Black Butte School Overview

Nestled in the heart of the Metolius Basin, Black Butte School is a public K-8 school. The school offers a dynamic educational experience that leverages the local community and the unique bioregion of the Metolius Basin to enhance student learning. The field-based curriculum blends classroom lessons with real world experiences and adventures to foster students' genuine curiosity, knowledge, and confidence. Students can expect to be learning outdoors approximately 13 hours per week, adding up to 500 hours across the school year!

"I love telling people about my elementary school experience at Black Butte School. It was so unique...although I didn't know it at the time. It definitely formed me into the person I am today." ~ Emily Sargent, alum

Proposed School Bond

On February 1, 2023, Black Butte School District's Board referred a proposed school bond to voters for the May 16, 2023 election. Please visit this page for more information about the proposed bond.


Our Philosophy and Values

Our core values: community, curiosity, learning, stewardship, and wellness, are the foundation of how we educate and empower our students.
We believe...

  • an inclusive and positive community and a healthy environment enables all students to thrive;
  • inter-disciplinary programs organized thematically provide authentic opportunities for learning;
  • place-based experiences and adventures help students to learn about themselves, their communities, and the greater world in memorable and transformational ways;
  • well-designed projects engage students in solving real-world problems that benefit the community and empower them to develop leadership skills and confidence; and 
  • educational experiences need to be dynamic, opportunistic, individualized, and holistic in order to develop the whole child emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, and physically.