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Gordon Russell Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 829 students

 
 

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Posted March 20, 2014

I can only speak to the time my oldest went to this school- we had to transfer her the last quarter of her 7th grade year from Centennial (since we moved to a new school district). She struggled SO much with math at her old school (it was honestly horrible and frustrating when she had homework she never understood it)- but she did great at her new school within weeks! All I can grade it on is our personal experience- and, in general- but she enjoyed her classes/teachers, did well in her studies and overall was a changed student! She met some great friends and we never had any issues in the time she went there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2008

My child is currently a 7th grader at GRMS. I personally, attended the school 20 years ago, and I think I loved it as much as she does now. I don't know if we have just been fortunate, or the G/B School District has a lot of great teachers, but we have YET to be disappointed! They all seem to have a very strong passion for driving the kids to not only learn, but love to learn. She feels safe there, she feels like discipline issues are dealt with, and the student body as a whole seems to all know one another, and there is a lot of 'community' within the school. The PAC is a strong, the principal gives 100% support, and I will be just a little bit sad when she finishes her 8th grade year, and moves on. HEMSTEAD IS THE BEST!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2007

my daughter has been at this school two years now, the first year i took her out before the third month was out due to the fact that there is no control over the students there, there is violence and uncontrolled behavior from the students and it seems that nothing is done to help it. I was forced to send her there again this year because of where we live, I would love to home school my daughter just to get her out of there, but unless I move she is stuck as well as I am. I just keep telling her it is only for a few more months. I dont recommend any kid go to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2007

This school has greatly improved over the years and I would now recommend it for any student new to the area. Perhaps, it is because my child may be slightly more comfortable in her own skin this year? I just would not suggest this school for incoming seventh graders. Too intimidating educating a middle student. Home school them that year. It's good advice :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2005

Educational philosophy is to forcefully mainstream every student. Princpal creates adversarial relationships with parents and refuses to follow federal, state, and local laws and policies. Administration continually reflects inability to cope with large student population. Quality of instruction extremely inconsistent. This school has the worst internal communication I have witnessed in any organization, and does not appear to have any form of policy providing guidelines for parent/teacher communication. There are a number of excellent activities, but it is extremely confusing/inconsistent for 6th graders. From administration down, school has a very negative environment. Primary goal is to police rather than to educate. If you expect your child to actively learn and you expect a cooperative working relationship with your child's school... avoid this place like the plague. Home school, boarding school, join a cult, but don't send your child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2004

My son has been at GR for one year. His first year was a very good one for him. His teachers were great, the school was safe, and he was challenged to push himself. We had heard a mixed review of the school before he went there, so things were much better than expected. There seem to be plenty of opportunites for students to excell. They are encouraged to develope and progress in their study habits. All of the staff we've come into contact with so far are enthusiastic and willing to offer individual attention. They seem to enjoy their jobs and invest a lot personally in their classroom. As is the rule with schools nationwide today, you get out of them what you put into them. Be prepared to devote some time to volunteer for a field trip or attend an event. We're happy with the school so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2004

Trips to the school to talk to the principal about issues are heard, but shined on, nothing much is ever done to resolve a problem, the buck is always passed and its as if they don't care and then they label your kid a problem child if you insist they do something.
—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 59% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 63% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
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 61% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

2010

 
 
47%
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 63% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students56%
Female63%
Male49%
African American44%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic30%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learners13%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation14%

Reading

All Students64%
Female70%
Male58%
African American44%
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanic36%
Multiracial64%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learners13%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted90%
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 Students64%
Female65%
Male63%
African American18%
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanic42%
Multiracial88%
Native American67%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learners6%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation8%

Reading

All Students70%
Female74%
Male67%
African American55%
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanic49%
Multiracial88%
Native American67%
White78%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learners18%
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

Math

All Students66%
Female70%
Male63%
African American67%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic49%
Multiracial81%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learners<=5%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation23%

Reading

All Students69%
Female75%
Male63%
African American78%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial75%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learners<=5%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students66%
Female64%
Male69%
African American67%
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic47%
Multiracial88%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities41%
English language learners<=5%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation42%
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 65% 65%
Hispanic 22% 21%
Two or more races 6% 5%
Black 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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