Steeped in history
The City of Chehalis
Chehalis is a bustling town on the I-5 corridor in southwest Washington State. Conveniently located between Seattle and Portland, the area is a regular stop for travelers. First established in 1879, Chehalis has a deep history and a proud community.
The Chehalis Foundation
Leaders from all different parts of the community are coming together, they have been planning together, setting priorities and coalescing around those priorities to accomplish them.
Orin C. Smith
Former, President and CEO of Starbucks
Benefactor, Chehalis Foundation
Over the past 16 years, the Chehalis Foundation has taken on over 27 civic, education and recreation projects. In total our generous donors have provided over $6.9M allowing these projects to be done.
All of these projects have achieved notable results. The Chehalis Foundation strongly believes that success gets rewarded, so they work hard to make every project successful. They evaluate their success by the positive impact their work has on the community.
there is a reason
Dedicated to our students
The Chehalis School District believes that motivated students, enthusiastic instruction, along with involved parents and community make a winning combination to produce well-educated young people. We are dramatically raising the expectations of future successes for our students by improving & modernizing our instructional practices and creating a school culture that prepares students for careers and post-secondary education after high school.
Superintendent Ed Rothlin
Business Owner Heidi Pehl
Learners today, leaders Tomorrow
The Chehalis School District (CSD) in 2013, launched its Student Achievement Initiative (SAI), aimed at preparing every graduate to be ready to pursue college, certificate or trade programs that lead to living wage earning jobs. The SAI team also includes community leadership and Centralia College. The SAI touches every grade level focusing on improving instructional practices, creating a culture of postsecondary expectation and preparedness. A postsecondary degree or certificate greatly increases a student’s likelihood of success, and strengthens a community. The SAI aims to increase the percentage of CSD graduates earning a postsecondary credential to 60% by the class of 2022. Many metrics are tracked every year for every class and resources are focused depending on need.
Our high school graduation rate compared to the Washington State average
The Chehalis Student Achievement Initiative stands out as one of the most comprehensive and thoughtful community efforts in the nation to support students as they move towards college and careers. I have worked with 75 sites around the country in a multiyear campaign to achieve similar goals and the Chehalis Initiative ranks in the top 5 communities I have seen.
Executive Director of the Washington State Student Achievement Council
W.F. West High School
W.F. West High School was built in 1954 and consisted of 63 classrooms. In 1993, the building was remodeled and four science labs and two computer labs were added. In January 2018, the new W.F. West STEM wing opened its doors adding 6 Science labs and 2 classrooms.
Chehalis Middle School
Chehalis Middle School was built in 1988 consisting of 22 regular classrooms, 3 portable classrooms and 2 special areas: gym and art. In 2009, the track was re-lined and resurfaced.
Orin C Smith Elementary
James W Lintott Elementary
James W. Lintott Elementary opened in the fall of 2018 on the Shaw Learning Campus. Our 42 classrooms serve Regular Education, Special Education, ELL and Preschool. Our gym has a retractable wall that allows for noise reduction during P.E. class and expansion for school and community events. The building was designed with student learning as the main focus, including updated technology, outdoor learning spaces, and indoor grade level learning areas. Staff, students, parents, and community members are thrilled to have a school we are proud to be a part of.
Lewis County Alternative School
Lewis County Alternative School, also known as “Turning Point,” was established in the fall of 2014. We serve students who have not found success in a typical high school setting, or prefer the individualized model offered in an alternative school.
Green Hill Academic School
Green Hill Academic School is located in Green Hill School, a medium/maximum security, fenced facility for male offenders aged 15- 21. Green Hill School was built in 1891. New construction including an administration building and hospital were completed in the 1950’s. A swimming pool was built in the 1960’s. The security fence was erected in the 1980’s. New construction was completed in 2009. Living units were retrofitted with partitions in 2011. A new long-term residential mental health unit opened in 2012. Another unit has been renovated for mental health residents, and opened in July 2018.
Striving for the best
Our School Board
Dedicated to the success of our students, we are constantly working to improve the conditions and environments of our schools for both the students and the staff.