Powell Butte Community Charter School will develop the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and excel academically. Through place-based learning our students will become stewards of their environment and community.
Powell Butte Community Charter School is a rural public school dedicated to the integration of an outstanding academic program with the community, the land, and its people.We offer a joyful and creative educational experience where engaged students practice the skills they need to be effective citizens and stewards.Powell Butte Community Charter School will serve as a model for preserving schools in rural communities.
Upon learning that the Crook County School District intended to close the eighty year old Powell Butte Elementary School at the end of the 2009-10 school year, the Powell Butte Community came together and established a non-profit public charter school. The Powell Butte Community Charter School opened grades K – 6 in the fall of 2010 with 146 students. Seventh grade was added for the 2011-12 school with a constant enrollment of 166 students. Eighth grade was added for the 2012-13 school year, and it remains a K-8 public charter school.
Powell Butte Community Charter School members believe:
In using local place to learn how to act both locally and globally:
Prepare people to live and work effectively in a democratic society;
Sustain the cultural and ecological integrity of the place we inhabit.
In providing a quality education:
Systematically and intentionally integrate place-based education and service learning;
Maintain a standards-based core curriculum;
Utilize an integrated, multidisciplinary approach;
Use varied methodologies (such as: experiential learning, inquiry, storyline, problem-based learning, and direct instruction);
Personalize and make more meaningful the educational experience of individual students.
In perceived individual and community benefits:
Improved academic achievement;
Increased student efficacy;
Enhanced appreciation of the natural world;
Stronger ties to the community;
Creates a heightened commitment to serving as an active, contributing member of society.
Ongoing professional development of teachers.
Serve as a model for other rural schools trying to preserve their integrity and culture.