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Gresham High School

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Posted September 17, 2013

I graduated from Gresham High School in 2010. All 4 years of HS I transferred to GHS because I was out of district. One of the reasons I transferred every single year was that no other school offered AVID, I can proudly say that I was part of the first generation of AVID. This school has resources that others schools didn't offer and still to this day can offer better assistance to each of its students. They have computers and one on one teaching. Their staff actually does care for the future of the students. Both me and my brother graduated from this school and would with no doubt recommend it to more students and parents. I am glad I attended GHS, it opened many doors for me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2010

This school is one of the best that I have been to. The staff are caring and helpful, and all of the classes are taught by people who like their subject. I want to draw particular attention to the Technology program. Mr Walker, the teacher, is an incredibly gifted man who really teaches the kids in a cool way. He really is dedicated. Drama is also a strong point..
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 22, 2009

I love the school it makes it fun(: and the school keeps you on your toes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2008

All my kids have gone to GHS. They got a great education, the school is excellent, and the staff is wonderful
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2008

Gresham High School is a great place to experience high school. As I a student I walk down the halls each day knowing that I am safe, accepted, and supported. Within the historic walls of GHS lies a coalition of diverse cultures, races, and respective groups, all bonded together by school pride. The experienced faculty is extremely friendly; each striving to help students succeed above standard curriculum, a rare characteristic in today s education system. Nothing out matches the Gopher student body when athletics, performing arts, and student leadership are at play. Some schools are able to boast about 1 particular attribute they excel in but I can honestly say that I attend the most well balanced school in East County. I may slightly pompous but as a member of various student activities; I have experienced as much of high school as possible and I am proud to represent GHS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2008

Gresham High School has an outstanding reputation for students who excel and faculty and staff who are extremely caring. Parent involvement is outstanding as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2006

Overall a good school. I was a student there before and now have a daughter that just left there. The staff needs work, though. They don't do a good job of helping struggling students. Usually the students are left behind and can't catch up. There are also a great deal of gangs and drug/alcohol use in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

I read a couple of negative posts regarding Gresham High. The racial bias and intolerance allegations particularly standout. From my experience, they are unwarranted. Both of my daughters attend GHS. We have had nothing but a pleasant experience. The old principal was a little shaky but that has been remedied. The extra-curricular programs are outstanding. I have no debate with the academic programs, particularly since the Center for Advanced Learning was opened to GHS students. I am also a little puzzled about the post that alleges that only the 'achievers' are given their due by the teachers. That is certainly not my experience. The teachers are genuinely interested in student progress. For those who complain about teacher performance or interest it may be their kid more than the teachers. If you show up prepared to learn, I am confident the student will get more than a fair shake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2005

In a conservative town, GHS manages to maintain a staff of fairly open-minded, encouraging members. Students at Gresham are currently dealing with issues concerning racial, socio-ecomonic, religious, sexual and academic differences. Staff does little to help students cope with divisions and diversity. Safety is threatened because of the sometimes volatile environment that exists due in part to these divisions between students. Teachers and administrators are 'good' however, the counseling staff is seriously lacking. They are responsible for too many areas (such as, career/job/college/academic/interest counseling as well as social work counseling). The district as a whole does a poor job of dividing money/salaries/priorities. They tend to value admin far more than teachers. This is one of their biggest faults. Much emphasis is put on the IB program, Student Council, general 'achiever' type activities/classes. Students not a part of this small percentage of 'achievers' are left to fall through the cracks of society.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 2, 2005

My child is going to this school as of now. Someone said that they need to stop harassing the students that want to drive off campus for lunch. Well, that is against the rules to do so. They don't want to be responsible for any accidents that may happen during school hours. The staff is very helpful. The Social Worker there helped my child a lot. The teachers noticed she had a problem and notified the Social Worker. I see no problems with race in the school. Security could stand to be a lot better. There are too many fights within the school. When students get into fights, I don't feel they are delt with properly. They are just punished for what they did and there is no further intervention. Which often creates even more tention between the students. With the IB program, the school is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2004

This school is rather simple to sum up. Its a good school for students that do great. But students that struggle, get left behind. The programs designed to help students with this problem is so full, that sometimes you have to wait a year before even getting in. The administration is lacking, they dont like to help problem students very much, and find it much easier to send them to the college to get their GED. The counselors are overall nice, however a few need to work on how much they actually care about the students more than how much of their time is being used. Its a decent school, but needs alot of work to become what they say they are. Also, security needs to be upgraded to something more effective, and they need to stop harassing students who want to drive off campus for lunch.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 12, 2004

There aren't many great schools in the Gresham-Barlow School District to begin with. This is one of the better schools. My child attended Sam Barlow before changing to Gresham later in the year. She enjoys Gresham a lot more. There is less racial tension and the class sizes are considerably smaller. The teachers were very helpful. They are getting a new principal this year who was previously the vice principal. I believe she will lead this school in an even better direction. At Gresham there is the IB program, which helps students chances of getting into a college, the other schools in the GBSD don't have this program. A majority of the students there do very well in academics, as well as athletics. I highly recommend this school over any other school in this district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2004

I found most of the school administration racist and classist. Students are labeled early on, and if they are not white, athletic, and high in academic achievement, they are left behind. Zero tolerance policies seem designed to force students out, rather than help them to learn. The school district refuses to accommodate different learning styles (unless a teacher voluntarily allows for accommodation). The Options Program (Rick Bartha and others) was the only positive aspect of the school, and for that I am grateful. I drew attention to totally unacceptable, racist problems in the school and while the principal responded to me verbally, nothing actually changed in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2004

I attended Gresham 94-98. My experience was very good here, most of the teachers were very nice and helpful. School administration has a little work to do, they weren't very good when dealing with problem students. Certain programs-like drama-were not very enjoyable...a lot of brown nosing, parental payoffs and late nights which conflicted with school. Overall however, I believe my experience here was great.
—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

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2010.

2010

 
 
75%
Science

2010

 
 
62%
Writing

2010

 
 
64%
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.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

393 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2013.

393 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
75%
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 Students67%
Female63%
Male70%
African American27%
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic57%
Multiracial71%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female83%
Male84%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial82%
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities38%
English language learners5%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students59%
Female51%
Male68%
African American36%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic38%
Multiracial47%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learners<=5%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students58%
Female65%
Male51%
African American42%
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanic47%
Multiracial47%
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learners5%
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 61% 65%
Hispanic 25% 21%
Two or more races 5% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Black 3% 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 46%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1200 North Main Ave
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 674-5500

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