About Our School

For more than a decade, Sojourner School, a North Clackamas magnet, has helped hundreds of elementary students discover their talents and develop their many strengths through the lens of multiple intelligences, based on the work of Dr. Howard Gardner. Sojourner has produced students who moved on to middle school and high school speaking Spanish, writing at advanced levels, playing musical instruments, building and contributing in a multitude of innovative ways. Upon graduation, they have carried the messages of creativity and character into the North Clackamas community and beyond, and story after story has endorsed the lifelong impact participation in the Sojourner program made on their lives.

Sojourner Philosophy

  • Sojourner School recognizes that all children are uniquely individual, and the development of the whole child is paramount.  Based on this belief, Sojourner Magnet School provides an educational program that embraces the multiple intelligences of its children.
  • Sojourner School facilitates diverse learning opportunities through a variety of instructional models, strategies, and theme based, integrated curriculum anchored by the theory of multiple intelligences.
  • Sojourner School fosters an environment where children, staff, parents and the community are partners in the educational process and the achievement of all of its students.

Instructional Program

  • Balanced Multiple Intelligences (MI): Sojourner’s model enables students to have regular instructional experiences across all eight of the multiple intelligences based on the work of Howard Gardner: Visual-Spatial, Verbal-Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal and Naturalistic.
  • Constructivist Teaching Philosophy: Instruction within the MI framework is constructivist in nature. Constructivist teaching is based on the belief that maximum learning occurs as learners are actively involved in a process of meaning and knowledge construction rather than passively receiving information. Learners are the makers of meaning and knowledge. Constructivist teaching fosters critical thinking and creates motivated and independent learners.
  • Integrated Studies: Curriculum at Sojourner addresses all state standards and district goals. Instruction according to standards is accomplished through a teacher-developed, integrated system that allows students to see and explore the connections between and among different content areas and experiences.
  • School-Themed Projects: At regular intervals throughout the school year, students are involved in demonstrations of their learning through projects reflecting a larger theme. The themes are a connection point across the entire school, as students at all grade levels produce work addressing the shared theme.
  • Student Progress: Sojourner staff communicates student progress throughout the school year in a variety of ways. Parent conferences are held three times during the school year to share student information.
  • Celebrations: Regular celebrations enhance the community of Sojourner at both the learning level and the social/emotional level that supports the instructional model. Students and staff present and share their love of learning and evidence of their growth in a variety of ways and at various points throughout the school year, contributing a key component to the foundation of the school and the learning community.
Learn more about our school by visiting the Sojourner School website. You can also review the Sojourner Operation Document here.

Upcoming Events

Jun
27
Tue
11:00 am Summer Park Playdate @ Risley Park
Summer Park Playdate @ Risley Park
Jun 27 @ 11:00 am
Join us for a Sojourner Summer Park Playdate at Risley Park! It’s a casual and fun way for students and parents to spend time together while school is out for Summer. Bring a picnic if[...]
Jul
12
Wed
5:00 pm Summer Park Playdate @ Village Green Park
Summer Park Playdate @ Village Green Park
Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm
Join us for a Sojourner Summer Park Playdate at Village Green Park! It’s a casual and fun way for students and parents to spend time together while school is out for Summer. Bring a picnic[...]
Jul
20
Thu
11:00 am Summer Park Playdate @ Water Tower Park
Summer Park Playdate @ Water Tower Park
Jul 20 @ 11:00 am
Join us for a Sojourner Summer Park Playdate at Water Tower Park! It’s a casual and fun way for students and parents to spend time together while school is out for Summer. Bring a picnic[...]
Jul
25
Tue
5:00 pm Summer Park Playdate @ Sojourner School Playground
Summer Park Playdate @ Sojourner School Playground
Jul 25 @ 5:00 pm
Join us for a Sojourner Summer Park Playdate at Sojourner School Playground! It’s a casual and fun way for students and parents to spend time together while school is out for Summer. Bring a picnic[...]
Aug
4
Fri
11:00 am Summer Park Playdate @ Trillium Park
Summer Park Playdate @ Trillium Park
Aug 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for a Sojourner Summer Park Playdate at Trillium Park! It’s a casual and fun way for students and parents to spend time together while school is out for Summer. Bring a picnic if[...]