CENTRAL MEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL BROCHURE
815 S. Oakdale Ave.
Medford, Oregon 97501
Central Medford High School is committed to fostering academic and personal growth in a non-traditional setting. Our mission is to work with students from an individual, whole student approach to help them graduate with a Medford School District diploma or earn a GED. At Central, emphasis is placed on tailoring an individual educational program, with students working at their own pace.
Students can choose between several different programs, depending on their needs. The cohort model focuses on building relationships with student while combining integrated curriculum with service-learning opportunities. The traditional model is available to students who prefer to work independently and/or need just a few classes to graduate. Proficiency-based credit earning on-line is the most common methodology to graduation.
This program requires commitment from students, parents, staff and community services. Student responsibilities include regular attendance, completing assigned work, and acting responsible and respectful. A focus on family involvement engages parents as active partners. Parents are regularly informed of attendance and student progress. Individual students' are linked with community agencies to access needed services. Providers and employers are invited as guest lecturers to promote awareness of community services and career opportunities.
CMHS provides services that are nationally recognized best practices for encouraging students to remain in school.
1. a lower teacher/student ratio and small student body
2. a clearly stated discipline policy through the Positive Behavior Supports model, with an emphasis placed on recognizing students being Safe, Respectful and Responsible
3. a learning program specific to student learning style
4. a flexible school schedule with community involvement and support
5. opportunities to become actively involved in the decision-making processes of their school
6. activities that encourage a sense of ownership and belonging to their school
CMHS student-centered strategies include:
Ø Curriculum divided into daily amounts, termed "work products". Once credit is earned it is not lost - empowering and motivating for students
Ø No "F"s awarded. Students continue working until they have earned credit, even if it takes longer than the traditional 9 week quarter
English Language Learner Services
Ø Supports the student and facilitates a meaningful connection to school
Ø Monitors student attendance and academic progress
Ø Translates and interprets written and oral work in Spanish/First Language
Ø Administer English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) Testing
Ø Communicates regularly with parents
Ø One-to-one academic and personal support
Ø Assessment of learning difficulties
Ø Leadership class promotes social growth and civic responsibility
Ø Community service experience for personal growth, elective credit and as part of senior experience
Ø Job Council - Environmental and Community crews
Ø Partnerships with non[profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, and Equamore Horse Rescue Ranch
Ø Access Food drive
Ø Nationally recognized Stars Suite available; a standards-based, proficiency-based computer
program that allows students to earn academic credit on line at their own pace
Customized Instruction to meet Diverse Learning Styles
Ø Reading, study skills and test-taking strategies, alternative testing options based on individual need
Ø 504 plan and IEP accommodations provided
Career Education and Workforce Readiness
Ø Statewide assessments administered
Ø Guest lecturers related to student vocational interest
Ø Five-year plan Career Research option for Senior Experience
Ø Career counselor available and Personal Development classes offered
Ø Promotes community values, prevention and intervention strategies
Ø Pathways class curriculum includes goal setting, anger management and effective interpersonal skills
Ø Principal’s Advisory Council provides students a voice for continuous school improvement
Ø A counselor is available to assist students with personal and career needs
Ø Mental Health Drug and Alcohol counseling is also available
We are located at 815 S. Oakdale Ave.
Registration is between 1:00-3:00 PM Tuesdays. Enrollment is limited to 10th-12th grade students.
District policies regarding behavior and attendance still apply and are enforced.
Students are expected to attend their scheduled classes. The CMHS counselor will determine the hours of attendance and classes needed based on individual circumstances. Attendance is monitored and required. Teachers call home and track student’s attendance while the campus monitor and district attendance specialist deal with severe attendance problems.
Lunch is served by Sodexho for $2.00 or students may receive lunch through the free and reduced meal program if they qualify.
Students are required to accumulate the same 24 credits required by the district in order to receive an CMHS diploma.
Depending on where they live, currently enrolled students are given a monthly RVTD bus pass or may ride the First Student bus from their attendance area to Central High
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why should I attend CMHS?
Credit is awarded as soon as you earn it
More 1:1 assistance
There are other students like you who can relate to your home situation or unique learning style
More opportunity for independent work
How can I earn Credit?
At my own pace
On computer (Stars Suite)
Through the Job Council
At YMCA for PE and Elective credit
Elective credit at other service organizations
Can I earn credits faster at CMHS?
There are several ways that students can accelerate earning credits, but CMHS is not a packet school. CMHS adheres to the same standards as North or South, we just look for alternative ways to assist students who need something different than the traditional large-school model, or who are credit deficient.
Ø classes meet daily, so students can earn more credit per quarter than at North or South.
Ø work experience credit is granted based on the number of hours worked each quarter, thus it can be earned more quickly.
Ø some courses are proficiency-based, meaning that students can earn credit as quickly as they can demonstrate they have mastered the required coursework.
Ø students can earn PE/Elective credit outside of school at a recognized institution, like the YMCA or other community organizations.
When Is School?
9:00-4:00 PM M,T,Th,F
How Do I get signed up?
For current North or South students, see your counselor at North or South High for a referral. Students new to the district enroll at either North or South Medford High school and see counselor for possible referral to Central.
Telephone: (541) 842-3669 Main Line