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The Phonics Phactory

Private | PK-8 | 262 students

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Posted March 21, 2014

My kids love this school! My daughter is moving to Portland Christian in the fall for Jr High. The only reason is my husband and I both work full time so we need a 5 day per week school. She is in 5th grade this year and just finished the entrance test for PCS and she actually tested at the entering 8th grade level! The kids are all well behaved and the staff is friendly. I am really going to miss them next year. If this school had a 5 day a week option we wouldn't be moving..
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 11, 2014

This school has given our kids an amazing start to their education! Im so glad we were able to start them there at 3 years old (in preschool) and now they are so ahead of other kids their age who go to public school. The school is so well organized and I love how secure their pickup/drop off procedure is. We love that our kids' friends are like-minded christians and class sizes are small (around 15 kids). The teachers are so friendly and always willing to talk with you about your child's progress. Parent involvement is VERY encouraged. We are thrilled that our 5 year old is reading, doing basic math, telling time, sign language (alphabet, colors and family members) and some spanish. Our kids always look forward to school each week and NEVER dread going. On top of all that, this school has given them a positive outlook on learning!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 3, 2014

Our experience at the Phonics Phactory was very negative. It felt very clique-y among both families and staff. So many of the staff were related (principal who was also the owner married to preschool teacher, who also employed their daughter and daughter in law...), so there was no real neutral party to listen to concerns or to give unbiased feedback. Since the couple who built the school also worked there, I don't believe that they were effective at separating business from the needs of the students. It felt like a business and interactions with Mr. Mayer were extremely awkward and unfriendly. We found there to be a lot of hidden fees beyond the cost of tuition that made it less affordable than it originally appeared. Yes, the class sizes were small, but that didn't translate to our child receiving a lot of attention or care and concern. Our experience (and we tried it for more than one year) felt more like a business transaction than the fostering of academic, moral, and spiritual growth in our child. It is even more apparent now that we have moved on to a school where the caring and concern for the children is so evident, with true Godly people and families.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 19, 2013

Excellent school, focused on learning, and self direction. It does require parental help and input. Small class sizes lend to one on one attention. The preschool is outstanding. With teachers who care about their students and their success.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 17, 2013

Our son started going to school at Phonics Phactory in 2006 as a preschooler. He recieved one on one instruction every day. He learned about God, honesty, and values. He was pushed to his true potential, and really loved his teachers, but most of all, he had fun learning! He is now a fifth grader at this school and is excelling in every subject. The founders of this school truly care about the children and they instill life skills. Our family truly loves this school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 16, 2013

Our three children have developed a love for learning through Phonics Phactory. Our first child attended a different Preschool and the experience was as if he was being babysat, not taught. At Phonics Phactory our children began learning tools for success in the classroom and for life!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 15, 2013

We love this school. Our children have loved every one of their teachers. They not only give them a fabulous education, but prepare them for life. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 15, 2013

This was my sons first school experience and from the start we had problems with him acting out almost as if he was the class clown. The more we disciplined him at home the worse the behavior was at school and he was asked to leave. I never imagined that they would give up on a five year old, they even recommend medical treatment! Worse than that they ruined my child's disposition on school, his feelings are hurt and he doesn't want to go to preschool again.
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Posted September 6, 2012

Great school. Great staff. I just wish that I had found them earlier. I homeschool three of my four kids for six years before enrolling at Phonics Phactory. I am a christian, my husband is not. I have found this to be a great place and a very welcoming environment for all of us. The time we spent here has been well worth every penny and the results prove it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 30, 2012

I'm a student at MMU, the Middle University part of Phonics Phactory. I went to Phonics Phactory in Preschool-First grade and loved it, my family moved and the budget got tight so I transferred into a public school from Second grade-Sixth. The difference is unbleievable. Phonics Phactory has the ability to provide a strong faith-centered foundation and the teachers are awesome. And of course the 3 day weeks makes it all the better. The workload can get overwhelming IF you don't know how to manage it, but they do provide the skills to learn how to do this as well. I love it.

Posted April 22, 2011

Outstanding academics! Unique approach to learning, allowing the parents a significant level of involvement but still allowing for a structured school environment. Love that the children are also taught Greatness Phactors that apply manners/morals to everyday life. Phonics Phactory Christian School gives children keys to their foundation for success in academics AND life - which seems to be rare anymore.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 16, 2011

Very disappointed in the lack of communication. You better be part of their inner circle or you will be cast aside. Children are not the priority. They seem burned out. There are many better schools on the Eastside and ones that won't shove their beliefs down your throat.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 22, 2010

Truly the best private school on the Eastside! Excellent leadership, communication and focus on education. They are very reasonably priced for a private school, especially for how much your child will gain. Our daughter's self esteem soared and her confidence increased! We started her in Kindergarten and moved and she went to public school for one year. Talk about a nightmare! I mean the public school class had 32 children and one very stressed out teacher. Compare to her class at the Phonics Phactory has 15 students (3rd grade!) and 1 very happy and educated teacher! The uniforms are great because it eliminates the need to compete w/ wardrobe and what is cool or popular. Instead the focus is on learning! We could not recommend a better or more thought out school!
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Posted August 9, 2010

The Phonics Phactory has provided a great education for our children. The teachers are well qualified and provide a nurturing as well as challenging academic environment. We have learned to manage our time well to complete the homework, and that is a valuable life skill for each of us to have. We appreciate the excellent education our children are receiving at the Phonics Phactory.
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Posted December 18, 2009

This is my sons first year at Phonics Phactory. I am very impressed thus far. I love the small community feel of the school and I think the parental involvement is great! My son and I love his teacher as well and he is learning so much!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 18, 2009

I think Phonics Phactory is a great alternative for a Christian. The people here are amazing, and I wish I didn't have to leave this year. I've gone here all my life. Because of this school, Middle school is my favorite time of my life. The teachers are the best! It may be expensive, but it's WORTH IT. You learn stuff here that you will NEVER forget. EVER.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 7, 2009

Contray to what they advertise, Phonics Phactory is not very affordable. Especially now with all of the home school co-ops and charter schools that are super cheap or free! If you break down the cost by days and hours in the classroom, plus add in the cost of the required 'designer' labeled uniform, you are better off paying slightly more for a five day a week school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 27, 2009

I think this school places too much pressure on the students and their parents. If your child is normal and learns at a normal learning pace, then this school is not for you. The school claims their program is two years ahead of public school. What is the point of pushing your child to be ahead by two years?
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Posted August 25, 2008

This school is not for everyone, but we love it! We have a two boys going into second and fourth grade. They have went since preschool. They have excelled academically and have learned respect, discipline, and the good results of working hard. They've went to the M&M (memory madness) Bible class after school and have learned a lot from this. They are happy here and so are we.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 27, 2008

Phonics Phactory is committed to quality education at an affordable price. My kids are in 4th grade and PreK. It is a great fit for our family. By spending three days per week at school and two days per week in homeschool activites I feel we get the best of both worlds. If you are looking for quality Christain education Phonics Phactory with deliver.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 73%
Asian 3% N/A
Black 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:15 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Brian Mayer
  • Coed
  • Christian
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (503) 907-5827


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Supports home-based learning
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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish


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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Christian Martial Arts
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Christian Martial Arts
  • Field hockey

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  • Painting
  • Band
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  • Dance
  • Drama
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  • Parents are required to do 4.5 hours of service block time per quarter.
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  • Mondays and Fridays are homeschool days for reinforcement teaching with work that is assigned by the teacher. This is required work time and does require parent involvement.
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3333 NE 8th St
Gresham, OR 97030
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