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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work| Case Study

Hood River Middle School

Grades 6-8 | Hood River, OR

Place-Based Learning: Giving Students a Sense of Belonging

By helping students understand the history, geology, and culture of their place, Hood River Middle School supports students in understanding themselves and their role in their community.
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What This School Is Achieving

The front of the school with fall colors and student walking by

Hood River Middle School (HRMS), a rural public school in Hood River, Oregon, launched a high altitude weather balloon into the atmosphere, connecting it across multiple subjects; planned a grade-level, cross-curricular field trip to the Columbia River Gorge; and converted a janitor's closet into a museum to celebrate their district's 150-year anniversary.

  • Exceeded 2014 state averages in all categories on the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS).
  • Since 2013, rated in the top 15% of Oregon middle schools for student performance.
  • Exceeded 2015 math proficiency rates for both the state and other schools with similar demographics.
The front of the school with fall colors and student walking by

How They Do It

Place-Based Learning: Connecting Kids to Their Community

Place-Based Learning: Connecting Kids to Their Community

At Hood River Middle School, place-based learning makes student learning relevant and engaging by turning their local geography, culture, history, and economy into classroom lessons.

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Community Partners: Making Student Learning Relevant

Community Partners: Making Student Learning Relevant

At Hood River Middle School, local experts make student learning come to life.

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Collaborative Planning: Integrating Curriculum Across Subjects

Collaborative Planning: Integrating Curriculum Across Subjects

Hood River Middle School collaborates on projects across subjects to make learning relevant, connected, and engaging.

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Voices From the School

Hood River Middle School: A Resource for Hood River County

Brent Emmons
Hood River Middle School Principal

Period 6: Ensuring Enrichment and Intervention

Brent Emmons
Hood River Middle School Principal

5 Benefits of Outdoor Education

Michael Becker
Teacher and Director of the Food and Conservation Science (FACS) Program at Hood River Middle School

The Permaculture Classroom: A Systems-Based Approach

Michael Becker
Teacher and Director of the Food and Conservation Science (FACS) Program at Hood River Middle School

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