Programs: Stayton Virtual Academy & Locust Street Academy 

    Principal: Alan Kirby 

     NSSD Options Academy operates as an alternative to traditional learning environments.  For grades K-8, it is available only as a virtual (online) platform.  For grades 10-12, students can choose to learn solely online (Stayton Virtual Academy) or apply to participate in an in-person, teacher-led instructional environment (Locust St. Academy).  See below for more information.

    Registration requests made once a new school year or semester has started will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions, please email to communications@nsantiam.k12.or.us or call 503-769-4928.


    Stayton Virtual Academy K-12




    The Stayton Virtual Academy was created to serve our families who wish to have their children learn from home rather than attending school in-person. Students who enroll in this program will be engaged in distance learning for the entire school year (there will be specific dates when students can change to in-person, if they choose). This program provides the flexibility to allow students to work in a setting that can best meet their needs however, it is important that each student has a designated parent or family member as their “Learning Coach” to support them. This is especially critical for grades K-5. It is also important to note that delivery of instruction depends largely on a student’s ability to read (or listen to) text passages and respond accordingly. If reading comprehension is not a strong skill for your student, Options Academy may not be the best choice for them.

    The program requires internet access. A District-owned chromebook will be provided during the school year to those who request one. Students who enroll in Stayton Virtual Academy can participate in NSSD athletics in grades 6-12 at no cost. They may also be able to participate in activities like band,  choir or drama if class size restrictions are not exceeded. Once classes have begun, students may be able to switch from "in-person" classroom attendance to Options Academy one time per school year, depending on space availability at their grade level. Transfers from Options Academy to in-person schooling will only be allowed at the semester break (end of each January).  

    Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, parents will be able to select from two different curriculum choices as indicated below:

    SchoolsPLP ~ available for grades K-12
    Fuel Education ~ available for grades K-6
    Brigham Young University (BYU) ~ available for grades 7-12


    For grades K-5, NSSD staff will be the “teacher of record” who will directly oversee student progress and be available daily to answer questions and provide support. While subject content is delivered via the 3rd party vendor modules, NSSD teachers will make virtual, in-person sessions available twice per week, per grade level.  For grades 6-12, the teacher oversight will be collaborative between Fuel Ed, BYU or SchoolsPLP staff and NSSD teachers. Fuel Ed/BYU/SchoolsPLP teachers will be the “teacher of record” but NSSD teachers will also be available during one class period each day Mon-Thurs to answer questions and provide content support.  They will not directly deliver content in each subject as this is provided in the Fuel Ed/BYU/SchoolsPLP modules online.  To learn more about our online platforms, you can visit the links above (or under "pages" on a mobile device).

    Students enrolling in Stayton Virtual Academy K-12 (all online) begin the registration process online at Registar:  NSSD REGISTAR.  Families will be contacted further in August to finish registration, meet teachers, and to get materials/technology.


    Locust Street Academy (10-12)

    (In-Person Alternative High School) 

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    NSSD is investing in a building for a group of high school students to receive in-person, teacher-led instruction in a smaller, more focused environment.  The number of seats is limited so not all that apply may be able to attend in-person. The Locust Street Academy program will include two core classes per day, as well as elective opportunities both online and (when possible) at SHS.  Students will complete core classes in these blocks quickly, allowing for more credits to be earned in a shorter time than is typical.  For this reason, strong attendance wil be critical.  LSA has a goal of supporting the whole student, teaching communication and relational skills, and ensuring the best opportunities towards completion. 

    The program will launch fall of 2021, and the new building is scheduled to be completed sometime during the 2021-22 school year (the program will begin in person in an alternate location).  You can also look HERE for a newsletter with more detailed information on the program.  If you have more questions,  feel free to contact Mr. Kirby at alan.kirby@nsantiam.k12.or.us.

    To begin your application for Locust St. Academy, see your counselor or begin with the form below:

    Online Form


    *If you fill out the online form, please follow up with an email to counseling or Mr. Kirby as well.

     *Students who wish to complete a GED will automatically be enrolled in Options Academy, and work through Chemeketa's GED program.



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