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Old 05-21-2013, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Were I you I would search based on test results for grade schools. A link to that report has been submitted in other threads. When I looked at other nrvOus threads I can't determine where s/he intends to live (city, let alone neighborhood), but basically look for schools with good numbers convenient to your place of employment.
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Old 02-12-2016, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Portland
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Were I you I would search based on test results for grade schools. A link to that report has been submitted in other threads. When I looked at other nrvOus threads I can't determine where s/he intends to live (city, let alone neighborhood), but basically look for schools with good numbers convenient to your place of employment.
I know this is an old thread but wanted to respond to this particular comment, in case if helps anyone. I can speak from personal experience from having one kiddo go through four PPS schools from K-12 and another one in 2nd grade now....and I can say with confidence that test scores have NOTHING to do with whether it's a good school or not UNLESS that's all you care about.

My soon-to-be graduate went to "high scoring...best in portland" schools and found them all to be very stale, boring, and overcrowded. I have friends and neighborhoods who agreed. Yes..he learned how to be a great test-taker and memorizer...and there was a good music program, thank goodness, in one of them. But if I could do it over, I would focus more on wide variety of extracurricular options, such as art or music, high parent involvement, individualized approach (sometimes you can find this), and overall if the kiddos are happy and content there. It's sometimes little things like a 20-minute lunch or recess versus 30-40 minutes...which can make a huge difference in a child's day. My son never had time to eat..and then they rushed them right out to squeeze in their ridiculous 15-minute recess. He didn't do well with the rush, rush, rush.

My daughter is in a charter because I didn't care for our neighborhood school. Test scores at her charter are not spectacular but the kids get a slower-paced schedule with a longer lunch and two recess times. They also get out more on field trips and are more hands-on and less "worksheet" and test-driven. They got lower scores than many schools but I'll bet in contentment and overall happiness, they'd score one of the highest! I would never choose simply by test scores.

Just my experience, for what it's worth!
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Old 02-12-2016, 08:29 PM
 
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I know this is an old thread but wanted to respond to this particular comment, in case if helps anyone. I can speak from personal experience from having one kiddo go through four PPS schools from K-12 and another one in 2nd grade now....and I can say with confidence that test scores have NOTHING to do with whether it's a good school or not UNLESS that's all you care about.

My soon-to-be graduate went to "high scoring...best in portland" schools and found them all to be very stale, boring, and overcrowded. I have friends and neighborhoods who agreed. Yes..he learned how to be a great test-taker and memorizer...and there was a good music program, thank goodness, in one of them. But if I could do it over, I would focus more on wide variety of extracurricular options, such as art or music, high parent involvement, individualized approach (sometimes you can find this), and overall if the kiddos are happy and content there. It's sometimes little things like a 20-minute lunch or recess versus 30-40 minutes...which can make a huge difference in a child's day. My son never had time to eat..and then they rushed them right out to squeeze in their ridiculous 15-minute recess. He didn't do well with the rush, rush, rush.

My daughter is in a charter because I didn't care for our neighborhood school. Test scores at her charter are not spectacular but the kids get a slower-paced schedule with a longer lunch and two recess times. They also get out more on field trips and are more hands-on and less "worksheet" and test-driven. They got lower scores than many schools but I'll bet in contentment and overall happiness, they'd score one of the highest! I would never choose simply by test scores.

Just my experience, for what it's worth!
It's hard for parents from out of state to research schools so most go by test scores. I had my older kiddo at one of Portland's best schools and my younger one was in a Spec Ed classroom in an underenrolled, underfunded, low parent involvement, high needs school. It was difficult to deal with so after due diligence we moved to Beaverton where our older child is on a more diverse school but the district is so much better funded that she is thriving and exposed to people of different walks of life. My younger autistic child is in such a better situation test there is almost no comparison. It's hard to find out details about schools until you live in the area.
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Old 02-12-2016, 11:37 PM
 
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I know this is an old thread but wanted to respond to this particular comment, in case if helps anyone. I can speak from personal experience from having one kiddo go through four PPS schools from K-12 and another one in 2nd grade now....and I can say with confidence that test scores have NOTHING to do with whether it's a good school or not UNLESS that's all you care about.

My soon-to-be graduate went to "high scoring...best in portland" schools and found them all to be very stale, boring, and overcrowded. I have friends and neighborhoods who agreed. Yes..he learned how to be a great test-taker and memorizer...and there was a good music program, thank goodness, in one of them. But if I could do it over, I would focus more on wide variety of extracurricular options, such as art or music, high parent involvement, individualized approach (sometimes you can find this), and overall if the kiddos are happy and content there. It's sometimes little things like a 20-minute lunch or recess versus 30-40 minutes...which can make a huge difference in a child's day. My son never had time to eat..and then they rushed them right out to squeeze in their ridiculous 15-minute recess. He didn't do well with the rush, rush, rush.

My daughter is in a charter because I didn't care for our neighborhood school. Test scores at her charter are not spectacular but the kids get a slower-paced schedule with a longer lunch and two recess times. They also get out more on field trips and are more hands-on and less "worksheet" and test-driven. They got lower scores than many schools but I'll bet in contentment and overall happiness, they'd score one of the highest! I would never choose simply by test scores.

Just my experience, for what it's worth!
I'd love if you could PM me which charter school your daughter is at. That sounds like what we'd like to find for our kids.
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