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4045 Southwest Research Way
Corvallis, OR 97333

(541) 766-8313
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December 17, 2014
My children went to Ashbrook for several years and while the first few years were good, I cannot recommend this school anymore because of the ineptitude of the current leadership. The principal is young and inexperienced with only a couple of years of teaching 2nd grade and 2 years as an Asst Principal under her belt. She is lacking in ideas and vision and just doesn't strike me (or many other parents) as very intelligent. (Her grammar is worse than most 5th graders, making her weekly newsletters laughing stock for the parents.) She has made several bad hiring/firing decisions, with a complete lack of transparency, leaving parents wondering what happened. She was unable to effectively handle a severe bullying problem in the middle school and it dragged on for the whole school year. She has never had anything of substance to say in any of her speeches and she rarely interacts informally with parents or students. There is absolutely no innovation or inspiration guiding this school, which one would expect if one is paying $10,000/yr. It is no wonder that the school saw a huge drop in enrollment after her first year there - many parents left the school in disgust.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2014
We saw both positive and negative reviews about this school before sending our child here. Figured the negative reviews just weren't "fits," but discovered that this school does not have the best interests of all students at heart. Sorely disappointed and wish we had not sent our child here at all. This school seems more interested in the fund drive than in serving the needs of students. The damage done to some students is not worth the benefit to others. Children are not disposable!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
We thought that we were making a sound decision by sending our child to Ashbrook. At the time it was the only practical way to get out of our rural home school district. But after 5 years, our child was miserable and the preferential treatment we saw of specific students by teachers and of specific parents was very disappointing. Our kid left last year without a tear and without looking back and is much happier in a public middle school. The staff seem to live in a bubble and say discouraging things about Corvallis public schools which is not true - these schools are well populated by high achieving children from university faculty and other demanding professional families. We cannot, in all consciousness, recommend this school until significant changes occur in the administration. The academics are good here, but so are the Corvallis public schools - if not better.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
I have been a teacher and school counselor for over ten years, and I would not recommend Ashbrook Independent School. My child had an awful experience at this school despite being an excellent student and a really nice, well-behaved kid. I found the administration to be very difficult to work with and not supportive or responsive. Ashbrook's curriculum is not unique or challenging compared to local public schools; instead, it seemed inferior in some content areas as I had to supplement my child's math instruction at home to keep him challenged. I thought the school might have a better social environment, but that was not the case. Ashbrook has students with behavioral issues, and the school's small size makes it difficult to avoid certain peers. I chose Ashbrook because of its small class size, but the school felt a little too small. Most concerning to me was the lack of care the administration showed towards my and other children. The warmth and compassion that is so vital in a school is noticeably absent from Ashbrook. Be sure to talk to current and former parents if you are considering this school. I was personally and professionally very disappointed in Ashbrook!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
Ashbrook is a truly amazing educational resource to have in our community. Schools of this caliber are typically only found in larger cities. The school offers an exceptional science, language, and arts program, in additional to thorough coverage of the traditional core topics. The teachers are dedicated and talented, the facility is exceptional, and the community is generally supportive. Ask parents whose children have gone through Ashbrook, and they will tell you that their children are very well prepared for high school and will frequently place out of many freshman level courses. Ashbrook is not and does not pretend to be a good choice for everyone. Students are expected to be intellectually capable, behaviorally well-adjusted, and self-motivated. Further, parents are expected to be involved with both their children's education and with the school. We have found Ashbrook to be an excellent choice for our family and would strongly encourage interested families to visit the school and judge for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2014
My child had a fantastic experience at this school for 10 years and has really missed the quality of teaching since she moved on to public school. Today she said she wishes she could take middle school history all over again. That said be aware that AIS has experienced huge shifts in educational philosophy, teaching style, and teachers in the last few years with Common Core and recent administrations so it is very different from when my daughter went through. Talk with current parents and teachers to make sure it's a good fit for your family. There is now a very high homework load starting at age 6, transitions are every half hour, there is little time for science or history in the lower school given all the electives which cut into classroom time. There is zero parent voice in decision making and school improvement plans, and big changes are launched without any announcement, so be prepared to take it or leave it as is.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2014
Our school is Ashbrook Independent School, having been a member of the Ashbrook community for 7+ years I think I have a broad perspective of the school, teachers, administration and board. While I'd always thought the education my children were receiving was stellar based on their achievements both academically and socially, I now have empirical proof that the framework\foundation received at Ashbrook makes a difference. I see it in every course my high school student takes - every time the grades come home - every time I hear about the peers in the classroom. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my high school student got where she is today because of the foundation received at Ashbrook. All communities grow and change - Ashbrook is a place for both - make a difference - join our community - you'll be glad you did!

