black, Executive Director of Oregon Outreach, Inc. (OOI), began working with youth in North and Northeast Portland. She was surprised to learn that many of these youth were out of school and had few options available. As a result, Becky decided to organize a school program. Working with the Office of Alternative Education, Special Education Direction Services, and Juvenile Parole and Probation, Becky established a School Program for gang-affected and gang-affiliated youth. It provided pre-employment training and job placement.

Then, realizing that there were many kinds of students without a school program, she established two more satellite schools: Alberta Learning Center for middle school students; and Simpson Learning Center for students with drug and alcohol dependency. In May of 1993, these programs were merged in order to provide more comprehensive services for the students and renamed Gladys McCoy Academy. To help address the needs of other students in various neighborhoods and communities, more satellites were developed. The first satellite opened in May of 1993. OOI now has four programs: Gladys McCoy Academy in NE Portland, Molalla Academy, Scappoose Academy, and Vernonia Academy.

Each school site provides a positive academic experience for each of its students. The majority of students are at risk or outside the traditional school system. Some students need a smaller, more-tailored academic plan to reach their educational goals. By developing a program to suit the specific needs of each student, they are able to graduate from high school and work towards completing their educational goals.

About Oregon Outreach Inc.

One on One LearningOregon Outreach’s alternative school programs assist youth who have previously dropped out of the traditional school setting, or who are at high risk to drop out.

Oregon Outreach programs provide individualized instruction, small class size, comprehensive supportive services, and high academic standards. Support services are offered to help the student stabilize their life so that education can become a reality. In 1994 our first student graduated. Since that time over 360 students have earned their high school diploma through our programs.

Building on our success with students in Portland’s inner city, we responded to requests from other school districts to expand our operation. Since the mid 1990s, Oregon Outreach has provided alternative educational services to fifteen Oregon school districts.  Please read our FAQ page to our most common questions about our organization and our programs and services.


The following is a list of awards that Oregon Outreach has received:

  • 2008 Spirit of Portland Award
  • 2012 World Harmony Torch Bearer Award
  • Presidential 972nd Point of Light Designation
  • Red Cross Community Education Award
  • National Child Labor Committee Lewis Hine Award
  • Loaves and Fishes Community Partnership Award
  • NW Youth Film Award
  • Oregon Girls Initiative’s Spirit of Women Award

Teacher Accreditation

All teachers at Oregon Outreach school programs are certified by the state of Oregon. There is no requirement in Oregon that stipulates that alternative schools must have any certified teachers, but to employ the most highly qualified individuals, we insist on a teaching certificate.

Our program is certified as an alternative school by the state of Oregon. In addition, we are an accredited school. Our accreditation is determined by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and Universities. This is the same agency that provides accreditation for public schools in Portland, Beaverton, Forest Grove, etc. It is also the same agency that provides accreditation for the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, among other institutions of higher learning.

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