What is Catalyst?

Newberg Oregon School District

Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, the Newberg School District will offer students a whole new high school experience. The Newberg community has graciously constructed a brand new building and the Newberg School District will unveil a brand new program in the Springbrook Education Center--Catalyst.

What is Catalyst?

The Catalyst program emphasizes positive, personal relationships between students, staff, and the community. Unique features include small class sizes, service learning, internships, blended learning, whole-group instruction, independent study and credit by proficiency.

Who is it for?

Catalyst is for students who are sincere about earning their high school diploma and is designed to address the needs of students who have not flourished in traditional educational settings.

How will it differ from the current Newberg Off-Campus Alternative Program?

The Catalyst program will take a whole new approach to meeting student needs. Attendance and behavior requirements will be much more stringent. Our daily, weekly, and yearly schedule will also be very different.

The current NOCAP staff will return in the fall, with the addition of counselor Christy Crisman going to full-time and Jenn Edgar returning to run the middle school alternative program as well as teaching high school courses.


Attending Catalyst is a choice. Failure to follow school rules may result in the loss of this choice. Expectations for behavior and attendance will be stringent and the consequences for failing to meet those expectations will include being dropped for the program.

Areas that will be addressed will include:

  • Drug and Alcohol Policy
  • Attendance Requirements
  • Credit Requirements
  • Cell Phone Policy
  • Closed Campus

How do I apply?

The application window for Learning Cycle #1 closes Friday, August 23rd at 3:00 PM. The updated application process will be posted prior to the next enrollment window (the week of October 7th). 


Catalyst seeks to break the patterns of failure, rejection, and isolation that characterize many of our students' lives. With an emphasis on positive personal relationships between students, staff and the community, students will work toward success by completing an Education Plan and Profile, along with exploring service learning experiences that will lead to completion of a high school diploma or alternate certificate, and a plan for their future.  

At Catalyst, we provide a unique learning environment designed to meet the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of adolescents who, for many reasons, have not flourished in traditional educational settings.