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Witch Hazel Elementary School

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2011:
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Posted April 25, 2014

My kids have been attending this school for the past 5 years. We have loved every teacher our kids have gotten. The school is very diverse and the dual language program has been great for my kindergartener. The principal cares about all the students and tries hard to get to know all of them. Every month they have assemblies were they recognize good character traits and give classroom awards such as the golden book, golden whistle, and golden broom. One challenge of this school is the lack of parental involvement. Many parents step up and help out, and I always feel appreciated when I'm there to volunteer. But sadly many parents do not help. The PTA, Watch DOGS and the principal work hard to get more parents involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2013

Not a good school. Administration is really lacking, and if you're child is having difficulty forget about getting anywhere. Emails and calls to teachers go unanswered, office visits are useless as the principal is always unavailable or unresponsive, and no one knows anyone's schedules. Communication about a child's behavior which can easily be worked on at home is not communicated to the parents. What's the point of a red, orange, yellow or green card if the parent is not notified? I will revisit this review in the near future if things change.


Posted July 10, 2013

After two years of attending this school I have unfortunately decided to move all of my children out of not only this school, but the school district. My first issue is that they were all in high reading, math, etc., yet my 6th grader can't spell words like "church, automobile, scissors, and many more words that an almost 13 year old child should know how to spell. She struggles in math and doesn't know her multiplication tables, and her writing skills are pretty weak. I kept in contact with her teacher but it's hard to follow what they are learning because very little of their work is sent home. This has been an ongoing battle. This summer is being spent homeschooling and working with tutors to get them caught up so they can attend their new school in the fall and be successful. My other issue is the bullying problem and lack of attention being spent on this issue. I can't go into great detail of what the circumstances were, but I can say it was handled poorly by both the school and the school district. Great teachers but poor administration and weak leadership. I feel like this school's priorities are not where they should be and unfortunately the students are the ones who pay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2012

After years of trying and hoping we finally transfered our child out of Witch Hazel. While we have had a good teacher we have also had ones where burn out seemed to be a factor in them giving their all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2012

This is a great school. Quite a few teachers truly care about their students. They try to give as much one on one attention to their students. The principal has amazing relationships with his students, when they do great he gives them prizes and it encourages the students to do better. The programs that the school offer are great! The communication between staff and parents is amazing they also have great help for bi lingual parents English/ Spanish. All the events that the teachers put together to involve parents would be great if more parents would participate. The staff put together movie night, spirit assembly's, sporting events, and a Christmas meet with santa clause. I think Witch Hazel has everything put together well. I love this school and the staff. I am a parent who requested to volunteer at Witch hazel elementary before applying my child and they immediately said yes. I look forward to my child attending Witch Hazel Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2011

This school could have great potential and I hope they can pull it together. I find they don't challenge their students enough. All of their programs lack support by teachers. My child loves to learn but is not challenged enough to make it worth going there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

After many years of trying to work with this school, we finally had to transfer our children out and into better programs. Although there are a few fantastic teachers, the lack of principal leadership and genuine care and concern for all students does not make it worthwhile. Infact, the education and safety of the students declined more each year. I truly hope this little school can pull itself together, it is sad to see it do so poorly.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 61% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
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 64% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

2010

 
 
38%
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 58% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
62%
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 59% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 63% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
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 Students47%
Female43%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander33%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learners23%
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation33%

Reading

All Students43%
Female37%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander44%
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learners23%
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
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 Students45%
Female37%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learners26%
Migrant43%
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation10%

Reading

All Students50%
Female49%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learners29%
Migrant50%
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation11%
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 Students52%
Female62%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learners<=5%
Migrant10%
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female66%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learners7%
Migrant10%
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students44%
Female52%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learners20%
Migrant10%
Academically giftedn/a
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 Students60%
Female67%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learners<=5%
Migrant50%
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation17%

Reading

All Students64%
Female63%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learners<=5%
Migrant50%
Academically giftedn/a
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
Hispanic 60% 21%
White 27% 65%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Two or more races 4% 5%
Black 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4950 SE Davis Rd
Hillsboro, OR 97123
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