Living at Delphian
Explore. Study. Thrive.
Delphian's residential community is in constant motion, alive with students from all around the world busily pursuing their interests. The nature of the Delphi Program encourages students to follow their passions, as well as to develop new ones.
Academics are, of course, a huge part of each weekday, but once classes are finished, our students jump into a variety of afternoon activities—sports, music, art, drama, photography and many more elective courses—to keep them challenged. Evenings can be just as busy as the days, since our campus is home to a host of clubs, from coding, robotics, and space clubs to cooking, writing and art. No matter where your interests lie, you'll find a place at Delphian to explore them.
In their downtime, Delphian students might get together with friends in the recreation room, work on their jump shots in the gym, participate in a choir sectional, get in some extra study time, or just relax in the dorm.
One thing’s for sure: our students never have to look too far to find a friend, a study partner, or a teammate.
There is rarely a dull moment on our campus, and weekends are no exception. Students may take trips into nearby cities for shopping and sightseeing or participate in overnight camping and hiking trips to the Cascade mountains or the Oregon coast. Students may also go into Portland to see a musical, opera or play.
Many of the athletics team meets occur on the weekends, taking players either away for their games or involving them in games at home. If there aren't any official games, sports tournaments and other competitions are sometimes planned, in which the student body breaks up into teams and competes.
For on-campus weekends, the student council may put on a talent show, host a burger party, plan a dance or a foreign film festival, a trip to the movies or bowling, or any number of activities. Because weekend activities are planned and organized by our students, there is always something fun to do when the academic week ends.
Throughout the year, our students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of longer trips. Students may go to the famous Ashland Shakespeare Festival or spend the weekend skiing. There is generally one extended ski trip to Bend, Oregon for skiing and boarding on Mt. Bachelor, as well as several one or two-day ski trips to Mt. Hood throughout the winter, weather permitting.
In addition to skiing, the school has hosted trips to Washington, DC and a bi-annual trip to Europe, focusing on language application, world history, art, literature and government.
Annually, Upper School students participating in the business seminar are invited to attend week-long tours to U.S. centers of commerce usually including Boston, New York, Chicago or Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.
Delphian's 720 acres of rolling hills, meadows, forest and farmlands provide an excellent resource for recreation. Delphian has nine dormitories—five boys' dorms and four girls' dorms. Most rooms are designed for double occupancy, with access to shared bathrooms. The majority of Delphian's dormitories are in the main building. There is also an exterior girls' dormitory that has its own lounge/kitchen facility and laundry room. Dorm room furnishings include single beds (often bunked), dressers, desks, shelves and closet space. Resident staff live in end units of each dorm, helping to provide a friendly, homey environment for the students.
Athletic facilities include a large gymnasium, which houses basketball and volleyball courts, a climbing wall, an indoor running track, and a weight-lifting and gymnastics area.
Outdoor facilities include a horse stable and arena, baseball and softball diamonds, a soccer field and running track, four lighted tennis courts, extensive trails for cross-country running, walking, and biking, and a playground for younger students.
There is also a multi-purpose room overlooking the valley which is used for seminars, dances and events as well as yoga, TaeBo and other group fitness activities.
Delphian's academic facilities include a state-of-the-art tech lab, a film studio, a multi-media lab, and a computer science lab. Wireless Internet access is available campus-wide.
Other facilities for student use include a lounge with a full kitchen and a recreation room with a pool table, ping pong, foosball and air hockey tables. Students can purchase food and snacks as well as school items in the recreation room.
Delphian School's advisor program was designed to provide an additional level of service to our families. In this program, a faculty or staff member is personally dedicated to each family.
A faculty advisor (FA) is a member of the Delphian faculty or staff who provides adult friendship and guidance to help Upper School students in a variety of ways.
Because children of elementary and middle school age need a greater level of care and attention than older students, all boarding students enrolling in the Elementary and Middle Schools are assigned personal teachers (PTs). The personal teacher is a faculty or staff member who helps provide the extra care and attention needed by a child of this age group who is living away from home. Personal Teachers assist the parents by overseeing the welfare of younger boarding children.
A successful community such as Delphian's isn't possible without keeping the family closely involved. Therefore, an abundance of communication among students, parents, and the advisor is not merely helpful, but vital. Our parents play an indispensable role in the Delphi Program.
All students aged nine and older participate in student services, a program of learning how to hold real-world positions of responsibility and contribution to the operation and maintenance of the school. The student service program not only helps the school run smoothly, but also helps our students gain a greater appreciation and responsibility for the work involved and gives them experience producing and exchanging as part of an organization.
Middle School students participate for 45 minutes a day, and Upper School students for 50 minutes. Student service time is planned so as to avoid interference with the students' academic programs.
On weekends, both Upper School and Middle School students participate in several hours of student service, helping with various projects around the school.
- Bedding—blankets, comforter, sheets, pillowcases and pillow
- Towels and washcloths
- Bathrobe and slippers
- Alarm clock and wristwatch
- Reading lamp
- Small iron and ironing board are recommended
- Soap, toothbrush, deodorant, laundry detergent, etc.
- Perfumes, colognes and excessively scented lotions or sprays are discouraged.
There is a small campus store in the recreation room that stocks some basic supplies.
- Laptop computer (click here for computer requirements)
- Paper, pens, pencils, notebooks and a calculator
- The student should purchase a dictionary after arriving in order to get guidance from the teacher on an appropriate one.
Basic school supplies are available at the campus store.
- School clothes for regular weekdays
- Dressier clothes for Fridays
- Rugged and warm clothing for outdoor activities
- Specialized sports clothes, as necessary (skiing, tennis, etc.)
- Raincoat and/or hooded parka
- Boots for rain
- Hiking boots
- Warm gloves
- Umbrella (optional)
- Sleeping bag
- Musical instruments
- Specialized athletic equipment (soccer cleats, ski gear, tennis racket, etc.)
- Laundry marker
- Helmet (if student will be riding a bicycle or using rollerblades)
- Knee pads and wrist guards (for rollerbladers)
All student’s possessions, especially clothing, should be plainly marked with the student’s name. While the school makes every effort to care for the property of its students, it is not considered liable for any loss that may occur. Parents are urged to secure a homeowner’s insurance policy which includes their child’s possessions while away at school.
Items Not Allowed at Delphian
- Firearms, knives or dangerous weapons
- Hazardous explosives or flammables (candles, incense, propane, etc.)
Each dormitory is a community within itself. On any given evening, a Delphian dorm pulses with activity— students may be found working on their laptops, reading an assignment for the next day's literature seminar, planning an activity for the weekend, or perhaps just playing guitar with a friend. Delphian has nine dormitories—five boys' dorms and four girls' dorms. Most rooms are designed for double occupancy with access to shared bathrooms, the student lounge and kitchen facility, and a laundry room. Dorm room furnishings include single beds (often bunked), dressers, desks, shelves and closets. Resident staff live in end units of each dorm, helping to provide a friendly environment for the students.
Junior and senior students serve as dorm and bathroom captains who work under the direction of the Campus Life Director to help students learn to live and work well together. The dormitory is a working team, organized to keep the space clean and make it a place the students want to live in. Many dorm members take pride in their dorm, and annual dorm skit nights, where each dorm performs as a group and competes against other dorms for awards, are eagerly anticipated