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Astor Elementary School

Public | K-8 | 482 students

 

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Posted February 12, 2014

I can not say enough nice things about Astor School. The educators are all friendly, the office staff and leadership are always willing to help with even the smallest issues, and there is a great group of involved parents. People are smiling here. I like that. I feel as a parent that we really lucked out getting such a well adjusted group of people coming together to help our young ones grow. I would recommend Astor to any of my friends, and to you too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2013

The kids at Astor are not safe! My kids are bullied there and the principal does nothing to keep them safe! The principles name and is Karl Newsome he will not protect your children. There's not any rules for the anti bullying I'm pulling my children out of the school and reporting the principle for child endangerment. This is not OK!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2013

Your children are not safe at this school! There's a violence and bullying problem here and the principle does not protect the children!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2012

I am pulling my child out of Astor because of a bullying problem. It has gone on for two and a half years now, and I can't wait any longer for it to get better. My child dreads going to school each day. Please note that we have a different principal now in the 2011-12 school year. He is very nice and has a lot of experience, but the bullying among kids continues. I don't think the school has a strong program of anti-bullying education in the elementary grades. My other child is in the middle school and is having a better experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

My daughter was attending one of Portland's charter schools and it was a total nightmare. I felt better about the two days of shadowing and communication prior to my daughter even beginning at Astor than I did in the two years she spent at the other school. These people are responsive, proactive, compassionate and they really love the kids and the school. I couldn't be more excited and my daughter is the happiest she's been in two years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

My children grades 4 & 5 just transferred into Astor from a low scoring out of state school. I was concerned about one of my children who was previously in Sped Math at her last school. When registering my kids at Astor, I voiced my concern to the principal about her slipping further behind. I was not prepared for his response. He stated 'no child in Astor gets left behind'... how great is that???!! I left feeling like every child, especially my child's education was important. So far, I love Astor!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2010

Astor is an amazing school. The principal is outstanding; he's attentive, involved and intelligent. The teachers seem equally committed. Where the school seems to fall short is in preparing its 5th graders for 6th grade. Astor has a system where the 4th graders keep the same teacher through 5th; this is to provide continuity as they prepare for junior high. That's great, but we're in the 2nd semester and my child has brought home several assignments she already did in the 4th grade. There doesn't seem to have been any bump in the coursework. Her class seems to be coasting along, doing work at the same level they did last year. My daughter has several friends in 6th grade, and these friends and their parents have had real struggles with the demands of 6th grade. 6th grade curriculum isn't too hard; 5th is just not challenging enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2010

Astor is an amazing school. The principal is attentive, involved and intelligent. The teachers seem equally committed. Where the school seems to fall short is in preparing its 5th graders for 6th grade. Astor has a system where the 4th graders keep the same teacher through 5th; this is to provide continuity as they prepare for junior high. That's great, but we're in the 2nd semester and my child has brought home several assignments she already did in the 4th grade. There doesn't seem to have been any bump in the coursework. Her class seems to be coasting along, doing work at the same level they did last year. My daughter has several friends in 6th grade, and these friends and their parents have had real struggles with the demands of 6th grade. 6th grade isn't too hard; 5th is just not challenging enough. They need to give this area some attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2010

We sadly moved away from the area and my son no longer attended Astor. However, due to Astor being so amazing, we are moving back so he can attend again. The staff is amazing, the Principal is awesome and the teachers are exceptional!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2009

My kids attended Bridger for two years before coming to Astor. This school has made a tremendous difference in their reading, math and behavior. Our kids have become active learners and I credit the good and talented staff at this school for this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

Astor is great for the community support that it receives as well as the teachers and staff. We have teachers there that have been teaching ONLY at Astor for over 25 years! Now that has a lot to say about Astor itself, but the fact that my children consider it their other 'home' makes us as parents feel 100% better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

I love Astor school because of it's hard working, loving and caring teachers, principal and parents. We all work together to make it a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

My nephews have both improved socially and academically since attending Astor Elementary.


Posted September 18, 2009

I love Astor because the teachers so work hard and obviously love what they do, and the principal cares about every single student. It is an amazing community and my children feel at home and loved there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Astor is a wonderful community school. With excellent teachers and committed faculty! Greyson loves School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

We Love Astor! Principal Walden is absolutely fabulous. Our teachers are loving and caring and truly work hard to inspire our children to continue to want to learn. Plus we have some of the most active parent volunteers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. It is a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

All the teachers care about students and they show it by working overtime and communicating with parents frequently. I love how it feels to walk into Astor and have a very, very supportive enviroment. We are doing GREAT academicly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

The staff, the parents and THE KIDS are the greatest community,most caring and generous people I have ever worked, played, laughed and cried with anywhere in all my years of teaching.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 18, 2009

It is a great community of teachers, student teachers and parents all working together to provide a safe and caring learning environment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 17, 2009

Astor School is regarded and acknowledged as one of the top Elementary Schools in the City of Portland,Oregon. The teachers care about teaching, and the children are excited about learning! The parents are actively involved in the shool and in their children's development. The consistantly high test scores speak for themselves!


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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>=95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>95%
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 64% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
>=95%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Writing

2010

 
 
46%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>95%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
>95%
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 59% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 63% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
93%
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 61% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

2010

 
 
71%
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 63% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
51%
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%
Female>=95%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic>=95%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female88%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
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%
Female>=95%
Male>=95%
African American90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic>=95%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female>=95%
Male83%
African American90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
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 Students58%
Female50%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female57%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students72%
Female70%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities40%
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 Students59%
Female58%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female61%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities33%
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 Students69%
Female79%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female92%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
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 Students62%
Female65%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracial38%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female68%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracial50%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students56%
Female55%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracial63%
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted86%
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
White 61% 65%
Hispanic 18% 21%
Black 8% 3%
Two or more races 7% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 56%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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