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Vernon Elementary School

Public | PK-8 | 480 students

 

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Posted August 24, 2014

We have two children at the school and have been extremely happy with the quality of the teachers and the academic progress our kids have made. Our kids are engaged, challenged, and love their school. Test scores are low, but what people don't realize is that a large number of Vernon families opt out of taking the tests. Opting out of the tests is so prevalent that the test scores mostly reflect tests taken by a very small number of students. PTA is large, active, and involved. Lots of opportunities for enrichment; including choir, a science fair, Girls On the Run, and more. If you live in the neighborhood, I recommend you send your children to Vernon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2014

WORST ADMINISTRATION EVER. PRINCIPALS ARE AWFUL TO THE STUDENTS AND STAFF. THIS SCHOOL WILL NEVER IMPROVE AS LONG AS THEY ARE THERE. SADLY ITS A GREAT STAFF BUT BEING DESTROYED BY THE EGOS OF THE ADMINISTRATORS. MY CHILD WILL NOT RETURN.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2014

This school has great teachers and a strong PTA but I am extremely disappointed with the direction the school has taken. Its a focus school with an IB program and the two dont mesh together. The elementary program is strong but seems to have a high teacher turn over. Middle school progrogram can't seem to get it together. Constant staff turn over and lack of structure. I refused to send my child to the middle school when I learned about the lack of discipline and no real intense curriculum prepping kids for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2013

Vernon is great and a International baccalaureate school. Amazing teachers, passionate PTA, and wonderful community partnerships. Our kids are thriving in a diverse, supported, environment. The Oregon school ranking is lower on the Oregon report cards because some parents are opting their kids out of unfair standardized tests.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2013

A great school and only getting better.... There is tremendous parental involvement and intense fundraising has restored music and arts programs to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2013

Vernon is becoming more and more popular with parents in the area. The neighborhood and the school are mutually supportive and there is tremendous energy now being directed towards the school. Parents have helped restore music and arts instruction though ambitious fund-raising. Neighborhood schools are great -- no lottery or commute is required and the school reflects the actual diversity of the neighborhood. My child goes to Vernon and is thriving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2011

My children have been having academic problems since attending this school. One of them has received his first disciplinary action ever since attending this school. My children have attended numerous school through this area and have never had problems until attending Vernon. Something is seriously wrong within the school. We are trying our hardest to move out of this school's borders just to get away from this school. I hope the effects this school have had on my kids are not permanent. I also must say I'm amazed at the positive reviews here. I am wondering if they are talking about the same school I am. Perhaps we are used to having the children in excellent schools and Vernon is just so-so so they seem terrible to me. The teachers seem like they care about the children. That much is true. That is true for most grade schools. There are other issues within the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

This school is wonderful. It has devoted and caring teachers. It was given the school of excellence award in 2005 but then lost a principal and had to add 3 more grades which took its toll on its upward trajectory. Its back on track and is now in the second year of a new, truly energetic, involved principal and is in its third year of becoming an International Baccalaureate school. The garden program is becoming integrated with the curriculum, they have the Sun school program, SMART, is a NASA explorer school... more stuff than I could list here. I hope that some day the ratings reflect the reality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2007

i love this school,the staff is wonderful and the teachers are caring and understanding.i attended this school for three years from late 1999 - 2002 (2nd to 5th grade) and I loved the projects the teachers would assighn us.and they actualy made learning fun. (something i thought to be comepletley impossible) I do believe this school is the best in portland,or.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2007

We really like this school. I think it's highly underrated right now, but it has a caring staff that really connect with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2007

Over the past two years, Vernon has gone through a transformation for the better. It now involves the parents, teachers, and community. I am proud of what they are doing to better themselves and the neighborhood, along with offering a quality education for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2005

I'm not sure of the previous post, there certainly are conflicts among elementary school students. However, our family has found the school an ideal learning environment, with competent and friendly staff. The school's academic achievement is improving, and is doing so with a highly-mixed group of children of different ethnicities. Vernon is great, and our child will continue to attend the neighborhood's school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

this isn't a good school at all. the teachers don't take the time out to help students nor when they have a conflict with another student. the teachers let the students do whatever they want when they wnat. i will never let any of my children attend this school.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

2010

 
 
54%
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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
57%
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 59% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 63% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
71%
Writing

2010

 
 
26%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
60%
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 Students64%
Female59%
Male68%
African American44%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female77%
Male64%
African American44%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
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 Students67%
Female68%
Male67%
African American70%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracial83%
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female76%
Male50%
African American45%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial>=95%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
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 Students49%
Female42%
Male57%
African American42%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students52%
Female37%
Male71%
African American37%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students36%
Female32%
Male43%
African American32%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
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 Students44%
Female31%
Male52%
African American33%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted67%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female46%
Male57%
African American60%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a
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 Students47%
Female56%
Male36%
African American29%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female67%
Male50%
African American35%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
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 Students37%
Female49%
Male23%
African American23%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities<=5%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation<=5%

Reading

All Students49%
Female64%
Male31%
African American41%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities<=5%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation<=5%

Science

All Students24%
Female24%
Male24%
African American14%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities<=5%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted83%
Special Education with Accomodation<=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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 39% 3%
White 26% 65%
Hispanic 23% 21%
Two or more races 8% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 74%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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