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Family School

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Posted November 21, 2013

This is our first year at Family School. I'm disappointed that it seems so impersonal. It's rather like a middle school for elementary age kids with children having different teachers for different subjects. However, there is no curriculum night as there is in middle school so you never meet the teachers other than the homeroom teacher, and you have no idea what your child is doing with the remainder of their day or with whom. I find it ironic that the name is "Family" School because it feels much less like a family than a traditional school. I think teachers are more invested in students that they have all day simply because they know them so much better, and students in turn are closer to their teacher. Academically it remains to be seen, but I have concerns that multi-grade classrooms mean kids aren't getting a full curriculum for their grade. I thought perhaps the monthly all school meetings would be where one would meet teachers, learn about what's going on in classrooms, and find out about their child's progress, but those are nothing more than PTA meetings dealing mainly with money issues. Not the family I was hoping for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

My son has been attending Family School for three years and has failed to meet more than 50% of the state standards each year. The multi-age classrooms are a gimmick and don't allow the teachers to focus on teaching what the students need to learn. Students don't need to do Exploration four times a week, they need to learn the core subjects. I can't wait to force my ex-spouse into removing my child from Family School's alternative environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

Family School has a higher ratio of students to teacher at 21 than the average of 17 for the school district. Then the teacher must address multi-age students instead of instructing multiple students of the same age. It's no wonder that my student is having trouble meeting the state standards!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2013

My 1st grader loves school and always wants to be there. THeir kinder program is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2011

Simple. Good teachers struggling to provide the best education they can. Multi-age classrooms let kids work together to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

Family School consistently exceeds state standards, and is known for its project based learning. The teachers here are simply awesome! There is a tight sense of community that is rare in this cookie cutter era of 'pass 'em through the line' attitude in education. Our son has flourished and grown here, and almost every one of his classmates have also thrived. The classrooms all have that sort of healthy 'buzz' of teachers and students exchanging ideas and working together. Our son has attended Family School since the first grade, and we feel so lucky to have this school available to us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

Family school Rocks! They are an amazing place to let children learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2010

We have two kids in Family School. The teachers are fantastic, the other families are great and the kids are the best. It is a great administration and faculty for encouraging biking and walking too. We couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2010

My first grader loves school so much. He certainly is thriving and learning so much. His fellow students are so nice, and I think it reflects the super high parent involvement. The teachers are so caring and energetic with praise. He loves being able to ride his bike to school everyday and park his bike next to is teacher's bike. Family School really is embracing Safe Routes to School, and takes field trips on bikes. His whole class even had violin lessons as part of the regular day. Very cool -Family School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

In this school teachers are REALLY dedicate to serve , and educate in what ever way is possible for children's to understand the subject and patient is a bonus
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2008

Our daughter and our entire family are enjoying both the quality of education and the quality of relationships we are experiencing at Family School. We couldn't be happier with the variety of offerings she can choose from during explorations, and the integrated focus on skill development. Yay Family School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2005

My son has been at Family School for three years and we have thoroughly benefited from our experience. He has been in a multi-age classroom where he has gotten to experience being the youngest, middle and now the oldest child in the class. He has benefited from the mentoring of others and now being a mentor. The curriculum is integrated in many ways, so that students do projects that create opportunities for all types of learning--reading, writing, math, art, music, etc. They also have 'Explorations' four days a week where they get to choose a class like Spanish or Circus Arts or Computer Design. I have seen him blossom from a shy, insecure boy into a confident third-grader who reads at a 6th grade level and thinks math is 'fun.' I also have found some great partners in raising him to be a caring, kind child as well.
—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 61% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

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86%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
>=95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
>95%
Writing

2010

 
 
29%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
>=95%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
>95%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
>=95%

2012

 
 
>=95%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
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 Students75%
Female60%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged85%
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 Students72%
Female50%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female75%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities33%
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 Students91%
Female90%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
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 disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students>=95%
Female>=95%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged>=95%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 66%
Two or more races 8% 4%
Hispanic 4% 21%
Black 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Asian 2% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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