FIR RIDGE CAMPUS
DAVID DOUGLAS SCHOOL DISTRICT (PORTLAND, OR)
Fir Ridge is the alternative school for David Douglas High School, with school population of between 200-300 students, grades 9-12. Fir Ridge provides a small and supportive learning community, where students who have not experienced success in a traditional high school setting are able to thrive. Fir Ridge students are expected to complete high quality work, keep attendance at 90% or higher, and approach academic learning with a growth mindset. Fir Ridge offers students a smaller classroom environment, relationships with supportive adults, and opportunities for additional credit and college/career counseling.
Students may be referred to Fir Ridge for a number of reasons, including attendance or behavior issues, low GPA, being behind on credits, mental health challenges, or other individual student needs that made a smaller school environment with a lower student-teacher or student-counselor ratio more beneficial. Many students at Fir Ridge are at risk of not graduating from high school without an alternative option that provides more dedicated support.
Fir Ridge has been participating in the Phoenix program since 2014 and the integration of the program into the school culture has affected changes in the larger school community. The goals of the program for Fir Ridge include providing social-emotional learning support for students, fostering connection among students and staff, promoting academic resilience and self-efficacy, and creating a therapeutic school culture. Counseling staff have identified the following social-emotional learning outcome areas as the areas of need that are fulfilled by the Phoenix program:
Ability to assume responsibility
Perseverance on short and long term goals
Use of effective coping skills when faced with a problem
Demonstration of empathy
Ability to build positive relationships with school staff and peers
Leadership and teamwork skills
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