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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
If you are looking for challange,caring & diversity..This is the right place to look for
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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