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Bethany Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 517 students

 

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Posted December 6, 2013

My kids have attended this school for the past few years. I worked as a public school substitute &a teacher elsewhere for a decade, so I have seen a wide variety of educational settings.That being said,my biggest issue is there could be more differential teaching adjustments for TAG kids as well as special ed, but that may be due to current district wide budget constraints. Aside from that, the educational experience my children have received is awesome! The principal is strict, but friendly & easily approachable. He adheres to rules(imagine that!) that are implemented for the safety and educational benefit of every child who attends this school.That means he sets the bar really high for the teachers, staff and parents, who in turn should have high expectations from the students-which I believe is absolutely a positive thing! The PTO is well organized and does great things for the school. I believe it is an exceptional school where the majority of the staff and parents go the extra mile to make it one of the best elementary schools in the district. It is situated in a culturally and socio-economic diverse community, which is yet another factor that makes this school so fabulous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

Teachers, staff and the Principal are very caring to kids. Good teaching quality. My child has improved a lot in her studies, communication, behavior etc. I recommend this school to anyone who wishes to send their children to a good elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2013

Bethany school has undergone many changes this year and not for the better. The new principal is very strict, rules with an iron fist so to speak. There are so many new policies, that lists had to be posted in front of the school. Bethany was a great place to volunteer but that has changed as well. A few elitist mothers have single handedly squelched the incredible volunteer spirit that has been the school hallmark for years. The above problems coupled with staggering budget cuts have taken the school from exceptional to average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2012

Bethany is one of the best schools in the beaverton school district and their scores show it. We have been truly happy with Bethany and we have been to many. I think what makes this school so different is how involved everyone is from the teachers, principal and all the volunteers and they all truly want the best for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2012

My child learned how to read from scratch in 6 months at this school. The staff demonstrated excellence with results orientation enabling this outcome. You can pay alot more and get less tangible benefit elsewhere. The staff here knows how to encourage children to learn and knows how to measure this progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2011

Bethany Elementary School is a great school in Beaverton. The teaching staffs are very caring and responsible. The teacher student ratio is very reasonable and all the kids get attention. We are very happy with the teacher and the principal. If you are looking for a diverse, caring, passinate and prefessional school for your kids, Bethany Elementary won't let you down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2009

We couldn't be happier with Bethany. Our children have had great teachers and the principal is very good as well. LOTS of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2008

My son is in second grade this year. He has a speech issue that all of the teachers involved with him has worked at great length with him and us to overcome this issue. They have also helped us get him into the right reading programs to get him caught up. I am deeply impressed with the entire Bethany staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

Bethany shines in the Beaverton district as great school, with wonderful parent involvement. Most of the teaching staff is well above average to outstanding in attention to the students. My only complaint is that there are not well designed differentiation programs for TAG kids. This is the area in which Bethany and the Beaverton school districts could stand some growth and change. I am not a supporter of the Investigations math program that they use in our district, however we supplement at home with good results.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2006

Our son attended a private school for 3 years and we were very hesitant trying a public school, however Bethany exceeded our expectations. Our son's teacher is wonderful and the principal is very involved and hands-on. Most educational materials and activities are tailored to each kid's level, which is great and was a good surprise. The only thing we are disappointed about is a number of after-school activities offered (very little), however I believe it is managed by a parent organization, and obviously isn't a major part of child's education - I just take my son to other schools/clubs for after-school activities, which just makes it a bit more hassle for me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2006

There is a new Principal,as of last Fall('05)He is very hands on with the students.The students like him.Parent involvement is very high.Great teaching staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2006

My Daughter is reading in Kindergarden (And she can add and subtract very large numbers). Need I say more? I'm so pleased with the parent involvment, & with teaching methods. I searched this web site before purchasing our home. I'm glad I did! I also love the diversity. The only downfalls are the small parking lot. I also feel that security could be better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2006

Two of my children attended Bethany over a period of three years while our family were on relocation. I found it to be a good school where the students were encouraged to reach their full potential. If we return to Portland we would hope to have our children attend Bethany again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2006

Just to set the record straight - I must add that there is a new principal - and he seems very engaged and doing a great job. My children are receiving a good education here. We are new to the area - and have experience other schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2005

Receives excellent rating because very focused on teaching to benchmarks tests and accomplishes that very well. Changes meet resistance here. High parental involvement. Teachers good, but not up-to-date on current educational methods. Very conservative atmosphere educationally and socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2004

Teachers are supportive and are truly working for the best interest of the kids. The Principle is NOT of the same mind, however. does NOT work with the parents and views the kids as income for the school and nothing more!!
—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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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Writing

2010

 
 
81%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
>=95%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
>=95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
>95%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
>=95%

2011

 
 
>=95%

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

All Students91%
Female84%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial>=95%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners57%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female89%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander92%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial>=95%
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners38%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
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 Students>=95%
Female>=95%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=95%
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students>=95%
Female92%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=95%
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
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 Students86%
Female83%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic56%
Multiracial>=95%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learners50%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female86%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial83%
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities58%
English language learners40%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students84%
Female81%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial>=95%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learners30%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 52% 65%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 27% 4%
Hispanic 10% 21%
Two or more races 8% 5%
Black 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
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 15%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3305 NW 174th Ave
Beaverton, OR 97006
Phone: (503) 533-1810

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