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Sheldon High School

Public | 9-12 | 1564 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted July 2, 2014

worst school my child has ever attended. whatever you do don't send your child to this school you will regret it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2013

I am at a loss as to how this school could be a 9 out of 10. My daughter attended Sheldon and I found the disinterest of the faculty and staff appalling. Class sizes far exceeded the ability of even the best teachers to handle, drug use was rampant, and kids wandered onto and off of campus at will. Fortunately, my daughter was able to avoid the negative influences. Unfortunately, getting the classes she needed was impossible. There were several terms where she could only get into three classes - hardly a full load. I started sending her to Lane Community College so she would be at least slightly challenged. As far as I am concerned, this school is a joke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2013

My oldest graduated from Sheldon two years ago, and my youngest was there until last year when I transferred him elsewhere. If your child is in one of the "special" programs like International High School or Honors, they may get a decent education. If you are in the "comprehensive" program, your student won't get an education. I don't know where this website gets the average student to teacher ratio, but my neither of my sons had fewer than 35 students in any class. Just too large for even the most competent teacher to handle. While there are some excellent teachers at this school, they are concentrated in the IHS and Honors programs. The rest of the students get teachers who just don't care. While anyone can send their kids through the IHS route, the model of learning is not suited to the way many kids learn; my oldest son made excellent grades but hated it, so I tried to transfer him to the Honors program (he was a straight A student in middle school). I was told he did not qualify, even though his middle school teachers recommended him for the program. He graduated from the comprehensive program with a 3.9 but was not at all ready for college. This school totally failed us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

Sheldon is a high school of integrity, fairness, and opportunity. Integrity because, don't do things just because the other high schools do. Sheldon administrators look for ways that make sense for Sheldon students, teachers and parents. All schools makeups are different. Fairness, because everyone is given an equal shot at learning. Again, the make-up of the student body is taken into consideration and all are treated with fairness and as individuals. Even with the large number of students enrolled, the administration/teachers manage to single out those that need help, while not ignoring the masses that fall in the academic middle. Opportunity because, there are so choices. Choices in classes, times, and ways of learning. This school uses imagination in its ciriculum offerings. Something for everyone. It's a school that prepares its students for future life, while at the same time letting them be students and allowing them to act their age -- as imature as that is. The parent support is superb! The teachers are superb! the administration is superb! All in all, it's an over populated school that feels just right.


Posted September 10, 2013

I have graduated one (2010) from the Sheldon SI/IHS/IB program and one junior at the school now. My 2010 graduate went on to OSU in EE and has felt from the start that his IHS curriculum prepared him well for the load he now manages in college. His transition was smooth and he has been excelling in college. While there is no perfect school, we feel our needs are being met and we appreciate the staff and curriculum our kids have had available to them. There have been a few teachers that have been disappointing but this is the real world and our kids are going to encounter difficult personalities through-out their life and they need to learn how to cope with them. Both my kids have participated in school sports and have enjoyed their respective programs. The track program in particular is blessed with some very committed and above-and-beyond coaches. Some have commented on evidence of students smoking/drinking etc. I don't think you will find a school that doesn't have this. IMO, this is where parenting enters the equation, helping your kids to make the right choices. We are lucky to have a school like Sheldon in our district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

There have been no reviews since 2011 and this is long overdue. My 2 kids attend Sheldon. Registration day last year was the first negative experience as my kids had classes on their schedules that were never requested. The school just threw classes on and then advises you take it up with scheduling (that hour-long line). After trips to scheduling and the counselor, things were still askew. My son (4.0 junior and honor student) ended up with only TWO classes. Now for the social aspect. Students walk on and off campus as they please. Kids come back from lunch stoned and boasting about it. There is blatant disrespect for teachers. I am fortunate to have kids who stay away from that influence and have found some quality friends. Positives about this school is that the counselors and principal seem to care--once you have made your student known to them. If you do not want your child to fall through the cracks or get off track, make sure to pay attention and keep in contact with their counselor; I cannot stress the importance of this. In order to help your child succeed, watch their schedules and stay on top of things. "9" rating is based on 2010 test scores. This needs updating!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2011

13 reviews and only two from actual parents. I'll chime in... So far, I'm not impressed. We're just finishing up our freshman year so hopefully it was just a rocky start - but we do not like how they break the year up into terms (meaning - a student can go over a year without math), we do not like off-campus lunch (sorry kids), we do not like how the campus is right next door to a really bad apartment complex, we are not impressed by the kids we see walking to school smoking joints, we are not impressed with all the beer cans we find in bushes around the side and back area of the school, and we are not impressed with all the discrepencies in notes home and on th website with regards to dates/times/info, etc. Also, we were treated very rudely by two different staff members on two different occassions which left us feeling as though we'd be better off homeschooling. The freshman counselor we love. The main office lady we love. But we don't care for the Sheldon arrogance and the emphasis placed on competitive sports. If your student is into sports, Sheldon would be a good fit. Otherwise... it's not the only high school worth checking out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The teachers at Sheldon High School really taught me a lot and I am proud to say I went there. If I had children or even grandghildren I would want them to go to Sheldon High because in my eyes there is no better school.


Posted April 22, 2009

This is a great school! I'm a student at the moment, and graduate in 2011. I personally really like it here. There is a lot of partying here, but it's easy to stay out of it. I've met amazing friends, and it's pretty easy to keep good grades up.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 12, 2008

I graduated from Sheldon this last year. Freshmen year I had attended North Eugene High School and I must admit I more than happy that I had transferred to Sheldon. The atmosphere is great and the students always seem to get along with everyone, no matter what group they are a part of. The teachers themselves have taught me skills that I know I'll need in the future and have proven to be great friends.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 10, 2008

I am a current student at Sheldon High School...supposed to have gone to Thurston HS. I love my peers and the cllasses; however, I am a little disapointed about the stereotypes that Sheldon HS accumulate. All that I hear about Sheldon, from rival schools, is that it is superficial and difficult. I have met some of the most real people in my life there, and I can keep A's in all of my classes without too much effort. I just wish that other people would take time before they judge the students that attend the school. Just because we have money, and win many sports and educational awards, doesn't mean that we don't care about others. We were first football team in the state last year. We also have very high test scores. Go fighting irish! Class of 2010.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2007

i love this school i am currently going there we have alot of course choices and are great at sports and other activitys
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2005

This was the worst school I ever went to. There were alot of cliques.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 6, 2005

As a former student at Sheldon, I can proudly say the Henry D. Sheldon High School was the most horrible school I have ever attended in my whole life. The kids are very rude and snobby. They think very highly of themselves because they win every sport in the Eugene school district. There were a lot of clicks at the school and a horrible amount of racism. Sheldon was mainly full of kids with wealthy families, and none of the children knew how to show adults any kind of respect. I strongly recommend sending your kid someplace else.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2004

A wonderful variety of course options offered within a supportive and encouraging environment. I recommend this school highly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

This school is doing everything possible to use the limited resources available. They offer a campus where kids are encouraged to take responsibilty for themselves and also offer a campus that has great tollerance within the student body for their peers.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 56% in 2010.

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2010.

2010

 
 
76%
Science

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

2010

 
 
73%
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 69% in 2013.

354 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

354 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

351 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2013.

350 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%
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 Students78%
Female79%
Male76%
African American33%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial79%
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
African American67%
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial89%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students76%
Female73%
Male79%
African American17%
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial65%
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students69%
Female77%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial57%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities28%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 65%
Hispanic 11% 21%
Two or more races 9% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Black 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 27%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2455 Willakenzie Rd
Eugene, OR 97401
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