Hermiston School District

Hermiston School District

The Hermiston School District is the largest school district in Eastern Oregon, exceeding 5,200 students, and continues to experience steady growth. It serves students in grades kindergarten through 12 with a broad range of programs from basic skills to vocational opportunities to advanced placement classes. The school district includes a 9-12 senior high school, two 6-8 middle schools, five K-5 elementary schools, a
comprehensive alternative school, and a robust online learning program option for students and families.
Support for the school district has been strong from the community. In 2001 voters approved a $39 million building program which included the construction of a new high school, Desert View Elementary School, and renovations at Highland Hills Elementary. The voters also approved a $69.9 million bond in 2008. The bond served to replace Armand Larive Middle School (built in 1936), West Park Elementary (built in 1950), and Sunset Elementary (built in 1957). For more information about the bond, click here.
The District employs about 280 teachers, 16 administrators and 210 support staff, making it one of the largest employers in the city. Serving some 22,000 residents in Hermiston and the surrounding communities, around 34 percent of the total population is of Hispanic origin. The athletic program includes football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, track, tennis, wrestling, swimming, soccer, and softball. Activities available include color guard, dance team, marching band, pep band, debate, rally, vocal music, FFA, DECA, and FBLA.
The city of Hermiston has about 15,800 residents and is located in northeastern Oregon, just south of the Oregon-Washington border. The Hermiston School District serves over 30,000 throughout the greater region, whose unique geographical area offers an extended growing season and a variety of agricultural crops and products. The immediate Hermiston area has been able to diversify its economy with food processing, cold storage, warehousing and distribution facilities. In addition, Hermiston’s close proximity to the Columbia River Gorge and the surrounding Blue Mountains make it an ideal place for outdoor activities.

Who Are We?

Striving to Become the Premier Public School District in Oregon
To serve the needs of all children with rigorous program choices, high expectations, mutual respect and excellence in all endeavors
  1. Annually, all schools will meet “on track” academic growth targets, as measured by the Oregon Department of Education (grades 3-11) and easyCBM assessment system (grades K-2).
  2. Maintain sound fiscal stewardship of community resources consistent with board policies.
  3. Annually increase post-secondary accessions by 3 percent, as measured by the number of students choosing collegiate (two year or four year programs), vocational, apprenticeship or military training immediately following high school.


  • The uniqueness of all and the value of diversity
  • Fostering self-esteem, trust, and respect
  • A collaborative process involving all stakeholders
  • Encouraging risk-taking, consistent with these core values
  • Reflection and self-renewal

Student Learning

  • A rigorous academic experience with high achievement expectations
  • A wide range of programs to meet the academic and social needs of all students
  • Fully integrated and effective use of technology

Teaching Staff

  • Exemplary staff who continually reflect on their practice, learn and progress
  • Use of research-based, best practices teaching methodologies to enhance student learning experiences and the application of concepts
  • Faculty who are supportive of community involvement and willing to assist parents in their efforts to help children learn


  • A qualified Board of Education and Administration focused on adopting policies to support best teaching practices, student achievement, and fiscal responsibility
  • An Administration open to community involvement
  • A strong and inclusive leadership team that fosters problem solving and continuous improvement
  • Professional development to enhance the skills and knowledge of people in the organization


  • Continual monitoring of each student’s progress through the use of rigorous and meaningful measurement processes
  • A robust assessment system that supports data-driven decision-making


  • Broad-based business and stakeholder support
  • Involvement and partnerships
  • Responsive to the needs of parents

Learning Environment

  • A teaching and learning environment that is physically safe and emotionally secure
  • A stimulating learning environment that meets individual student needs and focuses on the whole child
  • A culture of respect and connectivity within a professional community
  • Comprehensive programs across all campuses

Our Enrollment

School 2013-2014 Enrollment
Hermiston High 1267
Armand Larive 655
Sandstone 518
Desert View 441
Highland Hills 433
Rocky Heights 481
Sunset 628
West Park 572
ILC/Online 124
Total 5119

* as of 06/12/2014

Meet Our Administration

Dr. Fred Maiocco
Dr. Fred MaioccoSuperintendent of Schools
Wade Smith
Wade SmithDeputy Superintendent
Bryn Browning
Bryn BrowningAssistant Superintedent

Our Schools

Hermiston Schools Map