The Rachel Carson School of Environmental Science
                                                                                                        Want to Visit?
                                                                                                        Open Houses: Open Houses will be held in
                                                                                                        January. Please visit the school district website at
                                                                                                        www.beaverton.k12.or.us/options/ for a schedule        The
                                                                                                        of Open Houses.
                                                                                                        Shadowing: Interested students are encouraged
                                                                                                        to “shadow” a Rachel Carson student for a day.           CARSON
                                                                                                        Shadowing opportunities are available in January.
                                                                                                        Call the school at 503.533.1890 and push “9” for
                                                                                                        the front office to schedule a visit.
                                                                                                                                                                  SCHOOL     of Environmental Science
Where is Rachel Carson?
Rachel Carson is housed at Five Oaks                                                                    Want More Information?
Middle School at 1600 NW 173rd Avenue,                                                                  Information about the school can be mailed
Beaverton, 97006                                                                                        or emailed to you. Contact Rebecca Hall at
                                                                                                        rebecca_hall@beaverton.k12.or.us or Tammy
Are There Buses to Rachel Carson?                                                                       Schrader at tammy_schrader@beaverton.k12.or.us
Yes. Students catch the bus in their                                                                    for more information.
neighborhoods in the morning. In order to
accommodate the busing schedule, Rachel                                                                 Rachel Carson School of Environmental Science
Carson starts at 7:40 a.m. and ends at 2:10                                                             Five Oaks Middle School
p.m. In the afternoon, buses take students to                                                           1600 NW 173rd Avenue
their neighborhood school where they trans-                                                             Beaverton, OR 97006
fer to another bus to go home. Students can                                                             503.533.1898
participate in after-school activities at Five
Oaks Middle School or their neighborhood                                                                Website: www.beaverton.k12.or.us/five_oaks
middle school.                                                                                          and click on Rachel Carson or visit:
How Do I Apply?                                                                                         or www.beaverton.k12.or.us/options/
Complete the Beaverton School District
Common Options Application. It is available
in English and Spanish and information about
the process, can be found on the Beaverton
School District website at www.beaverton.k12.
or.us/options/ or from your school counseling                                                                                                                   “Those who contemplate the beauty of
office. Mail your application to the Beaverton
School District Option Placement Office,
                                                                                                                                                                the earth find resources of strength that
Beaverton School District, 16550 SW Merlo                                                                  District Goal: Increase academic achievement         will endure as long as life lasts.”
Road, Beaverton, Oregon 97006. Visit the                                                                   district-wide with a special emphasis on literacy                          - Rachel Carson
website for information on application deadlines.                                                          and mathematics gains for each student.
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What is The Rachel L. Carson School of               community of learners. Teachers and students               Are You Interested in Electives? Students enrolled in
Environmental Science?                               respect each other and the small school setting            Rachel Carson take their core classes of Language Arts,
The Rachel L. Carson School of Environmental         fosters a strong sense of connection, personal and         Social Studies, Math and Science together. In addition,
Science (Rachel Carson) is an environmental          social responsibility and the ability to solve real        Rachel Carson students have the opportunity to have
middle school science magnet program serving         problems. Rachel Carson consists of 180 students           lunch and elective classes, including Spanish, art,
180 6th – 8th grade students in a small school       and 6 core teachers and is housed at Five Oaks             technology and music, as part of the overall Five Oaks
setting.                                             Middle School. Students may attend after school            Middle School schedule. Students also participate in
                                                     activities at Five Oaks or their neighborhood middle       activities and socials with Five Oaks students.
The traditional core areas of science, math,         school. Rachel Carson students participate in many
language arts and social studies are integrated      activities, including Lego Robotics, cross-country,        Is Rachel Carson Right for Me?
around the theme of environmental science. In        track and Science Bowl competitions.                        • Yes, if you like science
addition to a strong science curriculum, course
offerings include a rich variety of language arts,                                                               • Yes, if you desire a small school environment
math and social studies classes. Students take
                                                                                                                 • Yes, if you are interested in investigative projects
four years of science in three years completing
their 9th grade science benchmarks. They also                                                                      and like to learn in teams
have the opportunity to take Algebra in 8th                                                                      • Yes, if you like field trips, working outside and
grade and Spanish is offered, as an elective, to
                                                                                                                   don’t mind getting dirty
7th and 8th graders. High expectations, regular
homework and challenging curriculum pro-                                                                         • Yes, if you want to focus on service learning and
vide students with meaningful experiences,                                                                         helping your community
while fieldwork and site visits expand learning
beyond the school walls.                                                                                         • Yes, if you want to have expanded opportunities
                                                     Do You Like Fieldwork? Students at Rachel Carson
                                                                                                                   to work outside the classroom
What is Rachel Carson Like?                          experience hands-on learning through site visits and
                                                     fieldwork scheduled three times per month. Visits
Do You Prefer a Small School? The Rachel
                                                     include service learning projects, wetland restoration,
Carson program is the collective effort of
                                                     tours of downtown Portland and more. Site visits
teachers, public and private organizations,
                                                     integrate the content learning occurring in the
students and parents working to create a
                                                     classroom and promote social responsibility, problem
                                                     solving and teamwork.

                                                     Do You Like Multi-aged Learning? Rachel Carson
                                                     covers the state-mandated middle school curriculum
                                                     during a three-year theme-based rotation. Through
                                                     that rotation the content standards are covered,
                                                     including 9th grade science. And students are allowed
                                                     to reach their full potential regardless of grade level.
                                                     Most core classes are multi-aged where 6th, 7th and 8th
                                                     graders work and learn in the same classroom.

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