Oregon Outreach FAQ
Please read our FAQ (frequently Asked Questions) about our organization and programs and services that we provide to help work with the Oregon youth. If you still have questions about any of our programs, don’t hesitate to call us at (503) 281-9597 or you can contact us by email.
OOI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop academic programs for Oregon youth that have not been successful in other school settings. Through contracts with many Oregon school districts, OOI enrolls youth who have dropped out, and youth who are at-risk of dropping out. With the support of education professionals, school districts and communities, OOI has become a leader in the development of successful education programs for students most at-risk.
Yes, teachers employed by OOI are certified. OOI has always believed that certified teachers are vital in any alternative education program. Interestingly enough, current Oregon law does not require private school program to have any certified teachers at all. OOI’s programs, however, have always employed certified teachers, and will continue to do so in the future.
Yes, OOI schools can issue credit. All OOI school programs have received their accreditation through AdvancEd. With this accreditation, OOI is able to award credits, as earned, without being under the umbrella of a school district.
Yes, OOI curriculum meets all established standards for content and grade level. There is not, however, a simple “standard” for curriculum, only a standard for what the students should learn and be able to demonstrate at a given level. As the basis for instruction, the curriculum at OOI uses an academic contract system adopted from the model of the DeLaSalle Education Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Every academic contract is based on the state requirements and Oregon’s Certificate of Initial Mastery and Certificate of Advanced Mastery benchmarks. Within this framework, teachers are able to structure an individual education plan for each student, taking into consideration their abilities, learning styles and present level of achievement (e.g., reading level, math level, etc.) Each contract clearly outlines the goals of instruction, curriculum or materials to be used, and the expected student outcomes or objectives. This system allows OOI to build curriculum on the strengths and interests of both students and teachers.
Districts that we contract with have counselors who identify students at risk of dropping out or not graduating on time. This includes students with learning disabilities, Talented and Gifted students who need more innovative, challenging curriculum, students who have been incarcerated and have fallen behind academically, students with diverse learning styles who need specialized instructional methods, teen parents who need child care, and youth with drug and/or alcohol issues who need daily intervention interwoven with a daily academic program.
Finally, students who need more individualized instruction, smaller class sizes and a small, safe, community environment are typical of the population at OOI programs.
No, it is not our intention to try to be “better” than the school districts, nor to emulate them. OOI programs are designed to serve those students who are not succeeding in traditional schools or district alternative programs. OOI’s goal is to work with school districts and communities to find solutions for youth who are not succeeding in existing programs. OOI programs will always work with in close collaboration with the districts with which we contract.