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815 South Oakdale Ave.
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: 541-842-3669
Fax: 541-842-1990
Contact: Amy Herbst - Principal
Hours: 9:00AM - 4:00 PM

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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.  


These include: 

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: 



  Curriculum divided into daily amounts, termed "work products".  Once credit is earned it is not lost - empowering and motivating for students  

  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 

  Supports the student and facilitates a meaningful connection to school 

  Monitors student attendance and academic progress 

  Translates and interprets written and oral work in Spanish/First Language 

  Administer English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) Testing 

  Communicates regularly with parents  



  One-to-one academic and personal support 

  Assessment of learning difficulties 


Service Learning 

  Leadership class promotes social growth and civic responsibility  

  Community service experience for personal growth, elective credit and as part of senior experience 

  Job Council - Environmental and Community crews 

  Partnerships with non[profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, and Equamore Horse Rescue Ranch

  Access Food drive


Instructional Technologies 

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 

  Reading, study skills and test-taking strategies, alternative testing options based on individual need 

  504 plan and IEP accommodations provided 


Career Education and Workforce Readiness 

  Statewide assessments administered 

  Guest lecturers related to student vocational interest 

  Five-year plan Career Research option for Senior Experience 

  Career counselor available and Personal Development classes offered 


Conflict Resolution 

  Promotes community values, prevention and intervention strategies 

  Pathways class curriculum includes goal setting, anger management and effective interpersonal skills

   Principals Advisory Council provides students a voice for continuous school improvement 


Counseling Services 

  A counselor is available to assist students with personal and career needs 

  Mental Health Drug and Alcohol counseling is also available 


General Information: 

 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 students attendance while the campus monitor and district attendance specialist deal with severe attendance problems. 


Lunch break: 

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? 

Caring staff 

Flexible scheduling 

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  

Smaller classes 

How can I earn Credit? 

Regular instruction 

At my own pace 

On computer (Stars Suite) 

Independent study 

Through the Job Council 

At YMCA for PE and Elective credit 

Elective credit at other service organizations 

Work experience 


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. 


  classes meet daily, so students can earn more credit per quarter than at North or South. 

  work experience credit is granted based on the number of hours worked each quarter, thus it can be earned more quickly. 

  some courses are proficiency-based, meaning that students can earn credit as quickly as they can demonstrate they have mastered the required coursework. 

  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
10:30-4:00 Wednesdays


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 

Fax: (541) 842-1990

Attendance Line: ext. 1 (Follow Directions)

Enrollment and Counseling Appointments: ext. 0. 

Reg. and Transcript information/questions: ext. 2    









549C Medford School District

Medford School District 549C Mission Statement
We are a high quality teaching and learning organization dedicated to preparing all students to graduate with a sound educational foundation, ready to succeed in post-secondary education, and to be contributing community members.

Medford Public Schools 549C recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups and their roles in society and our community. It is the policy of the Medford School Board that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups on the grounds of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation in any educational programs, activities or employment.
For District Federal Title Program compliance, please contact the Office of Federal Programs: (541) 842-3633
For District Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act compliance, please contact the Office of Special Education & Student Services: (541) 842-3628
For District American Disabilities Act compliance, please contact the Office of Human Resources: (541) 842-3625

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