Bethel School District
4640 Barger Drive
Eugene, OR 97402
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 is proud of one of the most comprehensive high school facilities in the state. Willamette High School, with its labs, shops, state-of-the art science building, three gymnasiums and performing arts auditorium, serves a student population of about 1,500 students in grades 9-12. Wil-Hi’s growing CTE (Career Technical Education) program is designed to provide a plethora of choices for a wide variety of students.
Kalapuya High School, built in 2002 specifically as an alternative high school, is home to 100 students in grades 10-12. Kalapuya’s program has served as a model for many alternative high schools across the country. It’s graduation rate is also highest among alternative high schools in the Eugene-Springfield area. KHS also serves as host of the Bethel Farm, a working farm providing hands-on education in agriculture and science for students throughout the district.
The District’s two traditional middle schools, Cascade and Shasta, offer a multitude of academic choices specially designed to meet the needs of students in grades 6-8. Meadow View School, a K-8 facility, opened in 1998 and still looks like – and functions as – a new school today. Prairie Mountain School, another modern K-8 school, opened in September 2002. Each school welcomes close to 750 students.
The District’s five elementary schools include gymnasiums, media centers, computer labs and music rooms. Clear Lake, Danebo, Fairfield, Irving and Malabon are home to about 1,900 students in grades K-5. In 2015 the new Fairfield and Malabon schools were opened, replacing the two oldest elementary buildings in the district.
Bethel voters showed tremendous faith in the District by approving a $49.5 million bond measure in 2012 with a resounding 73% Yes vote. It was the highest margin of victory in District history and one of the most impressive displays of support for a school Bond in recent Oregon history. The District is still carefully spending the funds from the Bond, and has built a new Science and Office complex at Willamette High School, and new Malabon and Fairfield Elementary schools. Bond revenue has also been used to enhance safety and security at every District building; update textbooks and student and staff technology; repair and replace carpets, roofs, and windows; resurface playgrounds and parking lots; replace custodial equipment, industrial kitchen appliances, school phone systems, and gym bleachers; renovate bathrooms and the WHS cafeteria; enhance school lighting, and many other improvements district-wide.
Bethel School District is proud to offer full-day kindergarten. Our youngest students enjoy a safe and secure environment, new computers, classroom projectors and curriculum in each classroom, and much more. Click here for more information on the Kindergarten program and Kindergarten Orientation/Registration. Children entering kindergarten must be five years old by September 1.
Parents registering their children may do so at their neighborhood school or at the District office. Proof of the student’s age and residence will be needed. Oregon law also requires children entering school for the first time to have a valid immunization record. Oregon immunization law requires immunizations for diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps and rubella. Pick up an immunization record form at any Bethel school. First graders must be six by September 1. Call the District office for more information: 541-689-3280.
SCHOOL BREAKFASTS & LUNCHES
Bethel’s Nutrition Services Department is a recognized leader in providing fresh, healthy, locally grown, nutritional food for all students. All Bethel students are offered free breakfast each school day. Students may buy lunches at elementary schools for $2.25, middle school lunches are $2.40, and high school lunches are $2.50. For more information about free and reduced-price meals, call Bethel Nutrition Services, 541-461-6301.
The school district contracts with First Student Education Services for student transportation service. Bethel’s policy is to provide transportation to elementary students living more than one mile from school, and to middle and high school students living more than one-and-a-half miles from school. Bus stops are established each fall. For more information call First Student at 541-688-0454.
Bethel schools provide free and appropriate educational programs in accordance with state and federal guidelines for children with disabilities who reside within district boundaries. A variety of programs exist to meet the educational needs of students with disabilities. Special education instructors, psychologists, speech specialists, school nurses and others work in cooperation with parents to provide services for students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Special Services Department at 541-689-3280.
TALENTED AND GIFTED EDUCATION
The Bethel School District TAG program is designed to meet the educational needs of academically talented and intellectually gifted students in grades K-12 who are capable of performing at advanced levels and accelerated rates of learning. Classroom teachers provide enrichment opportunities for TAG students in regular classrooms. The program supports the active partnership of teachers, parents and students working together to increase student achievement. Parents who are interested or have questions about the program may call the school and ask to talk with someone on the building TAG team.
GETTING INVOLVED/KEEPING CURRENT
When parents and other citizens are involved, schools can do a better job of providing education to students. Bethel has advisory committees, from the district Budget Committee to parent advisory committees at each school, where citizens can have an active voice in educational recommendations. People are encouraged to volunteer and should contact their neighborhood school principal or the District office.
The district and individual schools provide handbooks, newsletters, Principals’ blogs, and other helpful materials.
Click here for B-mail, Bethel School District’s monthly online newsletter.
TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM
Bethel schools are equipped with computer labs for class instruction and for use by individual students. These were recently updated with new all-in-one computers. Nearly every classroom also has access to computer carts with classroom sets of Chromebook computers. Computers are integrated into a wide array of activities in nearly all subjects. Bethel has a district-wide network that serves every classroom, providing students with hands-on training and access to educational resources beyond school walls.