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Volume 4, Issue 7


July 2006

New High School program at old Bonny Slope School

Terra Nova is a small high school within the Beaverton School District, primarily for students who haven’t thrived in a traditional school setting. Terra Nova grew out of the spirit of two outdoor environmental education programs previously offered by the Northwest Regional ESD, Cascade Education Corps and Outdoor Leadership Program. Though there is an overall environmental education focus at Terra Nova, it is not exclusively focused in this area.

Enrollment for 2006-7 will be 60 students, growing to 100 in several years. Terra Nova will be located at the former Bonny Slope Elementary School site at 10351 NW Thompson Road. Transportation will be provided by Beaverton School District, or students can be dropped off or drive in accordance with BSD policies.

An important component of Terra Nova is the Learning Through Internships. Students will participate in community-based internships on average two days per week. The majority of educational projects, assignments, research and presentations will be focused around these internships. Teachers (called Advisors) will work with Mentors at the internship sites and the students to identify meaningful academic projects that meet a need for the internship host and the student’s academic advancement. Many of these internships will involve restoration or other environmental projects, including the newest Oregon State Park near Vernonia.


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