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840 NE 41st Ave
Portland, OR 97232

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December 12, 2013
Laurelhurst Elementary is an absolutely wonderful school. This is my daughter's first year at Laurelhurst (4th grade), and everyone has been friendly and supportive. During the first week of school, the principal even made the extra effort (in a non-invasive way) to go check in and see how she was acclimating. My daughter's teacher is amazing - she's a strong class leader who covers a vast amount of information, while being kind, enthusiastic, creative and engaging. She's great at keeping the parents informed on the class activities and also on how our children are doing. My daughter is thrilled to be in her class and has the utmost respect for her, as do I. We feel so incredibly fortunate to be a part of this wonderful school and it's community.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2012
The school has been great. We enrolled our son in kindergarten here, and we have had a great experience. The staff is experienced and skilled, and our son's only complaint is that the school day is too short, even though he is there from before 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The facilities are excellent, and the classroom is not at all crowded. Our boy has learned a lot during his first year here, and we look forward to many more years in this environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2011
I am thrilled with the school. We have moved from out of state and both my children have transitioned well into the school. The staff is outstanding and the academics are high. Laurelhurst truly is a nurturing environment and the parent participation is huge. My children are thriving and that is a testament to the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2010
The academic standards are very high. Yet, the teachers are warm, caring, and nurturing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2010
Creative and friendly - full of innovative ideas and dedicated parents

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 11, 2010
The staff is outstanding and the involvement of the parents raises the level of education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
My grandchildren are getting a terrific education. Teachers are excellent, curiculum is outstanding, and it's a fine school

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 14, 2010
LH is a community of staff and parent helpers,families who connect in and out of school..all for one purpose. We care so much about our school and our kids. Most of the teachers have taught here for many years. I love LH because we communicate well to each other for one common goal. We care about the community that surrounds Portland and we want everyone to succeed. Dawn Corliss makes it happen.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
Laurelhurst has a warm, nurturing environment of teachers, staff, and parents. We moved into the neighborhood when my older son was a 3rd grader and were warmly embraced by families and staff. The teachers our children have had are professional, caring, and go over and above to give the kids relevant and meaningful lessons and don't teach to the test. Laurelhurst has a high level of parent support and high academic expectations. It's a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
I love Laurelhurst because it is filled with kind, creative, bright children who love to learn. We recently became a K-8 and the school is tiny. It's been tough for a lot of the kids but at the same time the kids feel so supported by great teachers and caring parents. It truly is a neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
The most amazing parents and teachers make Laurelhurst a loving, supportive place that encourages life-long learning in my children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Laurelhurst School personifies what it means to be great school. The kids are challenged to not only become better students, but to become better members of their community. Parents not only get involved with the school, but are encouraged to play an active and engaged role with their children and teachers. The teachers and staff are as dedicated as they come and it shows in how much they love teaching and how much the kids love school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Laurelhurst is filled with nurturing teachers who are willing to go over and beyond what is expected in order to create a meaningful and enriching learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
It is a very inclusive K-8 with great parent involvement, and an outstanding academic record

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Laurelhurst is the most amazing school around! I feel proud to be part of such a nurturing, compassionate, dedicated community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Laurelhurst school honors their kids in a nurturing environment, while they cultivate positive development in both the academic arena, and personal character. I moved my family into Laurelhurst neighborhood exclusively because of the dedication the school, staff, and volunteers show. My goal was to give my kids the best...and I found the best to be Laurelhurst School.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
It's a small school with a lot of parent help.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
One of the most supportive communities I've found! The teachers genuinely care for their students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
The children felt cared for, safe, nurtured and loved. They have fun and to top it off they learn a lot.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
The families are involved and supportive of programs. Parents volunteer, have their kids prepared for learning, help raise money and enhance our community in so many ways

