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Old 06-07-2015, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Pullman, WA
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We're looking at possibly moving from Pullman, WA, to the Corvallis, OR, area, and looking for thoughts on the school districts around there. Pullman schools are great, and we're looking for something similar in the OSU area.

From everything we've seen, Corvallis has the best schools for our 10-year-old, but are they that much better than the schools in Albany, Philomath, Lebanon, etc.?

Any feedback would be much appreciated!
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Old 06-07-2015, 01:05 PM
 
Location: WA
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When it comes to public schools in Oregon or anywhere else, demographics is pretty much destiny. All things being equal, mor affluent areas are going to have higher performing schools because the students show up more prepared and the parents are more involved. Doesn't mean the schools in poorer or more diverse areas aren't good, just that they will struggle to keep pace with the more affluent schools on all the ratings metrics which are mostly things like standardized testing and graduation rate.

Corvallis is a more affluent area than Albany with a higher percentage of college educated parents working in higher education and technology compared to Albany which is more blue collar and agricultural and probably (I'm guessing) has a higher immigrant population. So the school ratings will reflect this.

Here is the Niche rating for Corvallis HS. https://k12.niche.com/corvallis-high...s-township-or/ If you scroll down you will find a map showing the Niche ratings for all the schools in the area including the Albany schools and you'll find that on average the Corvallis schools rank somewhat higher although there are good schools in Albany, especially West Albany.

If it were me, I'd definitely live in Corvallis over Albany any day for a dozen different reasons of which the schools are only one.
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Old 06-07-2015, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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From everything we've seen, Corvallis has the best schools for our 10-year-old, but are they that much better than the schools in Albany, Philomath, Lebanon, etc.?
The thing with Corvallis schools is the consistency across the schools in terms of quality. Pretty much all of the elementary schools are solid choices so you don't feel the need to have to live in a certain area to get into a certain school. That isn't true for many other cities in Oregon. That is why people think so highly of the schools there. Consistency of quality.

North Albany schools are good and I would have no qualms about having my kids in those schools, personally. I wouldn't live in Lebanon or Philomath, but I'm not a small town person.
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