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Sellwood Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 474 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2011:
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Posted March 10, 2014

My 6th grader has had a smooth transition to middle school. Overall, her teachers are strong, with some being more effective than others (like anywhere). Her block teacher(social studies, writing, language arts), math teacher and art teacher are all great--high expectations, creating dynamic and interesting learning opportunities, and also supporting 6th graders in learning how to juggle numerous subjects and be organized. Socially she has connected with some great kids. Parents are definitely less connected and involved than in elementary, though I gather from friends at other schools they feel that way, too. There are, of course, plenty of opportunities to be involved if you seek them out. The principal is retiring and the vp is new this year; so that transition will be interesting and hopefully positive. SMS is in a great neighborhood community and seems to be a solid school overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2012

Sellwood was a wonderful school for me! I recently graduated and am heading on to a local private high school feeling very prepared. I came into sixth grade from another state knowing no one and though it was a struggle I found that the counsler and teaches were(and still are) more than supportive and willing to help and listen. I have had some increadable teachers whose lessons, life or acidemic, I will never forget. This school is exteremly welcoming and open to all types of people. I have made some incredable friends and have had little trouble with bullying and cliques. My only problem was the in my eye lacking science program(cough, cough Ms. Manley), not a great deal of what I learned will follow me through high school and it somewhat ruinied my love for it. Also, the pricipal at the moment is awful, hard to work with and unwilling to help or listen whether it be a parent, teacher or student. However, I overall loved my time at Sellwood.


Posted May 22, 2012

If I could rate the teachers separately than the principal and vice principal, I would give the teachers five starts and the two women in charge -6. My son attended all three years here and I only had the opportunity to speak with the principal ONCE..and believe me I tried. She doesn't appear to have much interest in the kids or the parents..strange as that sounds. My son was having serious issues and needed help and support from her and I got zero. The vice principal isn't much better. The counselor and the teachers however are awesome and work very hard. If they could find a principal as involved as the teachers, the kids at SMS would be far better off.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

I am extremely disappointed in this school. When my child needed some extra help in math, we were told to either come for 20 minutes during lunch or go to Sylvan. Those are the only options? Sadly, I think this is typical for many portland public schools. Tried in vain to get the vice principal to call me when I needed help. Left several voicemails and finally gave up. On the surface, everyone is very kind and seemingly caring ....but I guess they are just overwhelmed. Can't imagine what else to think.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2010

Honestly, Sellwood's just a bad school. Most of the teachers treat the students like dogs, and all of the students treat eachother like scum. There is almost no hands-on learning, and the curriculum follows a distinctive pattern: read the textbook, do the worksheet, take the test, repeat.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

All the teachers that our daughter has had at Sellwood Middle have been very dedicated individuals who go above and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2009

Sellwood is a pretty good school, but i think it all depends on what teachers you get. One downfall is the cliques, their is a huge group of popular kids and they usually talk behinf your back. The band program is great and their is a fairly good selection of electives.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 3, 2009

As a current parent, I am pretty disappointed. The teachers do not inspire, there is not an expectation of higher achievement, and my child is barely challenged. I feel like we are just biding our time until (hopefully) better times in the public high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2007

Well, truthfully, as a former student, i didn't like it that much. It had little to none diversity, and when i say diversity, i mean things like letting kids be themselves, and trying to fit in, and not just trying to be in the 'popular' crowd. At Sellwood, it's all about being in the popular crowd. If your not pretty, with good grades, and basically 'perfect' then you are basically made fun of (behind your back of course, usually) I had a pretty bad experience
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 29, 2006

attended sellwood middle school for two years and would've stayed, but I moved. it was a good place for me to be and i enjoyed it very much. they had a very good marimba program which i enjoyed ever so much and it is very safe there in a safe neiborhood. overall, sellwood is a great school!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 7, 2005

Sellwood offers a lot of growing potential for each student, but the parents seem to be less involved than in elementary shcool. My kids really get good ideas for organization and planning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2005

I am happy with the level of teaching at this school, I am happy with the safety of my Children while in attendance at Sellwood. Overall, I am happy that we chose Sellwood over private school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 59% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 63% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

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 61% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
82%
Writing

2010

 
 
52%
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.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
85%
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%
Female66%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracial36%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female85%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracial36%
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities42%
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

Math

All Students82%
Female85%
Male78%
African American14%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial63%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female88%
Male91%
African American29%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracial>=95%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities72%
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

Math

All Students77%
Female76%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female84%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students79%
Female71%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander56%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial56%
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities58%
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 79% 66%
Hispanic 10% 21%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Black 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Asian 2% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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