Curriculum & Assessment

Trillium’s curriculum moves students through a logical progression of community, urban, and global studies. Graduates of Trillium meet or exceed state standards and are prepared for college, with exceptional communication and critical-thinking skills.

We believe students learn more when they are active participants in their education, pursuing their own interests in a variety of ways under the guidance of their educational team. Trillium employs mixed-age classes that reinforce teamwork, problem-solving, and respect for others. Courses are built around interests and abilities rather than grade level.


We strive to:

- Increase awareness and understanding of our community.
- Prepare future community leaders.
- Instill a desire to explore and serve the community.
- Develop life-long learning skills.

Trillium’s integrated curriculum is founded on the belief that learning is achieved in a variety of ways, allowing students to construct knowledge without the restrictions of conventional subject areas. Our philosophy is centered on contextual teaching and learning, and constructivism. Contextual teaching and learning employ problem-based learning, collaborative/cooperative learning, project-based learning, service learning, and work-based learning. We provide a curriculum in which the arts, academics, critical thinking, and problem solving are valued equally. Within this context, our three core study areas are summarized as follows.


Trillium relies upon a balanced set of assessment tools. Along with the Oregon state-mandated tests, Trillium includes individual Education Team assessments, academic descriptors, student-led conferences, and student work portfolios. They may also include performance projects, community service logs and project evaluations, and exhibitions. An exhibition is a student presentation to a panel of faculty and experts to determine the student’s knowledge and ability to explain what was learned. By using a variety of assessment tools, we increase the likelihood of gathering accurate information. We also use narratives for all grade levels, in addition to providing our high school students with letter and number grades. Students at Trillium also develop portfolios to showcase their ongoing work towards learning goals.