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Sam Barlow High School

Public | 9-12 | 1805 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted October 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 7, 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


Posted October 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted February 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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 former student


Posted 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


Posted August 26, 2003

This school has a poorly watched administration that leads to many dropouts and expulsions.
—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 56% in 2010.

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2010.

2010

 
 
81%
Science

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

2010

 
 
66%
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.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2013.

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
82%
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 Students78%
Female79%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracial71%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learners29%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female85%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial81%
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learners<=5%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students76%
Female74%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learners<=5%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students69%
Female79%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracial87%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learners<=5%
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 78% 66%
Hispanic 14% 21%
Two or more races 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Asian 1% 4%
Black 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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5105 SE 302nd Ave
Gresham, OR 97080
Phone: (503) 674-5600

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