How to Become a Teacher in Oregon

Becoming a certified teacher in Oregon is a great choice for a profession. Year after year, teachers have the power to positively impact the future. Every state has different requirements for becoming a certified teacher. The following steps will help you become a teacher in the great state of Oregon.

Choose What You Want to Teach

One of the most important decisions you must make is deciding on the area you want to teach. Do you have a specialty in a specific area of education? For example, do you have a passion for Language Arts or Physical Education? If so, you should consider teaching high school or middle school. If you prefer to work with younger students on a variety of fundamental subjects, you can consider teaching elementary school. Some requirements vary depending on the area you decide to teach. The Oregon Department of Education has information about actual teachers, students, and districts, which could help you make your decision.

Complete Your Education Requirements for Teaching in Oregon

In order to become a certified teacher in Oregon, you must possess a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, you will need to complete a teacher preparation program that is approved by the state board. Deciding on an area to teach in step one is important because the program will strongly focus on the area of certification you seek.

If you do not have a Bachelor's Degree yet, you will most likely be able to take part in a joint program, which is great! A joint program basically blends together all the coursework you need for a Bachelor's Degree as well as a teacher preparation program.

Complete a Teacher Preparation Program

In order to receive traditional teaching licensure in the state of Oregon, you must complete an accredited teacher preparation program. As long as the program is accredited, the teacher preparation programs can be completed online or on-site.

Teacher preparation programs typically consist of two main elements: college coursework and fieldwork. Your college courses will cover topics such as subject-based teaching methods, differentiated instruction strategies, integration of technology, and more. The fieldwork aspect of the program usually includes classroom observations, student teaching under the guidance of a licensed teacher, and/or internships. Student teachers have the opportunity to lead a real classroom under the supervision of a master teacher. During your time as a student teacher, you will prepare lessons, implement those lessons, monitor classroom discipline, grade assignments, and often communicate with parents. Each of the above mentioned areas must be mastered in order to successfully complete a teacher preparation program.

As mentioned earlier, if you do not yet have a Bachelor's Degree, there is a great possibility that you can blend together your Bachelor's Degree and teacher preparation requirements.

If you find that you already possess a Bachelor's Degree in an unrelated field, you can still complete a post-baccalaureate or alternative teacher preparation program. This route will still eventually lead to a teaching license in the state of Oregon. Many colleges and universities even offer joint Master's Degree programs.

Alternative Teacher Certification in Oregon

There are three types of alternative licenses in Oregon if the traditional routes do not apply to you.

Restricted Transitional Teaching License

The Restricted Transitional Teaching License is for individuals who are making a mid-career change. For example, this license can be issued to individuals who are attorneys wishing to become Social Studies teachers or engineers who wish to become Mathematics or Science teachers. For this route, applicants must have a Bachelor's Degree and expertise in the subject-matter they wish to teach. In addition, a school district must sponsor you and provide a mentor. While teaching, the individual must enroll in a teacher preparation program before the expiration of the first year of the license.

Limited Teaching License

The Limited Teaching License is for individuals who have special expertise in a subject area which is usually a subset of a larger endorsement area. This type of limited license is often issued in areas such as choir, drawing, jazz, swimming, etc. For this limited license, applicants must have at least an Associate's Degree and a mentor from a school district.

Career & Technical Education I Teaching License

The Career & Technical Education I Teaching License allows individuals from an industry to instruct in an Oregon Department of Education (ODE) - approved career and technical education program. Individuals who apply for this license have to pass an exam by an Instructor Appraisal Committee. In addition, individuals must have sufficient industry experience and an Associate's Degree at a minimum. Some waivers for work experience or degree may be available to you with approval by the ODE.

Pass the Required Tests for Oregon

There are tests that teaching candidates in Oregon must pass before becoming credentialed to teach, a Civil Rights Exam, a Basic Skills Exam, and a Subject Mastery Exam.

ORELA / PRAXIS/ Basic Skills

The Basic Skills Exam is a test that assesses your understanding in basic reading, writing, and mathematics. It is normally fulfilled by passing one of the following tests: (1) ORELA: Essential Academic Skills (EAS) Exam; or (2) Praxis: Core Academic Skills for Educators; Reading (5712), Writing (5722), and Mathematics (5732).

ORELA / PRAXIS /Subject Test

The Subject Matter Exam must be passed in the area specific to your license or endorsement. This requirement is usually fulfilled by passing the ORELA exam in your area.

