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2 Touchstone
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

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March 19, 2015
We came to Touchstone from a highly coveted public school district and it was honestly the best decision we've ever made! I absolutely LOVE this school!! I loved everything about it- from the sweetest, most caring staff and teachers to the kind of work the students did. The overall environment is just amazing! We just recently moved out of state and the hardest part of our move was leaving this great school. Our kiddos loved going to school- they REALLY liked their teachers and enjoyed the challenging work because the teachers made it fun! My kids really excelled at Touchstone and we all felt genuinely cared about. We have older kids and I promise that a school like Touchstone is hard to find!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2014
Touchstone School has skilled and experienced teachers providing challenges or giving extra support. I sent two children through all of the grades between 2002-20014 and the teachers intuitively knew what each child needed. While the school seemed small at times, my children both thrived and became confident through so many different offerings at the school. They graduated well equipped for learning at their new schools, with an enthusiasm for learning that has served them well.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2014
Touchstone is an exemplary school that I could not recommend more highly. Both our sons attended K-5th. Our oldest began as an eager but extremely shy student and left a thriving young man - introverted but with a strong sense of himself and his ability. He transitioned amazingly to our public middle school excelling academically and in extracurriculars. He was even selected to be the Promotion Ceremony class speaker. I give Touchstone a huge amount of credit in nurturing intellectual growth and sense of self, confidence, social and communication skills. His younger brother just finished 5th with flying colors and eagerly awaits going to the same middle school this fall. It's hard to put into a few words what I think makes Touchstone so special. The individualized attention from long-term educators is at the top of the list. They partner with you through challenges and push just the right amount. My boys went several grades ahead in math, for example. But when one needed to move from an advanced to a slower paced reading group this transition was also smooth. Kindness, respect & study skills are taught right along with content. There's PE, art, language, music and more

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2014
We love Touchstone School. Both our boys attended Touchstone School, and the second one graduated this year. After seven years, the school and its community became such an integral part of our lives, and we will miss it so very much. Our sons thrived in its small class sizes, excellent and engaged teachers and an amazing parent community The principal and teachers are so accessible and encouraging. They personally meet your child at each drop off and pick up - now where will you find that? The teachers are always glad to make the time to talk with you. The curriculum is challenging, and while some might find the small school size limiting, our sons loved it and have made life long friendships. Our older boy now attends OES, and was amazingly well prepared for the 7th grade academically. The school is nimble and is constantly making changes to its curriculum to keep up with the current programs. The school is also adding to its enrichment classes and partnering with neighboring tennis clubs to offer more activities to its students. I would not hesitate to recommend this school to any parent. We have been so happy with it.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2014
Wow! Touchstone...what an incredible experience! My son just completed seven years at this amazing school. It is a place where every student thrives. From the brightest star to the most challenged, each child is treated like an individual while always being reminded there are part of a community. Every component of his education was addressed by smart, patient, dedicated teachers and staff. He started in kindergarten where he learned to raise his hand and listen, then ended with sixth grade where he had the confidence to stand in front of a room full of people and make a speech expressing his gratitude and admiration for the school that gave him those skills. They challenged his mind and built his character. Thank you to Ms Frost, Mrs Harris, Mrs Macy, Mrs A, Mrs Moore and Mr B. What and unbelievable team of intelligent, loving, absolutely committed teachers! I don't know how they do it. And of course, it couldn't happen without the principals Ms Schaeffer and Mrs Platz at the helm. They provided my son with the foundation for success in all of his future endeavors. Thank you, thank you!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2013
My daughter attended first through fifth grades (2008-2013) at Touchstone Elementary. We loved the caring environment and small class sizes at Touchstone. It turned out to be well worth our 35-40 minute commute and we were very sad to leave. The classes combine every two grade levels; there are about 16-20 kids per class with two classes in each combined grade. The teachers take the time to know the kids' learning styles and personalities very well. Every time we had a parent-teacher conference, we felt that the teachers really understood her and cared about her. There is very little turnover of the core teaching staff and they are all amazing. They keep order in the classroom as well as getting the kids excited about learning. Touchstone prepares students well for middle school. My daughter will be going into Algebra in 6th grade, and has good organizational and typing skills. We felt like we were part of a family at Touchstone. I wanted my daughter to spend her elementary school days with people who cared about her, in a place where she felt safe and comfortable. She definitely got that with Touchstone. She also got a great education and had a lot of fun.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2013
The size of the school is limiting to the social development of kids. Touchstone teaches respect but don't prepare the students for what is coming when the reach junior high. A couple outstanding teachers can't make up for the marginal ones.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2013
After 14 years, and three children, we have just graduated our last child from Touchstone. Looking back, we would make the same school choice for our children again. They grew in every way possible and are ready to take on what awaits them in their futures. The staff at Touchstone is extraordinary. Our children were nurtured, inspired, challenged and respected. Kudos to all who work so tirelessly at Touchstone to make it a very special place!

