School Learning Plan
Mountainside High School
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post high school success
we expect excellence
WE teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.
WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.
WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.
WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.
we embrace equity
WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
WE provide needed support so every student succeeds.
WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.
WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.
Together, we CONNECT with our local and global communities, EXPLORE new experiences, and PURSUE our goals toward a better future.
Mountainside Mavericks: #MavUP!
We are an inclusive community of learners where all students, families, and staff grow, belong, find value and purpose in ourselves, and contribute to the global community.
CONNECT - EXPLORE - PURSUE
school and community:
Mountainside High School was established in 2017. It is a comprehensive high school serving students in the Beaverton School District. During its initial year of operation, the school opened with 930 students in grades 9 and 10; for the 2021-2022 school year we will serve approximately 1800 students in grades 9-12. Mountainside is accredited by AdvancED and the Oregon State Department of Education.
Mountainside is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP) school, an authorized IB Middle Years Program (MYP) school, and an AVID school-wide high school. Additionally, we offer students courses in six career pathways with state-of-the-art Career Technical Education (CTE) facilities, and all students complete a .5 Career Education credit which provides them with the practical skills needed to be successful in life after high school.
At-A-Glance Demographic Information:
Average Class Size: TBA
Median size of classes of core subjects
On-track to Graduate: 84%
Students earning one quarter of graduation credits in their 9th grade year
On-time Graduation: 95%
Students earning a diploma in 4 years
Ever English Learners: 17%
Languages Spoken: 37
Black/African American: 2%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: <1%
American Indian/Alaskan Native: <1%
Class of 2021 Academic Information:
- Number of Graduates: 434
- National Merit Semi-Finalists/Finalists: 1
- National Merit Commended: 4
- IB Diploma Recipients: 25
- Advanced Career Pathway Completers: 139
- Mav Scholars Honorees: 39
- 174 graduating students requested Final Transcripts be sent to colleges or universities. Of those requests, 78% were sent to 4-year colleges and 13% were sent to 2-year colleges.
Prior to March 16, 2020, Mountainside’s classes were offered in a 7-period rotating block schedule over the course of two 18-week semesters. Class periods were 90 minutes long. A half credit (.5) was granted for satisfactory completion of an 18-week course in the core classes for all grade levels and in elective courses for 10th-12th grade students. Our 9th grade elective courses were offered in a unique wheel structure. Each subject area in the wheel electives was taught for nine weeks and earned .25 credit. All students could earn up to 3.5 credits per semester for a total of 7 credits per year. Our students were assessed on a 1-8 grading scale and those grades were converted to traditional letter grades on report cards and students’ official transcripts. The grades were converted as follows: A= 8.0- 6.0, B=6.0-4.5, C= 4.5-3.0, D= 3.0-2.0; F= 2.0 and below. When the average fell on a cut-off score (2.0, 3.0, 4.5 or 6.0) the higher grade was recommended. A grade of “D” or above was considered a passing grade for satisfactory completion of a course.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mountainside students participated in remote learning from March 16, 2020 through June 12, 2020. Grades were calculated using either a “P” (pass) grade or an “I” (incomplete). Students earning a D- or above were granted a “P” and students earning an “I” have until their intended graduation date to meet the learning targets of the related course. When students complete those learning targets, the “I” grade will be converted to a “P” grade.
For the 2020-2021 school year, classes were offered in a 4-period block schedule and students were assessed on the 1-8 grade scale (see above). Students earned .5 credit for 9-week courses, and 1.0 credit for 18-week courses; they had the potential to earn a total of 7 credits for the school year. Students participated in their courses via Comprehensive Distance Learning through April 16, 2021 and completed the school year in Hybrid Learning from April 19, 2021 through June 18, 2021. Class schedule and grading practices remained consistent throughout CDL and Hybrid learning.
For the 2021-2022 school year, Mountainside will return to the pre-pandemic schedule listed above (see the first paragraph of this section). The grading practices are very similar to the pre-pandemic grading scale, however, the Beaverton School District’s School Board has approved a new policy that removes the “F” grade from the grading scale. At Mountainside this means that students will continue to be graded on a 1-8 grading scale, and the new conversion to letter grades is as follows: A= 8.0- 6.0, B=6.0-4.5, C= 4.5-3.0, D= 3.0-2.0. Any score of 1.99 or below, will receive a grade of “I” (incomplete) or “N” (no grade) depending on the individual circumstances, and the teacher’s professional judgement. As before, when the average falls on a cut-off score (2.0, 3.0, 4.5 or 6.0) the higher grade is recommended. A grade of “D” or above is considered a passing grade for satisfactory completion of a course.
As an authorized IB Diploma Program school, we offer the following IB courses to students:
IB Biology SL/HL, IB Chemistry SL, IB Design Technology SL, IB Economics SL, IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL, IB French SL, IB Global Politics SL/HL, IB Language and Literature SL/HL, IB Music/Band SL/HL, IB Music/Choir SL, IB Music/Percussion SL, IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL/HL, IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, IB Physics SL/HL, IB Spanish SL/HL, IB Theater SL/HL, IB Theory of Knowledge, IB Visual Art SL/HL, and IB World Religions SL. IB Courses are noted on the students’ transcripts by course title and with an “I” showing that the course is eligible for a weighted grade. The Beaverton School District weighted grade policy states that the grades of A, B, and C will be weighted with an extra point (A=5, B=4, C=3) for class rank, and a weighted cumulative GPA listed on the students’ transcript.
Mountainside is an “IB for All” school. All of our juniors take either IB Economics, IB Global Politics or IB World Religions as their standard junior social studies course. Additionally, students are encouraged to explore as many of the IB courses as they wish to pursue and we offer them the option to test in none, some, or all of their IB courses. We have thirty-six current 12th grade students who intend to complete the full IB Diploma process this year.
Graduation Details and Requirements:
Mountainside High School students must complete 24 credits in the following areas for graduation: 4 Language Arts, 3 Math, 3 Social Science, 3 Lab Sciences, 1 Health, 1 PE, 3 Applied Arts, Fine Arts, World Language or Business Education, .5 Career Education, and 5.5 Electives.
The State of Oregon has waived the Essential Skills (exams in reading, writing and math) for Class of 2022 students.
2021-22 School Learning Plan Goals:
Date of Last Revision: October 4, 2021
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.
WE Expect Excellence
- WE teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.
- WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.
- WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.
- WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.
WE Embrace Equity
- WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
- WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.
- WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.
- WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.