Outdoor Learning is science-based exploration designed to give our students a chance to interact with and learn about the natural areas just outside their classroom door. These fun, hour-long sessions are held 3 – 6 times per year for all grades PK– 8 and are led by environmental educators from Avery House Nature Center. These sessions provide hands-on learning opportunities focused on local plants, animals, ecosystems and more. Fifth grade has its own outdoor school experience at Opal Creek.
Students can form teams that compete with teams from other schools. Ashbrook Independent School teams have done well in competitions, as evidenced by the awards displayed in the Commons. Parent volunteers work with teachers to supervise teams, such as:
- Lego Robotics
- Oregon Battle of the Books
- Model UN
After School Lessons and Activities
Each year interested Ashbrook Independent School students and parents can arrange for after school clubs, classes, and activities that meet on the campus, and provide additional opportunities for students. Examples include:
- Math Club
- Harry Potter Club
- Music Lessons
- Art projects
- Annual School Theater production
Each spring, kindergarten through grade eight students participate in a science fair. Projects are planned around a specific theme and displayed for all families to view and to enjoy.
Eighth Grade Trip
Each spring, the graduating eighth graders culminate their Ashbrook experience with a multi-day trip to Seattle. Parents and staff plan the trip to include educational, community service, and entertainment elements. The trip is paid for by fundraising and family contributions. Chaperones include parents and at least one staff member.
Dances and Movie Nights
Middle School students plan dances and movie nights during the school year with the help of their teachers and parents.
The first day of school in September is half day to begin academic instruction followed by an all-school picnic for students, parents, families, teachers, and staff.
A field day is held each spring for students. All grade levels are involved in competition and fun.