"Our school is known for being inclusive, collaborative and dedicated to wellness"
Students enrolled 400
School leader Beth Shelby
Transportation options Yes
District Portland School District 1j

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7439 North Charleston Ave
Portland, OR 97203

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(503) 916-6266
(503) 916-2641
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4 stars
Based on 18 ratings

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August 02, 2014
Our community has really rallied around the schools. James John is great little neighborhood school full of exceptional teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
My school is James John. Our school has teachers that care and are constantly working together to not only help each other but also to work closely with the students. The school has art, music, pe and a full time librarian. We also have a wonderful after school sun program. I have had students attending this school for about 12 years. Yes they have moved on to high school and others have moved in. It just keeps getting better and better.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
My son has been going to this school for three years and has had a wonderful experience. The programs they have are great for the kids and helps the parents. The teachers are great and want to help the kids learn a lot of things in a school year.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
Dear Parent who posted June 15th, Thank you for posting a very thought provoking question. I have taught at James John for the past 12 years. I was shocked when I saw that our school receives a 1 out of 10. I contacted Great Schools and their response was that these scores are solely based on all State Test Scores from all schools in the state of Oregon. Like you, I am still confused at the "1" score. It's very large and visible on the school page and serves as a searing brand that scares many of our great families away from their local school. I can tell you that (regardless what a company in Southern California thinks) our kids are not a 1 out of 10 and our teachers are not a 1 out of 10. Please visit our school anytime or our facebook page or myteachermrleach.blogspot.com and find out what's really happening at James John School. It's a great place to grow! -Sam Leach

- submitted by a teacher
June 15, 2013
This school has a high community rating yet the lowest score possible. Any idea why? I'm interested in sending my child to one of our local elementary schools, all of which have very low Great Schools Ratings. I'm a bit skeptical of the rating system because it seems fairly obvious that the schools in affluent Portland neighborhoods have the highest scores and neighborhoods with lower property tax values and a multilingual population score low. Could it be that some schools develop their curriculum specifically to score high on standardized tests? I'd love for a teacher to respond. I mean, how does an elementary school get a 1? Is this best explained by language barriers? Hoping this comment will start a conversation.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
We transferred into this school 1 1/2 years ago. It has been wonderful to watch my son go from a child with low self esteem regarding school to a boy who might soon admit he likes school.. the teachers have been supportive, caring and nurturing. Great teamwork!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2012
We've only been at James John one year so far, but my son adores his teacher and we plan to continue. The free breakfast program, after-school SUN classes, new astroturf soccer field, speech therapist on site... lots of great services here. It feels like it's getting better and better with more community involvement.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2012
James John is a wonderful school and a huge asset to the community. The teachers are all extremely dedicated and their positive energy makes the school a great place for learning and growing. We chose James John for our children because it was our local public school and we wanted our children to have a diverse and local schooling experience. The sense of community around this school is awesome from gardening projects, bbqs, festivals, etc. The teachers and parents come together to make this an excellent choice for anyone in the neighborhood. If you are thinking about sending your child to school at James John, go meet Principal Shelby, go meet the teachers, go meet the PTA members, and walk the halls - you won't regret it!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
Very happy with this school! The teachers really care about all the kids, no matter the level. The principal is invested in the school and wants the best for everyone. Even the kids have a lot of respect for each other and there are no bullying issues that I have heard of. They have an established program for the older grades to help the younger ones learn to read. It helps both with reading and establishes strong caring bonds between the grades. I have seen evidence many times. It's a great environment!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
I love this school. I went there and can tell you that this school has really grown and developed since i was a kid.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2011
My daughter began her attendance at James John half way through her 2009-2010 school year when we moved from a fairly affluent neighborhood in neighboring Vancouver, WA to the St. Johns neighborhood of North Portland. While she disliked school in WA she loves attending James John. The community is welcoming, the teachers are innovative (they have blogs!!), and the diversity is refreshing.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2011
I'm an alumnus of James John Elementary. I attended there from my kindergarten year in 1947 until my family moved to California in 1955-56. When I arrived at my new school in Anaheim, CA I was placed in a junior high school (7th, 8th, and 9th grades). Scholastically, I was well ahead of the students in my class, thanks to the great teachers at James John. I was a shy little girl and the big hurdle for me was getting used to having much older students on campus. They realized that I was quite naive, and they tried to take advantage of that. Fortunately, I was a great runner and I managed to keep away from my pursuers. I graduated from the California school system, with offers from several colleges. I think James John did their job just right.

- submitted by a community member
May 27, 2010
I have two kids in this school and I have been very impressed with the quality of the teaching and with the involvement of the support staff. One of my kids has some minor learning and cognitive disabilities and this school has been great about helping her out in positive ways. I am surprised to see only two stars as I am writing this. This school's diversity and the varied curriculum has served both of my children well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
Because it's a neighborhood school kids can walk to. They don't have to be driven. Eco friendly--also the building is from 1930 eco friendly again

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 11, 2010
I am a parent of a kindergertener and first grader that attend James John Elementary and we love it! The teachers care and do a great job of teaching, my kids are living proof.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
James John Elementary is filled with fantastic students and teachers who love to read, think, and play at our school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 14, 2008
I am a parent of a 4th grader and love my childs 4th grade teacher. I am also on the PTA and we have been trying to get more parent involved with the PTA but it has been a struggle the 5 years my child has been at the school. I am not happy with the new principal and hope in time she will improve. My child loves James John and has not had any issues.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2006
After the 2nd time our son was bullied by older kids on the playground we changed schools and have been happy ever since. I look forward to the day our public schools are funded well enough to actually teach and challenge our kids. At that point we will return to the public school system in North Portland.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2006
James John has a lack of leadership and a flailing PTA. There are no enrichment classes like music, PE, science, TAG or band. The teachers are not united and some seem bored or not using their resources in the community. A poor school with potential to improve with right leadership and buy-in.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2004
I wasn't too happy with this school when the old Principle was in charge. The new Principle, Mr. Ferraro, has really turned this school into a contender! He takes a real interest in the students, as well as parents concerns. The teachers that my 2 children have had over the last five years have been the best! The lest-than-perfect teachers seem to be doing a better job since Mr. Ferraro took over. I would recommend this school to any parent!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I don't care for the school. I have had a child there for the past four years and its been more of a hassle to deal with the school than anything else in my life. Some of the teachers have been outstanding and some other extremely worthless. I feel bad for our school as the funding is slowly cut every year because that deeply impacts our kids and their futures.

- submitted by a parent
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James John Elementary School
7439 North Charleston Ave, Portland, OR  97203
(503) 916-6266
Last modified James John Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
James John Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top