Make An Impact! Join Our Team
Our school district is unique in that it represents multiple cultures. As the world becomes smaller, understanding and acceptance of multiple cultures help us live and grow in harmony. We recognize our diversity as a strength to be nurtured.
Jefferson County School District is a great place to live and work! We serve students in Jefferson and Wasco counties, encompassing approximately 250 square miles. Our current enrollment is approximately 2,900 students in grades K-12.
There are eight schools in our district:
- Madras High School (9-12)
- Bridges High School (10-12)
- Warm Springs K-8 Academy (K-8)
- Jefferson County Middle School (6-8)
- Madras Elementary School (K-5)
- Buff Elementary School (K-5)
- Metolius Elementary School (K-5)
- Big Muddy School (K-8)
Staff with Vision
“I want this place to be…a place where the families, the community, and the students can count on people being here year after year, and making it better, year after year.”
First Grade Teacher
Bring It Every Day
“You need to know that you need to bring it every single day…to be a warrior teacher”.
Third Grade Teacher
Take the Challenge
“We want teachers…that are going to take the challenge and make a difference.”
Who We Are
A diverse, agricultural community built on small-town family values, with a desire to excel. People here know each other. We understand that by embracing our diversity and working together our potential and possibilities are limitless. We are impassioned and dedicated to creating a positive, future-forward learning environment where kids and educators are engaged, committed, and inspired to become their best.
Manageable Class Size
Our District is unique and special in its ability to fund lower teacher to student staffing ratios. For grades K-2, our target ratio is 1:22, and grades 3 – 12 the target is 1:30. However, many classes are far less than our targeted ratios, depending on the year.
Our induction program launches in August with four days of introduction and learning about teaching methods, District and school priorities, and the culture of teaching in our District. This opportunity is designed to create high-quality collaboration time with your new colleagues in an atmosphere of high energy and fun! Monthly seminars, held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 4 – 6 PM with your new-to-our-District cohort, provide the opportunity to engage with colleagues across the District during job-embedded professional development. Dinner is provided each month and experienced educators and instructional coaches facilitate the seminars.
Our mentoring program is designed to support all newly hired licensed educators in their first year of employment on our team. In year two, 1:1 mentoring continues for second year educators. Experienced educators in their second year will be provided an opportunity to engage in an optional book study.
The District partners with Oregon State University to provide graduate credits (no cost to you) for full participation. The District also provides a $500 stipend for completion of your first year and $250 for completion of second year engagement in the program. Mentoring includes working with an instructional mentor who provides 1:1 classroom support and guidance, utilizing the reflective practitioner cycle of goal setting, lesson planning, observation and feedback, analyzing student work, and adjusting instruction based on data, etc. The program provides all first year educators the opportunity to spend at least one day observing other educators in partnership with their mentor.
AVID—Advancement Via Individual Determination—fosters a safe and open culture, high expectations for teachers and students, and collaboration in all classrooms. Unlike most professional development, AVID does not force a pre-packaged, one-size-fits-all curriculum on educators. AVID promotes a college and career focused culture and offers turn-key teaching techniques and classroom activities that educators can easily incorporate in their classrooms. Teachers can quickly see the difference in how students respond. AVID doesn’t change what is taught; it changes how material is taught, respecting teachers’ expertise and providing flexibility. Our District has made a significant investment in developing our educators using AVID’s strategies.
Job Embedded Professional Development
Our community has supported a late start to the school day every Monday in order to provide our team members time for ongoing job embedded professional development.
Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
Our District is committed to creating and fostering an environment where PLC’s can thrive and all educators work in collaborative teams and take collective responsibility for student learning rather than working in isolation. The big ideas that guide our PLC work are from the Dufour model which includes: a relentless focus on learning for all students, a collaborative culture and collective effort to support student and adult learning, and a results orientation to improve practice and drive continuous improvement.
Title 1 District -Loan Forgiveness Program
Our classroom and special education teachers are eligible for federal loan forgiveness after teaching full-time for five consecutive academic years.
Top Compensation Packages
Our District’s diverse student population creates opportunities to secure significant grant funding in contrast to other Districts in our region. As a result, we are fortunate to offer the most competitive total compensation packages in the Central Oregon Region in an effort to support our team. Additionally, the cost of living in our community is more affordable than in surrounding areas.
Our District currently allocates $45,000 annually for licensed employee tuition reimbursement. This is a significant allocation for a district our size.