The Tigard-Tualatin School District is the 10th largest school district in Oregon and the sixth largest in the Portland metropolitan area. Over the past two decades, the district has added a number of new schools with classroom additions and remodeling projects completed at others.
More than 100 local companies have opened their businesses to provide on-site work experiences for Tigard-Tualatin students through the district's CE2 program (Community Experiences in Career Education) and another 300 business have participated in district school-to-career activities. Other businesses have formed partnerships with individual schools, providing employee volunteers and/or school supplies and equipment to supplement district programs.
When it's time to play, residents have an incredible array of choices. From open green fields to fishing on the Tualatin River, the city has more than 300 acres of parks, greenways and natural areas. Golfing, athletic fields of all types, deep woods for hiking and biking, steelhead fishing, internationally famous wind surfing in the Gorge, snow skiing 12 months a year and the most spectacular mountain, river and wilderness scenery make this area a hot year-round ticket.
A trip to Mt. Hood and the Mt. Hood National Forest provides additional recreational opportunities including the chance to climb to the summit of Oregon's tallest glacial peak at 11,235 feet elevation. In the summer, there's hiking, camping, biking and fishing. In the winter, cross-country skiers, downhill racers and snowmobilers head for the area.
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area offers spectacular views, long hiking trails that pass by numerous beautiful waterfalls, windsurfing, Bonneville Dam, lodging facilities, restaurants, and many other amenities. Henry Hagg Lake at Scoggins Valley Park has been described as a "hidden gem in the western foothills of Washington County."
With comparisons to the world's finest climates and best soils, Washington County is home to many of Oregon's premier wineries. The wineries are nestled in the foothills with rows of vines as far as you can see, tended by hands devoted to the art. And it is that extra touch that helps these wineries overflow with charm and legend.
Often referred to as the "Silicon Forest" for its continuing growth in the area of high technology, Tigard has worked hard to manage growth and blend the amenities of a modern city with the friendliness and spirit of a small town. Tigard's tremendous growth has coincided with the rapid development of Washington County as a high technology center, and more importantly, an attractive place to live. The county and city labor force is highly educated with a substantial percentage of professional and technical workers.
Washington County is 727 square miles with a population of 445,342 and includes a portion of the City of Portland and eleven incorporated cities including Hillsboro, Beaverton, Tigard and Tualatin. Focused residential and industrial growth has enabled the County to preserve more than 75% of its agricultural and forest lands. It is one of three Oregon counties making up the Greater Portland Metropolitan area.