Serendipity Center
Serendipity is a non-profit therapeutic school serving at-risk students whose complex needs prevent success in other settings.

RE-Education Philosophy

Serendipity aligns with RE-Education as a guiding philosophy because RE-Ed believes in building on children’s strengths and abilities to make change when skillfully supported.
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Education Services

We nurture, educate, and empower young people through a unique program that’s designed to reach students who have been unable to thrive in traditional learning environments.
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Therapeutic Services

The therapeutic services offered at Serendipity Center uniquely integrate customized mental health supports into the daily structure of a private, special education school.
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Transitional Services

The TTIP program serves the transition needs of young people who require continued and specialized support to successfully move from a high school setting into the adult world.
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Serendipity Announcements

  • School Closure Status

    Today’s Status:
    Upper School is open
    Lower School is open

    When inclement weather causes Serendipity to close school or to release students early, families will find these announcements posted here. Because our students’ rely on school district transportation, Serendipity does not use late openings. Closures or early dismissals due to weather are also announced through Flash Alerts to local media and recorded on our 24-hour emergency answering service (503-683-7200).
  • Special Thanks To

    The staff, students, and board members of Serendipity gratefully acknowledge the following friends from whom we received support in February 2017: Two Anonymous Donors; Costco; Douglas Gaslin; Marilyn Guggenheim; Douglas Julian; Kroger; David & Char Marier; MediaWorks; Dawn Moore; OPNW; Audrey Retke; and Walsh Construction Employees
  • Serendipity Student Newsletter


    Thank you to all our 2017 Pearls of Hope sponsors and attendees. Please click here to view the photos of attendees posing with Napoleon, the Alpaca. More event photos will be added to the gallery in early May.

Family Resources

Student & Family Handbook

Staff Directory


  • Serendipity helped me so much. I can better control my anger and Serendipity gave me more coping skills so that I know what to do.
    Luke, Student
  • Serendipity Center understands how important education with a mental health component is for someone like my son. By first healing his wounded emotional state, he gained the confidence to reach beyond his comfort zone, to try new things, to grow and learn.
  • I carried Serendipity with me, in the form of this sense in the back of my mind that I had been cared for, listened to, and held accountable. I’d been give a place where I felt wanted, like I "fit"... "taken in" when that was just what I desperately needed.
    Cindy, Student
  • I cannot begin to count the number of times that the staff have gone above and beyond to make every effort to keep our son in school by continually altering and adjusting his school plan to accommodate for his needs.
  • By the time I graduated from Serendipity, I was a leader. I helped others and understood the importance of making responsible choices.
    William, Student
  • Serendipity offers consistent behavioral and emotional supports through carefully designed individualized plans that involve the student, parent, and district staff.
    Gresham Barlow, Program Director of Special Services
  • The perseverance and dedication shown by the staff is second to none. We felt supported and encouraged by these folks in our daughter’s life. She has made a wonderful turn around and we know Serendipity played a major role in shaping her into the person she is today.
  • Serendipity provides more than just academic learning; it is a safe haven for children with extreme circumstances which would otherwise inhibit their social and learning skills which most of us take for granted.
    Joseph, Student
  • The classroom teacher, instructional aides, and case manager have endeavored to create sustainable change in the youths’ lives with whom we work... From cultural sensitivity, to empirically based, collaborative practices, I can't say enough positive about my experiences with Serendipity staff.
    Consulting Behavior Therapist
  • Serendipity has been such a blessing to our son and to our family. They have given my son confidence, self-esteem, life skills, peer relationship skills, and improved reading, writing, and speech.
  • Serendipity taught me... Coping skills to help handle my anger issues and help with thoughts of harming myself, Time management to help juggle multiple things at once, and more importantly; that I was smart enough. I was worth more than I could have imagined.
    Temari, Student
  • Serendipity is a trusted partner, a true innovator in the way they seamlessly blend learning and healing for severely troubled children. Students who have been failing for years will often turn their lives around at Serendipity, astonishing their families, teachers, and themselves.
    David Douglas, Superintendent
  • Since he started at Serendipity, when asked about school, my son’s face lights up and he has nothing but positive things to share. He has never been excited about school before Serendipity.
  • Being held responsible for my own behavior at Serendipity prepared me to hold a job and to live in my group home. It was a good school to go to because it gave me a safe place to attend year round.
    William, Student
  • Because Serendipity provides developmentally appropriate curriculum and mental health services based on the individual needs of its students, innumerable youth have been afforded opportunities to experience academic and interpersonal success.
    Centennial, Special Education Director
  • My son gets one-on-one attention from staff. The classrooms are much smaller so he can receive help easier... He has learned more at Serendipity than in other school setting he has been in.
  • I know that Serendipity is a great place for kids that need a little extra help. I've never felt more safe and secure at any other school then I have at Serendipity. This school is a great fit for kids who have problems with school work, home issues, or just fitting in.
    Joan, Student
  • Serendipity provides the essential environment and interventions for these children to begin to turn their lives around.
    Reynolds, Superintendent