There are two school campuses in Gold Beach. Riley Creek School serves kindergarten through eighth grade, and Gold Beach Union High School which serves grades nine through twelve. Gold Beach schools are small, with good curriculum and an enthusiastic teaching staff willing to give the kind of attention small town schools are known for. Students of both schools often place very high in academic competitions and the athletic teams are consistently ranked among the best in the state.
The K-8 school, Riley Creek School, serves students in three wings, K-3, 4-6, 7-8. The school is located in the center of town about a quarter mile east of Hwy 101.
There are large, grassed soccer and play fields, and both a softball field and baseball diamond, and a sheltered outdoor play area for times of inclement weather. The school is named after Riley Creek, which runs alongside the south edge of the school campus.
The 7th & 8th grade kids may participate in league sports, while the younger kids participate in sports through local service clubs and sports clubs. Soccer and wrestling clubs are active from age 4 through junior high. Boys and girls in grades 4-6 also can compete in boys and girls basketball and girls volleyball through Gold Beach Rotary Club.
The high school, Gold Beach Union High School has an excellent teaching staff who goe to great lengths to help students learn and actualize their individual skills and talents.
Science Club, Mathletes, and Knowledge Bowl augment the typical high school sports and clubs. The band seems to be growing in numbers over the last few years and will play at many of the sports activities as well as presenting musical performances for the community. The choir and the drama club performances are usually well produced and supported by the community.
Overall the community is very generous and supportive of the school activities, especially sports. The facilities are in great shape and it may be one of the few ocean-front high schools in the nation. We don't have graffiti or other acts of vandalism to mar the environment of our schools.
Southwestern Oregon Community College has a very attractive main campus in Coos Bay and a brand new, large & modern facility just a few miles south of Gold Beach near Brookings. There are satellite campuses in each of the coastal communities including Gold Beach. The Gold Beach Center (29392 Ellensburg Avenue, PO Box 590; telephone (541) 247-2741, fax (541) 247-6247) contains a small computer lab for instruction and student use, with limited Internet access, and a large classroom.
Southwestern provides an extensive array of college classes leading to degree or certificate programs, as well as testing (including GED), Business Development Center services and workshops, professional continuing education, and a variety of enrichment and lifelong learning opportunities (check out the website links to see what classes and workshops are available at www.socc.edu). Small class sizes and quality instruction provide students with a great place to start.