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2014
I'm grateful for the many ways Ashbrook has both challenged and nurtured our children. They've thrived all along, growing up in that supportive and creative community; now they're confident teenagers, extremely well-prepared for high school and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2014
vI have a junior in high school who went to Ashbrook from pre-K through 8th grade and a current Ashbrook 6th grader. Ashbrook has been the perfect choice for both of them. The school provides a rigorous curriculum, creative learning opportunities (e.g., arts, music, theater, and a whole suite of amazing electives not offered elsewhere, including fly fishing!), and a supportive and safe environment. Compared to other private schools of this caliber, the tuition is incredibly reasonable.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
If you are looking for a school that has small class sizes and pushes your child to learn, then Ashbrook is the place! I have two children in High School that went to Ashbrook from pre-K through 8th grade. They found the transition into High school to be very easy. They were given the tools throughout lower school to learn to think on their own and be challenged in the classroom. In addition to the core classes, they were challenged in public speaking, performed plays and a foreign language. Most importantly they learned what it takes to study to give them a leg up when they entered high school. I would recommend Ashbrook for any student who is motivated and wants to excel.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
Not every student has a great experience at Ashbrook. My child has qualified for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and has been identified as a gifted child. My child is a leader in Scouting. My child is still recovering from the poor even nasty treatment he received from the teachers and administration at Ashbrook. It's not always about "fit", but sometimes about those in charge.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
Ashbrook Independent School has been a wonderful experience for our family from PK-8th grade. The safe environment, the academic rigor, the excellent teachers, the small class size, and the plenty of extracurricular opportunities and activities fully enriched our children s lives. Ashbrook has been our extended family. We found friends through our children. I highly recommend Ashbrook to parents that have high academic and personal standards.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
Ashbrook Independent School is a gem! We have children in both the upper and the lower grades and have been impressed by the extraordinary group of teachers, staff, faculty and families at this school. The teachers bring energy, dedication and passion into the classroom and provide the students with an exceptional educational experience in a safe setting. In addition, the students themselves are creative, kind and curious... all characteristics that are valued in the classroom. We feel truly fortunate to have our children here!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
Ashbrook has shown wonderful support to our family. I would highly recommend going for a tour and checking out this amazing school.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2014
My daughter attended Ashbrook and went on to achieve a 4.0 in high school, then went on to graduate from an Ivy League college. Ashbrook did a great job in laying a foundation for her later success.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
My children attend the lower school and LOVE it. Their teachers care about them very much and they have made strong friendships with other girls and boys were are similarly bright, motivated, and supported at home. All schools have challenges; however, there has never been one day in my children's years here that has had me consider a different school for them. They are thriving intellectually and socially. It is a small community and it is true that it is not for everyone. There are high standards of academic ability and behavior. I feel that sometimes what should be chalked up to "not a good fit" is manipulated out of frustration and regret into a charge that Ashbrook is not a good place for anyone, and this is simply not true. The remarks regarding the donor tree are nonsense; families do not buy success or attention here and many are making real financial sacrifices to provide this opportunity for their children. There's a recycled $1 clothing rack for and parents use it! I am thankful every day that my children attend here.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Ashbrook is unique in that the school board, administration, staff, students, parents and community accept and support the school s mission, learning expectations, values and vision. Ashbrook is a school that believes student learning is the fundamental purpose of their existence. Ashbrook sets the example for others to follow in terms of academic rigor, teacher quality, and providing new opportunities for students. Ashbrook sets high standards for not only academic achievement but for behavior too! The culture of community and thoughtfulness that Ashbrook creates makes our family feel heard, well cared for, and supported. We love Ashbrook.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
I have been very pleased with my children s experience at Ashbrook Independent School for the past six years. I chose to send my children to AIS because of the small class-size, high expectations and standards (for both behavior and academics), and variety in elective classes and languages. My children have not only been taught a curriculum that goes above and beyond the state standards, but they have also learned excellent speaking, organization and study skills. They get individual attention from all of their teachers, and the curriculum is differentiated within the classroom for high performers. While the social setting is small, my children have learned excellent interpersonal skills in working and playing with peers. I have had very positive experiences with the administration. They have worked with and been supportive of my family about food allergy safety, and curriculum advice and adjustments. My child who has graduated from AIS continues to excel in the public high school in the Honors and AP classes. I would highly recommend this school to parents who have high standards for learning and expected behavior.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Ashbrook's caring, devoted teachers make learning exciting and engaging for the students. The teachers truly love their job and their students. It is consistently demonstrated in their daily communication, individualized attention to the students and parents, and overall support. I highly recommend Ashbrook to anyone seeking a quality school that provides children with well-rounded educational experiences!

