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6300 Southwest Nicol Road
Portland, OR 97223

(503) 246-7771
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4 stars
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January 27, 2014
I am writing pertaining to the elementary ("Lower") school as I have no direct experience about the middle or upper (junior and high) schools. My experience was that everything depended upon the teacher whom the child got for the year. I was disappointed in the school's ability to handle a child with special needs. I would recommend this school for those with fairly typical children. I would not recommend this school for those whose children have special behavioral or learning needs. Their response to my child has ranged from heavy-handed to confused to un productive. They do not appear to be equipped to handle a wide range of behavior and learning styles.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2013
OES is a very special place, It has strong academics, yes, but it also values service to the community. The service is authentic and compassionate. The kids grow and learn to identify who they are (a force for good) as human beings in this world through service learning. Let's face it, book learning is important and OES does an job challenging the kids, but the type of learning that remains through adult hood is the kind that is learned through experiences. OES allows the kids to experience many things in a safe environment. My child went to middle school and will be in the high school also. I volunteer and participate in school functions and am blown away by the dedication and love the teachers and staff have for the kids. I am not wealthy, but all the parents I have met and worked with are down to earth, care about the kids and support the school. I would highly recommend this school. You as a parent and your child will get the most out of the OES experience if you volunteer and participate at school. I just keep wondering why all schools don't function at the level of OES. I don't think it's money. I think there is not enough will by you and me to make it happen.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
This a an amazing school. It has lots of opportunities for students to branch out. In middle school you can choose from three languages. Chinese, French, and Spanish. It is in the top three schools in oregon.

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2013
Oregon Episcopal is as delicious as Chocolate Explosion Cake. It looks amazing from the outside and is chocolatey and gooey on the inside. It lived up to all of my expectations and has really helped me with some organization problems I had. They have an amazing writing program and help young writers expand outside of the OES community. I love Oregon Episcopal School and plan to stay hear through high school.

- submitted by a community member
February 03, 2012
Our son goes to Middle School at OES. We couldn't be happier with the level of education he is receiving. If you are lucky enough to be accepted into this school your child will be in a safe, caring and truly amazing environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2011
This school has exceeded our expectations. The overall attention to detail, level of communication with parents, and quality of teaching all serve to make this an incredible school. Our son could not be happier here.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2011
I have been at this school for my whole life. It is absolutely the best school I could ever imagine. The academics are amazing, the athletics are strong, the arts are great, humanities and languages are fantastic, and the math and sciences are incredible. You really cannot go wrong with OES because it has something for everyone. I love my school, it is my home and family. Now in high school, I am realizing how much my teachers and peers have shaped me as a person and I am truly grateful for that.

- submitted by a community member
May 04, 2011
As a parent of two children in the lower elementary school, we have experienced small nurturing classrooms, with excellent teachers. There is such a wide range of enrichment activities in arts, music, and sports that complement the strong academics. My children also enjoy the beautiful campus with the wetlands, woods, and the all-weather play areas!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2011
The training I got at OES, in academics and also in life, helped me succeed at college and beyond. I found my voice at OES, because I was constantly both challenged and supported. An amazing school, with a closeknit community and teachers I will admire for the rest of my life.

- submitted by a community member
January 08, 2011
We removed our son from this school after one year. This school lacks leadership, structure and the staff is out of touch. I am so glad we got out when we did. Our son is bright and finally being challenged at his new school!!! A big sales pitch that did not follow through.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
The relationships between teachers and students are what make this school stand out from any other school I have attended. Teachers at Oregon Episcopal are mentors, but also friends. Many of them prefer to be called by their first names, which eliminates the formalities involved with having student-teacher discussions. They teach rigorous courses full of a colorful array of challenges and surprises. In doing so, they keep every student engaged, excited, and constantly rising to new levels of academic excellence that many young scholars would envy. OES is about community, and what has been created there is a close-knit bond between every teacher, administrator, and student, young and old. Everyone is close, and well aware of how to respect one another. OES has provided a refreshing learning environment for my family and I to enjoy, and I am very grateful.

- submitted by a student
January 15, 2010
OES is awesome!! We have so many programs such as AASK which is tutoring, Sirens which is a choir only for girls, Concert Choir, SLAC and many others. In addition, we are good at sports!! Of course we have ESL program as well that is very, really, super helpful for international students!!! Our Soccer Boys' Varsity won the State Champion this season!! Yeah!!! We're OES!!

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December 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2009
I love it at OES and plan to continue my education until the end of high school. It is a very good environment for all kinds of kids. It is a very inclusive community and has helped me grow as a person.

