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Creston Elementary School

Public | K-8 | 300 students

 

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Posted August 9, 2014

I was nervous moving my son from Helen Gordon to a public school and,to be honest, I did not want my son going to Creston due to its rating. After reading more information from his father I decided to bite the bullet and give it a try. This was the best decision we have ever made. The staff is incredible. His kindergarten teacher Mrs. Hillborne was nothing short of amazing. She found ways to challenge my son when she would see him acting up out of boredom. Without any input from me she saw that he was way above their reading level and put him into a program for accelerated readers Monday-Thursdays. She nominated him for TAG which is something most kindergarten teachers will not do. She really payed attention to him and treated him as an individual rather than just another kid in her class. His love of learning has been expanding ten fold as well. He tried out a Chess for Success after school class once and decided he wanted to go every Tuesday. The integration of bigger kids and little kids seems seamless. He has friends that are 10 years old and waves hello to the Jr. High kids who compliment him on his backpack/outfit/hair as I walk him to his K class. Truly is a gem in disguise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2014

This is a good school and the parents are very involved. Our child just finished K and he could not have had a better year anywhere, in my opinion. Our other child starts K this year. Parent involvement is strong with good leadership. I have no idea why the school is not rated 10.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

Creston is a great little gem of a school hidden away in SE Portland. My two kids have had caring, knowledgeable, effective teachers every year. The school offers a small, diverse community feel. I'm glad my kids will get to go here through 8th grade. We tried for option schools and were so disappointed when we didn't get in. However, after three years at Creston, I can safely say that I'm thrilled my children attend this cozy, solid neighborhood school instead. I recently found out that only about 50% of the neighborhood kids attend Creston, which is really confusing, because my family loves Creston School! It's time to spread the word!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2013

Creston is a great neighborhood school where children can learn and grow in a safe and rich environment. The staff there care about each and every student and helping them to reach their full potential. Students not reaching benchmarks are provided assistance and the TAG students are challenged. We have 2 students that attend Creston and we couldn't be happier with our decision to support our neighborhood school. The parent group is really involved and promotes a sense of community among all families. It has been said that Creston is a hidden gem in SE Portland, and that is very true. I rate this school highly and are happy to send my children there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2011

Our son started at Creston this year and we are happy with the welcoming atmosphere and excellent principal. Our son has learned so much in kindergarten and now can read simple books. He participates in art and PE classes. We are pleased by the diversity of the student body. We encourage more of the neighborhood parents to send their kids to Creston! We had the opportunity to send our son to Richmond but we are happy we chose Creston instead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

Creston School is a wonderfully diverse community with a fantastic staff and parent group. We have been thrilled with the focus on literacy and a strong math program. Our children have the opportunity to go to a variety of specialists such as Art, P.E., and Technology. Mr. McKean and his staff have created a safe place for all kids to learn and grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2010

Great neighborhood school, very involved PTA, nice program offerings, friendly staff. Good to know we can be here through 8th grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2010

I love the family-like feel, the creative arts programs, and the teachers are awesome and really caring!


Posted October 12, 2010

We love Creston because the community has been so welcoming! We also love Creston because the staff is so amazing. They really care about the students and families, wanting the best for each and every one. It has been an A+ experience for our entire family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Neighborhood school that educates the kids it has better than other school in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

So far all of the educators that my daughter has had contact with have exceeded our expectations. Creston was not our first choice but after the first week of kindergarten we decided to decline our acceptance to Buckman. We are glad we did not win the lottery right away as we would not have had a chance to see Crestons true qualities! Shawn and Maureen C.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Great teachers and principal, PTA, peaceful neighborhood, 2 playgrounds (adjacent to a lovely park), safe, reading garden, school garden, PE & art, electives for middle school kids, and the list goes on. . .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2010

Their commitment to the kids and the environment...


Posted October 11, 2010

their commitment to their children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2010

Creston is a jewel of a school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

They are working their sustainable goals and pushing to accept the commercial dome/garden my company is giving. Creston Rocks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Creston School, now K-8, is a great neighborhood school that is improving every year. They also have a very active PTA that sponsors events throughout the school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2009

My son attended Creston for 3rd grade. He was reading below grade level and received instruction in 3 small literacy groups daily. It was highly structured and intensive; my son thrived in this academic environment. Unfortunately, the curriculum in my son's class lacked projects where kids could be more independent, self-motivated, and creative. I think with all the focus on reading and math there was little time left for on-going projects. There was P.E. the arts, and computer for enrichment. My son really liked the arts teacher. She planned several assemblies and field trips but I never saw any art projects sent home. Class size is very small, my son had 21 in his class. The student body is ethnically and economically diverse. The teachers are very Anglo with 2 teachers of color. Socially, the class had a couple of very challenging kids who required disproportionate attention. Principal and counselor are excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2009

I'm very happy with the creston school,all teachers put tru atention at the kids in every class,good comunication with the parents. My douther started from kindergarten she is very happy in her 3 grade, she have much homework and the principal is very nice and just. God blessyou
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2008

My daughter started Kindergarten at Creston and is doing extremely well so far, so I can't complain. Creston/Mrs. England are wonderful , and I would definitely recommend the childcare that is provided at the school. Not very expensive, and the lady is very nice.
—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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

2010

 
 
50%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 63% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
66%
Writing

2010

 
 
56%
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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
>=95%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
60%
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 Students70%
Female67%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female67%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities57%
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 Students83%
Female73%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learners88%
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female80%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander71%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learners75%
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 Students71%
Female71%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female79%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students87%
Female93%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 Students54%
Female62%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander57%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female54%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander57%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 Students67%
Female70%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female79%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities67%
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 Students67%
Female36%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female46%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander33%
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students67%
Female46%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 49% 65%
Hispanic 17% 21%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 4%
Black 11% 3%
Two or more races 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 69%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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