Union County Schools
La Grande Schools
Central Elementary School is located at the base of the mountains. Currently, it is comprised of 450 K-6 grade students; however, for the 2007-2008 school year, it will be a K-5 school as the sixth grade students will move to the middle school. Principal Bruce Kevan and the staff work together to create a learning community involving students and parents. As a result of their efforts, Central has consistently been rated “Strong” on the state report card. For more information please visit http://www2.lagrande.k12.or.us/ce/ce.lasso.
Greenwood Elementary School recently celebrated their 100 year anniversary. This K-5 school retains 330 students. Their mission is to develop lifelong learners, who are responsible for being kind, safe, and respectful. The US Department of Education affirmed Greenwood has made Adequate Yearly Progress. Additionally, Greenwood was rated “Strong” on the state’s annual report card. Principal Mike Gregory was just awarded 2006 Union County Educator of the Year. For more information please visit http://www2.lagrande.k12.or.us/ge/index.lasso
Island City Elementary School, built in 1976, is located in the town of Island City. They are the smallest of the three elementary schools with only 200 students. Interestingly, this school was built when the idea of “Open School Concept” or “Pods” were common. Three open areas accommodate the first/second, third/fourth, and fifth/sixth grade classrooms. This school is renowned for its safe and supportive learning environment, and their high academic and behavioral expectations students. Their unique history of strong parent involvement can be linked to the school’s record of success. Principal John Tolan and the staff are dedicated to providing all aspects of learning to prepare students for success. For more information visit please http://www2.lagrande.k12.or.us/ice/ice.lasso.
La Grande Middle School is comprised of 433 students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Built in 1976, this school thrives on the theme of RESPECT, which stands for Responsibility, Esteem, Safety, Pride, Empathy, Communication, and Teamwork. Sixth grade students joined LMS in the fall of 2006. These students remain in the same classroom with electives in PE and music. Seventh and eighth grade students are arranged into teams, which allow them to have the same core teacher for two years. An advisory program, exploratory electives, and a community supported drug-free youth program are also integrated. La Grande Middle School received an overall satisfactory rating from the State. For more information please visit http://www2.lagrande.k12.or.us/lms/index.lasso.
La Grande High School has a student population of about 780. This class 3A school prides itself with good ethics, education, and athletics. Although small in size, La Grande High School is largest in the Grande Rhonde Valley. Principal Doug Potter and his administrative team aim to empower their students to become more successful adults. Recently, LHS has established an online Credit Recovery Option program for students who need to earn credits for whatever reason. For more information please visit http://www2.lagrande.k12.or.us/lhs/index.lasso.
The Union School District contains two elementary schools and a high school. S.E. Miller Elementary school enrolls grades K-3, J.F. Hutchinson grades 4-6, and the High School grades 7-12. Currently, the district enrollment is 460 students. Union is a 2A School. FBLA and FFA are popular clubs available for students to join. Mr. James Taylor is the current high school principal and Michael Wood is the superintendent/elementary principal. Although small in stature, Union High School offers vocational/technical curriculum, Advanced Placement, and a Gifted and Talented program. They also boast a high measure of technology. For more information please visit http://www.union.k12.or.us.
The Cove School District combines grades K-12. Cove has approximately of the 236 students. Cove High School is a 1A school and is a member of the Greater Oregon League. Football, basketball, volleyball, and track are offered to all Cove students.
Home of the panthers, the Imbler School District is recognized as one of the small elite schools in Oregon. Imbler is a 1A School. There are approximately 295 students in the district. The elementary school and High School are located side by side. Principal Mike Mills and Superintendent Doug Hislop administer the staff. The Future Farmers of America club has been very successful the past couple of years at the State Convention. The students and staff have great school spirit, making it a fun place to learn. For more information please visit http://www.imbler.k12.or.us/.
The Powder Valley School District includes about 200 students, K-12. Powder Valley is a 1A School. Sports offered are basketball, volleyball, football, and track. As with most schools in the county, the FFA program is strong here. For more information please visit http://www.npowder.k12.or.us/.
Stella Mayfield Elementary and Elgin High School comprise the Elgin School District. In grades K-12 there is around 390 students. Elgin is a 2A School. Students have the opportunity to participate in football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, baseball, softball, track, and wrestling. School organizations include FBLA, FFA, and NHS. Elgin also has a strong Alumni Association. For more information please visit http://www.elgin.k12.or.us/.