Before you take any test, it is important that you check to be sure that you are taking the correct test with the appropriate testing company. You can ask a school or program dvisor in order to find out specific requirements for your licensure area.

Apply for your Oregon Teaching License

Application Requirements

When applying for your Initial Teaching License to teach in Oregon, you will need to submit the following:

Contact Information

Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
250 Division St. NE
Salem, OR 97301-1012

Oregon Department of Education
255 Capitol Street
NE Salem, OR 97310-0203
Phone: (503) 947-5600

Teacher Shortage in Oregon by Subjects or Discipline (2014-2015)

The following list of teacher shortage areas in Oregon has been obtained from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, Teacher Shortage Area (TSA) list for the 2014-2015 school year

  • Bilingual/English Language Learner
  • Mathematics
  • School Nurse
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech Pathologist

Number of Public School Teachers By Grade

The table below lists the number of public school teachers in Oregon by grade level during the 2012-2013 school year.

Grade LevelNumber of Teachers
Pre-kindergarten & Preschool Teachers242
Kindergarten Teachers1,737
Elementary Teachers16,563
Middle & High School Teachers7,869

Data obtained from the State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Data 2013

Number of Private School Teachers By Grade

There are more than 400 private schools with an estimated 3,400 private school teachers in Oregon. The table below details the number of teachers by grade level during the 2011-2012 school year.

Grade LevelNumber of Teachers
Elementary School Teachers1,795
Middle & High School Teachers517
Combined K-12 School Teachers1,128

Data obtained from the Private School Universe Survey (PSS) 2012

Find a Teaching Job in Oregon

"The Oregon Department of Education fosters excellence for every learner through innovation, collaboration, leadership, and service". With that said, after completing the above steps, you will be ready to put your best practice forward and begin your career as a teacher in Oregon!

Oregon Public Schools

Like much of the rest of the country, Oregon has a high need for teachers who are qualified to instruct students in math, foreign languages, sciences, and special education. Teaching jobs are posted online through the state Department of Education's Human Resources portal. Interested applicants can apply electronically.

Labor Unions

Once hired, teachers typically join a teacher's labor union in order to lend their individual voice to legal, political, and professional decisions made at a district, state, and national level. In Oregon, teachers may join the Oregon Education Association (OEA) or the Oregon State Education Association (NEA).

Retirement Benefits

Finally, teachers who are public employees have mandatory contributions throughout their career to the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP). Upon retirement, the OPSRP grants a monthly annuity, commonly called a pension, to retirees or their surviving spouses.

Oregon Private Schools

Applicants looking outside the state's public education system are encouraged to apply to any of the 502 private schools across the Oregon. Servicing about 58,000 students, these schools have an average student to teacher ratio of 12:1. Approximately half have of the schools have a religious affiliation and some are gender segregated. Other private schools may have a mandate of academic excellence. Those who wish to seek employment in a private school should apply directly to the school.

Continue Your Education and Professional Development

While new teacher orientation and mentorship is a valuable part of teacher education, this process actually marks the start of a teacher's long-term commitment to bettering their practice through professional development. Opportunities for professional development vary wildly in scope, quality, and information. However, one thing is clear - engaging in professional development means that a teacher boosts student achievement, and achieves salary and career goals more effectively. Some valuable kinds of professional development offerings are as follows: mentoring for new teachers by those with more experience in the classroom, special education, administration, classroom management, and curriculum.

Professional Development in Oregon

Oregon's state Department of Education lists a number of professional development opportunities across the state and provides resource documents and mandates regarding PD as a means to school, district, and state improvement of educational goals and needs.

In addition to this information, the database lists a number of partners for professional development purposes. Teachers are encouraged to contact these organizations as needed: Mentoring Educators, Chalkboard, Stand for Children, Oregon DATA Project, ReadOregon, and The Teaching Learning Connection (TLC).

Employment and Teacher Salary in Oregon

New teachers in Oregon make $33,549 during their first year of employment. Salary increases at a steady rate over the first few years as teachers gain years of experience and additional certifications. Oregon is actively recruiting new teachers to fill teacher need in subjects like languages, STEM subjects, and special education from kindergarten to grade 12. Teachers are encouraged to apply to large districts like Portland and Salem-Keizer, as well as smaller ones like Gresham-Barlow.

Total Employed

12,090

Salary Range

$46,050 - $73,270

Elementary school teachers have a salary range between $46,050 to $73,270 a year in Oregon. There are around twelve thousand employed elementary school teachers. Read about what it takes to become an elementary school teacher.

