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Gresham, OR
Students enrolled: 1,791

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5105 SE 302nd Ave
Gresham, OR 97080

(503) 674-5600
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June 26, 2014
Barlow is a school with many problems. Majority of these are resulting from the lower level staff and administration. There are many instances of unfair treatment between students by staff (you can get away with just about anything if youre goody goody enough with the right staff/teachers) theres also a bright side to the school though,good teachers are not impossible to find, each year i had at least 1 teacher that I could look up to and were positive influences to all the students. While with others, I found it hard to recognize how they EVER got into teaching our future generations. It's sad to see, some put all their effort into the school and students, while others put all their work on the students and bash their entire class if the teaching methods they use suck.(because they obviously put NO effort into thinking it up) I had a decent time at Barlow in my 4 years as a student, but thats because most the students are open to new friends, (unless u want to be a 'cool' guy, most of the more known kids are very pretentious and will look down on u no matter what. the school has a very strong religious stripe coursing through it) all in all, if u have a choice, dont go to Barlow.

- submitted by a student

October 03, 2013
Trash.The school is trash. Nothing more, nothing less.... The school is like a factory. They try to ship(graduate) students out of that building as cheaply as possible. They don't care about the quality of the education.

- submitted by a student

February 14, 2013
school is terrible enough said, do not attend this school. i transfered to springwater high and it is much better.

- submitted by a student

March 20, 2011
There are many programs available to help students be successful during their time at SBHS as well as when they go on to either college or the work force. My family, as well as the teachers at Barlow, have always encouraged me to take the higher level classes (Honors/AP) and I have noticed that the teachers of those classes go above and beyond in order to help their students succeed, but the same can not be said for all of the teachers. While there are ample educational opportunities, the administration/support staff seem as though the power has gone to their heads and make seemingly nonsensical rules without justification that we are required to follow.

- submitted by a student

January 21, 2011
this school is amazing i am currently attending as a frosh and i love it here great teachers and great help for students

- submitted by a student

March 07, 2010
I have attended this school for all four years and I absolutely love it. The teachers really care about the students and get involved. I think the environment has given me many opportunities, like AP classes.

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 03, 2009
Their commitment to developing happy, healthy, positive and productive life long learners; their commitment to the surrounding community and most of all their commitment to academic excellence.

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2009
TERRIBLE SCHOOL! I find both the student body and the teachers to be horribly closed minded and conservative here. The students are not being prepared for real life and in many ways live in 'lala land'. I am not attending this school next year, I shall be going to Gresham High.

- submitted by a student

February 02, 2009
I am the parent of 5 children 1 of which attended Barlow for one year and hated it, and 2 who currently attend and who both are doing very well. I would like to find a way that our schools could get the funding that they need to provide excellent education which I know they are capable of.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2008
barlow is a great school. you DO get all questions answered and the teachers do care about all students and want them all to succeed. the reason why it is so crowded is because it is a good school to attend. all high schools are going to be crowded. woo go barlow!

- submitted by a student
no rating
January 15, 2008
Barlow is stuck between a rock and a hard place. another problem is the lack of funding. gresham is the 'red headed stepchild' to portland and in being so, the recieve very little funding which forces them to cut back on the variety of classes and the size of classes increases. there are very few AP classes which forces many students (such as myslef) to take classes at Mt. Hood, making it difficult to enjoy being a highschool student. if the school received more funding it would be in a far better place. (but wouldnt we all?

- submitted by a student

January 02, 2008
I'm a senior at SBHS. I am full of bruin pride, but the school it's self isn't at all what people say. Yes, we do have High test score, but its only becuase of the freakishly smart kids we have here, and they make up a small portion of our school. The teachers focus on the smart, most likely to go somewhere in life kindas of teens, and leave the rest of u,s who aren't like that, who do have problems and only want someone to help us out, behind. I have struggled threw out my whole 4 years, and have looked for help in every place, but I get turned down. It's time people here how it really is from the other side.

- submitted by a student

March 19, 2004
Teachers and counselors are very supportive, and encouraging. Could improve in some curriculum areas. Just be sure to ask specific questions and get everything in writing, with signatures before enrolling, or making decisions. Read the ORS policies and know your rights before enrollment. Otherwise, the teachers, counselors, school staff are awesome. Just be careful of the administration at the school and the district.

- submitted by a parent

March 19, 2004
School Administration has no accountability. District tends to ignore problems. Be careful. Money and Politics drive 'policy issues' without concern for Prejudice. JECDAR Policy states 'all decisions can be accepted or rejected at discretion of administration.' Unfortunately, this leaves the door wide open to unethical, unconstitutional personal admistrative decisions, regarding students' permanent records and futures, without legal recourse, especially for low-income families. Teachers and staff are wonderful, and uplifting, but, they also have a hard time fighting the bureaucracy. Be very careful. Brown-nosing, and unfair decisions, based on who's who in the district. Students asked to pull out of scholarship competitions by staff, to remove competition from favorite individuals. Watch your back!

- submitted by a student

March 18, 2004
My daughter found the environment overwhelming, the hallways were crowded, and the class sizes so large that her questions were never answered. She now goes to Springwater Trail a smaller high school in the district and is happier there.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
This school has a poorly watched administration that leads to many dropouts and expulsions.

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Sam Barlow High School
5105 SE 302nd Ave, Gresham, OR  97080
(503) 674-5600
Last modified Sam Barlow High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sam Barlow High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top