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2014
Ashbrook Independent School is a fantastic school. The students are focused and eager to learn. Outside guests have always been impressed by the level of maturity in actions and words displayed the students. The core courses are rigorous and prepare the students to be very successful in high school. This environment inspires the faculty to create elective courses that support the whole child while helping them learn new skills that can be used in future endeavors.

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2014
Ashbrook is a school that goes above and beyond what is taught in the public school. The small class size aside, it is the learning environment , the enrichment and the interaction of the grades (lower school and middle school) which makes it unique. Our students have an opportunity for hands on experiences with many more aspects of the curriculum and the advanced skills that they learn at Ashbrook lead them to a very successful high school experience.

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2014
We have a child in the lower school and another in the upper school. Our children have different learning styles and personalities but both love Ashbrook. The school's structure seems to provide a solid framework for encouraging not only academic growth but also well rounded, confident kids. The teachers have been especially impressive. A group of pretty inspiring, caring, top-notch staff members. We've always been believers in supporting public schools but the differences and opportunities available at Ashbrook caused us to switch schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
Ashbrook has been the best decision we could have made for our bright child. He attended a Corvallis public school for several years before Ashbrook. Although he did well academically, the classrooms were packed with students with very high behavioral needs, and he was rarely challenged. We also saw some significant gaps in his knowledge in subjects other than reading and math. The teachers were so busy with 34 kids, they really could not attend attend to ongoing science and history lessons. At Ashbrook, he has been challenged, and continues to love learning. He adores being in a classroom full of learners without behavioral issues. His teachers are organized and excellent, and he loves every one of them. Ashbrook is not for everyone, and they state that clearly from the onset. They have rigorous academic and behavioral standards, but if your child meets those, there is no place like it in Corvallis or the mid-valley in general.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
Picking a school to provide the correct foundation for my daughters to begin their educational journey was by far the hardest decision I have had to make. There are so many factors to consider when choosing the community to provide the right tools, and culture to help my girls succeed in life. After interviewing many schools in Corvallis, and briefly experiencing one other choice, Ashbrook very clearly stood out above the rest. My daughters are thriving academically, being taught leadership skills, and how to work graciously as a team.They are encouraged on a daily basis by the administration, staff, and teachers to try new things, and think outside the box. They are allowed the opportunity to maintain self confidence in a safe environment, which in turn allows them to look for opportunities to contribute to fellow classmates. The parent community is outstanding.You can tell each parent has a vested interest in not only their child's success, but of all children who attend Ashbrook. I believe in this school and all it has to offer. I could not ask for a better school for my daughters to develop a love of learning that they will carry with them their whole lives leading to success.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
Ashbrook is a wonderful pre-k, elemenary and middle school and I can't imagine anywhere I'd rather send my children each day. The classes are small enough that the teachers can spend a good deal of individual time to get to know each student. The special programs (art, drama, music, foreign language and PE) involve high quality teachers and top-notch facilities. The culture of community at the school makes our family feel extremely welcome and taken care of. Expectations for academic performance are higher than at local public schools, but for our family, that is a big plus.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
There is no place I'd rather be! Both of my children have been at Ashbrook since Pre-K. By the way, the best Pre-K program in town! Currently, I have a child in both Middle and Lower schools. Exceptional teachers who are experienced and caring, small classroom sizes, daily classes including foreign language, P.E. Music and Drama! Our new Principal is most qualified, responsive, understanding and passionate about AIS. Everything to Love - Ashbrook Independent School is a Must See! Proud Ashbrook Parent