Elementary School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro7,010$57,230
Salem1,170$56,590
Medford780$55,630
Eugene, Springfield650$55,850
Bend590$54,970
Corvallis300$56,760

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Elementary School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2021)

Total Employed

980

Salary Range

$58,100 - $109,710

English teachers have a salary range between $58,100 to $109,710 a year in Oregon, with over 980 employed in the state. See details on how to become an english teacher.

English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro550$83,740
Salem70$82,810

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1123)

Total Employed

9,080

Salary Range

$45,790 - $74,390

As a high school teacher in Oregon you can expect to make between $45,790 - $74,390. There are around nine thousand employed high school teachers. Take the next step and learn to how to become a high school teacher.

High School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro5,320$58,240
Salem920$55,380
Eugene, Springfield670$51,400
Medford550$57,360
Bend420$56,800
Corvallis100$58,930

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for High School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2031)

Total Employed

260

Salary Range

$58,660 - $118,750

In Oregon, a history teacher's salary may range from $58,660 to $118,750. There are around 260 employed history teachers. Get more information about becoming a history teacher.

History Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro180$75,320

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for History Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1125)

Total Employed

1,560

Salary Range

$43,490 - $73,140

Kindergarten teachers in Oregon, can earn between $43,490 to $73,140 a year. There are around a thousand employed kindergarten teachers. Read about what it takes to become a kindergarten teacher.

Kindergarten Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro970$55,740
Medford130$50,370
Salem110$52,310
Eugene, Springfield70$46,170
Bend60$52,190
Corvallis40$49,270

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Kindergarten Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2012)

Total Employed

28,790

Salary Range

$43,490 - $121,090

As a math teacher in Oregon you can expect to make between $43,490 - $121,090. Oregon is home to about twenty eight thousand math teachers. See our guide on how to become a math teacher.

Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro340$73,520
Salem60$76,980

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1022)

Total Employed

3,200

Salary Range

$20,770 - $68,420

P.e. teachers have a salary range between $20,770 to $68,420 a year in Oregon. Oregon is home to about three thousand p.e. teachers. See our guide on how to become a p.e. teacher.

Coaches and Scouts
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro2,160$38,320
Salem340$29,680
Medford190$26,450
Eugene, Springfield180$42,220
Corvallis160$52,340
Bend110$36,060

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Coaches and Scouts (SOC Code: 27-2022)

Total Employed

6,090

Salary Range

$20,700 - $38,660

In Oregon, a preschool teacher's salary may range from $20,700 to $38,660, with over 6,090 employed in the state. See details on how to become a preschool teacher.

Preschool Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro4,060$26,780
Eugene, Springfield410$26,940
Salem410$24,840
Bend310$32,730
Medford220$26,270
Corvallis190$23,250

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Preschool Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2011)

Total Employed

3,300

Salary Range

$33,320 - $119,490

As a school administrator in Oregon you can expect to make between $33,320 - $119,490. Oregon is home to about three thousand school administrators. Take the next step and learn to how to become a school administrator.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro350$45,350
Salem100$55,890
Eugene, Springfield70$40,600
Corvallis30$41,530

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program (SOC Code: 11-9031)

Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro1,450$101,090
Salem290$95,140
Eugene, Springfield270$90,630
Medford120$90,120
Bend90$92,800
Corvallis50$93,490

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School (SOC Code: 11-9032)

Total Employed

2,580

Salary Range

$42,930 - $74,250

School counselors in Oregon, can earn between $42,930 to $74,250 a year, with over 2,580 employed in the state. See our guide on how to become a school counselor.

Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro1,540$57,090
Eugene, Springfield360$47,370
Salem250$58,070
Corvallis170$47,480
Medford90$56,680
Bend40$57,020

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors (SOC Code: 21-1012)

Total Employed

1,490

Salary Range

$48,990 - $77,150

School librarians have a salary range between $48,990 to $77,150 a year in Oregon. Oregon is home to about a thousand school librarians. Read about what it takes to become a school librarian.

Librarians
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro980$61,210
Salem140$56,950
Eugene, Springfield130$61,790
Medford70$50,630
Corvallis40$64,600

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Librarians (SOC Code: 25-4021)

Total Employed

2,980

Salary Range

$46,810 - $77,810

In Oregon, a special education teacher's salary may range from $46,810 to $77,810. Oregon is home to about two thousand special education teachers. Interested in becoming a special education teacher?

