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Helman Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 290 students

 

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Posted March 21, 2013

Helman is a wonderful school. Dedicated teachers and parents make this an ideal learning community. The teachers care deeply about their students and the PTA is amazing. While the curriculum is designed to be appropriately challenging for where the students are, development of the whole person is paramount. We moved to Ashland for the schools, and this school exceeded our high expectations. Bravo!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2013

Warning to any parent that has a child with behavior issues: This school will be an absolute nightmare. I moved my child to Walker after two months of having to pick my son up from school every other day for "severe behavior." His new teacher said "I have seen none of the behaviors described by his other teacher." He finished out the remainder of the school year with hardly any issues at Walker - he had a whole team of dedicated staff that made sure he was welcome and integrated. At Helman he was ostracized and demonized. I spoke to another parent and she has almost the exact same experience with her son. This school is geared more toward compliant children with at least one parent that doesn't work outside the home. They schedule events and concerts during normal business/working hours. This school is fantastic for a niche of people - doesn't serve the entire community as a public school funded by the WORKING TAX PAYING parents should.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2012

This school is amazing. I attended it for fourth and fifth grade, and in it I shared the best memories with the teachers and students. The atmosphere of the school is so clean, fresh, and fun. My teachers would always hang out with everyone, and both always had a smile across their face. This school will always be a big part in my educational life, and the stuff i've learned in it will always stay with me.


Posted September 16, 2009

Helman is more than a school, it is a community. The teachers are examplory, the principal is a dynamic leader with great integrity. The whole school builds strong relationships with parents to create the best possible environment for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

Are you looking for a warm, welcoming, inclusive school for your child? Helman Elementary School is a jewel of a neighborhood school tucked away in a quiet area of Ashland, Oregon. Most children who attend this school have gone all the way through their elementary years here, but when new children come, they are accepted with open arms and hearts. As the reading specialist for the past six years and a teacher at Helman for the past 20, I can attest to the fact that our curriculum is child centered but academically challenging. We catch children early if they start struggling academically or socially and give them the support they need to succeed. Come by to visit and see our beautiful facility and welcoming staff and school. Nancy Daniels
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 9, 2008

My son is a 2nd grader here and we both love it. The teachers are fantastic. They care about not only that he is reading, but that he is playing well with his friends too. They go on plenty of field trips to really include fun while learning. Parent involvement is greatly encouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2008

When it's a snow day and my children are actually disappointed to be missing school, it's a good sign that Helman deserves 5 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2004

This year the last of my four children will attend Helman Elemantary School. After a tough transition; moving across the state, seperation and divorce of their parents, etc. my children all required a little extra tlc. Helman's incredible staff stepped up to the plate and provided each and every one of my children with compassion, understanding and life building lessons. I am so happy to have had my kids attend Helman. Although it has been difficult to afford to live here as a single parent with four children, it is a personal 'sacrifice' that I would do 100% again. The most important thing in a child's life, besides involved parents, are engaged teachers. You'll find Incredibly engaged teachers and staff at Helman Elementary. Thank you Helman Staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
>=95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
>95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
>=95%

2012

 
 
>=95%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Writing

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
>95%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students73%
Female67%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracial88%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female81%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial>=95%
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation33%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students83%
Female76%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students>=95%
Female>=95%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students81%
Female80%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation40%

Reading

All Students86%
Female87%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation29%

Science

All Students91%
Female93%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation60%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 65%
Two or more races 11% 5%
Hispanic 4% 21%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Black 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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705 Helman St
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: (541) 482-5620

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