The community of Fossil and Fossil Charter
School are nestled in
a quiet valley of north central Oregon.
Approximately 100 miles from any urban areas (The Dalles is
about 90 miles, Bend about 110 miles), Fossil has
approximately 470 residents, while the school district has a
total of about 85 pupils, kindergarten through twelfth
Fossil Elementary School currently has about
40 students K-8, and Wheeler High School has 30 students. With a
teaching staff of 9 and a support staff of 7, the Fossil schools
offer a variety of programs. Academic programs at the high
school include advanced courses in mathematics, social sciences
and science, as well as courses in second language, fine arts
and applied arts. We also have a computer technology program as
well as a distance learning program where students can avail
themselves of other advanced courses.
At our elementary school the class sizes are
very small; they are all combination or blended classes
(currently Kindergarten, blended 1-2, blended 3-4 and
blended 5-6 and blended 7-8) and average nine students per
teacher. We have a full computer lab, as well as computers
on-line in all classrooms. In addition, we are currently
in process of aligning curriculum K-12 to the new Common Core
State Standards and changing the paradigm of teaching.
At both of our schools, we offer a full slate
of extra-curricular activities and sports, including football,
volleyball, basketball, baseball, cross country, tennis and
track. Wheeler High participates in the 1-A Big Sky League under
a cooperative sports agreement with Condon High School. The
Fossil community is a small, friendly place to live and go to
school. It has several churches and a variety of activities for
residents, both old and young, in which to participate.
The community is especially noted for its open
fossil beds located behind the high school football field, and
our easy access to the internationally famous John Day Fossil
Beds National Monument.
Fossil Charter School
P.O. Box 206
404 Main Street
Fossil, Oregon 97830