Engaging students is a primary focus at Sellwood Middle School. We strive to kindle every student's desire to learn by offering a wide range of classes and opportunities.
We start with an emphasis on the core classes: Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science. Within each of these areas, our teachers find ways to challenge all levels of students - using group projects, activities and field study to help bring these subjects to life. For students seeking accelerated classes, we offer Compacted Mathematics and Spanish Language for high school credit which prepares students to enter International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement programs in high school.
These core classes are balanced by a rich set of elective classes. Our students can choose Spanish, Art, Concert Band, Journalism, Yearbook, Academic Support, Marimba and Physical Education. Spanish is one of our most popular electives, with a trip to a Spanish speaking country, chaperoned by Sellwood Middle School staff, at the end of eighth grade. Eighth graders may also choose to participate in a trip to Washington DC.
Our academic program also includes Outdoor School for sixth graders, a Talented and Gifted Program and Special Education services.