The Al Kennedy High School, in Cottage Grove, Oregon serves approximately 90 students in grades 9 through 12, and post-secondary level. It has a tradition of outdoor adventure, academic excellence, a dedicated faculty, and a history of educating young people to find their place in the community and the world.
Founded in 1998 by forestry teacher and outdoor adventurer Al Kennedy, the school teaches students from all walks of life to: think, discuss, question and analyze; combine knowledge with goodness; and acquire the intellectual skills that ensure a love of learning and a lifelong commitment to helping others. Kennedy High School is dedicated to creating future leaders in the area of sustainability as well as well-rounded academics.
A Kennedy education focuses on preparing students to use the skills learned at school to tackle local, national, and global issues that focus primarily on economic vitality, social justice and environmental integrity.
Kennedy staff are motivated by the core belief that students’ lives change when their natural passion for learning is nurtured and allowed to develop into healthy habits of mind that both strengthen the intellect and engage the heart. A Kennedy education asks a great deal from everyone: personal balance, greater engagement in the world of creativity and ideas, and a commitment to positive citizenship. In partnership with local and state agencies, students and staff endeavor to engage in projects that integrate research and education and that benefit both the school and the community.
The Kennedy Community involves itself in activities that thematically revolve around five specific areas of sustainability: agriculture, architecture, energy, forestry, and water. It is with these five areas in mind that Kennedy students begin to challenge themselves and the community to engage in discussion that will prove both useful and beneficial both educationally and socially.
UP for Learning helps educational institutions across the country fully engage students in their own learning through a research-based model that focuses on deepening youth-adult partnerships in schools.