Focused Programs of Study
For students who have identified a preferred learning model or academic area of interest, Camas School District offers several magnet-type programs for a more focused and hands-on approach.
In the truest sense, a “magnet school” is a standalone entity with a defined learning focus and curricula that achieves district and standards across subjects while reinforcing the overall theme of the school.
CSD is home to one magnet program — the Math Science and Technology (MST) Magnet — as well as other programs of study that allow students to home in on their academic strengths and preferences among classmates with similar interests and inclinations.
Enrollment: 80 Students
Admission: Open to all students who express interest until full, or by lottery if interest exceeds capacity
The CamTech Program is an opportunity for students to become part of a larger family with similar
interests in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) areas that satisfy the State Personalized
Pathway Requirements. The CamTech program provides applied opportunities for like-minded students wanting to explore or pursue skills and knowledge in technical occupations and skilled areas. In addition, students are prepared for professional internship opportunities in their junior/senior years.
Students completing one or more of the CamTech Strand areas of study are recognized at graduation and will have better opportunities when competing for future employment and college entrance. All students at grade level are welcome in our CamTech program. Major areas of study include: Engineering Robotics & Manufacturing, Digital Computer Design and Publishing, Computer Science and Game Programming, Construction and Machine Tool Fabrication.
For more information, visit the CamTech website.
Enrollment: 79 Students (Grades 9-11 in 2016-17)
Admission: The interest-based application process is open to incoming 9th and 10th grade students who are enrolled in the Camas School District. As interest exceeds capacity, applicants are placed on a waiting list.
- Completion of an online application found on the program website.
- Recommendation forms from two current teachers. (Student provides teacher email addresses on the application.)
- Letter of Commitment forms signed by student and parent/guardian.
Final acceptance into the program is based on a review of student applications, teacher recommendation forms, and individual learning needs. Students do not need to audition, present a portfolio, or even have highly-developed talent in order to be accepted into the IAA program. However, a passion for the visual and/or performing arts plus a keen interest in combining core academic learning with the arts is essential.
For more information, visit the IAA website.
Enrollment: 130 Students
Admission: Highly competitive
- Completion of Algebra I or higher with at least a B
- Submission of the two-page, five-essay-question application packet
- Recommendation letters from your Math, Science, and English teacher; a fourth recommendation letter from another subject teacher is optional
Once students have applied, they will visit Camas High School for an entrance exam, which tests their Math and English skills, and a group interview with a panel of current magnet teachers and students. Final acceptance into the program will be based on a review of their application and recommendation letters, overall GPA, exam results, and interview.
The goal of the MST Magnet program is to instill the underlying values, skills, and behaviors that will enable students to enter chosen careers in the fields of science, math and technology. The program will provide students with opportunities to conduct authentic scientific research and complete an internship in an area of interest. The experience will also position students to achieve success at institutes of higher learning.
Grades: 6, 7, 8
Enrollment: 120 Students
Admission: Open to all students who express interest until full or by lottery if interest exceeds capacity
*Program will expand to include grade 8 in the 2017–18 school year.*
Camas School District’s Project Based Learning Program began in the fall of 2016 is made up of approximately 120 students, in equal parts, and 10 staff from Liberty Middle School and Skyridge Middle School. Due to overwhelming interest, enrollment for the 2016–17 school year was based on a lottery. The program is housed at the newly acquired Sharp facility building at 5750 NW Pacific Rim Blvd., which has the capacity to accommodate up to 600 students and staff as the program grows.
Project Based Learning is an effective, meaningful, and enjoyable way to learn and to develop these skills for college, career, and life. In a PBL classroom, students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. Projects address content standards through an integrated approach and focus on additional success skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and self-management. Additional benefits include these:
- PBL makes school more engaging for students. Projects provide real-world relevance for learning. By providing a vision of an end product, PBL creates a context and reason to learn and understand the information and concepts. This is further enhanced through presentations for an audience beyond the school.
- PBL builds success skills for college, career, and life. Students learn how to take initiative and responsibility, solve problems, work in teams, and communicate ideas, thus increasing their confidence and transforming how they think of themselves as learners.
- PBL helps address standards. The Common Core and other state standards emphasize real-world application of knowledge and skills, such as communicating in a variety of media, and speaking and presentation skills. PBL is an effective way to meet these goals.
- PBL connects students and schools with communities and the real world. Projects provide students with opportunities to interact with adults and organizations within their community. They are exposed to workplaces, adult jobs, and can develop career interests.