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2012
I feel fortunate to be able to send my daughter to Touchstone. I think the small groups and projects are what make her days so enjoyable. The staff's attention to her emotional development has really boosted her academic performance. I believe that the elementary school years are crucial to future success. I don't think I could have given her a better foundation. I recommend Touchstone.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2012
The teachers are the most compassionate I've met, understanding that boys learn differently from girls at this young age, but balancing both. They've always made allowances for my son to move to the skill level appropriate classes, including moving to higher grade classrooms for certain subjects. It couldn't be more individualized. The children are all respectful and welcoming, regardless of age. We only wish they continued to 8th grade (which most likely prompted bitter reviews in 2009/10 when we tried). We've been with the school for four years and can't wait to return again in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2011
An excellent school with personalized attention for its students. My two sons have received attention to their academic, personal, and social development, and it is wonderful to be part of such a close community. Moreover, I have had a chance to see classmates of my sons develop and grow as well. I have found the principals and teachers to responsive, and the parent community is remarkable in its level of involvement. A prior comment about accepting 'behavior problems'; this was a little peculiar to me. There have been no students I have seen that exhibit sociopathic tendencies or gross outliers of behavior. I suppose in some parents' minds, certain children should not be allowed certain educational opportunities, and should only be allowed homeschooling or be remanded to the state. To make these judgements at this early age seems short-sided and unfortunate.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2010
School list enrollment at 109 students K-6. They would be lucky to actually have 80. School is very, very small with declining enrollment. Very limitting socially for the children. Staff reductions in recent years (let all aides go last year, and several teachers over the last couple years) now make it hard to meet children's needs. Principal told children that the school was moving and being expanded. This IS NOT happening. Very inappropriate. Principal and school are a disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2010
While the teachers are kind and know my child very well, the principal tends to smooth over issues without trying to solve them. Her communication is lacking - there were times she told us one thing, and then events played out so that another thing actually happened. Not sure if the principal really has the students' best interest at heart.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2010
I am SO happy with my son's educational experience at Touchstone. My son will be entering 2nd grade next year and we LOVE this school! Every morning we are greeted with smiles by the staff that is so friendly! The teachers are fantastic and are able to give students alot of individual attention making sure they succeed in every area. I volunteer every week and am amazed how well the classes are ran... I cannot begin to tell you how good the 1/2 grade teachers are. Students treat one another with respect and are so kind! The spanish teacher is so good and creative with the kids, the arts programs is outstanding, and music is great too! The principal is very involved and cares about the success of ALL students! Highly recommended!

