4 preschool students with blue graduation caps on their heads

Our Philosophy

Together we will reach,
teach and
each student
to excellence.

WHS seniors in graduation cap and gowns walking down a hallway giving 5's to elementary students

Bethel's History

Welcome to Bethel School District, the third largest school district in Lane County. Bethel is located in northwest Eugene and is home to approximately 5,500 students. The district encompasses 31.7 square miles, and features bike trails, wetlands, public parks, streams and a portion of Fern Ridge Reservoir.


Bethel School District was formed in 1948 with the consolidation of the Bethel, Irving, Clear Lake, Danebo, and Malabon school districts. Willamette High School opened in September of 1949 with an enrollment of 381. Alvadore was the last of six small districts to join Bethel in 1960.


District Grad Rates See a Dramatic Rise

Higher than state average!

The high school graduation rate in Bethel is now the highest it’s been in more than a decade.

Data just released by the Oregon Department of Education shows Willamette High School’s 4-year graduation rate at 82.6%, higher than the state average and 10% higher than the previous year.

How has this happened? For several years, all Bethel teachers have become even more attentive to individual students’ learning needs.