What is OPEPO?

OPtional Education PrOgram

OPEPO is a 1st-5th grade alternative multi-age program within the Port Townsend Public School District, where students work cooperatively with two teacher-facilitators. OPEPO comprises approximately 40-50 students occupying a double classroom on the Salish Coast Elementary School campus. The continued success of OPEPO is heavily dependent upon family involvement both inside and outside the classroom.

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Enrichment Activities

OPEPO’s parent volunteers work with the teachers to provide enrichment activities that complement the classroom learning, incorporating the talents of the parent body and community through additional activities.

Educational Philosophy

Three important features distinguish the OPEPO program from the conventional classroom.

  1. Multi-age classroom structure.
  2. An inquiry-based approach to learning.
  3. Emphasis on active parent participation.

Although our approach to learning may differ from many parents’ own school experiences, it is supported by time-honored educational principles and current research on child-centered learning environments.

Mission

OPEPO is devoted to cultivating the whole child in an engaging, respectful, inquiry-based environment with an emphasis on community and family involvement.
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History

In 1977, Port Townsend School District teachers Chris Jones and Connie Welch, along with a handful of parents, worked together to implement a different educational approach within the framework of the public school system. The original OPEPO program was modeled after an open concept school in Minnesota and received a grant to partially fund its first year of operation. For its first two years, OPEPO had 25 students. In 1979, enrollment doubled to include a second classroom. OPEPO’s longevity and ongoing success are due in large part to the hard work and foresight of those first dedicated parents and teachers who chose to be closely involved in their children’s education.

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Get In Touch

Location: 1243 Divi St., San Francisco, CA 92421

Telephone: (435) 123-3566

Email: hello@divi.edu

School Hours: M-F: 8am – 3pm

501(c)3 Parent Association

All parents of currently enrolled OPEPO students automatically become members of the OPEPO Parent Association, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to strengthen the OPEPO program with volunteer support. The funds supporting OPEPO student enrichment activities primarily come from our fundraising activities, which are organized through this OPEPO Parent Association. As is required of 501(c)(3) organizations, we have a board of directors. This board works closely with our teachers, and school and district administration to provide the educational programs, activities, and environment we believe are best for our students.

In addition to allowing us to fund additional enrichment activities for students in the OPEPO program such as field trips, theatre performance opportunities, and our annual overnight trip, our 501(c)(3) status lets us raise funds to help provide classroom supplies and to benefit any families who are in need of scholarship support. In recent years, this additional fundraising has also allowed OPEPO to make periodic donations in support of school-wide PTA projects to benefit the greater school community.”