- submitted by a student
October 25, 2009
As a retired college professor I sought out a school with extremely high educational standards, especially in the sciences. OES has exceeded my expectations! I am a little surprised to read some of the comments. The school is highly structured, has a well rounded academic program, small class size for personal student/teacher attention and what says it best is its college acceptance rate! Graduates are routinely accepted into the Ivy League schools, College of William & Mary, and Standford at a higher rate than any Oregon public school. Its only down side is that there are more applicants than seats available in each of the classes, so only 3 to 4 students a year are selected from the ever larger applicant pool, which may explain some of the comments I've seen here. Its an amazing school if you are lucky enough to be accepted. I won't consider any other!

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October 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
OES lacks structure, safety and fundamental foundation. The school has been an extreme disappointment to many for years and others are just beginning to see the light. Hopefully once a new Headmaster is hired the environment will shift, but for now it s unstable, at best.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2009
OES is a wonderful environment for many types of children. There are many reasons to love OES. The community is accepting, diverse and vibrant. The view I share is one that I know many people share. Not only is the campus very impressive but the faculty/staff are intellegent and professional.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2009
I truly expected more. I wanted an educational expeirence that would drive me further. My parents and I wish we had chosen a public school.

- submitted by a student
July 17, 2009
Words cannot describe how far this school has fallen. If you are considering this school, I suggest you look elsewhere; I wish I had. The academics in the lower school are so weak. The basics are neglected.

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June 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
We have been in the Lower School at OES for five years (starting in kindergarten) and will leave for public school next year. We have been hugely disappointed with the lack of rigor and attention to solid academic curriculae. With so many 'extras' (quilting, musicals, buddy classes, etc.), we have felt that the acadmics have been lacking...to the point that we hired a tutor to work with our very bright child to 'fill in' the missing gaps that we expected to be taught in a school like OES. It has been a huge waste of money for us...and we no longer are willing to 'wait' to see if things improve.

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March 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2008
As a former parent of two sons who graduated from OES and who are now leading successful and independent lives, I must give this school the highest rating. The intellectual challenge that OES offered and the constant support during their 4 years there, have prepared them well for the world. I'm very grateful for this wonderful school. Sally Morris

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April 16, 2008
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no rating February 14, 2008
To correct this 6/7/07 review by another parent, the annual Lower School Teacher appreciation luncheon was not cancelled. It was changed to a time frame in the after school hours, not during the school day. Having the luncheon during school meant the school needed far too many parental volunteers to oversee the students during this time frame. I have been at the school for 12 years and the quality of teaching and academics is awesome! I have a high schooler now, and if your child is academically driven, this is the place for you. The high school teachers are phenomenal, and really take pride in knowing your child and his/her strengths. IF your child needs more social or less academic challenge, then OES is not the place for you.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2007
I currently am attending the OES Upper School. My experience to this point has actually been lower than I expected. I believe that I could have learned the same material at any public school. However, OES is very good at making one a better writer in one's freshman year. The kids are nice and inviting and there is no problem making friends. One tip is not to overwhelm yourself by taking too many honor classes. Junior year is the hardest and is why parents pay the money for their children to attend the school.

- submitted by a student
November 06, 2007
I am a student at the OES Middle School, and I do not like it. The kids are mean and snobby, and the teachers turn their backs to this behavior. I will be glad to go to a different high school this next year. Though OES has a good academic program, some kids tease others if they do not get into the high classes.

- submitted by a student
May 22, 2006
Our family is completing its fifth year at OES. Our children are in middle school and in lower school. Our experience has been outstanding. We moved to OES from public school in the hope of getting a more personalized approach for our kids. Every time we have a parent-teacher conference my spouse and I comment to each other on how thoroughly the teacher 'gets' our child! The school chaplains, (there are four of them), are wonderful and help make tolerance an active practice throughout the school.

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May 02, 2006
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April 17, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
October 14, 2005
Great quality in every possible category. Rigorous and challenging course load. Great students.

- submitted by a former student
May 17, 2005
Our two children attend OES, one in Lower and the older in Middle School. I cannot say enough good things about the teachers: they are warm, approachable, involved and caring. The classes have been rigorous, challenging and thought provoking for the most part. Although outside of academics the institution lacks the teaching, standards and expectation of social responsibility and accountability. The level of disrespect shown to fellow classmates as well as faculty, staff, administrators and parents is unacceptable. This has been an ongoing concern and administration has been asked to implement some sort of behavior modification, a pro-active approach, but the problem only gets worse. This is an enormous concern within the OES community. While academics are important, social and emotional education is paramount at this stage of childhood development.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2005
I'm a parent of a upper school student. Yes the pricetag is high, however its worth it. The academic requirements are high and the personal expectations are just as high. There are no easy A's. My shy bright child has a terrific peer group, has friends and is challenged for the first time in his school career. The teachers have been very supportive at helping him develop skills that are lagging. There are other schools to choose from and each has a different personality. OES has a fairly structured curriculum, focus on primary source learning, and a focus on the sciences. In addition OES teachers treat the kids with great respect.

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Oregon Episcopal School
6300 Southwest Nicol Road, Portland, OR  97223
(503) 246-7771
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