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
I can honestly say that every dollar I spend on my children's education at Ashbrook is the best value I get for my money every month. The teachers are there because they are passionate about educating our children, socially, academically and emotionally. They go above and beyond every day and individualize their lessons so that every child is challenged, but also empowered. The staff stay there for years because the administration supports them and the families. The families stay there for years because the staff and administration do everything in their power to help their children reach their full potential. I've seen tears in the principal's eyes when she sees a child excelling after working so hard to overcome a challenge. The joy in the hallways comes from the teachers and the students--everyone is there because this is really where they want to be. Please consider a tour and see for yourself what an amazing community Ashbrook is.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2013
Our daughter began attending Ashbrook when we moved to Corvallis at the beginning of her 6th grade year. The experience has been wonderful for her. Great friends, great teachers, and great emphasis on study skills that will serve her well in later years. She'll be starting high school this fall at "honors" level in three core subject areas. The small classes (maximum 18 kids per grade level, (I think)) make a huge difference in the amount of teacher/student interaction and keep the kids on track. She has made good friends, and we have found the other parents to be involved, caring, and good people. Given our experience with Ashbrook, if I had other younger children, I wouldn't think of sending them anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2013
Our family is very happy with the school. Our children are thriving and being challenged --all while having smiles on their faces going and coming from school. The teachers are caring, smart and involved. We love the project based learning our children get to do! The students are lovely, bright and polite. We are pretty new to the private school environment and many of the families have reached out to us tremendously. The parents are caring, involved, intelligent, hard working and dedicated to their children and the school. And the big plus is that the school is not prohibitive like the $20- $23k per child like in Portland or California!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2013
Most students and families tend to find friendships and positive connections in this school community, but there's a decided coldness here crowding out the warmth and encouragement I want for my child. The academic achievement at ashbrook has a lot to do with families' worth ethic and small classroom size, not enough to do with best practices, happy teachers, or unified collaboration. Retirements may eventually bring a sense of positive energy into the mix. A prior post mentioned a "joyless" atmosphere. I agree: we're moving on to greener pastures.

- submitted by a community member
February 27, 2013
I love Ashbrook. It is warm and encouraging, has lots of nice teachers and good curriculum. I admit that it is a new school. But it focuses on important things, like independence and self honesty in the students. Go and check it out. The principal is awesome!

- submitted by a teacher
September 04, 2012
Go see Ashbrook for yourself before making a decision. If we had done that when we moved here instead of listening to what non-Ashbrook parents said about it we would have put all our children there, regardless of the expense. We transferred our youngest kids to Ashbrook from public school after two other children had less-than-ideal experiences at Franklin Middle School. We found Franklin controlling and stifling to their creative natures, even though these same children had thrived at a Core Knowledge school in another state. Ashbrook equally values the Arts and Sciences and provides varied and exciting educational experiences. Three families we know have enrolled their children at Ashbrook because of our encouragement to tour the school. While it is expensive compared to public school, you save college tuition because Ashbrook kids get scholarships. There are generous programs to help with tuition, too, so do not be deterred by the cost.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2012
Not what I expected for the hefty price tag. The lower school teachers are stagnant and out of touch with new methods of teaching. Too much parent involvement instead of teachers and staff doing their jobs. This school is more about money than nurturing well rounded children. If you are looking for a great school with excellent curriculum and exceptional teachers and staff look at Franklin Elementary k-8. They go out of their way to treat each child as an individual and it shows. You'll find MANY ex-Ashbrook families there and they will all tell you it was the best decision they ever made for their children.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2011
I originally sent my children to the upper grades at Ashbrook for the class sizes, but was thrilled with the curriculum. It's still a young school and it feels like is still trying to find its place in the community. It's not for everyone, but it is a good college prep school. Unfortunately, it has a reputation for being expensive, which of course is true compared to public and Christian schools, but compared to comparable independent schools (like Catlin Gabel) it's a bargain (1/3 the tuition). Since it is a young school it doesn't have the endowment or FA of older independent schools, but there are substantial efforts at fundraising for financial aid so there is some economic diversity amongst the clientele. The majority of teachers are great, and the current Principal is a warm, caring leader who is improving the climate. While the teachers are caring, it's not what I would call a "child-centered" environment in that differentiated curriculum is not the norm. Differentiation comes with a large array of clever electives, but the core classes grade quite competitively. Perfect? No. But my kids are better people for their experiences at Ashbrook.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2011
Ashbrook offers more academic rigor and smaller class sizes than anywhere else in Corvallis. But the cost is a level of conformity that is stifling. Individuality, creativity and experimentation are tightly controlled and children are humbled in many ways -- from the rigid and competitive grading structure to the lack of complements and even good feedback from staff. If you are looking for a rigorous and well-rounded college prep experience, then this is the best place in town. We were disappointed in the somewhat joyless culture of the place, however. Felt like Stepford.

