Frequently Asked Questions

Sometimes. While we support students who want to take electives at their home schools, that decision is up to your local school/district.

Yes. SHAPA has an associate membership with OSAA so students can play sports. Additionally, SHAPA will pay for any district imposed fees to play. The district can bill SHAPA directly.

Registration Questions: Susan Watson, Registrar, 503-840-9330

Academic Programs Questions: Kale Budgeon,

Technology Questions: Rebecca Swindle,

Stipends and Reimbursements: Jesse Watson,

  • State testing is required at all public charter schools. Students test in April. Every January, parents are informed how to opt their students out of testing. 
  • Students participate in STAR testing three times per year as a method of showing teachers where learning can improve. 

All students are required to have two-way communication with a teacher twice a week. Students are also required to make weekly academic progress. Students who fulfill these two requirements are marked fully present for the week.

We provide funds/reimbursements for some things. Families have access to $500 per semester for curriculum, $100 per semester for enrichment activities, and $25 per semester for supplies, for a total of $1,250 per year. A list of pre-approved curriculum is provided. Additional curriculum that is not faith-based can be approved by the director. Find more information here.

  • We plan several interactive field trips each year. Some of our previous locations include OMSI, the Aviation and Space Museum, the Portland Art Museum, and the Oregon Zoo. We also provide an annual opportunity for middle school students to attend Outdoor School at Camp Meriweather, the Coastal Discovery Center, or Camp Hancock.
  • EF Tours: Our staff and students have traveled the world together to locations including: Greece, Costa Rica, and the Eastern Seaboard.
  • Several students meet regularly for: Book clubs, game days, read alouds, homerooms, holiday parties, etc.

Yes.  SHAPA is fully accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC).

No. You must reside in the state of Oregon to enroll at SHAPA.  If you travel a lot, your home address must remain in Oregon. If you move out of Oregon, your student will be withdrawn from SHAPA.

  • All of our teachers are college graduates (most with advanced degrees) and certificated by the Teachers Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) of Oregon. Many of our teachers have a significant amount of experience in both online schools and brick-and-mortar schools. Additionally, our school is accredited by the NWAC.
  • Many of our teachers and staff have also used charter schools/homeschooling personally and are experienced in that area, as well. 

No. SHAPA is tuition-free.

SHAPA provides student chromebooks to check out for the school year. If a family needs Internet access, SHAPA checks out hotspots.