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Waluga Junior High School

Public | 7-8 | 515 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 8, 2014

"School is okay." review from 2005 rings true almost 10 years later. Some teachers are engaging and understand how to keep kids interested. Others use public shaming to motivate students who don't have homework finished or projects up to par. For a "top" rated school, I'd expect more endearing teachers, more mentoring, out-reach. As a parent of multiple Lakeridge MS/HS kids, I've seen that every grade/class has its own personality, and that can create a cohesive group or a bunch of cliques. Great school for over-achievers (where isn't?), not so great for shy or introverted kids who need more positive adult involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2013

The school is now 6-8th and called Lakeridge Jr High (not Waluga). New Principal came in from West Linn in 2012. Lots of change happening to adjust to middle school model. Teachers are experienced and know + like junior high kids. The 6th grade teachers seem especially strong as they've chosen to "do the new thing". We've found science teachers and English teachers to be excellent. Some math teachers are great. Spanish teacher isn't great and drama teacher doesn't do musicals - she writes her own plays the kids perform. Schedule is odd: some days the kids have all 7 classes; other days they have 3 or 4 but more time per class. Overall a good place that leads to a great high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

Great teachers with a strong focus on student success. Parents are highly involved with students and supporting the school. No crime or violence. Outanding programs for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

I'd like to respond to the comment about the after school activities. The drama teacher is only paid to do one show a year. I know how many hours she puts in for what she earns and my babysitter is better paid. This year nearly 60 kids were involved in the production. My daughter really enjoyed the art club and after school sports. We had a great experience there both during and after school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2008

I really enjoyed my educational experiance at this school, though the after school activities were dissapointing. The drama teacher only does 1 small cast show(10-20 kids) a year, while an avarage of almost 100 audtion. I have been told by my directors that I am one of the most talented students they have ever worked with, and I was still not cast because I never had a perfect match with any of the characters.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2007

Has a 'one size fits all approach'. Staff can be quite condescending with parents at times. My child likes the school however reports being a 'lot more bored' than in elementary school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2007

Not very challenging for bright student. Feel teachers are not enthusiastic about teaching. Disappointed in academics for being 'top school' in Portland area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2005

School is okay. Some teachers who have been teaching at the school for some time cater (and are motivated) to teach 'A/B' students. It is easy for the average or less than average student to 'fall through the cracks.' Communication with teachers must be initiated by the parent or you will simply be left uninformed. This is due to too many students and not enough teachers. I am disappointed with the quality and enthusiasm of some teachers. As the parent of other well-educated children, I am aware of what quality education should look like.
—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 61% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

2010

 
 
81%
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 63% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students91%
Female90%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial92%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation50%

Reading

All Students90%
Female94%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial85%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
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

Math

All Students91%
Female92%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial91%
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation50%

Reading

All Students90%
Female95%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial>=95%
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students92%
Female92%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial>=95%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation55%
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 83% 66%
Hispanic 6% 21%
Two or more races 6% 4%
Asian 4% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Black 0% 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 15%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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