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Sitton Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 319 students

 

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Posted December 18, 2013

I agree with those who say come and visit. It is just a gem of a little school. The PTA is open and warm and they do such a nice job making things special for the kids. The art work and materials in the hall reflect the dedication of the staff to give our kids a well rounded education, constrained as they are by strict curriculums. There are numerous family nights that are well attended and a sweet little carnival to end the school year. My child is very happy. An emphasis is placed on community, inclusiveness, and respect for each other. In my time volunteering I have found the kids at Sitton to be sweet and respectful. Any small issues we have have been addressed quickly and openly. The teachers collaborate as grade level teams and all seem to genuinely care about one another. We are quite happy and my only complaint is that it isn't K-8.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2013

I was hesitant when relocating to the Sitton school area due to its score. I couldn't have been more wrong. My son has attended two schools so far, one being a highly rated suburbian school and another in the PPS system. Sitton's staff is heads above anything we're used to, my son is getting the attention and direction he needs to thrive even though he has pretty intense case of ADHD. We are very optimistic regarding his education now when we were considering private schooling before hand. Before dismissing Sitton regarding its rating, please take a tour and see for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

This is my family's second year at Sitton Elementary. All I have to say is the only way you will get a clear picture of the quality of this school is to walk through the doors, talk to the principal, meet with the teachers and then decide. This school is full of amazing faculty who strive to make a difference in each child's life. The children at this school are full of life and love and a yearning for learning! I can't say enough about the great teachers here--which, absolutely make this school a place where I want my kids to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2012

Sitton Elementary, among other public schools in Portland, has it's hurdles to bear. It's a Title 1 school in a district that has cut its budget year after year. But there's hope and many determined staff striving to make the school better year after year. There's an active PTA, a Junta de Padres group, Site Council, and a principal with an open door policy. We have many community partners who have given numerous hours, along with parents & staff, to paint, weed, and build items for the school. Any concerns I may have regarding my child's education has been heard and responded to promptly. Sitton may not be the right fit for every child, but it's worth taking the time to visit & talking with the principal before making judgements. As they say, you can't judge a book by it's cover!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2011

I whent to sittion 19 yrs ago, Im 25 now and my sun goes there now and nothing has change appearance wise. They still have a out dated play structure from when i whent there and the building looks like its gonna fall apart with tagging along the side as well. I would glady put in free labor as a parent to help paint or start sum kinda funraiser to get the play structure up to date i think the staff at sittion is nice but need to take more pride in there school apperance because it's way below standards. The only after school program is sun school give me a break! thats it what happen to music glass or flag football or sum type of extra curricular activity thats about learning something its just sad. I would not recommend this school for any kid way below standards
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2011

I will be the first to admit that I did everything in my power to keep my daughter from this school. I erroneously believed this was just another ghetto school. I was very wrong. My husband and I transferred our oldest child to this school after a very traumatic experience at Trillium Charter School. After her first day at Sitton, my entire opinion of this school changed. I have never witnessed such a kind, caring and dedicated staff and faculty in my life. Within 4 days, my daughter was referred for special ed testing--something her former school refused to do--and after extensive testing, we learned she has a severe learning disability. They worked very hard to help her succeed and she did! She entered the school 2 full academic years behind, and left not only at grade level but as a Self-Manager! She is confident, eager to learn and loves school. The after care program is free and amazing. The courses are varied and diverse. I must add that Peg, the after care director, is amazing! She really knows and loves the children and it shows every day. Take advantage of this school, you will not be disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2008

Sitton has added SUN school programs, the Vermont Hills program, it now has a counselor and a behavioral specialist. My children have been supported in every way possible. While the whole staff is not yet on board, Mrs. Fielding (the principal) seems to be finding more great teachers each year. Congrats!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2007

Sitton has been experiencing some growing pains in the past few years, but with a new principal and some fantastic teachers I think it is beginning to come into its own. What it needs most of all is parents who are willing to get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2005

I agree with the first parent. I wasn't really satisfied with Sitton. My son attended the end of his first grade year. There aren't any after school programs at the school, they really don't have anything to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2005

My child use to attend Applegate until we moved and now attends Sitton and what a difference, Sitton has nothing to offer my child... no after schools programs..nothing it needs major help and as soon as I can get my child out of here I will.
—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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
51%
Writing

2010

 
 
5%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
55%
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%
Female58%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learners50%
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students51%
Female63%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learners44%
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 Students36%
Female33%
Male37%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learners44%
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female46%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learners33%
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 Students35%
Female30%
Male39%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White25%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learners12%
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation29%

Reading

All Students40%
Female25%
Male50%
African American33%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learners<=5%
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation<=5%

Science

All Students42%
Female25%
Male52%
African American33%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learners6%
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation11%
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
Hispanic 42% 21%
White 28% 65%
Black 15% 3%
Two or more races 7% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 85%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Printmaking
  • Textile design

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
Fax number
  • (503) 916-2673

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Printmaking
  • Textile design
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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9930 North Smith St
Portland, OR 97203
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