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Village Free School

Private | K-12 & ungraded | 50 students

Our school is known for being a democratic school focused on student support.

 
 

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4 stars

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2012:
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Posted July 21, 2012

Village Free School is a much needed and exceptional option for students in their high school years! Our daughter attended Village Free School for her junior and senior years of high school. Having attended two of Portland's great magnet schools for elementary and middle school she was let down by the PPS high school she attended and began to lose her passion for learning. After researching many alternative schools we decided on VFS. Among many of the schools strengths are it's talented teachers who have a deep understanding and respect for the students, a great student to teacher ratio, and a mix of ages of students who attend. Our daughter completed VFS's graduation process and is now enthusiastic about attending college in the fall. We owe much to VFS for rekindling our daughters passion for learning and giving her a sense of empowerment as she moves into her adult years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2012

This school is inspirational! the teachers are talented, dedicated and creative mentors for the students. This is a democratically run school which means that the children have a strong and powerful voice in how the school is run. This has made the difference for my child. When something isn't working for her, she is able to bring it to the All School Meeting and the staff and students talk it over and vote on solutions. The school accomplishes all of this while educating the students on emotional, character growth and guiding them in academics that are important. Here students are met and respected where they are at academically and encouraged, guided and taught to get them where they want and need to be. As a parent, I have never felt more respected and meaningfully involved in my student's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2012

The school community is very warm and involved, the kids are amazingly respectful and happy. My child absolutely loved her time at VFS. The teachers focus strongly on the social interactions of the students, everyone is polite and positive. Unfortunately there are zero academics. There are no actual classes. All day is free play. Video games and TV are allowed. There is very little outdoor involvement. There are lots of neat materials, sitting there unused by any staff or kids. I appreciate the time and attention the staff put in helping my child's social transition into the school community, but it drove me nuts that there was no math, science, art, music, or anything at all resembling school happening, ever. Also the parent volunteer aspect was completely chaotic. This school is very "free", as in kids are free to text and gossip all day. Lots of chaos. Very little organization. Overall I can't recommend this as a school, except maybe for homeschoolers who are looking for occasional social interaction in the part time program. It's more of a really fun & expensive all day playdate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

I love the school because kids are allowed to be themselves


Posted December 1, 2007

This is my 8 yr old son's 2nd year at the Village Free School. He is thriving! There are very few places in this world that truely respect and listen to children from a place of authenticity and a genuine interest in who the person is. This also makes being involved in the VFS community a pleasure. We are all human, we make mistakes, sometimes life feels uncomfortable, and yet these are the places that can make the most difference for us. It is a community learning together how to live in community. It is teachers and students swapping rolls all the time. It is chaotic and sometimes very structured. There are moments when I am overcome with joy, just watching the children interact and work out their differences. No one is bad or wrong, we are all just figuring it out and making room for everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2007

My children are thriving at Village Free School, where they are learning to get along with people of all ages, resolve conflicts peacefully, trust themselves, and have a wonderful childhood. The staff are a group of warm, intelligent, dedicated people who work very hard for little money because they wholeheartedly believe in trusting and respecting children. My kids are disappointed when they have a vacation becuase they love school, it's so much FUN! Of course, they are learning all kinds of amazing 'academic' things too, there are a ton of classes, trips, materials, and opportunities each day.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 73%
Asian 4% N/A
Black 4% 3%
Hispanic 4% 18%
Two or more races 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • provided as needed
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 4:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 4:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Supports home-based learning
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • provided as needed
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • public transit
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • OMSI
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • co-ed playing
Girls sports
  • co-ed playing

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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1810 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97266
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Phone: (503) 788-3935

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