- submitted by a community member
September 15, 2010
Sending our son to Ashbrook Independent School has been the single best decision we have made throughout his academic career. Now in high school, his Ashbrook experience was phenomenal....academically, socially, and in extra-curricular activities. He was challenged, supported and cared for from each and every faculty member, staff member and administrator. The outstanding teachers are well prepared and devoted to teaching and to their students. I believe that the best Ashbrook experiences come from situations where the child is supported at home and where the school also has support from the parents. It truly is a team effort. The "Ashbrookian" alumni that we know are happy, well prepared, capable and excelling in high school and beyond. If you are considering this school, ask the administration for names of parents and kids you can talk to about their experiences.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
As an Ashbrook parent with a middle school daughter, I can say Ashbrook is not perfect, but what school is? I CAN say from the administration, faculty, staff and parents you can expect to find people who truly have a passion about what they do, care about kids and are great at sharing their passions with the students. Ashbrook is not (and does not claim to be) a perfect match for all students OR all families. It IS one of several opttons in the Corvallis area. For my family is is the BEST option. For those reading these reviews to determine if this school is what you're looking for, I encourage to call the school and schedule a tour. If it doesn't feel like a good fit, it doesn't mean it's a bad school.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
This is my 14th year at Ashbrook. 3 of my 4 children have graduated from Ashbrook and my last child will graduate at the end of this year. Ashbrook has provided a warm, nurturing, and academically challenging environment for my children. The teaching staff and administration have prepared my children well to be successful in high school and college. The staff put in many extra hours of work to provide an exciting and stimulating education environment for the students. There are many wonderful, dedicated parents who support the school. Thank you Asbhrook for a great experience for our family!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
My assessment of Ashbrook is from the perspective of a parent of a recent graduate, an involved school volunteer and public education administrator. Our student benefited from small class sizes, rigorous academics, outstanding faculty and effective school leadership. As a result of his time at AIS, he was well prepared for high school and is now thriving. A couple of cautions: like anything else, you get what you put into it, and this is true for both students and parents. Spectator students and parents get less out of it than involved students and parents. A second caution: an Ashbrook education places students ahead of most all of their peers in high school, so academic planning and placement into AP and honors courses is a typical phenomenon. Ashbrook is not for everyone, but for families who value strong academics, the arts, critical thinking, citizenship and student engagement, it's worth looking into.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
My son graduated from 8th grade last year after attending Ashbrook since Pre-Kindergarten. I can say without reservation that he received a first rate education. The small class size, caring teachers giving individual attention, wonderful facility, and great community of families all added together to make for a good experience for our family. Especially for the sometimes problematic Middle School years, I cannot imagine a better environment than Ashbrook. Students from Ashbrook regularly test into advanced classes in high school.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
As a parent of a first grade student at Ashbrook. I will just tell you from my past two experience that Ashbrook offers the best pre-K and kindergarten in Corvallis. Small class sizes, first class facilities, and mostly important of all, highly-qualified and caring teachers and staff. Did I mention the students have PE and Music everyday? MY son loves the music sharing time :-). Last but not the least, the principle listens to parents' concerns or feedback and constantly think of new ways to improve.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
We have found Ashbrook to be the best-fit alternative for our child in Corvallis. The smaller class sizes enable the teachers to cater to the needs of individual students, more so than what we saw from our experience in the public schools. No kid is a stranger for long. The staff is enthusiastic and fosters a positive community atmosphere. Gym, art, music, and languages are taught multiple times per week by different teachers, enabling kids to develop a broad support network. Gym class everyday is an especially huge positive. Is it the perfect school? No, but I d argue that Oregon public schools would be and could be a lot better if they were more like Ashbrook. If weighing your options, think about what might best work for your kids. Some will thrive in public schools; some won t. If in the later situation, Ashbrook is a decent option to consider.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
This is a great school. Yes, it costs an arm and a leg ( there is great financial aid available) but we'd rather invest in our kids than get a bigger fancier TV or other stuff. What better investment than to see your kids grow up academically prepared and capable, socially confident, well rounded through art, PE, foreign language and creative elective enrichment. The staff is beyond dedicated (they earn less than their public school contemporaries) and the administration is responsive. Small class sizes allow for teachers to really know the students and my kids have thrived here. There is an Ashbrook culture of caring supportiveness. It's not for everyone, it is academically driven and high achieving for the most part. Our daughter entered high school in all sophomore level classes, and even then wasn't very challenged her first year of public high school. This is a special place!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2010
My only regret as a parent was putting my two children in this school. What a mistake. This school is a lot of fluff with no substance. But if you have money and time to throw away this may be the school for you. It is more about the parents than the children. My kids had to catch up to public school after I removed them from this school. Several other families had the same issue after leaving the school. Remember these schools are NOT regulated the same as public schools. Public schools are held to much higher standards than private schools. Teachers are not required to have teaching credentials in private schools and in this school it shows. These parents think that their kids are receiving the best education possible and I can tell you first hand that your paying for the building not the education.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2010
I am a grandparent with two grandchildren at Ashbrook. They have both started there from kindergarten and are thriving in their learning and psychosocial development, plus loving school. We are so grateful to have such an amazing school community near at hand for my daughter's children.

