The District has a unique array of resources - a traditional public school, a dormitory and a virtual public school serving approximately 80 students in its K-12 brick and mortar school and 140 students in its K-8 online Distance Learning Program. The District employs one district superintendent/principal, one distance learning program principal, ten licensed teaching staff, four confidential/supervisory staff, and nine classified staff under a total budget of approximately $3.2 million.
Paisley is located along Oregon Route 31 in the heart of Lake County, between Summer Lake and Lake Abert situated at the base of Winter and Abert Rims. Paisley boasts a diverse landscape where desert meets forest. Local residents are supported by the ranching and timber industries as well as the U. S. Forest Service. The population in 2013 was 239 residents.
Paisley’s staff, School Board, parents and community members are resourceful as is evidenced by the implementation of the high school dormitory and the Paisley Distance Learning Program. The District belongs to a large IA athletic association and its students participate in cross country, volleyball, basketball and track, and many of Paisley’s students participate in the drama program, all of which are strongly supported by the community. Paisley’s students also have the opportunity to participate in vocational classes such as wood shop, welding, and art. The well appropriated expanded options program is available to high school juniors and seniors who wish to take college courses.
Archeological sites from the 1930s at Paisley Caves and 1966 at Fort Rock give the oldest known evidence for early Native Americans. Radiocarbon dating of coprolites indicates they are from 12,750 to 14,290 years ago.
Paisley Student Dormitory
In 1995, the Paisley community approved a general obligation bond to build a student dormitory as a means of adding financial stability to the District and of enhancing the learning experiences of its students. Currently (2016-17), twelve foreign exchange students representing eleven countries reside at the dormitory along with five Oregon resident students and the two dormitory parents.
Paisley Distance Learning Program
Paisley Distance Learning Program composes two-thirds of the Paisley School District student
body in a virtual learning model. The majority of these students live along the Oregon I-5
corridor. Enrolled students receive a full time comprehensive K-8 education through a hybrid of curricula choices including online learning and paper/pencil programs. The goal of the DLP is to provide a rigorous and personal educational option for families throughout the state of Oregon.
All DLP students learn at home or location of choice. Students engage with a licensed K-8 DLP teacher at least twice a week via technology, while parents offer students daily support as a learning coach. Teachers meet students at the student’s home or at scheduled events for
workshops, field trips, and assessment. The small student body within the DLP has a culture of relationships and individualized learning which has resulted in long term student enrollments and an ever growing waiting list.