Do not send your kids to this school if you want them to get an education. The high rate of turnover from staff- both teachers and the principal- says a lot for the environment at Arleta. I have two kids that attended this school for the 4th/5th and 6th/7th grades, respectively. Both were in the TAG program in their previous school (we moved locally), but Arleta doesn't even have a TAG program. I volunteered weekly in my son's class (at the teacher's request because I questioned why there were no spelling tests in the 3rd grade) and I can see why teachers have given up hope. It seems 25% of the students don't speak English as a first language, the class sizes are enormous (28 3rd graders for one teacher), behavioral issues abound which distracts from a learning environment and consumes much of the teachers time and even the most basic supplies are lacking in the classroom. There are no arts, science, music or sports programs. The "middle school" doesn't adequately prepare them for high school studying or socializing. The only positive thing I can say is the secretarial staff is amazing in the front office. Unfortunately they aren't teaching any classes.
Arleta is a K-8. My children will be together at the same location for a while. The neighborhood is up and coming and I feel this school is as well. The caring staff along with more parent involvement make this a gem. Art, technology, a love of reading, and small class sizes are why I do not need to look any further.
When My daughter started Kindergarten in the fall of 2011 My wife and I were more nerves then she was. We had heard and read all sorts of different reviews of Arleta. What we have found is a wonderful neighborhood school with dedicated teachers and staff, who have been asked to do more with less by the Portland School Board and ongoing budget cuts. We love our childs teacher and the Principal Kevin Crotchett seems to be a strong leader with great vision for the school, children and Community. We love what is going on, the test scores are getting higher with each year. We are new as a family to this neighborhood but we love our new school and look forward to helping it improve.
My daughter has been attending this school since Kindergarten and her K-1 teacher, Mrs.Hurner, was fantastic! However, her 2nd grade class was taught by 2 teachers, a job share if you will. This created a slower response time to the educational needs of individual students, not to mention the horrific math homework that was sent home each week! Even I struggled to comprehend the concept of the assignments and I have a college degree! Many of the students in this class had worse grades at the end of the year then the beginning. The office staff are great caring people, but each year I receive her enrollment information later and later. It is currently 4 days from the start of school and I have received no teacher information nor a supplies list. This school has also had 3 principle changes in the last 3 years which makes progress impossible.
I am a huge fan of Arleta! My son has done very well here, and the teachers are great! Lynn Schlom-Fergeson (Principle) did amazing things here at our school. She has since retired and this is the first year w/ the new leader. I hope that things continue on a path to improve.
This school has an amazing mixed age learning experience for the younger grades. K-1, 2-3, and 4-5th grades. The students not only engage in mixed age learning but also stay with the same teacher for two years creating a stronger teacher student bond. Along with these great qualities Arleta has also demonstrated test scores that are getting higher with each year. There is an amazing Reading and writing program which is supported by Lewis and Clack college and partners with them to teach the next generation of teachers the methods which have been a success at Arleta. This is a school that has come along way and has maintained Music programs, PE and other amazing activities all while transitioning to a k-8th grade school. This school is an amazing place for children to learn.
I am extremely impressed with the level of experience and cohesiveness demonstrated by the teachers and staff. My daughter is in Mrs. Bellavia s kindergarten class where they sing songs every morning, check out books from their classroom lending library , attend music, PE, and library each week, and regularly enjoy enriching field-trips.
The school focus on spelling tests weekly were about all the homework my daughter had. I did like the smart reader program which taught my daughter to read. The math teacher was decent.
My daughter is having a wonderful experience at Arleta. She is in a K-1 class and is learning reading and writing skills. Her teacher has provided her with enough structure and support for her to develop. Our neighborhood school is a hidden treasure.
My daughter loved preschool and pre-k. Then came kindergarten at Arleta. By the third week she was so scared to go to school that she was on her knees, tears streaming down her face, begging me to PLEASE do not make her go. Many of the little ones, even those who enjoyed the first couple days, were crying fervently to parents to not make them go. After 2 classrooms and little support from faculty, we left for good. Too much violence and chaos. No one, especially not the little ones, should be forced to become accustomed to that type of environment.
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