Orient School District is a one-building K-8 school in northeastern Washington, approximately 22 miles north of Kettle Falls and nine miles south of the US/Canadian border on US Highway 395. The building was constructed in 1910 and a gym was added in 1937. Approximately 40 children attend the school at this time. Graduates have their choice of several high schools which they may attend.
What We Teach and Why
Beginning in the fall of 1997, a group of concerned educators and community members started to meet together monthly to review the priorities of Orient School. This group, known as the School Improvement Team (SIT), investigated math curricula, reviewed numerous books and examined a school-wide curriculum knows as the Core Knowledge Curriculum. Additionally, they worked together to come to a common agreement concerning the mission and beliefs of our school. This group continues to meet in order to keep their vision alive.
The results of the SIT's hard work are obvious. A coordinated math curriculum was instituted in 1998. That year also saw the beginning implementation of the Core Knowledge Curriculum. Additionally, the Accelerated Reader program was instituted in order to help all students become passionate readers. Finally, in 1999, Accelerated Math was put into place; this program allows teachers to customize a math program for each child in grades 3-8. Students are held accountable through frequent assessments. Finally, we use the Spalding Method to teach spelling, writing and reading; it is a total language approach based in phonics.
We believe not only that all children must learn but also that all children must learn valuable information. The above programs help our dedicated teachers accomplish this goal.