Business Community: Schools and Education
Hood River County of Outstanding Educational Opportunities
The Hood River County School District has a strong tradition of excellence. Thanks to exceptional community support, our schools offer full-day kindergarten, experienced and expert staff, extracurricular programs at middle and high schools, and a wide range of college-credit and advanced-placement courses. More than 80% of the graduates pursue education beyond high school. The County and District are currently investing $25 million to increase energy efficiency, add classrooms, and upgrade key components of the school buildings.
The Hood River County School District is committed to an educational program that recognizes and strives to maximize the unique value, academic needs, and special talents of each student, including those who meet the Oregon’s Department of Education’s definition of Talented and Gifted. We identify, challenge, and encourage those students with curriculum and instruction of significant depth and complexity to meet the abilities of each student.
The County has one school district, with five elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, and one K-8 school (as of the 2009-2010 school year). Elementary schools include kindergarten through grade 5, the two middle schools include grades 6 through 8, and HR Valley High School serves grades 9 through 12.
Horizon Christian School in Hood River has been providing quality Christian education for families in the Columbia Gorge area since 1977. Horizon is dedicated to helping each student develop their full potential by encouraging academic excellence, integrity, character, and a passion for life. They stress a challenging academic program taught by caring, experienced teacher. Horizon Christian School is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS).
Columbia Gorge Community College serves local older teens and adults in both a variety of associates-degree programs and non-degree adult education programs. It provides general education courses for those wishing to transfer to four-year institutions and professional and technical training in a variety of subjects.
The Hood River County Extension office of Oregon State University provides training and opportunities for the general public in home horticulture and backyard gardening. The Master Gardener program gives people a chance not only to learn but to share what they have learned with their community.