Our son just finished his K year at Markham and we are beyond pleased by the quality and dedication of the teachers, the arts program, the fantastic on site after-care program, the diversity and a principle who is one of the finest in the PPS. It is still puzzling to us as to why the over all test scores are so low. All we have to say is do not be fooled by these test scores. This is a fantastic school.
We have been at Markham Elementary for 2 years and have been very happy with our choice. We continue to be amazed by the full range of programs that are offered. We looked at other SW PPS thinking that we may lottery out but quickly found that this was not necessary. The teaching staff and principle have proven to be excellent and our student is thriving. We are proud of the diversity that our child is being exposed to and his experiences have all been positive.
We have two children at Markham. We love Markham because of the diverse culture and its passion for the arts. The parent involvement is incredible and the staff are some of the best in Portland. Oh, we also have both our kids in MCCA (before and after school program). It doesn't get any better for families with two working parents. Yes, the school is on the older side, but it was originally a middle school so Markham has a full size auditorium and gym. There are also four baseball fields behind the school. Do your family a favor and take a tour of the school before deciding where to send your children.
Diverse, happy and full of very dedicated teachers. Markham is a wonderful and balanced community that welcomes all!
Like many families we looked at all of our options in SW for our kindergartner. Many people, who have never attended Markham, are quick to pass critical judgement so we were worried. It has turned out to be a wonderful school for our now almost 2nd grader. The families are wonderful and involved, the principal works very hard for her kids and staff, and the teachers have all been great as well. I think there has been a movement in the past few years with more families attending their neighborhood school and its showing. We play on teams together, see each other at restaurants and the park -- its a great community and its growing and getting better every year. Markham also has a very active and involved PTA which you can see in the other reviews.
Markham is a hidden gem in the SW PPS elementary schools. We started out like a lot of families looking at the rating and test scores, and looked at other public, private and charter schools in the area. However, being supporters of neighborhood schools in general, we decided to give Markham a try for kindergarten. It was a great decision! The school has a wonderful staff led by an amazing principal. The PTA is very active and involved to the point of fully funding the art teacher's salary and supply budget. (And she is worth every penny donated and more!) The kids are also offered music, PE, library, and technology. On top of that, there are actual TAG pull-out classes. (The only PPS elementary we have found to have that!) It has a diverse population both culturally and economically, and the kids learn so much about living with people different than themselves. We feel so lucky to have our son at such a neat school!
To the poster from 12/7/2012: I'm one of the parents that wrote a message using 'beyond pleased'. It remains an accurate way to describe our experience. We sent our child to a private school for the first two years, and we liked Markham A LOT better because of the economic, ethnic, educational, and intellectual diversity. We spent a great deal of time with people who were among the recipients of free and reduced lunch, and they also appreciated the diversity. I'm sure it's not the school for everyone, but it was certainly the school for us. I served on school committees and found many teachers and administrators intensely and deeply committed to the students. You're analysis is a fail.
As a parent, I am extremely happy with Markum. Our Kindergarten teacher is absolutely wonderful and engaged. We thought of sending our child to a private school but we are so glad we tried Markum first. The staff is excellent and I couldn't be happier with the leadership!
I went to Markham a few years ago, and my younger siblings currently go there. I love the school, the teachers are wonderful and there are lots of programs to help people who need it. The school itself is very diverse, and it works very well that way
We have two children, very different in learning styles, one with a need for accommodations in school. We were afraid that the local public school would provide a poor education, fail to accommodate our one child's differences, & have a negative social environment. We started with a private school, then a nearby charter school for two years, and finally came to Markham. We are beyond pleased. The staff and administration have been amazing in working with our children, both kids have advanced steadily in academics, and the social environment has been FAR and AWAY the most positive and supportive that we have experienced. I only wish we had come here to start with !
Educators and administration alike have proven in a short period of time that they are concerned with protecting themselves and each other - to the exclusion of working with parents, understanding children and promoting education. I've never feared for my child's well being before moving to Portland. Now I understand all of the cries of "For the love of all that is holy, keep your children away from Portland Schools." It appears the screaming masses were quite right.
We've been very happy with Markham this past year. The student body is diverse, the teachers caring, the principal engaged, and the services offered excellent. I feel that my daughter is engaged in her interests and learning, that discipline is appropriate, and that she's nurtured and supported.
We move a lot!! My daughter has been to three schools in the Portland Public School system, so we have seen plenty. We love Markham. They seem to have an understanding of kids and an excellent balance between fun and learning. My daughter struggles with reading and they actually have a program to help!! This school has more gym days and library days than the previous two as well. One more recess than the first school one less recess than the second for a grand total of two per day-- perfect. The great diversity of this school is amazing!! There are several corners of the world represented. They worked hard to arrive and work hard to thrive. That attitude of hard work and respect is ingrained into the school.
Markham is a fantastic school which reflects the diversity of Portland. Each classroom is a mix of cultures, religions, beliefs, and family backgrounds. This works well due to the expectations of our staff, faculty, and parents. The building itself is a great asset. A former middle school, we have a separate cafeteria, gym, and auditorium. Markham is just down the street from a library and a brand new park. My oldest struggled academically in the first and second grade, and Markham provided unbelievable support and resources. Every teacher gets involved if a child needs help. The SUN program provides great enriching after school classes, and the before and after school care (run by parents, not by the Y) provides flexibility for families with working parents. Markham carefully cultivates the feeling of community and family at the school, and it shows. We are proud to be a Markham family. Come check us out for yourselves!
This school is totally falling apart! My kids have been here 3 years now and the disrespect that kids have for the teachers and principal is incredible. My kids have been bullied more times than I can remember. What can parents do if the principle seems to be the major cause of a disruptive learning environment. There is music , PE and even art but I am concerned about not having a non-threatening environment.
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