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Old 07-03-2019, 11:59 AM
 
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My husband and I live in Beavercreek with my parents and we're hoping to move somewhere between where I am now and where my husband works in Tigard.

We're considering Oregon City because I don't think we could afford a home in Lake Oswego, West Linn, or Wilsonville, but I'm having trouble figuring out how good the schools are. I heard some pretty bad stuff about Oregon City from one person and a lot of good things about West Linn/Wilsonville. We're in the Colton school district now.

Anyone have experience in any of these school districts? Anything we should seek after, or avoid?
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Old 07-03-2019, 01:02 PM
 
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The highest-rated school districts are going to be the wealthiest. That's the same in Oregon as well as pretty much everywhre else in the country. Following that rule: Lake Oswego > West Linn > Wilsonville > Oregon City in terms of average wealth. And you'll find all the data-driven school rating sites like Niche and GreatSchools will place them in the same order in terms fo school ratings.

Mostly that is because poorer communities are going to have a higher percentage of special needs students at the bottom of the curve on standardized testing. But it doesn't really mean anything in terms of how students perform at the upper end of the curve in GT and AP classes and so forth. That said, wealthier districts with less special needs students and less ELL sudents and so forth are going to have more resources to devote to the students at the other end of the curve. Wealthier communities also tend to be more supportive of schools and have higher tax bases so the schools simply have more resources. That is the case pretty much everywhere in the country, not just Oregon.

If you want the highest-rated schools, buy a home in the wealthiest community you can afford. If you simply want a good education and don't care if the schools are absolutely top rated then you have a lot more choices. Most school districts are doing the best they can with the resources they have available and the student population they have to work with.
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