Project Based Learning (PBL) offers students the opportunity to earn graduation credit by demonstrating proficiency in Oregon Department of Education Standards. PBL applies to experiences previously referred to as alternative experience - such as extended travel, summer experiences, internships, community music, personal dance or art, etc. PBL also applies to opportunities previously referred to as independent study, advanced academic study, or testing out. Proficiency can be demonstrated through various means - such as performance demonstrations, presentations, portfolios, projects completed, products produced, exams, etc. The teacher and student work together to determine a plan for supervision, facilitation of the experience, and the means for assessment. The process is as follows:
Students must apply for PBL prior to the experience. Application for credit after the experience (in the case of work done during the summer) may be approved by the principal on a case by case basis. The deadline for PBL applications for the first semester is Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Students who do not submit their PBL applications by this deadline will not be able to earn PBL credit for the semester.
Students may not receive credit more than once for the same experience. However, students can earn continued credit of they can demonstrate a sufficient amount of proficiency in new or extended learning.
If the proficiency attained meets or exceeds the standards of an equivalent honors course, the Honors Credit will be granted for the PBL.
Many of our students have part time jobs. Some even work full time! Because we understand the variety of skills students gain by working, we offer elective credit for work experience.