Your Battle Ground Public Schools
Spanning 273 square miles, Battle Ground Public Schools is one of the largest and most diverse geographic districts in the state serving a population of 60,000 residents. The district supports more than 13,000 students in 18 schools, including six primary schools, six middle schools, one K-8 school, one 3-12 academy, two comprehensive high schools, one alternative high school, and one homeschool support program.
The district celebrated its Centennial in
2009-2010. A hundred years earlier, during the presidency of William
Howard Taft, two single-school districts – Maple Grove and Dublin – merged
and consolidated into what is today the Battle Ground District. During the first six and a half decades, 54 small, rural districts were folded into it, the last one - Yacolt - in 1975. Today, Battle Ground Public
Schools is the county's third largest district and a place where former students return to raise their families.
The First 100 Years of Battle Ground Public Schools
Over 1,400 highly trained and professional staff members share the same vision - to provide exceptional educational experiences for all students. Reflected in the wide scope of academic offerings for Battle Ground students are opportunities for gifted learners; a wide range of Career and Technical Education offerings; technology integration in all classrooms and grade levels; strong vocational training programs in partnership with the Cascadia Technical Academy (Skills Center) ; and a nationally-recognized STEM education program – the Center for Agriculture, Science, and Environmental Education (CASEE) which just celebrated its 20th anniversary. In addition to more traditional learning, the district supports a fully accredited alternative high school and offers academic services to a large population of home-school families.
The district also offers award-winning music and theater programs that have received top state honors in competitions and individual performances. Extra-curricular clubs and organizations help keep students engaged in school and Battle Ground’s athletic programs are consistent top finishers in statewide competitions.
Battle Ground staff have taken a leadership role in implementing key state initiatives such as the Teacher Principal Evaluation Project (TPEP) and the Common Core State Standards. Staff collaborate to ensure the successful launch of these initiatives to set the course for student and staff success.
Battle Ground is an extraordinary place to learn, live and work. Panoramic views of Mt. St. Helens, which towers just 10 minutes away from the district’s northern border, contribute to the area’s magnificent beauty. With the Cascade Mountains to the east and the Coast Range to the west, Battle Ground enjoys the charming ambiance of a small town, yet is just 30 miles north of the Portland, Oregon Metro area, home to an international airport, major shopping and theater, arts and entertainment districts. Two professional sports teams call this area home including the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and MLS’ Portland Timbers, making for exciting seasons and family events.
Battle Ground offers numerous recreation opportunities including family parks, hiking trails, nature preserves, waterfalls, and camping. Multiple waterways for boating and fishing include the Lewis River, Merwin, Yale and Battle Ground Lakes, as well as the mighty Columbia River. Lewisville Park is the oldest park in the county and lies along the Lewis River just a few minutes north of downtown Battle Ground. The majestic Pacific coast is just over an hour’s drive away where small coastal towns, amazing dining, and beautiful scenery welcome travelers from around the world. The district includes the cities of Battle Ground, Vancouver, Amboy, Yacolt, and Brush Prairie. These cities continue to grow with expansion in housing, businesses, and recreation.
The City of Battle Ground, incorporated in 1951, has a population of 18,000 and is the third largest city in Clark County. The City was awarded the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance in 2012 for supporting multiple youth projects including youth suicide prevention efforts, mentoring support services, and an array of student support services within the school district. Strong school and community partnerships have been built through the years and everyone works together to ensure student success.
Battle Ground Public Schools, “Since 1909 - Preparing our children to succeed in the next step of their lives."