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Atkinson Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 447 students

 

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Posted August 17, 2014

We've been at Atkinson for 5 years and it's been a great experience for our son. It's a diverse community and the teacher's are very committed. PPS needs to give all schools better funding and more modern facilities, but I think Atkinson makes the most of what they have to work with. I would highly recommend this school for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2014

Both of our children attend Atkinson Elementary school. I was skeptical at first but after a short time have come to love this school. The teachers are amazing and work so hard to empower every single child. The support services such as speech, ESL are amazing. Our children have PE, and music twice a week plus library once a week. In addition our kids get to work in the vegetable garden which is a fantastic experience. Parent involvement is absolutely amazing - we love our school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2013

Our son is in 4th grade and our daughter is in 1st - both are in the Spanish dual immersion program. Their teachers are excellent - both are getting lots of science in addition to the reading, writing and math. Our 4th grader has learned a ton about Lewis & Clark this year. They both love the music program and PE. We are so lucky to have full time Music and PE teachers. The new interim principal is providing great leadership and is very responsive and accessible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2013

A great community with wonderful opportunities for kids to participate in several language, garden and after school programs. Great support from parents and the community at large in a diverse and caring setting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

A lovely school made even better by Principal Debbie. We were so sad to see her go! Congrats to her on her promotion. I hope the next principal continues with Debbie's great vision for the school. This school has excellent teachers, a great garden, and an awesome PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

This school has gone through many changes in the last three years, and is stronger than ever. Whole programs have been implemented (in years when funding allows) and a laser focus placed on early and successful interventions with struggling learners. It's paying off! The new core curriculum standards are being well integrated and the children are thriving. Test scores are up, though that is only one measure of success. Overall a nurturing environment with great diversity. The parent community is awesome, too. Tremendous volunteerism, and a PTA that really delivers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

We like Atkinson. The newer teachers and some of the older ones are energized by the new principal and her ways and my kid has been really benefiting from some new teaching approaches. Some grades at Atkinson are overcrowded and I think we are now around the size we're supposed to be. Weird personal reviews aren't going to make the enrolment go up. I don't think test scores are everything and saw one teacher work pretty hard on test taking, but I've been to a coffee where testing was covered and scores are up. Anyway you can check scoring on the PPS site for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2013

Numbers don't lie. Since 2010 enrollment is DOWN 10% compared to other area schools that are UP 10% on average. Parents and students are leaving in droves. PPS may intervene to stop the bleeding but it is going to take years before the damage is repaired fully.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2013

Tons of involved parents, teachers that care about their students and children that love their school. I am happy with Atkinson for my son's elementary school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2012

We've been at Atkinson for a few years now and think its a great school. But change is hard, and I do understand how some parents want to blame the fairly new principal. Our school previously had things in place that were ducking around district policies and they had to be changed, but they felt like big losses to our community. Some changes have required more of the teachers, but there seems to be more support for them, and the school seems to be moving in a very positive direction that helps all the students. I've questioned some decisions, but there is (almost!) always good answers with research and information behind them. Really, most of the pain we've felt has come from district cuts, so we should really blame the weak tax structure that pays for our public schools. Atkinson is doing so many great things with less, but I feel like we need to invest in all our public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2012

There are some great and dedicated staff at Atkinson, but the principal who came here two years ago has really sucked the life and culture out of this formerly lovely school. I realize there are tough choices to be made when funding is short, and there are lots of competing priorities, but the principal doesn't seem to hear parents when we speak up and express what's important to us. She seems to have her own well-focused agenda and is not very open to hearing opinions, exploring other options, and getting creative in order to preserve the character and culture that made this school special.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2011

Seeing the posts from a few parents makes it obvious the ones ok with the poor changes at the school this year were not there last year to know the difference. The changes at the school are positively awful. There is now a very distinct segregation between the immersion program and the neighborhood program. The neighborhood kids are now second class citizens. This is my second year at the school, last year I was worried about PPS poor reviews but was very pleasantly surprised, it was a very nice, warm and inviting school. This year is 100% different. Cold, uncaring, not child focused. Parents concerns are completely disregarded by the new principal and PPS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2011

Shocked by the one parents repeated bad reviews. Oddly vindictive about a great school! My children have attended for years and have never had any problems. Like most schools, better funding could be there. Wonderful teachers, excellent programs. Don't let sour grapes spoil your child opportunity to be involbved with this excellent multi-ligual school! We love Atkinson!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2011

The Atkinson I have known and loved for 6 years has been spirited away! I moved to this community because of the school it used to be!The school's new principle refuses to listen to the input of existing involved, educated, community members and has axed virtually all of what made the school special! She not only displays lack of respect for the community, she will not even consider compromising on issues involved parents care deeply about! She cavalierly dismisses scientific research regarding the impact of FREE PLAY time on learning! My students have suffered, and I am seriously considering moving them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2011

This is a very good school going terribly wrong. The new principal is a disaster. Complaints by students, parents and teachers are rampant. The Principal's bad decision after bad decision plagues our kids every day. Teachers here are fantastic. Many parents are wonderful and involved. However, I would not recommend this school to a friend until the principal is removed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2010

The change in leadership we have seen this year has been a breath of fresh air. The new principal has shown tremendous leadership, involvement and understanding of what it takes to make a healthy school with a rigorous curriculum. We have considered taking our third grader to a different school throughout his tenure but I'm beginning to think the school has a chance to turn it around. In the first three months I have had more interaction with this principal than I had in three years with her predecessor. In 2012 this will be rated an '8' school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2009

Atkinson needs new leadership desperately, funding to have smaller class sizes and to reinstate TAG education and change to a Recess Before Lunch schedule. On the plus side we have a phenomenal, large, dedicated group of parent and community volunteers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

Atkinson values its rich diversity, which is reflected in in its multicultural and multilingual population, events, classes, immersion program and signage. It also emphasizes importance of sustainability, the arts (including music) and community, but they are in need of funds like many other schools. It is a wonderful school and they deserve this money. They would make amazing things happen with it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2008

i love this school the people are great and they have a lot of better learning systems compared to Marysville.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2008

Overcrowded, lack of attention to students, almost cold, uncaring staff.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%
Writing

2010

 
 
28%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
75%
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 Students75%
Female68%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities53%
English language learners33%
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female82%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities53%
English language learners17%
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 Students78%
Female74%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners36%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female82%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners43%
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 Students61%
Female60%
Male62%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female69%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students68%
Female71%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged51%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 57% 65%
Hispanic 28% 21%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 4%
Two or more races 4% 5%
Black 2% 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 45%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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