To ensure that the evolving needs of Camas students and staff are being met with excellence and equity, the district is divided into geographical areas that determine elementary and middle school attendance.
The current elementary school boundaries were implemented in the fall of 2013 with input from community members, parents, and business partners. Click here for the boundary map. The Camas School Board may change attendance when estimated enrollments substantially exceed class size guidelines, in order to operate an effective and efficient educational program during the following year. (Policy 3030; Procedure 3030)
- Helen Baller, Lacamas Lake Elementary, and Woodburn students attend Liberty Middle School.
- Dorothy Fox, Grass Valley, and Prune Hill students attend Skyridge Middle School.
- Students from any Camas elementary school may pursue enrollment in our project-based learning program at Odyssey Middle School by submitting an interest form in the spring.
- Middle school students from all Camas middle schools are eligible to attend Camas High School.
- Students from any Camas middle school may pursue enrollment at Hayes Freedom High School by submitting an application.
- Students from any Camas middle school may also pursue enrollment in our project-based learning program at Discovery High School by submitting an interest form.
Family Choice allows any student who resides outside the district may apply to attend a school in the district.
The district will consider all applications for non-resident attendance equally, based on the following standards:
- Whether space is available in the grade level or classes at the building in which the student desires to be enrolled;
- Whether appropriate educational programs or services are available to improve the student’s condition as stated in the requesting release from his or her district of residence;
- Whether the student’s attendance in the district is likely to create a risk to the health or safety of other students or staff;
- Whether the district has already accepted as many non-resident students for the school year as permitted by this policy;
- Whether the student’s disciplinary records indicate a history of violent or disruptive behavior or gang membership; and
- Whether the student has been expelled or suspended from a public school for more than ten consecutive days, in which case the student may apply for admission under the district’s policy for readmission of expelled students.
A parent or guardian may apply for admission on behalf of his or her child by completing the Choice Transfer Request form. Applications for the 2020-21 school year will be accepted beginning May 1, 2020.
Releasing: Students who live within the Camas School District boundaries but want to attend school in another school district should complete a Choice Transfer Request Form to be released from Camas School District.
Requesting: Students living outside Camas School District boundaries requesting to attend a school within Camas School District must fill out a Choice Transfer Request Form and email it to your resident district (listed below) to be released.
- Battle Ground Public Schools: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Evergreen Public Schools: email@example.com
- Hockinson School District: firstname.lastname@example.org
- La Center School District: email@example.com
- Ridgefield School District: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vancouver School District: email@example.com
- Washougal School District: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Woodland School District: email@example.com
Please email the completed, signed form to the choice coordinator of your resident district as well as Maria Spencer, firstname.lastname@example.org, for grades K-5, or Shanna Michelle, email@example.com, for grades 6-12.
Non-resident boundary requests are valid for one school year only; therefore a Choice Transfer Form must be submitted for consideration each year.
For more information, visit our Boundary FAQ below or see Board Policy 3141: Non-Resident Students.
Intra-District Boundary Exceptions
Families living within the Camas School District boundaries may apply for placement in a school other than their neighborhood school by completing the Intra-District Exception form online.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is boundary exception approval/denial determined?
Requests for boundary exceptions into a school are considered on a space-available basis within the grade level and/or class.
How is space availability determined?
Camas school district will deny boundary exception applications when the average class size per grade at any school reaches two students below the contract limit. Contract limits are as follows:
Grades K–5: 24 to 1
Grades 6–8: 30 to 1
Grades 9–12: 31 to 1
Space availability for special services is determined by the capacity of the program. The Special Services Department, 360-833-5570, can provide more information.
Are other factors taken into consideration for approval of a boundary exception?
While boundary exceptions are requested for a variety of reasons, including financial, educational, safety, or health conditions affecting the student, the proximity of the school to childcare or a parent’s workplace, or the presence of a special hardship are also considered.
Who transports students on boundary exceptions?
Parents of students with boundary exceptions are responsible for transporting them to and from school, on time, each day. Please note that students who are excessively tardy and/or absent may have their boundary application denied or revoked in accordance with district Policy 3141.
Is the boundary exception guaranteed forever?
No. Requests for boundary exceptions must be approved each school year. A boundary exception approved one school year does not guarantee approval the following year.
For a full description of how boundary exceptions are processed, please read the Boundary Exceptions and FAQ document.