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2010
I am very pleased with Touchstone school. I always thought I would be the parent to put my child in the public school system, but ended up falling in love with Touchstone. First and foremost, my son loves going to school each and every day. While he has his moments, each faculty members knows him by name and genuinely cares for him and his best interest. Being a single parent isn't easy, and Touchstone has gone out of their way to make sure our needs are being met. My son is gaining a wonderful education. I can't imagine him being anywhere else. As a matter of fact, I wish the school went through Junior High...as we don't want to leave!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2010
My daughter's experience at Touchstone was SO positive...her best year yet! She was immediately welcomed into the school by other students, looked forward to going to school each and every day, grew academically and was included in social activites by her peers. The students are friendly and respectful. The teahers surpass standards and truly care about each individual child. I watched my daughter become an independent and responsible young individual because of the support and encouragement she received from her teachers. Touchstone staff is sensitive to bullying prevention and after my daughter's negative experience at another school two years ago I knew Touchstone was the right environment for her. I only wish every child had the same opportunities she had this year! She loved her teachers, the principal, and enjoyed her studies in core subjects, art, music, technology, and ingtegrated studies. My daughter and I highly recommend this truly special school.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2010
Touchsotne is only looking for a certain type of student. Any student that does not fit their mold will not thrive here and it is quite possible your child's self esteem could be destroyed. Teachers are rigid. Principal is a fraud. So happy the year is finally over.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2010
I am a current parent with 2 very happy well adjusted children attending Touchstone. I love the personal learning plans that allow my children to succeed at their highest level. If you want to hear more about how great Touchstone is ask to talk to a current parent. We came from the public school system and our experience has been outstanding. We are sad to see the year end. We will be back next fall and are eager to see what new experiences are in store for our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
School to family/parent communication and this school works so hard to ensure the success of every child!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2010
I would think long and hard before sending your children here. They are now accepting behavior problems to boost enrollment. Principal hides problems to avoid any conflict. Serious problems. Very Poorly run. The only saving grace is a few good teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 11, 2010
I have a son at Touchstone and, as a result of the progress I have witnessed in his self-esteem and eagerness to learn, I am about to remove my other son from a prestigious private school in PDX to Touchstone. TS teaches reggio style - much in the vein of Catlin Gabel, with half the price-tag, fewer of the resources, a lot less of the attitude. On the upside, because of its small staff and size, this school is flexible and does respond to individual concerns quickly. On the downside, it does not have the resources of Catlin or OES. Nor does it have as actively involved parental community at this time, and there's an upside to that, too. No pressure. At TS the majority of families, in many forms, consist of working professionals. If you value value and a small school with a strong curriculum, LO Touchstone is it.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
I have 2 kids at Touchstone. The education they are getting is miles above what the LO the public school system provides. Contrary to another post, there IS a fence around the playground, which is well maintained. In recent years there was some discussion of moving the school to another location, so some maintenance had been ignored; however decision recently made to stay put has resulted in addressing some lingering issues (like playground upkeep). Blended classrooms (2 years together with a 2 year cycling curriculum in each blend) together with master themes that cut across multiple subjects make a very thought provoking environment that encourages creative thinking. Decent arts and music program for a school this size.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2009
My son spent 1 1/2 years at the preschool and, so far, 3 years at the elementary school. We could not be more pleased and feel that the money has been very well spent. The individual attention and community feel of the school has been invaluable in helping my somewhat shy boy flourish.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2008
We were very disappointed with the school. The environment and school curriculum somehow suppress the children s imagination and creativity, the mind set and culture of the school are very traditional. The music and art programs do not give kids much benefit. Do some shopping around, you will easily find better arts and music classes/programs that help your kids passion towards arts. The playground is very poorly maintained. There is no fence to the outside road, the administration counts on the responsibility from kids that they know they would not walk outside. Save your money and find a better public school or chose another good private school.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2008
We've had our 2 kids at Touchstone for several years and have always been very happy. The great strength of the school is in the teachers & other staff. They are creative, intelligent, consistent, and go beyond the call of duty. The school is intellectually rigorous without being pretentious. The school community is caring and warm. Even the school lunches are noticeably healthy, while still being kid-friendly. We also appreciate the diversity of the community.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2008
