Gladstone schools left their doors open to students from outside district borders, announcing 395 openings for students from kindergarten through grade 10 for the 2014-15 academic year.

There were 398 slots available for the current school year, and the school board approved about the same number on Nov. 13.

Applications are available in mid-January and are due April 1, 2014. Only students living in Clackamas County may apply.

“As a small, close-knit community, Gladstone offers an innovative, caring education experience,” said Superintendent Bob Stewart.

Gladstone’s kindergarten will open 45 spots in the free, full-day program at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families. The longer day provides time for music, art, technology learning and physical education. A full-service health clinic is on site.

John Wetten Elementary will open 150 spots, 30 each in first through fifth grades. The school offers technology education and was a front-runner in teaching Common Core mathematics. The school offers enrichment options from leadership and choir to golf, basketball and Lego clubs, plus classes in arts and cooking.

Kraxberger Middle School will open 120 spots, 40 each in sixth grade through eighth grade. The school offers students academic experiences in technology, Spanish, art and band. After-school programs include choir, robotics, tutoring, track and intramural volleyball. All students take a Power Time class to reinforce study skills, community building, equity and problem solving.

Gladstone High School will open 80 spots in the ninth and 10th grades. The small, college-prep school is known for its technology programs.

If more students apply than there are openings available, the district will conduct a lottery for the spots. Families interested in information and a tour can contact Sandi Frohnert at 503-496-3935. More information is available at

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