Curriculum and instruction at Clay High School focuses on preparing students for college and career readiness. Effective instruction begins with high-quality academic standards that outline what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level. Ohio's Learning Standards are the basis for the curriculum maps, learning targets, and lesson plans our high school teachers.
High quality classroom instruction includes research-backed practices such as the use of formative assessment data to guide instruction, flexible groupings, and comprehensive interventions for students experiencing learning challenges. Clay offers a wide range of academic experiences to meet the needs of all students, including intensive instruction opportunities for students with multiple disabilities, emotional disturbances, and intellectual disabilities.
At Clay High School, specific academic interventions are provided during STRIDE periods. STRIDE stands for Study, Tutor, Read, Intervene, Develop, and Enrich. Similar in intent to the elementary and intermediate programs, this separate period is structured to provide students extra time to receive academic assistance, specific academic interventions, enrichment activities, and mentoring from staff members. Teachers are available to assist students in all academic subject areas.
The purpose of assessment is to measure students’ level of mastery of the standards. Oregon City Schools utilizes several tools -- some mandated, others chosen -- to measure and evaluate student knowledge of standards and their acquisition of skills.
Annual state mandated testing includes the end-of-course tests in English language arts I and II, algebra I, geometry (or integrated mathematics I and II), biology or physical science (class of 2018 only), and American history and American government.