A rural setting stretching over 57 acres surrounds our Pre-Kindergarten through 12th school campus. Four schools house the total school district population of a little over 2,000 students with each school building, athletic and activity fields located in close proximity to one another. Our district has a diverse population including approximately 40.% of Hispanic origin, 52% White, 1% Asian/Pacific Islander and 1% African American and 2% American Indian/Alaska Native and 2& 2 or more races. A demographic survey conducted using 2000 census data revealed about 59% of the area's resident’s work outside of Marion County, and only 11 percent of Aurora, Donald, Hubbard residents worked in the same city in which they live. However, typically our patrons work within our rapidly expanding and diversifying local economy or commute to jobs in neighboring towns and cities. Although enrollments have had a steady growth over the years, we are experiencing declining enrollment due to the current economic situation and increased mobility. Data tells us families are moving around to accommodate logistics of work and closer to cities with transit systems in place. (updated March 2009)The school district is midway between Portland and Salem, a 30 minute drive from either city. The district boundaries may best be described as: Interstate-5 bisects our district with Champoeg Park on the west side, Canby on the north side, Pudding River on the east side and Woodburn on the south side.
The district employs a highly motivated, caring and experienced team of over 115 licensed teachers, 90 classified staff, and 11 administrative/supervisory staff consisting of four Principals, two Director's of Teaching and Learning, one Principal of teaching and learning, five Program Directors, and district support staff team of approximately 7.
Our very talented staff teaches a well-balanced curriculum with strong programs in core subject areas as well as in the arts, physical education, and technology focusing on high levels of learning for all students.
We are very proud of the work we have done here at North Marion School District. Our schools are safe, warm and inviting. At each school, we have a superior staff mixed with talent and expertise of veteran teachers which has brought great energy to meet the rigor and relevance of daily instruction. We have developed a successful "Freshman Academy" program to ensure students are moving towards proficiency. Our curriculum strategies align with the Common Core State Standards to ensure our students are prepared for academic achievements as well as life-long learning and engagement as both global and digital citizens. We have before and after school child-care options; and have implemented an after-school tutoring program for students who need additional instruction to be successful.
We are fiscally sound and have budgeted responsibly and continue to offer a full-year of school (no furlough days); we are hiring new staff next year to ensure students are meeting standards; and to offer more electives for College Bound and Career Tech and Engineering electives.
Our technology is top notch, innovative and integrated into teaching and learning. Beginning our 2013-14 school year we committed to ensure all students have access to technology devices. This year all 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th have 1:1 access to technology devices. All Freshman have a laptop.
Career and college readiness activities and college credit now course, as well as a NEW Opportunity Center with online courses and learning program that provides an individualized education for our students. Students can access these new learning options from home, or on site here in the Opportunity Center Lab providing the convenience and flexibility that some students need to find success.
Because we are a small community and our buildings are all on the same campus, our staff has a shared passion and commitment to school and community activities. Our buildings display evidence of daily examples of character education developing through community service projects that involve clubs and leadership class students. We have a shared passion and commitment to school and community activities. Our youth development program PRYDE offers a variety of fall, winter and spring sports such as soccer, football, wrestling, basketball, and baseball.