2018-19 Application Process

This process is to apply to attend Rachel Carson Environmental Middle School in the fall of 2019.  There are currently no space available for new students 2018-19 school year.

Open House:

  • Dates: November 6 and 15, 2018 (you only need to attend one)
  • Where: Five Oaks Middle School, 1600 NW 173rd Avenue, Beaverton, 97006
  • When: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
  • Goal: Introduce families to our team and the building, and learn about our program so families can make an informed choice for their child.


  • Dates: November 13, 16, 26, 29, 30, December 3, 6, and 7
  • To sign up: contact Lisa Thomasson at 503-356-2616 or Lisa_Thomasson@beaverton.k12.or.us
  • Shadowing is only for current 5th graders.
  • Goal: to allow students to get a feel for the program, teachers, and students so they can make a good decision about whether RC is a good fit for them


  • Please see the Beaverton School District’s Option Website for specific dates and information: https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/tchlrn/opts/Pages/default.aspx.  The information below is specific to Rachel Carson.
  • We currently have 64 sixth grade spots open, 32 spots will be drawn during the lottery (32 will be held back for Second Consideration – High Interest, see below)
  • Students who have a spot at Rachel Carson will be receiving a letter from Rachel Carson in the spring to choose elective choices. Any students who do not return this letter to our program by the due date will be given Encore. Schedules are built based on this choice and cannot be changed.  Students are also placed on a team based on their choices for the three years they attend Rachel Carson.  Team changes will not be made.

Wait Pooled Students:

  • After the first lottery is held, all other applicants will be notified of their status via US mail
  • This letter will contain information about Second Consideration along with the form (see below)
  • Students will not be given a lottery placement, but as spaces become available, names will be pulled at the District Office lottery style and contacted by the staff at Rachel Carson
  • The Wait Pool will be maintained through Semester One of the following school year
  • Any enrollment spots not used by Second Consideration will be filled with students from the Wait Pool.  Second Consideration students are not given precedence in the Wait Pool.

Second Consideration:

  • Students who are wait-pooled will have an opportunity to apply for second consideration
  • Second Consideration forms are mailed or faxed to Lisa Thomasson, the forms are provided to families on the Wait Pool via their notification letter
  • We have 32 spaces available for second consideration
  • Any spaces not filled through second consideration will be filled with students from the Wait Pool


If you have any other questions about this process, please contact Lisa Thomasson at 503-356-2616 or Lisa_Thomasson@beaverton.k12.or.us