Now officially an IB primary school, OTA looks to middle

Four years after its start, Oregon Trail Academy is expanding its curriculum to include eighth grade.

After being recognized as an International Baccalaureate Primary School this year, the academy has been working toward becoming a recognized middle school for a while now. The school has gone through both an analysis and feasibility study of the program.

“Becoming an IB middle school is quite the process,” said James Milliken, OTA director. The school is now moving into starting the trial implementation of the POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - OTA now displays an International Baccalaureate sign for its Primary program. Director James Milliken said they eventually hope to have one for the middle school as well.

Next year, the academy — which now serves kindergarten through seventh grade — will introduce an eighth grade program. The plan is to soon add a ninth and 10th grade program to complete the middle school since IB middle schools are sixth through 10th grade.

After building a successful middle years program, OTA hopes to get started on its diploma program to further ready students for college.

“We need to go slow and steady and make sure we build a quality program for Sandy, Boring and the surrounding areas,” Milliken said.

At the end of last week, the academy was accepted as a candidate for becoming an IB recognized middle school, one of the many steps toward its goal.

For next year, the academy is hiring two new teachers to help with the middle school program: a math teacher and a Mandarin teacher. by: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - The OTA middle school displays course layout boards to be filled out at the end of this year for next year.

The eighth grade program will have room for 26 students; 25 of them will move up from the seventh grade, leaving one spot for a student to transfer from an outside school.

Milliken said transitioning into the school can be different due to the fact that OTA has a different climate and culture. Milliken said OTA’s expansions would help provide access to a different quality of education.

“We are an International World School in Boring, Ore.,” Milliken said. “And I’m excited to add the middle school program.”

OTA will hold its spring auction Saturday, May 31. Tickets are $10 for dinner and $5 for a kid’s room pass. To order tickets, call 503-668-5521 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Dinner tickets will not be available at the door.

— Kylie Wray

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