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Youth Corrections and Detention Education Programs

Lord High School at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility


The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) contract with Willamette Education Service District to provide education programs for students who reside at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility. This education program operates on a year-round calendar and provides instruction for a total of 220 days annually. This program is accredited by Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and serves approximately two hundred male students. Classes are taught by licensed teachers, and the curriculum meets all state requirements.

The education program provided serves young men from the ages of twelve to twenty-five. Students are served through a combination of direct instruction, online courses, and educational software. We assess students’ skills and place them in appropriate classes. We then provide substantial encouragement and support, as they work to earn their high school diploma. Graduates are equally prepared for college or entering a vocational trade. 
In addition to our comprehensive high school program other options are:
  • Barbering school
  • College coursework
  • Welding certification
  • Construction technology
  • Work experience
  • Graduation Equivalence (GED)
Our goals for all students at William Lord High School:
  • Reduce recidivism 
  • Earn a high school diploma
  • Develop marketable job skills
  • Engage in college coursework or vocational training
William Lord High School
2630 N Pacific Hwy, Woodburn, OR 97071
(503) 981-2501
Mill Creek Academy at Marion County Juvenile Detention Center
Mill Creek Academy in the Marion County Juvenile Facility


Willamette ESD manages the Marion County Juvenile Detention Education Program. Youths in grades 6-12 enter the juvenile detention center by either being arrested for a statutorily detainable charge or for being in violation of their court ordered probation order. Lengths of stay vary significantly based upon many variables such as past history, current charge, risk to the community and available level of supervision in the community.  Our program strives to provide the most meaningful and successful educational experience possible for the time we have with each student.

Student Success: 

The Mill Creek Academy juvenile detention education program has two full time teachers, a registrar, and transition services. The current program has done an outstanding job of helping youth become re-engaged in the learning process. Students work individually based upon math and reading assessments (Let's Go Learn) and their Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

Program Offerings:  

Computer lab programs for students include:

  • Let's Go Learn
  • Acellus
  • Career Information Systems
  • Edutyping 
  • Ilike2learn 
  • Rachel 
School Connections:  

Continued school success is a critical element in reducing a youth's long term involvement in the juvenile justice system. Improving communication between the detention center and the student's school and making sure youth have homework assignments and access to online courses from their home school to work on while in the detention center definitely benefits youth in the detention centers. In addition, transition supports upon the youth's release significantly increase the youth's opportunities for educational success in a traditional school setting.    

Classroom Experience: 

In the classroom students focus on English language arts, current events, grade level mathematics and social studies. Students work at their own pace, but there are also group activities and discussions. To round out the education experience, both programs offer physical education and have frequent guest speakers.  All in all, youth are empowered by the success achieved while in detention and are highly motivated to continue their progress.

Student Investment Account (SIA) Annual Report

The Mill Creek Academy and Lord High School Annual Reports are posted for Public Comment. Additionally, you can find the 23-25 Longitudinal Performance Growth Targets for Lord High School and 23-25 Grant Agreements for both High School posted in the December 5th WESD Board of Directors packet. Please submit your public comments to Tishri Tucker (, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent. 

Lord High School

2022-23 Student Investment Account - Lord High School

ODE Grant 34265 - High School Success - Lord High School

ODE Grant 34518 - Student Success Act - Student Investment Account - Lord High School

Lord Application

Mill Creek Academy

2022-23 Student Investment Account - Mill Creek Academy

ODE Grant 34253 - High School Success - Mill Creek Academy

ODE Grant 34423 - Student Success Act - Student Investment Account - Mill Creek Academy

Mill Creek Application