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About FGHS




2016-17 Oregon school Report Card

Overall State Rating: Level 4

(Rating of Level 4 means we are at the state average when compared to all schools statewide. When compared to schools with similar demographics, we are above average.)


  • 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Continuing Student Success Award

State Superintendent Susan Castillo

  • 2008, 2013 Breakthrough School Award


  • 2008 Model School Award

International Center for Educational Leadership

  • 2011 Model School Award

International Center for Educational Leadership

  • 2011 Breaking Ranks Model School Award

International Center for Educational Leadership



Karen O’Neill, Principal

Brian Burke, Assistant Principal

Colene Lord, Assistant Principal   

Chelsea Aillon, Assistant Principal

Doug Thompson, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

Dwight Jensen, Dean of Students          



            Forest Grove School District Quick Facts:

  • Communities in Western Washington County that comprise the district:  Cornelius, Dilley, Forest Grove and Gales Creek encompassing over 225 square miles.
  • Largest employers:  Merix, FGSD, and Pacific University
  • Schools:  One high school (9-12), one middle school (7-8), one upper elementary (5-6), and five elementary schools (K-4)
  • Students in district: 6213 of which 1921 students are at the high school.  Approximately 59% qualify for free and reduced lunch, 52% are Latino, 6% of the high school students are English Language Learners, and 13% are special needs students.




  • Extracurricular activities:  65% of high school students are involved in music, drama, clubs, and athletics.
  • College attendance:  approximately 59% of the Class of 2017 attended a 2- or 4-year college, 31% of our students attend a four-year college and 27% attend a two-year college.  The class of 2016 received over $2 million dollars in scholarships and awards.
  • The school is a member of The Pacific Northwest Association of College Admission Counselors.




Forest Grove High School academic curriculum includes the following features:


*ADVANCED PROGRAMS:  The following Advanced Placement courses are offered:

*Offered every other year


Art Studio                                        Music Theory    

Biology                                            Physics*              

Calculus AB                                    Psychology 

Calculus BC                                    Spanish             

Chemistry                                       Spanish Lit. 

English Lang & Composition        Spanish Lang.

English Lit                                       Statistics            

Environmental Science               US Government &

Human Geography                         Politics

Macro-Economics*                         U.S. History      

Micro-Economics                            World History



*VOCATIONAL/TECHNICAL PROGRAMS:  Vocational programs are available to students in the area of business, childcare, food services, agriculture, drafting and construction.  For thirty years, FGHS students have designed, constructed and decorated a Viking House and sold it to the public.  Our school is aligned with two regional programs:  the Portland Area Vocational Technical Educational Consortium (PAVTEC) and the Business Education Compact (BEC).  Forest Grove High School’s 2016 Viking House won People’s Choice Award for Best in Show, Best Kitchen, Best Value, Best Master Bath, Best Decorations and Realtor’s Choice for Best Value.

*ARTICULATED PROGRAMS:   Dual credit programs are established with Portland Community College and Western Oregon University through Western Promise. Students can earn college credit in the areas of science, math, occupations, chemistry and biology.  For the 2016-2017 school year 1,724 PCC credits were earned by 237 unduplicated students for a savings of over $179, 296.00 to our students.  780 University credits were earned through Willamette Promise for a savings of $159,900.00.


*COMPUTER FACILITIES:  Students and staff have access to several networked computer labs.  Students and parents use Naviance, a college and career resource to assist in their post-secondary planning.


*VIKING SENIOR PROJECT:  Since 1992, each senior produces a project as a culminating activity of his or her high school career.  The project is researched, a report written, and then presented orally to a panel of judges.  Viking Senior Project will serve as an extended application and capstone project.



One unit of credit shall be awarded for the successful completion of a planned course based upon credit awarded on a proficiency basis.  A semester course is worth one-half unit, and a full year course if worth one unit of credit.



Language Arts                                                      4

Mathematics                                                        3*

Science                                                                  3

Health Education                                                1

Physical Education                                             1

Career Education                                                .5

World Studies                                                       1

American Studies                                                1

Governments                                                        .5

Economics                                                            .5

Second Language, Arts, Prof. Tech                      3

Electives                                                                5.5

Total                                                                      24


Additional requirements:

  • Develop an education plan and build an education profile
  • Meet the performance standard for extended application through a collection of evidence
  • Demonstrate career-related learning standards
  • Required areas of study and units of credit for grades 9-12 as noted above
  • Demonstrate essential skills



The GPA and the class ranks are calculated for all grades from A-F by semester.  Most classes are graded on a 4.0 scale.  Advanced Placement classes, signified by the prefix AP, are weighted on a 5.0 scale.  All letter grade courses and all 4 years are included in the cumulative GPA.  FGHS does provide a class ranking which includes weighted grades.  We do have shared ranking.  In addition, FGHS assesses students on a Standards Based Grading system.  Students must be proficient in all identified standards to pass a course.



Students qualify for an Honors Diploma by having a 3.5 or higher GPA, completing two years of a World Language, one year of Science beyond Biology, and three years of Math through Algebra 2.  They must also complete four AP or college level courses with a ‘C’ grade or higher.




All classes are on a modified A/B block schedule, scheduled over a two-day period. Eight class periods are 91 minutes in length. All course credit is awarded on a Credit By Proficiency basis.















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The certified staff consists of 113 certified staff including one principal, three Assistant Principals, an Athletic Director, a Dean of Students, an Activity Coordinator, and 55 classified staff.  Of our faculty, 81% of the certified staff holds a Master's degree.  Last year, 100% of our classes were taught by teachers who meet the federal definition of Highly Qualified Teacher.



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Five Master's level certificated full-time academic counselors, one drug and alcohol counselor, one half time mental health counselor, one outreach liaison to the Hispanic community, one school-to-work staff, one psychologist and department staff are available to help students with academic, career and personal concerns.


The counseling department staff is:

  • Kacie Salamanca, Counselor – A-C & CALC
  • Christina Ruvalcaba, Counselor – D-H & AVID ‘22
  • Brooke Gale, Counselor – I-M & AVID ‘24
  • Megan VanZanten, Counselor – N-R & ELD
  • Catherine Davis, Counselor –S-Z & AVID ‘21 & '23
  • Amanda Morris, School Psychologist
  • Hanna Thompson - Care Coordinator 
  • Celeste Prose, Youth and Family Counselors
  • Dia Murillo, Youth and Family Counselors 
  • Jose Luis Sanchez Rodriguez, Bilingual Family outreach Liaison
  • Juan Lopez, Family Outreach Attendance Liaison
  • Oralia Najera, Migrant Grad Specialist
  • Margarita Solis Ruiz, Counseling Office Receptionist 
  • Kris Elich, Registrar
  • Vicki Van Loo, College & Career Program Specialist
  • Dave Pero, Liaison for the Homeless/McKinney-Vento Liaison