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Forest Grove High School

Public | 9-12 | 1893 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted September 2, 2014

I'm completely disgusted with this school, honestly. My son has decided to stay on, however, our younger son will not step foot in that school. As the last reviewer explained well, proficiency tests being 90% of their grade teaches these students NOTHING. Oh, sorry, it does indeed breed complacency and procrastination. There are teachers that are really ineffective at their jobs with no control over their classrooms. In English class, students with no grasp of the language edit each others' papers to disastrous effect. The counselors side with the teachers when pressed. The administration seems to make things difficult on purpose. Our experiences there have been less than stellar, but here's the rub: as in everything, you get out of something what you put in to it. So if your child is prepared to take charge of their own education, then they'll succeed. If they struggle in the least to remain focused, they'll take advantage of the system and lose. My son was very prepared, academically, for high school...and then it all slipped away, slowly but surely.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

My son barely graduated in 2012. They have to teach to the kids with the lowest I.Q., so it's not challenging. Homework is 10% of their grade and proficiency tests are 90%. So the kids don't do the homework to learn- it's too much work for so little grade. Then they flunk the exams which are 90% of their grade, but that's okay because they can keep taking the tests as many times as they need to in order to get a better grade. Time limits mean nothing- they can always turn things in late without affecting their grade. Walking through the hallways, the kids are rude to adults and I haven't met one student yet who loved the school. My son and his best friend graduated then both went on foods stamps because they didn't want to have to put forth any effort into working because they didn't have to at school, so why do it in real life? Very disappointed in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

This school is great and just recently got remodeled. Graduated in 2010 and saw first hand how this high school helped prepare me for college/carrer.


Posted July 7, 2013

In general, Forest Grove High is a good school. They like to boast about their state testing scores a lot but they don't take into consideration that the system they use only teaches what the students need to know to pass the states tests. So, in the long run, they don't teach you stuff that you need in the future; they teach you stuff you need to pass the test. The AP classes that remain are also some what lacking. Unless you have a good teacher that is enthusiastic about the subject and would rather actually TEACH than be everyone's friend, then the AP experience will be better. What is really sad about this school is that most of the students aren't willing to contribute to their school. My graduating class had very little money to spend for prom and grad night. But most of the problems we had with money came from the people who managed it. Instead of looking at the funds we had and considering options other than the most expensive one, it was decided that we needed more money and created event after event to fund them. In short, financial management needs some work, they need to teach things that prepare students for the future, not just for tests, and find some good teachers


Posted December 15, 2010

Forest Grove is an overall decent school. I don't feel like I received an inadequate education, but I also feel like it could have been better. It claims to work hard on recognizing all groups of students, but in reality, the focus is very much on football and the other mainstream sports. Smaller sports, especially those not OSAA accreditted such as waterpolo or lacross get almost no support. Athletes at Forest Grove have an attitude that they will never win. This attitude has carried on for years across the whole school and leads to students feeling like the school is bad at everything. The only big problem I had with Forest Grove was the disorganization of the proficiency grading system. Over all I think Forest Grove could be a great school if students were given something to be proud of and the administration made a bigger effort to connect with the students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 14, 2010

This school is for the athletic children and all the others are left behind. They have a tendency to label children and treat them unfair. As a mother I have problems with my child and was willing to work with the school and correct my child when he has done wrong. The agreement was to notify me when ever there was a problem and I received no notification...I had to call and find out what was going on. I witness a child tell a judge in washington county court that the teachers and the principal call the children liars and do not believe the less unfortunate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Its a very good school for my child. She has learned more then I did in high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2009

The math education is terrible along with the reading and writing. I feel the students are not punished when should be which is leading to the increase in gangs and fights.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2008

This school has made a very dramatic turnaround. Granted the school is a bit overcrouded but they have some very good qualities. I graduate as the class of 2011 and have done very well in this school. I love my American studies teacher- Ms. Lewis. She is awesome. Mr. O'neill our principal has done a great job. -K
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2008

I like Forest Grove High School. Teachers work hard. The school always replies to our calls and inquiries. If you think the school lacks something or need help then give them a hand or donation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2008

Forest Grove High School is over crowded. The leading factor to this is the lack of a highschool in the near by neighboring city of cornelius. Students living in cornelius attend FGHS. This has led to the over growing student population creating many more complications such as funding and teacher work loads. School spirit is high and teachers make the best of the given situation.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2008

What is Forest Grove High School? FGHS is run of the mill, average, your typical over-crowded underfunded HS with good teachers and bad teachers and a (typical) bad administration that doesn't connect with it's inhabitants. Could it be worse? Yea. Can it improve? Absolutely.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2006

Forest Grove High School needs a facility upgrade. The class sizes and over crowding are affecting the school's over-all quality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2005

I feel that alot of the teachers should be reviewed and show accountability for their actions. I also feel that the school board should stop offering so many special programs to what use to be the minority ( which is not anymore ) and focus on the school as a whole and one language and one purpose. To give all students a good education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2004

I think this school has a long way to go before it can be rated as a great school.
—Submitted by a former student


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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

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2010.

2010

 
 
80%
Science

2010

 
 
66%
Writing

2010

 
 
58%
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.

442 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

441 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

440 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
>=95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2013.

437 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
71%
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%
Female86%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learners36%
Migrant94%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female90%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial>=95%
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities42%
English language learners14%
Migrant>=95%
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students60%
Female56%
Male64%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic40%
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learners7%
Migrant91%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students66%
Female77%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanic49%
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learners7%
Migrant88%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 52% 65%
Hispanic 43% 21%
Two or more races 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Black 1% 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 59%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1401 Nichols Ln
Forest Grove, OR 97116
Phone: (503) 359-2432

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