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Benson Polytechnic High School

Public | 9-12 | 1218 students

 
 

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Posted June 18, 2013

This school provided me with the oppurtunity to challenge myself as well as get ready for the future. My very first year at this school taught me the technical skills that I needed to reach my long-term goals. Not only did they allow me to focus on a specific major, but educated me about the skills needed to thrive in that field. I feel very prepared and was offered many chances to acquire hands-on knowledge. This was the best choice that I have ever made and would relive these years over and over again.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 15, 2011

the self motivated young men and women who attend this school truly want to be where theyre at. truly a school like this is crucial for the sucess of those who do not wish to enter college for whatever reason by providing a technical skill


Posted November 10, 2010

It prepares students for an opportunity to acquire a career right our of high school that pays a descent wage.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 10, 2010

Benson high school is a school filled with diversity, passion and excellence among staff, faculty and the students!!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 10, 2010

I love this school because of the hands on technical classes we have. Also for the diversity student body and the staff having so much love for all the students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2010

i think that benson is a great high school for all of the highschoolers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2009

I have never seen such a great cohesion at a school before. Every day it seems the students here are mixing it up. They face huge obstacles yet school and academic success is still a major priority in their lives. The staff are more than supportive and seem to have a personal connection with the students. I look forward to visiting this school twice a week as a counseling intern.


Posted January 27, 2009

This school is the best of the best. You work on majors that you feel comftorble doing, have fun, and the teachers are very helpful. You work at you level and people don't judge you if you are in algebra 1-2 or trignometry.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 15, 2008

Even if your child doesn't end up being an electrician, or a construction worker, or a nurse they still learn skills they will have for life. I have 1 Benson graduate & 1 student now (and hopefully a future Techman) who have had a great experience there. I gave 4 stars only for the fact that kids no longer have to apply to get in, so not everyone is necessarily there because of what Benson has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2008

Benson Polytechnic compliments a particular type of learner but falls short on meeting the needs of kids who would benefit from additional supports. The counseling staff appears to have minimal stategies for students who are struggling academically and/or having family challenges and offer little assistance to parents who are seeking advice regarding their child's options. .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2007

This is the one school that you will hear former students constantly tell you 'Benson changed my life'. I transfered into Benson in 2000, and it was the best decision I ever made. I came from the opposite environment before Benson, so being treated with respect and dignity by the staff was completely welcome. I commuted 45 minutes a day from Gresham, just to be at this school. KBPS program changed my life and helped me ultimately with my careeer. Great location, great metropolitan feel, great diversity, great environment that breeds greatness in students.


Posted January 17, 2006

This school has given me so many oppertunities to succeed in life, I have been in so many places were me just saying that i went to Benson Polytech, gave me privaleges that were not offered to others. This school is a great assett to the PPSD and I'm honored to call it my high school
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 9, 2005

My daughter graduated Benson in 2000. Because of the dedication and motivation of the teachers, she has graduated from college and is now attending Graduate School to become a teacher. I commend the Benson teaching staff for discipline when necessary, for not to just passing students through the class, but making our children work hard to achieve their potential, and for simply caring. Thank you Benson teaching staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2005

Benson is probably the most diverse school in Portland. In general, students are dedicated to the school and well behaved. The health occupations and technical programs provide skills for quality jobs after high school. Students in the HOC program can find a job in a clinical setting by their junior year- providing valuable job experience. More than 80% of graduating students plan to further their education. Class sizes are relatively small (Ex. compared to Grant) and teachers are dedicated.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 27, 2004

Benson has given my daughter the education she needs to succeed in life. The teachers are excellent, the students hold a tight respect for each other. A highly recommended school if your child is looking for the best education possible.
—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 56% in 2010.

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2010.

2010

 
 
59%
Science

2010

 
 
48%
Writing

2010

 
 
36%
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 69% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
61%
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 Students76%
Female64%
Male83%
African American66%
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial83%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities55%
English language learners14%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted94%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female81%
Male90%
African American85%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial83%
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities82%
English language learners29%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female64%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander78%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students42%
Female45%
Male40%
African American38%
Asian/Pacific Islander45%
Hispanic30%
Multiracial83%
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learners<=5%
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted84%
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 29% 65%
Hispanic 26% 21%
Black 22% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 4%
Two or more races 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Portland, OR 97232
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