Rosemary Anderson High School/Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (RAHS/POIC)
The Portland OIC and Rosemary Anderson High School are committed to serving at-risk youth through the age of 25, providing the highest quality services in education, mentoring, family outreach, employment training and placement.
Rosemary Anderson High School is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools and approved by the Oregon Department of Education. We have been serving Portland's most at-risk and disadvantaged youth for nearly three decades and have established a culture of success throughout our student population by offering constant individualized support and creating an academic environment founded upon a nurturing yet challenging classroom culture. RAHS offers rigorous, high quality curriculum and alignment with state standards in all major courses of study. Our innovative educational philosophy is based upon years of experience and observation working with underrepresented minority students (81% of RAHS students are children of color), many of whom have come to us after failing in larger urban school environments. RAHS students are educated using a combination of traditional and non-traditional techniques, requiring options for more intensive hands on, independent study, and avant-garde methodologies. Students’ academic success is also supported through services offering opportunities for emotional and social growth, including mentoring, young parent education, arts enrichment, leadership, and community engagement.
Our organizational strengths lie in developing new and better ways of serving our student population by capitalizing upon decades of experience, strategic partnerships and flexible, intentional and non-traditional educational approaches. We benefit greatly from our small school environment, which allows us to address and learn from issues on a case-by-case basis, when they arise. Students of Rosemary Anderson High School will rarely, if ever use out-dated teaching techniques such as class-long lectures with passive note-taking and rote memorization exams. Rather, it is a process in which the instructor combines problem-solving techniques with the pedagogical ability to make rigorous curriculum accessible to diverse learners. Teachers prepare units, lessons, and activities which are differentiated to meet the range of abilities within mainstream or sheltered classrooms. Our racially diverse staff is trained to deliver trauma informed care, be culturally responsive, and interpret their world through a social justice lens; which serve to supplement their years of experiential knowledge of the challenges faced by their pupils.
The objective of the Transitions Program is to produce highly motivated, marketable, educated, and employable young adults who have built self-sustaining lives. Our Transitions Program was implemented in 2007 to create a continuum of support for RAHS graduates as they move into post-secondary education, career pathway employment, or apprenticeship programs. Involvement in the program may begin as early as senior year and continues until the age of 25, however, many early Transitions participants are remaining closely connected far beyond 25. Transitions Program services range from college prep and success, career exploration and job search, parent education, mentoring, and access to resources. A walk-in center located across the street from Portland Community College equipped with computers, internet, printers, sofas, and a food prep area, provides clients a quiet space to study, seek academic tutoring, register for classes, apply for financial aid, or search for work. Program staff with backgrounds in social work and expertise in case management lead workshops in completing the dreaded FAFSA; assist youth in applying for scholarships; qualify for nutrition, housing, health, or childcare assistance; and perform crisis management to avoid derailment of a youth’s progress. Partnership with POIC’s employment and training services creates opportunities for career exploration, development of employment and job search skills, connections with local professionals and industry, and help in managing their own economic and career goals.
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