Students will (not quite) fill halls of new Sherwood High in fall
With school set to begin the week of Sept. 6, the Sherwood School District has been spending a busy summer conducting citizen tours of its new high school.
The new campus at 18800 S.W. Haide Road, just off busy Highway 99W, did open to students in mid-April for hybrid instruction. But with COVID-19 receding and vaccinations increasing, all students will finally be able to attend full-time, in-person classes beginning in September.
It has been a busy year for the new school. While hybrid instruction started in April, it hosted some limited in-person instruction earlier in the year.
In November 2016, voters approved a nearly $250 million bond measure that paid for both the construction of the new Sherwood High School and renovations at other school district buildings.
The massive school campus is 353,000 square feet and has a capacity of 2,080.
The district said that it has received 1,672 registrations at the high school level, which includes students currently enrolled in the district as well as new registrations for the 2021-22 school year received to date.
Amenities at the new school are many.
There are open extended learning areas outside every set of classrooms to allow students to move and collaborate both inside and outside a classroom.
The school also boasts large CTE shops complete with industry-standard equipment. CTE stands for career and technical education, with courses such as metal fabrication, computer science and woodworking.
The school also has band, choir and drama rooms, which are state of the art. Both students and parents will be able to enjoy a 600-seat full-service auditorium.
The high school also has a 2,500-seat gymnasium, which will be able to host many athletic and community events.
Students interested in a culinary career have access to a state-of-the-art learning kitchen.
The school has five athletic turf fields, as well as two grass fields. There's also a covered stadium with a capacity of 3,200.
Even with an expansive new school building, the Gazette asked the district if some students would prefer continuing an online form of schooling.
The district recently conducted a survey for district families to determine interest in an online learning model for the 2021-22 school year.
Of 723 responses, 360 of which were current Cloud Campus students, only 122 responses indicated interest in attending a fully online model of school.
Because of that limited interest, district officials say, they decided not to offer a Cloud Campus model in the 2021-22 school year.
In a statement, the district said: "Decisions like these are not taken lightly as we know they have impacts on our students and families. After consideration of multiple factors, it is apparent that we simply cannot offer a financially sustainable online program that meets the needs of students and families, given the limited number of families wanting the option next year. Therefore, the Sherwood Cloud Campus will cease operating at the end of the current school year."
Superintendent Heather Cordie is happy students will be attending the new school this September.
"I am so excited to have students back full-time in the fall," she said. "Our students are the reason why we are here. Their energy and enthusiasm mean everything to us. Until then, I hope the summer months are filled with all the things that bring joy to all our students and their families."
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