February 19, 2018

CAPS: Corbett Arts Program with Spanish

Opened in 2012, CAPS is a program option for families with children attending Corbett School in grades K – 8. This program is open to resident and non-resident students who are in the Corbett School or have been admitted to Corbett on a space available basis. If there are more applicants than space available for any given classroom, a lottery will be held.

What is CAPS?

CAPS is the Corbett Arts Program with Spanish. It began in the fall of 2012 as Corbett’s new K-8 program. We have six multi-age classrooms where the arts are integrated across the curriculum. All students receive classroom instruction in core academic disciplines such as math, science, social studies and language arts infused with arts education as well as specific music and Spanish instruction. ‘The arts’ is a broad domain that includes visual arts, drama, dance, and music. We use these as a lens through which to view and understand the world and age appropriate curriculum as defined by the state. The staff at CAPS is committed to creating a unique environment to bring this vision to reality.

The renovation of the Historic Springdale School has provided a welcoming space to create the CAPS program.

Integral to the vision for CAPS is community involvement. We welcome, encourage, and need the involvement of parents and others to help make this program thrive!

What does school look like at CAPS?

CAPS features two K-2 classrooms, two 3-5 classrooms and two 6-8 classrooms. All classrooms are multi-age and embrace the continuous progress model. Students will, ideally, stay with the same teacher for three years before moving on to the next level. At each level, we use the Lucy Calkin’s reading and writing workshops as a framework for our language arts studies. We offer multiple math levels from kindergarten to Algebra II on site allowing us to meet the needs of all students. Our science and social studies curricula invite hands-on, integrated, project-oriented learning. We also have a dynamic music program with general music, strings and choir – K-5 students have music instruction twice weekly and middle school students can choose to focus on music or art daily. Every student in CAPS also has Spanish instruction twice a week.

Students and teachers eat together in their classrooms. Lunches can be brought from home or purchased and delivered to CAPS from the main campus cafeteria.

How do students get to school?

Students can either be dropped off and picked up directly at CAPS or they may take the bus system. Bused students are transported to Springdale from the main Corbett campus and returned back to the main Corbett Schools campus at the end of the day to take their regular buses home. The district also has a bus route that extends into Troutdale for transfer students who attend either Corbett Schools or CAPS.

Our Staff

  • Mr. Long and Mr. Neighbors (grades 6-8)
  • Ms. Steichen and Ms. Henson (grades 3-5)
  • Ms. Brounstein and Ms. Lieuallen (grades K-2)
  • Ms. Luna (CAPS principal and Spanish instructor for grades K-8)
  • Strings Instructor (New for fall 2017)
  • General Music / Choir Teacher (New for fall 2017)
  • Ms. Gyerko (Secretary)

Our Vision

As a school community dedicated to integrating the arts across the curriculum, we have prepared the following value statement that under-girds all our thinking, planning, and collaborating.

Because learning, performing, creating and serving are innately pleasurable and necessary, we are committed to providing:

  • A safe environment where risk-taking and failure are embraced as an integral part of the learning process.
  • A thematic approach incorporating core academics, the arts and physical education to address the whole student.
  • Opportunities to recognize, personally and publicly, student progress, successes and challenges.
  • The tools that will equip our students to be life-long learners.
  • Ways for our students to view themselves as competent, contributing members of their communities.
  • Healthy tools for our students to equip them to evaluate and advocate for themselves and others.
  • Encouragement for our students to not only develop their strengths but also to set goals for improving areas of weakness.

We value the benefit of arts education in our classrooms every day. One way we improve and grow through the arts is in our relationship with the Right Brain Initiative. Through this relationship, we get on-going staff development and access to exceptional teaching/artists. Each year we have a visiting artist provide a specific integrated arts residency for all classrooms.

Who can I talk to if I have more questions?

Please contact Lori Luna at lluna@corbett.k12.or.us or 503-261-4225. We are in the process of creating a FAQ section on the website for CAPS and your questions will help us with the development of that page.


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