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2009
My daughter just recently graduated from Ashbrook's middle school after attending classes at Ashbrook for 10 years. She started in Pre-K and her entire educational experience was wonderful. She will be taking honor classes in High School; she is a socially well-rounded individual that thinks for herself, is creative and has been nurtured to appreciate and explore all things in life. I would recommend Ashbrook to any parent that has an academically capable child. It is the best education, given by the most talented teachers, with support from a gifted administration.

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July 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2009
This school was scholastically fantastic once upon a time. Now it is just a country club academy.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2008
As a former public school teacher and the parent of a child at Ashbrook, I am thoroughly pleased with the education my daughter is receiving here. At Ashbrook, the students are not distracted by the behavior issues inherent in public school classrooms with large numbers of students. The small size of the classes enables the teacher to really focus on learning instead of exspending all their energy on classroom behavior management. The smallness of the school makes it truly a community where children find reassurance in the fact that they are surrounded by familiar faces--the teachers, the parents of their peers, the older and younger students that they come to know through cross grade activities. I had not realized what a difference this environment would make to my child until we moved her from public school to Ashbrook. Suddenly her enthusiasm for school blossomed. This is truly a great place!

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2007
I have been going to Ashbrook since 6th grade. My old school was ok, but I needed a better enviroment to really learn. My firs day at AIS everyone was very polite and kind. The classes were small and the staff made me feel welcome. Ashbrook is a wonderful school, with wonderful teachers who are commited to teaching the students. So many times I have seen teachers take time off of their lunch break or after school to help a student, me included. I have learned so much and am very sad to be graduating. I do have to admit that the teachers pushed me all the time, but now I'm confident that I can tackle high school. Sure sometimes homework was tedious, or confusing, but life dosen't always throw you something you can handel. Ashbrook students learn to takle everything that comes their way with confidence.

