At A Glance
Updated: December 2020
Southridge High School opened in 1999 in Beaverton, Oregon, and is one of six comprehensive high schools in the Beaverton School District. An emphasis on relationships -- among staff members, students, parents, and community members -- was central to the design and planning of Southridge, and Southridge is committed to promoting learning, a sense of community, and collaborative decision making. Students consistently report in surveys that Southridge has a positive environment. Southridge opened with shared decision making and mentoring relationships as essential features of learning. This is evident in many aspects of its structure and practices. Southridge continues to “Create Opportunities Together” as we strive to meet the needs of all our students.
Features of our School Community as we “Create Opportunities Together”
Embrace: Academics, Creativity, Relationships and Diversity
Inspire: Involvement in the local and global community
Empower: Innovation and life-long learning
Our Mission Statement:
The mission of Southridge High School is to develop compassionate graduates who think critically and creatively, embrace lifelong learning and responsible citizenship, and who learn from and appreciate the connections between our school, community and the world.
Our Shared Core Values:
- Graduation for all in preparing for post-high school success
- Safe, respectful, welcoming, and spirited school culture
- Authentic learning experiences in a varied, challenging, innovative, curriculum
- Meaningful engagement in our community
- A learning culture valuing passion, collaboration, perseverance and individual growth
- An awareness and appreciation for diversity, equity, and international perspectives
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
- IB Diploma Program
- IB Career Program Candidate School
- Dual Language
- Career and Technical Education
- Tech Careers
- Computer Information Systems
- Sports Medicine
- Business and Marketing
- Multimedia Communications/Journalism
- Tech Careers
- Southridge Career Pathways
- Human Services
- Public Policy
- Performing Arts
- Visual Arts
Standards Based Learning
In a standards-based system, teachers work to create clear learning targets in all content areas so that students can access complex subject areas. Teachers also create assessments to measure content knowledge and skills and align classroom instruction and assessments. Multiple opportunities are provided for students to demonstrate growth and learning.
Advisory: The advisory program is at the heart of our work in building relationships and a strong learning community. Staff members advise groups of 25-30 students by grade level through the course of their high school careers, helping to provide personalized attention to students' needs. Advisory lessons deliver a wide range of academic advisement functions, as well as support whole student body activities such as assemblies and class meetings.
Seminar: During Seminar students meet with teachers for additional support during a 90-minute period. Seminar is used to provide academic interventions if students are not meeting learning standards, time for teachers to assist students to continue their classroom learning, or for study hall. Students sign up for specific seminars at several points during the school year.
Student Relationships: Link Crew provides a transition program for 9th graders in which upperclassmen serve as mentors and a support system as students enter high school. In addition, Southridge High School has a strong Ninth Grade Support system that includes a common team of core instructors, a student-focused Ninth Grade Seminar during the first quarter of the year, and a system of empathy interviews and kid-chats. Building-wide events are designed to support inclusion and improving racial literacy through our anti-bias, antiracism work. These events include Days of Understanding, Perspectives Week, focused advisory lessons, and other student-centered events.
Southridge operates on a semester block schedule of approximately 18 weeks per term. The district requires students to earn 24 credits to graduate; however, students can earn up to 28 credits while at Southridge.
See the Addendum Below. This addendum explains the daily, weekly, quarter and yearly instructional schedule for 2020-21.
Shared Decision Making: Department representatives and program leads compose the School Leadership Team and facilitate staff communication, address problems and concerns, and participate in decision-making protocols occur through an ongoing exchange of ideas, innovation, and collaboration.
Attention to academic learning and to the development of positive staff and student relationships is crucial to creating a culture of excellence and respect. At Southridge, staff members work to address academic and instructional needs in variety of collaborative structures:
- Learning Partnerships: Staff self-select small groups of peers to learn alongside as they work through the Professional Development Plan.
- Departments: All faculty meet monthly in curricular areas to discuss the academic program offered and to participate in professional learning aligned to their curricular area.
- Whole Staff Learning: Monthly, staff meet to participate in professional development.
- Affinity Groups: Southridge offers two Affinity groups for our staff to participate voluntarily: the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color) Affinity Group is available for our staff of color and the BARWE (Building Anti-Racist White Educators) Affinity Group offered for our White staff.
- District-Level Professional Development: The Beaverton School District offers periodic professional development that is both topical and purposeful.
2020-2021 School Year Addendum:
For the 2020-21 School year much of the above information holds true, with some specific shifts in practice and structures: