Sato Elementary School

Sato Elementary School opened in the fall of 2017 as the Beaverton School District's 34th elementary school. The District originally planned to build the new school in the North Bethany area during the 2017-2018 school year, but moved construction up a year due to growth and overcrowding. Sato has the same design as Vose, also with a capacity of 750 students. The 87,200 square foot school includes 32 classrooms, 9 additional teaching spaces, a stage, teaching area in the library, and a dividable gym. It was built by Skanska USA.

Sato's name pays tribute to a Japanese-American family who came to the area in 1926 and farmed on Brugger Road. During World War II, the Sato Family was sent to the Minidoka Internment Center for three years. Two sons, Shin and Roy, enlisted in the military. Shin died in combat in 1944. Roy was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart. The Sato Family is buried in the Bethany Presbyterian Church cemetery on Kaiser Road. Their four children graduated from Beaverton High School.

In a nod to the property's farming heritage, wood from an old barn on the land was salvaged and is used as paneling on the walls in the school's main office. The image of the barn is also featured in a mosaic and painting by local artists. 


What makes Sato unique?

From the history of our name to the curriculum that is leading the way for our future, learn about what makes Sato Elementary a unique and welcoming environment.

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STEAM school

The philosophy of STEAM revolves around the concept that: STEAM = Science & Technology interpreted through
Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements.

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Our History

In 2017, the Beaverton School Board voted to name the new elementary Sato after receiving more nominations by far than any other suggestion.  Sato is the name of a local family who settled in the area in the early 1900's.

"The Sato family came to Bethany as farmers before the Great Depression. They sent two sons to fight during World War II while being forced into a Japanese internment camp. Only one son returned." By Samantha Swindler, The Oregonian/OregonLive

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Our Community

Located in the North Bethany area of Washington County, Oregon, we are a diverse community near the headquarters of Nike and Intel.  Situated with a view of the Tualitin Hills and Forest Park with local shops, nature trails, bike paths, parks and athletic fields by  PCC Rock Creek campus, our area offers a wonderful community and excellent schools for families.  Sato Elementary feeds into Stoller Middle School and Westview High School.


Sato in the News

District Breaks Ground on Newest Elementary School

Sato Welcomes Inaugural Class