- submitted by a student
November 08, 2007
As a behind-the-scenes 'member' of the Ashbrook community, I would say that the students are some of the brightest for their age group. However, with such small class size and students with this same group from K-8, I worry that some of these children lag behind socially. Also, parents (especially a group of moms) hold too much power in the school and have single-handedly run off 2 or 3 great teachers. This school sells the sizzle, not the steak!

- submitted by a community member
March 04, 2007
The students here are intelligent - and extremely happy - , and the teachers are beyond excellent. And it being such a small school, everyone knows your name and you get more attention from the teachers. Each teacher concentrates on each student's particular need, so no one is neglected. Everyone is friends; there are no cliques or 'gangs'. The new principal is fantastic; she's very encouraging, welcoming, and never has a bad word to say about anyone.We have wide varieties of races at Ashbrook and everyone is included.

- submitted by a student
February 07, 2007
We enrolled my daughter at Ashbrook this year and we have been very happy with the decision. The curriculum is outstanding with daily exposure to language, music, PE, math, writing, art and other subjects. The class sizes are small which allows the teachers to provide a great education to each student. Parents are very involved in the class rooms and we've felt welcomed into the Ashbrook community. We transferred from an exceptionally rated public school in Portland and feel that the curriculum at Ashbrook is richer and will provide our daughter with an outstanding education.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2007
Ashbrook is a fun, engaging school, with 150 happy kids, including mine, who has been there for 7 years. They have great teachers, a very unique and powerful independent curriculum, with all the extras. Small class sizes, great resources, caring teachers and good student body all make for a place where learning is fun. My daughter's teachers work with her one on one to address any areas of concern, and communication is great, we're able to really encourage her to do her best, and then realize she can even do better. She has learned to love learning here.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2006
My children attended this school. Teachers are average. I hardly ever saw any smiling faces on the children. They aren't even allowed to play tag in the schoolyard, for fear of hurtin each other. Strange. The extracurricular activities involve the same children and the same parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2006
Our three oldest children have been attending AIS since 2001. Overall it has been, and still is, an exceptional school! The curriculum is rigorous, the science and history departments are top-notch with ever improving math and english courses. Our children have found many peers in this school.Other children, and just as important other parents, who care about educating their kids.For a school that is only nine years old it is doing great.I feel it is the best return on my money.I will be a lifetime supporter of this school!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2006
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- submitted by a student
November 28, 2005
My children have attended Ashbrook for the past eight years. They have had an exceptional academic program that has set up my 8th grader to test out of most Freshman courses in the public high school. The History and English in the Middle School are truly exceptional. The History is chronological from 5th - 8th grade and 6-8th is taught in lecture/take notes style. The availability of art and foreign language from Kindergarten on has taught both by kids so much. Both of my children have participated in the Robotics Teams, after school. With parent involvement extremely high, there are many opportunities my children have that I'm grateful for.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
Ashbrook is waste of time and money. These poor folks have no idea what a quality education is. They do not welcome parents in the classroom. You have to remember where you are---Oregon. Public school is a better education. The folks here are not nice people. Awful teachers. Students have many learning disabilities, far more than the public. Overbearing board of directors.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2005
I have experience with this school with three of my children. There are a group of Parents who keep this school pleasant, as long as you don't question what is going on within the school. The term 'living in a vacuum' is an accurate description for this small school in a small town. Academic excellence is truly something they want to strive for, but just can't quite get a handle on how to actually do it. (Big turnover in teachers)

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2005
We moved to Corvallis in August 2001 and after a very careful search of all the school options, we decided to enroll both of our children in Ashbrook. We have found the academic programs to be very substantive and the teachers to be very dedicated. Our children have received a very sound academic foundation. The art program is fabulous. My son was a member of Ashbrook's Destination Imagination Team, which took 4th place in World competition in May 2004. Both of my children have participated in the Model UN class, student council, community service projects, chess club, the school play, jazz band, Ashbrook soccer and basketball teams and a week at outdoor school. My son and daughter thoroughly enjoy school, their friends and the whole of the Ashbrook community. My daughter graduated from Ashbrook in 2004 and is thriving in high school. Susan Schwarz

