Edward S. Sexton was an early settler of the Tualatin Valley. A native of Ohio, Sexton arrived in Oregon in the fall of 1850 and secured his claim in Washington County in 1853. His name was given to the mountain near his donation land claim and within those boundaries 136 years later the Beaverton School District’s newest elementary school had been built. Sexton Mountain rises directly east of the school site. The name was selected by the Beaverton School Board on June 12, 1989 after a review of local geographic and historic names in keeping with School Board policy.
Funds to build Sexton Mountain were authorized by voters in 1988. The $6.3 million facility was designed to meet the unique educational needs of each student who attends the school. All classrooms share a common area that can be used for both small group activities and large group presentations. Classrooms are also adjacent to the Instructional Media Center for library or audio-visual instruction. The gymnasium and cafeteria sit side by side, separated by a moveable wall to accommodate large audiences for school or community activities.
Sexton Mountain Elementary School first opened its doors in September 1989 with much of the same pioneer spirit that Edward Sexton must have felt when he first arrived in our corner of Washington County. Sexton Mountain Elementary opened with a community of 540 learners. By June of 1992, enrollment had grown to 885! Since that time, the District has added Nancy Ryles Elementary and Scholls Heights Elementary. We currently serve 550 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.