Welcome to C.A.M.P.

The Comet Academy Magnet Program is a public, magnet school serving students in kindergarten through 8th grade in Central Point School District #6. CAMP is a “school within a school” model located at Hanby Middle School in beautiful Gold Hill, Oregon.

The Comet Academy Magnet Program believes that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to education. Students come to school from diverse backgrounds and learn in different ways and at different paces from one another.This program provides District 6 students with an educational experience that centers on Project-based Learning, 21st Century Skills and Multi-age Classrooms; while sharing administrative staff, academic spaces and extracurricular opportunities with Hanby Middle School.

Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Project-based learning is a style of teaching that focuses on:

  • Key knowledge, understanding and success skills
  • Challenging problems and Questions
  • Sustained Inquiry
  • Authenticity
  • Student Voice and Choice
  • Reflection
  • Critique and Revision
  • Public Product

Project-based learning challenges students with real tasks and broad challenges. Students have to create projects to demonstrate what they’ve learned. PBL allows for hands-on, student-directed learning, and in-depth study. All PBL projects have a community component, where students demonstrate their work.


21st-Century Skills


In today’s changing world, the skills needed to be successful have changed. Thanks to modern technology, our students need a skillset that focuses more on the skills of communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking; than on the factory model of education upon which traditional classroom teaching is modeled.

Multi-age Classrooms

Multi-age classrooms are an integral component of CAMP. As a part of this program, children are able to learn and develop as individuals, spend more time with the same teachers, develop a sense of family with their classmates, and develop a sense of ownership and self-direction in their learning.

In multi-age classrooms, students are more likely to cooperate than compete. This spirit of cooperation and caring makes it possible for children to help each other as individuals, not see each other as competitors. Older children model more sophisticated approaches to problem solving, and younger children are able to accomplish tasks they could not do without the assistance of older children.

Age-ranges within each CAMP classroom are dependent on current enrollment, academic levels and developmental needs of each student.

CAMP Logistics

Our school day runs from 8:00AM to 2:30PM. Busing to and from Central Point,

Gold Hill and Grants Pass is available. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 7:40-8:00AM. Students can participate in after-school extra-curricular activities that are available to CAMP students and to Hanby students.

About half of our school day is spent learning the skills needed to complete the

projects. These are the math, reading, writing, science, social sciences, arts, engineering, health, physical education, etc. skills that are outlined in the national common core curriculum standards.

The other half of the day is spent on project work. Project work is guided by the teachers, parent volunteers and community experts.



A division of Central Point School District 6


Located on the campus of Hanby Middle School

806 6th Ave, Gold Hill, OR 97525