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2005
Ashbrook has been home to my children for 7 years. The parents here are supportive and active in their childs education. This brings much enrichment to Ashbrook. The teachers are caring and professional. The administration is wonderful. The whole staff knows every child in the school. No way to get lost here! The new principal this year is so caring, attentive, funny and intelligent that the school can only get better and better! There is daily PE and a basketball team. There is the availablity of tennis, soccer and other sports which are all offered at Boys and Girls Club or public schools that are nearby. Chess Club, School plays, MUN, Destination Imagination, and Robotics are offered plus music, PE, foreign language, art and about 15 more school days than the public schools and you can see why I think Ashbrook is great!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2005
My son is a 5th grader at Ashbrook and has attended the school since he was in Pre-K. We are absolutely thrilled with the education he has received and with the family environment that is a hallmark of the school. I'd like to list just a few of the wonderful aspects of the school: **Every teacher knows every student...no matter what age. **The students interact with each other in the Big/Little Buddy program. **Parents interact with other parents from every grade through a thriving PTO program as well as through committee involvement. **The staff and teachers are top-notch and bring creative versatility to their classes. **Language, art, and PE classes are an important part of the curriculum. **Emphasis on safety and cleanliness of the school is extremely important. **Monthly character traits are highlighted in every grade with activities and assemblies. I could go on and on...but suffice it to say that Ashbrook is FANTASTIC!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2005
I have two kids that have gone to Ashbrook for the past five years. Standardized test scores are one of the few quantitative measures that can be used to compare the results between schools. Both of my children routinely rank among the highest percentiles in all subjects, and define the top in several catagories. My kids are happy about their learning environment, have many solid friendships with peers and staff, and are confident to engage with people outside of school (peers, adults AND people of diversity). They are trained to be inclusive of diverse view points (as are HP employees), and actually speak up when they witness someone being victimized. Parents are very engaged with the school, and provide feedback to encourage improvements. Class size is small enough to enable all students and their parents to develop close community relationships, enabling parent-to-parent support for child transportation, etc.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2005
I think the low ratings were from a disgruntled parent who wanted to hurt. They do not reflect reality at the school. Ashbrook is a great school that gives each child individual attention, and challenges him/her to high achievement with strong curriuculum, great teachers, clear expectations, good support and much better resources than the public school. Academic achievement is high, and Ashbrook kids excel in High School and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2005
I have sent my child to Ashbrook since she was in Pre-K. We are very happy with the breadth of knowledge she has received, the creative aspects of her education and the commitment that every child there is educated in a positive environment. The parent community works well together, in an atmosphere of respect and understanding. Music and PE are offered daily, with art and other classes offered at least weekly.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2004
Ashbrook teaches children responsibility, leadership, and citizenship. They have exceptional teachers with every school year offering a second language. My daughter has only been at Ashbrook for 3 weeks, but I can see what a difference this school is making for her development. The principal is also new this year, but from what I can see, there couldn't be anyone more suited for the position in capability and demeanor. The whole staff at Ashbrook has been helpful, kind and welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2004
This school has children in it who are not being challenged. This is the biggest waste of money. Teachers are not bright, educated well, or engaging. Some teachers are warm, but don't teach anything to the students. They have a new principal, but she is just a bunch of fluff. This will be my last year here. It's not worth it. No sports! Nothing!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2004
Quality of education is poor. My daughter is gifted and they didn't know how to teach her. She regressed in her education and I had to 'catch her up' over the summer. Kindergarten teacher is a warm loving person. Teachers are chained to a curriculum that doesn't allow them to teach gifted children correctly. Atmosphere is filled with social climbers and 'wannabees' from Hewlett Packard Corp, who ruin the parent atmosphere. This school is not tolerant towards different racial groups or cultures. School plays further demonstrate their unwillingness to be tolerant of other people. They incorporate current affairs in plays, which are written by intolerant teachers, that further teachers children not to consider feelings of people who do not look like them, aren't from this country, and speak the same language.Big dissappointment. They have no sports that are organized. Administration seems very out of touch. Nice facility, but no substance.

- submitted by a parent
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Ashbrook Independent School
4045 Southwest Research Way, Corvallis, OR  97333
(541) 766-8313
Last modified Ashbrook Independent School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Ashbrook Independent School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 70 reviews. Top