Teaching & Learning


  • Board-Approved Core Curriculum

    Safe Oregon Tip Line

    Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Plan

    Student Investment Account (SIA) Plan

    District Continuous Improvement Plan

    Approval Request for Digital Media (Staff)


    High School Math Textbooks (Geometry, Algebra, Algebra II)

    ConnectEd (Elementary Reading)





    Teacher Proposal for Alternative Textbook Use - All teachers are expected to use the board-adopted curriculum for core subjects. To submit a request to use an alternative curriculum, please get approval from your building principal and then submit the form to Tiffanie Lambert for consideration. For a list of administrator approved curricular alternatives in Phoenix-Talent Schools, click here.


    Alternative Education

    Alternative education program options have been established and approved by the Board to meet the individual needs of students. These programs will be made available to students who are unable to succeed in the regular programs because of alternate learning styles or needs which may include the following:

    1. When two or more severe disciplinary problems occur within a three-year period;     
    2.  When attendance is so erratic the student is not benefiting from the educational program;
    3. When a student’s parent or guardian or emancipated student applies for exemption from compulsory attendance on a semiannual basis;
    4. When an expulsion is being considered;
    5. When a student is expelled.

    Examples of alternative education program options could include: on-line coursework, independent study and tutorial instruction. Individual notification of alternative education shall be hand-delivered and/or sent by certified mail. Every effort shall be made to provide parents with individual notification prior to an actual alternative school placement.


    pirates to raiders clipart Pirates to Raiders

    Southern Oregon University and Phoenix Talent School District are committed to working together to increase opportunities for Hispanic youth and families in the district.  Pirates to Raiders will assure every Hispanic student in the district has the ability to access a university education at Southern Oregon University.  As the Hispanic population in the school district continues to grow, it is our responsibility to provide educational opportunities beyond high school for those students. A partnership of students, their families, the school district, and the university will help to ensure a strong and viable future for both the Rogue Valley and the State of Oregon. This partnership leverages resources to prepare students for college course work as well as provide assistance and mentoring through application and financial aid processes.

    All PTSD students who successfully complete the Pirates to Raiders program will be offered admission to SOU and will have an opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree. Starting in 8th grade and continuing through their senior year of high school, students and families will be offered active assistance by Phoenix-Talent School District and Southern Oregon University in the following areas:

    • Learning about college opportunities and the value of a university education
    • Planning visits to the Southern Oregon University campus
    • Learning about, taking, and completing college preparatory courses
    • Preparing for college
    • Applying for college admission
    • Learning about and applying for college financial aid opportunities
    • Applying for university financial aid


    District Magnet Programs


    Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Program

    Our Two-Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI) Program serves students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade, with continued Spanish and English language support through high school graduation.  The TWBI program challenges and stimulates children’s cognitive, social and linguistic development.  Children are given an authentic setting in which to learn from each other.  Immersion students will have the potential to participate in a variety of unique linguistic and cultural opportunities as bilingual adults.  Career options are constantly expanding; TWBI students will have more opportunities in international business, diplomacy, teaching, social work, medicine, travel, and innumerable other careers.  Elementary TWBI programs are available at Phoenix Elementary and Talent Elementary Schools.
    Secondary TWBI students continue to use their Spanish language and literacy skills in middle and high school through Spanish social studies curricula.  Spanish language courses are available at Talent Middle School and Phoenix High School as well.
    Outdoor Discovery Program

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    Talent Elementary and Talent Middle Schools' Outdoor Discovery Program (ODP) is a magnet program for grades K-8.

    Core Beliefs of the Outdoor Discovery Program:
    • Nature is inherently educational
    • Learning is deepened through integration and an understanding of interconnectedness
    • The complete educational triad consists of parents, teachers and students
    • Children are innately curious about the world
    • Children thrive when they are pursuing an interest
    • Volunteerism and community involvement lead to happiness and self-awareness
    • Children want and need to develop problem-solving skills
    Admission: Enrollment in ODP is open to all Phoenix-Talent students and is held by lottery each spring.  To arrange a classroom visit, add your child's name to the waitlist or to receive more information, please contact Talent Elementary at 541.535.1531.

    ODP Brochure


Special Education

  • Identifying Children with Disabilities 

    Phoenix-Talent Schools seeks assistance locating children with disabilities (birth through age 21) who have not graduated from high school and who are not currently attending or receiving other special services from public schools.  Oregon and federal law mandate educational services for children with disabilities.  Parents, guardians and anyone who knows of a child (ages 5 through 21) with a disability, currently not receiving educational services, are asked to call 541-535-7502 or email tiffanie.lambert@phoenix.k12.or.us.


    Phoenix-Talent Schools is committed to providing a rigorous and meaningful education for all students. The district provides a full continuum of services in order to meet the needs of all students experiencing a disability in order for them to lead fulfilling lives and succeed as citizens in our community.

    The Individual with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) is a federal special education law that requires school districts to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to eligible children with disabilities.  A free appropriate public education means special education and related services, described in an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and provided to children in the least restrictive environment. 
    Phoenix-Talent Schools offer a wide range of services to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities. Highly trained staff team up with parents to evaluate and develop individual plans to support students with disabilities. If you have a concern that your child may have a disability, please contact your child's teacher or school principal. 

Federal Programs

  • Title I, Part A -- Improving Basic Programs: Title Ia provides supplemental resources to the district to ensure all children, particularly low-achieving children in the highest-poverty schools, have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and State academic assessments.

    Teacher Qualifications: Parents of students in Title I schools have a right to know about teacher qualifications. That means parents may request and receive information regarding the professional qualifications of the students’ classroom teachers, including: (a) whether the teacher is state-certified; (b) whether a teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status; and (c) the baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate degree major or certification.  Please direct inquiries to your school principal.

    Title II, Part A – Teacher and Principal Training and Recruitment Program: The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts improve teacher and principal quality and ensure that all teachers are highly qualified.

    Title III, Part A – Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students: The purpose of Title III is to benefit Limited English Proficient (LEP) children and immigrant youth. The Act states that LEP students must not only attain English proficiency but simultaneously meet the same academic standards as their English-speaking peers in all content areas.  Please contact Maria Lee for additional information. 
    Annual Report to the Legislature on English Language Learners​ 2019-20

    Informe anual a la asamblea legislativa sobre los estudiantes del idioma inglés​ 2019-20


Photo of teacher, Kerri Brooks, and student

Federal Programs

  • ​Title IX - Prevention of Discrimination Based on Gender: Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in any federally funded education program or activity. The Title IX Coordinator for our district is Tiffanie Lambert. She can be reached at tiffanie.lambert@phoenix.k12.or.us. Click here to review the District's Sexual Harassment Title IX Plan.

    Title X  – The Education of Homeless Children and Youth: The purpose of Title X is to ensure that homeless students are provided a free, appropriate education despite the lack of a fixed place of residence or a supervising parent or guardian. Please contact Tracy Koa if you, or a family you know of, are experiencing housing distress.

  • Talented and Gifted (TAG): Phoenix-Talent Schools are dedicated to identifying and providing for the unique academic and social emotional needs of Talented and Gifted students across the district. Please contact the building principal for more information about TAG identification and services. It is our goal to provide appropriate educational programs and services through instructional, curricular, and administrative modifications to create educational opportunities for TAG students that will maximize their individual potential. We believe that TAG students exist in all racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic groups and we are committed to identifying them and providing appropriate services.

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination based on disability. All staff and administrators have the responsibility of insuring that all students with disabilities are identified, evaluated and provided with needed accommodations and services, resulting in a free appropriate public education.