School Learning Plan

Chehalem Elementary School

Our Story: 

Chehalem is proud to be a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) School of nearly 500 students. Our science scores have consistently been high, with our most recent scores reflecting 80% meeting or exceeding. 

We are very lucky to have students that offer a very diverse learning community.  We have 23 different languages represented and 12% of our students qualify for special education services.  For the past several years we have also embraced two EGC (Emotional Growth Center) classrooms that serve students from different schools across the district.  

We receive additional federal funding as a Title 1 school because we have 59% of our students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, due to poverty.  This allows us to provide additional intervention supports and experiential activities for our students as a school-wide Title 1 program. 

While we still qualify as a Title 1 school, we have noticed shifting demographics, as our rental rates have increased in our attendance area.  Over the past 4 years we have decreased our percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch from 64% to 59%. We anticipate that this trend will continue, based on information from our demographer.

Our PTO is a very strong supporter of our school.  While their fund-raising efforts don’t bring in a large amount of money, they are focused on putting the money back into the classrooms for enrichment opportunities.  They partner closely with administration and teachers to create fun and educational experiences for our families.

We have been very fortunate to also have strong community partnerships.  In addition to an on-going partnership with the Beaverton Library, we have STEM partnerships with THPRD, World of Speed, Columbia Maritime Museum, OMSI, Oregon State University, OSU Washington Co. Extension (food and nutrition), US Department of Defense (Starbase), Washington Co. Museum, Oregon Zoo, Tillamook Forest, Portland Metro STEM Partnership, Junior Achievement, Fry to Fish, and Ape Caves.  We also work closely with Community Partners for Affordable Housing, The Assistance League, Beaverton Education Foundation and faith partners to support our children both in and out of school. 


Equity Area of Focus:  

Academic need drives access to programming and instructional supports tailored to the needs of individual learners.


Greater coordination of academic intervention and supports.

Shifting to more proactive than responsive strategies related to social and emotional learning.

Key Strategies:

  • Equitable access to programming- master scheduling based on student need at different grade levels. 

  • Distribution of support staff reflects needs at each grade level (equitable vs. equal).  

  • Consistent implementation of proactive and reactive Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies across the school.

  • Reframing Back to School Night based on feedback from families.

Academic Excellence

Academic excellence Area of Focus:  

STEM enrichment opportunities for all students, embedded within the school day

Academic excellence Goal:  

Each grade level will focus on “STEMness” at their respective grade levels,  and all students will expand their knowledge, skills and dispositions by actively participating in science inquiry and/or engineering design.

Key Strategies:

  • Identified STEM partners at each grade level.

  • Key STEM experiences at each grade level 

  • 5th grade specific STEM experiences (Starbase and OSU)

  • 100% participation in STEM Expo 



Collaboration Area of focus:  

Greater collaboration with our parent community related to academic and social emotional learning.

Continuation of staff collaboration, while still ensuring appropriate planning time, in light of loss of early release.

collaboration Goal:  

All parents will participate in Kid Chat meetings and make sure we are collaborating for best student success.

Strategic staff collaboration opportunities during staff development times.

Key Strategies:  

  • Parents invited to our Kid Chat meetings to help us build individual support plans for their children.  Focus on strengths and lagging skills.

  • Feedback gained after family events (BTSN, conferences, STEM Expo) to better meet the needs.

  • Break-out sessions at BTSN on Social/Emotional Learning, Digital Citizenship and Habits of Learning, to better connect with and educate our families.

  • Staff collaboration opportunities, specifically during staff development work days and/or staff meetings.


Date of Last Revision: October 1, 2019

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