Special Education Teachers (Preschool)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro60$61,930

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Preschool) (SOC Code: 25-2051)

Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro730$56,910
Eugene, Springfield120$55,960
Salem110$66,440
Medford80$53,890
Bend50$62,070
Corvallis40$65,740

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School) (SOC Code: 25-2052)

Special Education Teachers (Middle School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro270$58,490
Salem130$60,950
Eugene, Springfield110$57,640

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Middle School) (SOC Code: 25-2053)

Special Education Teachers (High School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro690$61,750
Salem90$51,980
Eugene, Springfield80$58,500
Medford70$60,360
Bend-$60,750

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (High School) (SOC Code: 25-2054)

Total Employed

12,770

Salary Range

$41,250 - $47,940

In Oregon, a substitute teacher's salary may range from $41,250 to $47,940. Oregon is home to about twelve thousand substitute teachers. Read about what it takes to become a substitute teacher.

Substitute Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro8,930$42,370
Eugene, Springfield1,070$44,360
Medford390$41,740
Bend370$43,160
Corvallis240$42,570
Salem-$43,430

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Substitute Teachers (SOC Code: 25-3098)

Total Employed

16,060

Salary Range

$25,030 - $38,880

In Oregon, a teaching assistant's salary may range from $25,030 to $38,880. There are around sixteen thousand employed teaching assistants. Interested in becoming a teaching assistant?

Teacher Assistants
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro8,710$30,570
Salem1,790$33,990
Eugene, Springfield1,390$28,610
Medford1,090$26,990
Bend590$33,090
Corvallis350$29,580

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Teacher Assistants (SOC Code: 25-9041)

Top School Districts Supporting Teachers in Oregon

homepage_badge_topTeachers work hard every day and the more support they have the better they can succeed at inspiring our future. This is why Teacher.org has ranked school districts in Oregon that excel in supporting teachers inside and outside of the classroom. 64 school districts in Oregon were analyzed with the top 20 school districts being featured below. The school districts were scored on several factors which represent how well a school district supports their teachers.

For more information on school district rankings, see our methodology page: http://www.teacher.org/school-district-ranking-methodology.

Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 81.07
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 100
% Proficiency Score: 61.22

Located in the southernmost part of the state of Oregon in Klamath County, Kamath Falls City Schools District operates nine elementary, middle, and high schools. With a student to teacher ratio of 19:1, this district employs approximately 170 teachers to support its enrollment of over 3,300 students. Klamath Falls City Schools District is dedicated to see all its students successfully graduate. Learn more by visiting the Klamath Falls City Schools District website at kfalls.k12.or.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 55.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 71.12
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 91.28
% Proficiency Score: 77.26

Located south of Pendleton in central Oregon, La Grande School District serves Union County and surrounding areas. The La Grande School district operates six schools serving grades from K-12. In order to best serve its student population of approximately 2,100, this district employs 100 teachers. With a 21:1 student to teacher ratio, the La Grande District makes an investment in their students' achievements through rigorous academic and extracurricular activities. Learn more by visiting the La Grande School District 1 website at lhs.lagrandesd.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 70.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 60.12
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 97
% Proficiency Score: 75.03

Located west of the city of Medford, Three Rivers/Josephine County School District serves Illinois Valley, Hidden Valley, and North Valley regions of Jackson and Josephine Counties. Operating 16 school and employing almost 200 teachers to instruct over 4,900 students, Three Rivers/Josephine County School District prides itself on offering a quality education to all its students. Learn more by visiting the Three Rivers School District website at threerivers.k12.or.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 68.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 73.83
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 64.46
% Proficiency Score: 90

Located in the southernmost part of the state of Oregon and serving Jackson county, Ashland School District operates six elementary, middle, and high schools. This district employs 125 teachers to support its enrollment of over 2,700 students. Ashland School District along with its administrative, teaching, and volunteer staff are committed to inspire life long learning. Learn more by visiting the Ashland School District website at ashland.k12.or.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 81.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 71.92
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 82.5
% Proficiency Score: 71.23

Stretched from Willamette Valley to the summit of the Cascade Mountains, Sweet Home School District is located east of the city of Albany in central Oregon. This district employs over 270 teachers to instruct approximately 3,300 students housed by six public schools. With a student to teacher ratio of 12:1, Sweet Home School District provides and safe and caring learning environment to help its students reach their full potential. Learn more by visiting the Sweet Home Central School District website at sweethome.k12.or.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 64.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 100
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 57.52
% Proficiency Score: 67.91