I have two children at Touchstone Elementary School. We have been involved with this school for the last 4 years. The school management and teachers are exceptional. My children go to school everyday excited about school. In fact, they hate to leave and frequently want to stay in extended care. They are respected, cherished, and feel loved by the staff. My boys have very different learning styles and needs and the teachers have always addressed their different learning needs accurately and with success. This review is to address some of the complaints made in the previous reviews. Over the years some children have been asked to leave due to severe behavioral problems such as bullying or disruptive behavior. I know that the school attempts extensive teacher and management counseling for the student and their family and only with great regret is the student asked to leave. Complaints regarding the art and music program are unfounded. In LO the public elementary students have a single one-hour block of art each month, which is taught by a parent volunteer. My children have art class 1-2 times a week taught by an art teacher, they have music 2 days a week, and Spanish 3 days a week. The public school does not offer a foreign language in elementary school during the school day and music is once a week. In addition they have experiential science (my son learned parts of the periodic table in 5th grade), geography and integrated history. The third complaint is about the building. Yes, it really needs to be updated. The school has tried for the last four years to find a new school site within 5 miles of its present location. A very difficult task. They have a tentative new site that will be exciting and wonderful for the students in the future. The last complaint is student-teacher ratio. All classes are blends with a maximum of 20 or less students with additional teachers for math and a full-time assistant in the lower grades plus numerous parent volunteers. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Touchstone and all of the staff. I find it impossible to deny my boys the wonderful education they are receiving at Touchstone Elementary School.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2008
Some of the confusion in these reviews stem from the fact that there are two separate Touchstone Schools: a preschool and an elementary school. I cannot speak to the preschool, but at the elementary school the class sizes are always less than twenty, and there is a substantial art and music curriculum with weekly activities in these areas. Nor is it only for 'gifted' children. Both my boys have average academic skills and have thrived at the elementary school because of the individual attention, small class sizes, and rich curriculum. I have never seen a family asked to leave the school unless there were a severe behavioral problem that had not responded to multiple interventions, which happens very rarely.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2007
The ratio of teacher to student in this school approaches 30 even though they tell you it is 1:20. There is no art program. Music program is scarce. Although they say parent involvement is welcome, they actually do not welcome parents' involvement in school.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
Poor school for the average kid. Be prepared for them to rip your child out of their school and send them to the public school system. If your child is not gifted, they will not be welcome. Teachers were not more qualified than the LOSD public schools for them to be so arrogant, pricey and choosy. They are hurting for enrollment now, which is not surprising. Please save your child the ebarrasement and look elsewhere, or I will be saying; 'told you so'.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2006
This is our son's second year at Touchstone and we couldn't be more pleased with the teachers or his progress. He was already very advanced academically when he started at Touchstone and has continued to be challenged by their program. I feel like the teachers take the time to understand each child's strengths and challenges and do everything they can to address them in positive ways. My only issue with the Touchstone environment is the seeming lack of involvement on the part of many parents. It seems like a small group consistently expends time and energy to enhance the school and its programs. While that group is effective, I wish more parents would make time to be involved.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2005
As the parents of an active, intelligent, tri-lingual pre-k child we are disappointed in Touchstone's teaching practices and approach. If you would like vague comments regarding your child's social progress, a lax process improvement scale, and contradictions in what is best for your child then this is the place. A spirited, intelligent child does not fit within the Touchstone box. Touchstone 'does not have the tools' (direct staff quote) to embrace an academically superior child. Instead of taking the time to gain the tools, complacency becomes the norm. Don't rely on their teachers to be a part of the team whom help your child succeed to the best of his or her potential.

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Touchstone Elementary School is committed to providing a challenging, personalized curriculum and innovative instruction. Class sizes in all grades are small. Physical education, art, music, technology, and Spanish continue to be taught by specialists. Our highly experienced teachers possess a deep understanding of the needs and individual learning styles of each student. Students explore, reason, and collaborate in a hands-on environment. Touchstone School resonates with energy and enthusiasm! We at Touchstone value parent involvement. We are happy to connect you to families to hear about their personal experience. To find out more about our high-quality learning community - schedule a private tour today!


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Touchstone School
2 Touchstone, Lake Oswego, OR  97035
(503) 635-4486
Last modified Touchstone School is a Private school that serves grades K-6
Touchstone School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top