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NSSD Options Academy

Programs: Stayton Virtual Academy & Locust Street Academy

545 W Locust St Stayton, OR 97383 

Options Academy Contacts:

Brad Emmert, SHS Assistant Principal/Coordinator of Alternative Education  
Jeni Gabriel, Office Specialist
Shannon Sheppard, K-12 Teacher

NSSD Options Academy operates as an alternative to traditional learning environments.  For grades K-9, 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.

To register, please call 503-769-1618

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

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.  While there will be some online group meetings for K-8, there is no "live" teacher...this is not Comprehensive Distance Learning as some participated in during the 2020-21 school year. 

For the fall of 2023, all 9-12 grade students wishing to participate in online learning will have a parent meeting with counseling to discuss the program, expectations, future plans, scheduling, and timelines.  They also need to fill out this form:

The program requires internet access. A district-owned chromebook will be provided during the school year for 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 once per school year, depending on space availability at their grade level. 

For 2023-24, parents will be able to select from two different curriculum choices as indicated below:

SchoolsPLP ~ available for grades K-12
Fuel Education/Stride Learning Solutions ~ available for grades K-8
Brigham Young University Online (BYU) ~ available for grades 9-12

For grades K-8, NSSD staff will be the "teacher of record" who will directly oversee student progress and be available daily to answer questions and provide support. The NSSD teacher will also make virtual, in-person meetings available several times per week.

K-8 students who choose to enroll online may opt to go back to in-person instruction at any time during the school year (following a short enrollment change process), but when they do, they will need to remain in-person for the remainder of the year.

For grades 9-12, NSSD teachers will enroll students in the online portal, will grade assessments and be available to answer questions as well as provide content support for core classes. They will not, however, directly deliver content in each subject as this is provided in the BYU/SchoolsPLP modules online. Staff will help students to create a schedule that includes electives that they choose.  

Because it is difficult to move 9-12 students from online to in-person in the middle of a term based on credits and curriculum, high school students who choose to enroll online will generally only be allowed to change to in-person at SHS during the semester.

HS students who are unsuccessful online will meet with counseling to consider a return to in-person learning.


Locust Street Academy (11-12)

(In-Person Alternative High School) 



Locust Street Academy operates out of a newly constructed building located on the east end of the Stayton High School campus. It is based on 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. The Locust Street Academy program includes two core classes per day, as well as elective opportunities both online and (when feasible) 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 will be critical.  LSA has a goal of supporting the whole student, teaching communication and relational skills, and ensuring the best opportunities towards completion.  Juniors and Seniors who are credit deficient will have the first priority towards admission. For more information, please contact Mr. Emmer at

Students who are currently enrolled at Stayton HS must contact their school counselor to begin their application for Locust St. Academy.

 Options Academy Parent/Student Handbook

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