Located in the rural north central part of the state of Oregon in Morrow County, Morrow School District operates eight schools. To support its enrollment of over 2,200, Morrow School District employs over 120 teachers to maintain its 18:1 student to teacher ratio. Morrow School District is proud to provide opportunities to its students to develop values, skills, and self-confidence to become responsible citizens. Learn more by visiting the Morrow School District 1 website at morrow.k12.or.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 61.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 66.68
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 69.11
% Proficiency Score: 88.89

Serving the city of Corvallis and its surrounding area, Corvallis School District is located south of the city of Portland, Oregon. Corvallis School District operates 13 public schools and employs over 290 teachers to instruct approximately 6,400 students. With a student to teacher ratio of 22:1, Corvallis School District is well known for providing its students with a relevant and challenging educational experience. Learn more by visiting the Corvallis School District 509j website at csd509j.net.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 80.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 76.69
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 71.39
% Proficiency Score: 76.17

Located southeast of the city of Salem in the central part of the state of Oregon, North Santiam School District operates five public schools serving grades from KG to 12. This district has an enrollment of over 2,300 and employs approximately 110 teachers. North Santiam School District and its staff pride themselves in positively impacting their students' lives. Learn more by visiting the North Santiam School District 29j website at nsantiam.orvsd.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 69.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 79.68
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 73.9
% Proficiency Score: 70.66

Serving the middle third of the Tillamook County, Tillamook School District is a small district located on the central west coast of Oregon. This district operates five schools including elementary, middle, alternative, and high schools. Tillamook School District employs approximately 100 teachers to instruct almost 2,000 students. Being a small district allows Tillamook School Districts to provide a personalized experience while still offering extensive programs and services. Learn more by visiting the Tillamook School District 9 website at tillamook.k12.or.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 64.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 62.55
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 84.65
% Proficiency Score: 73.98

Located in the southernmost part of Oregon near the city of Medford, Central Point School District serves the suburbs of Central Point and Gold Hill. This district operates ten public schools and employs over 180 teachers to instruct almost 4,500 students. Central Point School District provides an environment that encourages learning to assist their students in achieving their full potential. Learn more by visiting the Central Point School District 6 website at district6.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 67.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 66.38
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 54.32
% Proficiency Score: 100

Located south of Portland, Oregon, Lake Oswego School District operates 12 elementary, middle, and high schools. This district employs approximately 320 teachers to serve its large student population of over 6,800 children. Lake Oswego School District commits itself to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for its students to become contributing world citizens. Learn more by visiting the Lake Oswego School District website at edline.net.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 90.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 76.65
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 87.71
% Proficiency Score: 55.17

Located in central Oregon and serving the remote towns of Madras and Warm Springs, Jefferson County School District operates seven public elementary, middle, and high schools. With a student population of over 2,900, this school district employs approximately 160 teachers to meet educational demand. Jefferson County School District commits to empower culturally enhanced learners to shape the world. Learn more by visiting the Jefferson County School District 509j website at jcsd.k12.or.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 50.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 68.96
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 75.17
% Proficiency Score: 74.99

Located in Baker City, Oregon, the Baker School District 5J is home to more than 2,200 public K - 12 students throughout its 9 elementary, middle and secondary schools. Baker employs more than 100 classroom teachers and more than 100 additional staff members, creating a classroom ratio of about 22:1. The district strives to be the center of the community in order to create capable, contributing citizens. Learn more by visiting the Baker School District 5j website at baker.k12.or.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 68.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 74.74
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 61.78
% Proficiency Score: 80.61

Located in Marion County, Silver Falls School District serves the community of Silverton and its surrounding area. This district operates 13 school which house almost 3,800 students. To ensure the teaching staff meet academic demand, Silver Falls School District employs approximately 190 teachers who, in collaboration with the rest of the staff, are committed to cultivating character and academic growth in each student Learn more by visiting the Silver Falls School District 4j website at silverfallsschools.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 73.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 58.79
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 83.98
% Proficiency Score: 71.73

Located in Lane County south of the city of Portland, Bethel School District serves the northern part of the city of Eugene and operates 12 public schools. This district employs approximately 230 teachers to instruct almost 6,000 students. The Bethel School District prides itself in teaching and inspiring each of their students to excellence. Learn more by visiting the Bethel School District 52 website at bethel.k12.or.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 200 Total Support Staff
  • 65.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 74.7
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 76.61
% Proficiency Score: 62.96