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Our neighborhood school is walking distance from home, has the best teachers in the city, and the most welcoming community any family could ask for! We love Laurelhurst!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Caring teachers, great parents, great kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
It's a great community of enthusiastic students, caring teachers and involved parents. Teachers use best teaching practices and Laurelhurst has a real strong sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
We love it's Norman Rockwell feel in the historic Laurelhurst neighborhood. The teachers are wonderful and the parent involvement & sense of community is strong.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
I would say this school is no than the rest, and doesn't have some of the advantages other nearby schools have. First, this school should not be a middle school. The other schools, Alameda, Buckman, Glencoe have much better facilities, and they don't have to stretch to meet middle school student needs like this one. If the middle schoolers needed to run a mile on campus, they would need to make 52 laps around the miniscule playground and then all the kids would have to share about a 4 stall lavatory to change. Second, I agree with the other parents about lack of programming for boys, especially after school. The after school programs are all art focused, not physical activity focused. Third, the after school program is not the best the area has to offer and no one in the PTA or the school to care. Last, the parents are cliquey.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Great supportive staff and parents who care!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
May 06, 2009
I have two children at Laurelhurst, and we are absolutely delighted with the experience. ALL public schools are struggling with funding issues, facility issues and being asked to do far more than schools needed to do in prior generations. The parent involvement is fantastic, and the statement below that the PTA and Foundation ('THEY') are mostly run by 'stay at home' parents is not true; many Foundation and PTA board members are employed full-time. Laurelhurst has great Physical Education, Library and Music teachers. Parent supported programs include Choir and Drama, and many outside artists are brought in funded by the PTA and Run for the Arts - some of the 'always asking for money' referred to below; a spring drama program offered full scholarships this year.) My son found the assertion about gender bias laughable. I heartily disagree with the assumptions made by the 2 reviewers below.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2009
Laurelhurst is reportedly one of the best public schools in Portland. And they are strong on the basics, which is great. However, as a parent of a boy here for a couple years now, I must agree with some of the criticisms posted earlier. There does seem to be a gender bias against boys, the facilities are pushed to their limits and the school is not providing much in the way of extras that would warrant its exceptional reputation. Programs for advanced students are often Such left to the whims and abilities of concerned parents. Extracurricular activities are limited and require parents pay full fees. And yet there are many fund raising events; this school is always asking for money. The TAG program, or lack thereof, is at best inconsistent and minimal, a problem across PPS. This school works hard to make it look good on paper, but that is all.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2008
My daughter loves the school and we feel that it has really challenged her and supported her academically. It's a warm environment and the building itself is very pretty and the neighborhood is very nice.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2008
This school has been a big Dissappointment.opportunities which have not been available. so that it is at best mediocre currently. It has therefore given none of the advantages of a huge school, with all of the disadvantages. I can recommend it only in contrast to most of the other public schools.

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February 29, 2008
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February 26, 2008
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January 03, 2008
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October 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2007
Great school. Great neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2007
The new principle is terrific. Our children's needs were identified and acknowledged immediately. The TAG program is very supported and honored here. We feel that our children are very cared about as individuals. Spanish is now in the curriculum starting in 5th grade as a result of increased tax funding. The extra curricular activities are very interesting fun and exciting as well. It's a lovely caring environment with great well rounded challenging curriculum in a thriving neighborhood with strong parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2007
I have had three children at Laurelhurst Elementary School and have been delighted with the experience. While no school is perfect (Laurelhurst's class sizes are too big), Laurelhurst consistently offers a high quality education. The teachers are excellent. This is one of the few elementary schools that offer a quality music program, P.E., and Library. There is strong art support through guest teachers. The parent involvement is huge both in the classroom and in fundraising. My oldest children went on to high school placing into both Honors Math and English. I am encouraged with the steps being taken to transition from a K-5 to a K-8 school.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
Laurelhurst is a very good school. My child went to private school last year and she reports that she is learning more this year than last. Class sizes are large (26-29) students, but our teacher has great class control and discipline. The after care program is really lacking. I would really like to see them choose another provider.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
We chose the Laurelhurst neighborhood for our residence for numerous reasons, the quality and reputation of the neighborhood schools being a primary consideration. Our initial impression of Laurelhurst Elementary was very positive and we were excited at prospects of a quality education for our child within walking distance from our home. Our child has now been in attendance for a full school year and we have decided to enroll elsewhere next year. Although we believe Laurelhurst has much to offer we feel the basics - classroom discipline and the quality of education - are lacking. One year is not enough to fairly judge a school but we're simply not willing to take the risk. I hope your experiences are more positive.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
I have had a son at this school since first grade. I feel it is very over rated. This school is too warm and fuzzy and is gender bias. Tag students are not challenged. Very poor communication between teacher and principal. Too many arts and crafts and not enough science. Teachers are caring but there is no follow up year to year.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2005
When you walk through the doors of the classic grade school that is Laurelhurst Elementary, you know you are in a school that provides a nurturing and stimulating environment. This is a great school in a great community, but what really sets it apart is the quality of the teaching staff. Every one of the ten teachers that my kids had while they were at Laurelhurst was excellent. Every one! My children were ready for middle school when the time came, but I wanted to stay at Laurelhurst forever. We all go back to visit once in a while. We love Laurelhurst School.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2004
Just a wonderful school. Experienced, caring teachers (I have heard few complaints, ever) and incredibly giving, involved parents. My two kids have been stimulated and engaged, and love to go to school. And there are really nice kids and families, a commitment to continuing arts education despite budget cuts (a full-time music teacher on staff), and creative projects at every grade level.

- submitted by a parent
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Laurelhurst Elementary School
840 NE 41st Ave, Portland, OR  97232
(503) 916-6210
Last modified Laurelhurst Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Laurelhurst Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top