When people ask, why Ashland is such a special place, it doesn’t take long for someone to answer that it is partly because we have people who chose to live here that hold educational attainment in high regard. It’s true. Education is deeply valued by residents and supported through all levels from preschool to K-12, to higher education and life-long learning programs.
According to the 2013-2017 American Community Survey, Ashland’s residents are highly-educated. The charts illustrate the distribution of the population over 25 years by education level completed and compares Ashland to Jackson County and Oregon.
In 2013-2017 survey, an estimated 97.3 percent of people in Ashland, 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 58.5 percent had a bachelor’s degree or higher. Only 1.9 percent have never received a high school diploma. An estimated 89.3 percent of people in Jackson County, 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 26.8 percent had a bachelor’s degree or higher. 7.2 percent have never received a high school diploma. And finally, an estimated 90.2 percent of people in Oregon, 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 32.3 percent had a bachelor’s degree or higher. 6.0 percent have never received a high school diploma. Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. Data Set: Educational Attainment
One of Ashland’s greatest treasures is its public school system. Ashland schools consistently score above the national average on state and national assessments and other measures of student achievement.
Ashland High School has earned Silver Medals from US News and World Report in seven of the last ten years, which ranks it in the top 10% of all high schools in the United States. Ashland High School has one of the highest graduation rates in the state. This information points out what Ashlanders already know - quality schools enhance the strength of the community.
Three elementary schools, Bellview, Helman, and Walker, serve students in grades K-5. An average class size of 25 combined with outstanding teachers result in student success. Music and PE specialists, reading teachers, and Child Development Specialists provide additional support to ensure that students reach their highest potential.
Bellview Elementary – 1070 Tolman Creek Road, (541) 482-1310
Helman Elementary – 705 Helman Street, (541) 482-5620
Walker Elementary – 364 Walker Avenue, (541) 482-1516
John Muir Outdoor School is a K-8 school that serves the entire school district. It has an emphasis on environmental science and art to teach the core curriculum. John Muir School – 100 Walker Avenue, (541) 482-8577
Willow Wind Community Learning Center is an alternative program that supports families that home school their children and also offers a full-time alternative program known as Parents as Partners that tailors the educational day to the needs of families. Willow Wind Community Learning Center – 1497 East Main Street, (541) 488-2684
Ashland Middle School serves students in grades 6-8. Small independent teaching teams are organized around the needs of emerging adolescent students. Teachers meet daily to discuss the academic program and student progress, ensuring that all students are well known and encouraged to achieve at a high level. Ashland Middle School – 100 Walker Avenue, (541) 482-1611
Ashland High School serves students in grades 9-12. Fully accredited by AdvancED, AHS students excel in academics, athletics, and the arts. AHS provides a full range of academic and elective classes to ensure the well-rounded development of each student. Ashland High has a drop-out rate of under 2%, and is consistently ranked at the top of all Oregon high schools. Ashland High School – 201 South Mountain Avenue, (541) 482-8771
The Youth Activities and Academics Levy is a local option levy passed by the residents of Ashland. This important funding source allows Ashland School District to fund both extra-curricular and athletic programs, along with supporting academics. Our generous community ensures that Ashland students have access to high quality education above the funding available from the State of Oregon.
We are enriched by the many volunteers and community partnerships in our schools.
Asante Ashland Community Hospital provides school nurses in our middle and elementary schools, and Rogue Community Health operates a School Based Health Center at AHS. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival partners with the high school drama department, resulting in high quality theater and musical productions. The SMART program, the Rotary Club of Ashland and Rotary Club of Ashland Lithia Springs make sure that elementary school students have support in mastering reading. These are just a few examples of how our community supports our schools.
The mission of the Ashland Schools Foundation (ASF) is to support quality education in Ashland public schools through fundraising in the community. ASF is an independent, non-profit, public benefit corporation, organized in 1989 exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. The committed volunteers at ASF work in our community to raise much needed funds to support the academic operations of the school district. ASF also funds classroom-based grants to support enrichment activities across the curriculum.
Ashland and the Rogue Valley have several private and alternative schools:
Armadillo Technical Institute – 106 N. Rose Street, Phoenix 97535, (541) 535-3287
Children’s World Montessori Pre-school & Toddler – 320 Beach Street, (541) 482-1314
Grace Christian Schools – gracechristian.org
Oregon Child Development Coalition - Head Start – 265 N. Main Street #1, (541) 488-6919
St. Mary’s School – 816 Black Oak Drive, Medford 97504, (541) 773-7877
The Siskiyou School (Waldorf) – 631 Clay Street, (541) 482-8223
We inspire curiosity and creativity, compel critical thinking, foster discovery, and cultivate bold ideas and actions.
We achieve student success, professional preparation, and civic engagement through service excellence, evolving technologies, and innovative curriculum.
We foster access, equity, inclusion and diversity in thought and practice.
We prepare our learners to be responsible, engaged citizens in our democracy.
We promote economic vitality, sustainability, cultural enrichment, and social well-being in our region, the state, the nation, and the world.
There are many paths in life. At Rogue Community College, the path is clear. It’s open to every person ready to embrace life, unlock their potential, and build their future.
RCC offers 80 degree and certificate programs leading to high-paying careers and transfers to four-year universities, including a variety of workforce and short-term trainings, small business development, GED classes and community education.
RCC is also expanding with new high-tech training centers to help build the regional economy. It is an economic engine with an annual economic impact of over $240 million.
RCC has two campuses in Jackson County, one in downtown Medford and one in White City, and a campus in Josephine County in Grants Pass.
Discover where the RCC path can take you. Call 541-956-7500 or visit roguecc.edu.