Black Butte School Overview

Black Butte School is hosting in-person classes, five days a week during the 2021-22 school year!

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!

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.


The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, is pleased to announce the continuation of Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year to honor exemplary educators in every region of the state!

Here's the timeline:  

• Nominations are open statewide through January 31, 2022.

• Teachers will submit their applications by March 27, 2022.

• Oregon Education Service Districts will select a winner from their region.

• Regional Teachers of the Year will be honored across the state in May 2022!

• In September 2022 one of the Regional Teachers of the Year will be named the 2023 Oregon Teacher of the Year!

Regional Teachers of the Year will receive a cash prize of $500 and will be celebrated across the state. The 2023 Oregon Teacher of the Year will receive a $5,000 cash prize (with a matching $5,000 going to their school) and serve as a spokesperson and representative for all Oregon teachers.

Anyone can nominate a teacher! All Oregonians are encouraged to nominate their favorite teacher today at: oregonteacheroftheyear.org