The Secret to closing the achievement gap for all ethnicities How we communicate with parents and students about our collective goals

District Demographics

Serve about 2500 Students

  • 5 Elementary Schools
  • 1 Middle School (7-8)
  • 1 High School (9-12)

60% Hispanic, 35% White, 5% Other

Poorest county in Oregon

  • Top 1% poorest county in the US. (In 2015, 37th poorest county in the US)
  • 100% Free Lunch regardless of family income.

Graduation Rates

Graduation Rate 2017-18: 89.36% (All Students)

Graduation Rate 2017-18: 86.02% (Latino Students)

Historical Graduation Rates

  • 2014-15: 64.5%
  • 2015-16: 79.4%
  • 2016-17: 82.5%

What we are up against

  • Survival
  • High mobility
  • Migrant
  • Homeless (8%)
  • Historical resistance (community/familial, etc.) to regular attendance
  • Limited support from community resources
  • Criminal Justice System, Probation, Child welfare

What we did

  • Partnered with SI&A to implement Attention2Attendance (A2A) communication platform
  • Developed a consistent uniform process for the entire district
  • Educated office staff on screening excuses for consistency
  • Educated students on the importance of attendance
  • Strive for 5 Campaign (Incentivized attendance for students who missed no more than 5 school days.)

Our Ultimate goal

Normalize regular attendance district-wide for ALL students at ALL levels


  1. Luau
  2. Cash Give Away
  3. Off-Campus Lunch Stickers
Luau 2018

Why do we do this?

"A school that does not focus on the factor of attendance, risks undermining all other efforts of school improvement." Robert Marzano

Attendance is the single most important factor for high school success and it is part of our Early Warning System at OHS

Our Data

Created By
Nathan Sandberg