Located at the Oregon-Idaho state line, the Ontario School District 8C is home to about 2,500 students from K - 12, and employs more than 100 classroom teachers for instructing them. With a classroom ratio of about 20:1 throughout the district's 7 elementary, middle and high schools, Ontario District's teachers are committed to equipping each student with the skills for lifelong success. Learn more by visiting the Ontario School District 8c website at ontario.k12.or.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 57.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 61.9
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 59.26
% Proficiency Score: 92.23

Located in the Greater Portland Metropolitan within Washington County, Sherwood School District serves the city of Sherwood with its eight public schools. This district has over 5,000 students in grades ranging from PK to 12. Sherwood School Districts employs over 210 teachers to maintain a 24:1 student to teacher ratio. Along with their administrative and teaching staff, the Sherwood School District help every student meet his or her individual growth targets in reading, writing, and math. Learn more by visiting the Sherwood School District 88j website at sherwood.k12.or.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 83.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 64.79
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 66.89
% Proficiency Score: 81.68

Located in Lane County in the southern Willamette Valley, Eugene School District operates 36 publicly funded schools from grades KG to 12. To meet the academic needs of its large 17,000 student population, the district employs almost 730 teachers. With a student to teacher ratio of 24:1, Eugene School District prides themselves on being a student centered district. Learn more by visiting the Eugene School District website at 4j.lane.edu.

District Details
  • > 500 FTE Teachers
  • 10,000-25,000 Students
  • > 500 Total Support Staff
  • 74.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 64.99
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 75.4
% Proficiency Score: 72.82

Located in the city of Dallas, in the mid-Willamette Valley, Dallas School District operates six public schools from grades KG to 12. This district has a student body of almost 3,200 and employs over 130 teachers to meet the educational demand. With a student to teacher ratio of 23:1, Dallas School District prides themselves in high levels of learning for all of their students. Learn more by visiting the Dallas School District 2 website at dallas.k12.or.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 66.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 71.83
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 56.22
% Proficiency Score: 84.49

Serving the city of Newburg located in Yamhill County in central Oregon, Newberg School District operates nine schools from kindergarten to grade twelve. This district employs over 240 teachers to instruct a student population of approximately 5,200. Newberg School District aims to provide a high quality, well rounded, and healthy educational experience to its students. Learn more by visiting the Newberg School District 29j website at newberg.k12.or.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 76.5 Avg % Proficiency

Continued List of School Districts in Oregon

RankingSchool DistrictSchoolsTeachersOverall Score
#21 Lebanon Community School District 9919070.71
#22 Hood River County School District821670.7
#23 McMinnville School District930270.33
#24 Grants Pass School District 7926670.22
#25 North Wasco County School District 21714569.71
#26 Greater Albany Public School District2040769.49
#27 Forest Grove School District 151022469.39
#28 Eagle Point School District 91016669.31
#29 Salem-Keizer School District651,75469.14
#30 Douglas County School District 41329468.06
#31 Hillsboro School District3586068.04
#32 Redmond School District 2j1231767.95
#33 Scappoose School District 1j710967.74
#34 Oregon City School District1434767.36
#35 Bend-La Pine School District2874467.31
#36 Klamath County School District2231667.1
#37 Springfield School District (Oregon)2247767.1
#38 Pendleton School District 16915066.98
#39 Portland Public Schools862,48066.88
#40 West Linn-Wilsonville School District1642866.58
#41 Cascade School District 5511166.47
#42 Phoenix-Talent School District 4612566.33
#43 Oregon Trail School District 461016765.98
#44 Lincoln County School District1625565.74
#45 North Clackamas School District3169965.33
#46 South Lane School District 45j31013265.1
#47 Molalla River School District 35812965.1
#48 Crook County School District915364.97
#49 Beaverton School District531,80364.56
#50 Hermiston School District 8925764.45
#51 St Helens School District 502615064.41
#52 David Douglas School District1453363.78
#53 Medford School District (Oregon)2259863.57
#54 Gresham School District2351762.57
#55 Woodburn School District 1031228161.43
#56 Centennial School District 28j1027660.98
#57 Tigard-Tualatin School District1757360.91
#58 Parkrose School District 3614860.2
#59 Central School District 13j612160.09
#60 Coos Bay School District 9714659.12
#61 North Bend School District 13715558.55
#62 Canby School District 86817656.72
#63 Reynolds School District2056456.61
#64 Scio School District 95513749.41

Data obtained from the Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey