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Findley Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 823 students

 

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Posted May 29, 2014

My kids go to Findley, and I sub in other schools in the district. For the most part the Findley kids are doing work 1-2 grade levels ahead. The environment can be a bit high pressured, especially in the higher grades, but I still love the school. The families really care about the kids and the staff work hard. The new PYP curriculum is wonderful and my kids like it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2014

Findley is overrated. The test scores are high because of the demographics and socio-economic status of the parents. The class sizes are way too big and there is little personal attention unless you are in the top or bottom few in your class. We continually asked our kids' teachers for more challenging work but never got any. There are some good teachers but I think they are overwhelmed. The rules of the school are strange as well and don't allow kids to be kids and develop interpersonal skills - no running at recess (because someone might get hurt), no winners at playground games (someone's feelings might get hurt!), etc. We moved to a nearby district and we, and our kids, are much, much happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2014

We moved last summer to be at Findley Elementary specifically and have not been disappointed at all. The teachers are phenomenal- they communicate with us regularly and professionally, challenge my kids to do their best, and seem to enjoy being there every day. The PTO and administration are organized and approachable as well as effective. We enjoy that the kids have opportunities to interact with kids of all grades and abilities; the expectations for students seem to be in line with what we have for our children so we feel like it's a fantastic fit for our family. Both kids have gotten personalized attention despite larger classes. The only thing we would like to see more of is technology in each classroom and in the curriculum but that's a state budget issue, not necessarily a problem specific to Findley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2014

I have no comparison, but I had to argue with the school to even get the testing done. Finally, we just tested independently. After giving them a copy of the test results, it still took 5 months to get accommodation. The accommodations didn't make much improvement. Despite all this, his teacher was GREAT. She made changes as soon as she was aware of the problem. She was wonderful keep us informed about his progress and problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2013

The teachers' dedication is phenomenal. My seven year old daughter gets personalized (!) homework. Parent participation is plentiful and awesome. My son gets extra challenge math because he has a math talent and he also gets extra reading classes because he is at grade level and ... wait for it ... therefore he is at the bottom of his class. But the greatest advantage Findley offers is excellent peer example. My kids simply want to be in line with or exceed other kids. With peers performing well, their motivation gets boosted beyond my expectation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

School is hyped by the other parents. The school results coordinate with parents pushy ness. Kids do not learn to respect each other but wealth.


Posted August 15, 2013

This is a great school with great community. Very high academic standards and huge pool of exceptionally bright students. Teachers and Principal has been great and community around it really brought to the highest possible results. Beyond academics the school supports huge social, cultural and sports activities enriching the environment. This is more like "private school" due to huge parental + staff involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2012

Our son is attending his third year at Findley and my daughter her second. We joined Findley after much research. Findley has not disappointed us and has done great things for our family. Our son has opened up quite a bit and the school and the teachers have given him a well rounded development. Teachers take personal care and stay in touch. There are advanced classes in areas where the kids are talented and gifted. The parent network is tight and the school has an excellent community to support it. We have a great Scout, Soccer, robotics, music network for outside the school development. As a perent you have ample opportunity to participate in class and learn about your child and his/her class. Some of the teachers are truly outstanding, but ALL are reasonably good. The principal is smart and has some undisclosed approach to decide which student goes to which class. So far, we are thrilled with 4 of 5 The downside to Findley is its own popularity. The Beaverton school district did not handle the budget situation well and schools are getting hit. With the recent layoffs of teachers, the class sizes are getting bigger - kids may lose the personal attention if not fixed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2012

Children perform at higher than grade level. Fabulous teachers who have total control of their classroom and make effecient use of the school day to rapidly transition from one lesson to another. My daughter loves the school and the huge variety of learning "activities" that take place. She never wants to miss a school day because she knows of something new and exciting taking place on that day. Their is a clear reason the school has outstanding ratings - outstanding school leadership, outstanding teachers, and outstanding parents make for outstanding students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2011

I attended this school for the last 5 1/2 years. The teachers were awful. Their expectations were amazingly low, the curriculum made it even worse, and there was nearly nothing to challenge more advanced kids. The challenge class I participated in from third to fifth grade, however, was taught by an excellent teacher, my favorite so far. I hope they will continue having this challenge class.


Posted April 17, 2011

I am a student at Findley and I've had the best 6 years of my life here. The teachers are nice, but not TOO nice. The principals are great too. I love all the field trips, activities, and assemballies. THIS IS AN AWESOME SCHOOL!!!


Posted March 22, 2011

We are somewhat dissapointed about this school. We feel the teacher and one of the principals are very dogmetic about teaching. The kids in this school are very smart because most of them come from families of educated prefessionals. Asian kids are dominating (>50% in population). Test scores are not representing the school's teaching quality at all. Our son's new school is much much better in everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Every child at Findley feels special. Teachers are trained to diversify in the classroom and provide each child an experience that matches their needs. The teachers and administrators are truly amazing people who care deeply about each child regardless of ability level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

If you are looking for challange,caring & diversity..This is the right place to look for
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2009

One teacher promised us she would communicate with us any time there was something urgent she needed to talk to us. The teacher never did and my child continued to do bad things at school. For some reason, my child got a really good report card.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2009

My daughter has been attending Findley for a year and a half now and LOVES it. We live just a few blocks away and couldn't be more pleased. The teachers have been wonderful. Mrs. Brandon (K) and Mrs. Swanson (1st) are exceptional teachers and really take thetime to make sure your child is learning at the correct level. I am baffled by some of the reviews I've read here because my daughter is a gifted student and she has always been encouraged and challenged. She's not just being taught to meet the state requirements. As for the parent who said this school wasn't safe and that the kids were taught to despise learning I think I can only assume that was a VERY isolated student experience! The school has very strict rules about bullying and it's not tolerated in the least. A wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2009

There is a big emphasis on homework, beginning in 3rd grade, lower grades have some but not as much. Expect nightly homework by 5th grade, including on weekends and holdiay times. Recesses are only about 15 min. long twice a day. Some kids miss those staying in for work. PE is once every 4 days. School is highly academic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2008

Findley is a wonderful school. Staff is friendly and we are so glad to be a part of the Findley community. We moved here from out of state worried that our children would find it hard to make the transition but it was great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2008

My son was bullied repeatedly in class and the teacher simply allowed it to happen without reporting it or doing anything to stop it. When I found out, I informed the administration and their methods of dealing with it were to blame everything on him. By the time I pulled him out of this school, he was traumatized so badly I thought it would take years to recover. Interestingly he has been out for two months and he is doing great - excited about learning, making friends, happy. I think this is a very dangerous school where rarely is a kind word spoken by teacher or student, and children are taught to despise learning. Many are happy there, but unless you have connections and can fight for the good teacher, and your child fits the mold of the perfectly adjusted child, I would steer clear of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

Great school! Much parent involvement!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

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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 58% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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%
Female88%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial63%
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities43%
English language learners67%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female94%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=95%
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities71%
English language learners44%
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 Students>=95%
Female94%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students>=95%
Female>=95%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities83%
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 Students92%
Female87%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learners50%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students>=95%
Female91%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanic>=95%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilities88%
English language learners33%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students>=95%
Female94%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanic>=95%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities75%
English language learners50%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 49% 4%
White 41% 65%
Hispanic 4% 21%
Two or more races 4% 5%
Black 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 4%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4155 NW Saltzman Rd
Portland, OR 97229
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