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Winterhaven School

Public | K-8 | 346 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 20, 2014

According to Winterhavens site, it is a math, technology and science school. That is NOT true. Sure, the math and science is advanced, but the technology? We do things like take pictures with cameras or make silent films, how, in any world, is that advanced technology? Oh and the computers? Yup, they're easily over 5 years old and you can't do ANYTHING on them without them freezing up or having to restart. Other than the lying about having advanced technology though, it's a pretty good school.


Posted May 15, 2014

Winterhaven school is NOT a school for special needs children because they have very little support from the district. Neighborhood schools are much better equipped for children with special needs. However, for the children who are above average learners or who enjoy becoming life-long learners, Winterhaven is the BEST! The teachers at Winterhaven really care about their students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2011

My student did not feel welcome at this school as a child who's family is living below the poverty line. I guess it's easy to get good test scores at a school that does not have poorer people, ELL students, minorities, or children with disabilities. I am taking my child to a more open school with a more open envirnment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

I attended Winterhaven from 1st grade to 8th grade. For 8 years I was surrounded by enthusiastic, eccentric students and teachers who really cared about me. Everyone knew my name and who I was, just as I knew everyone else. Winterhaven gave me a head start in high school. I entered Cleveland high school in SE Portland with 3 full credits. I am confused by the comment about teachers being overwhelmed by all the "special needs kids". Winterhaven is a magnet school, but it is still a public school. The amount of "special needs" kids would be the same amount you would find in any other public school, and the teachers are inspiring, intelligent, and truly pasionate people. I have very fond memories of my years at Winterhaven. It is a wonderful school, and a wonderful community to belong to. I have just graduated from high school, and I give full credit to my time spent at Winterhaven to my success in high school. It was a bit of a culture shock coming from Winterhaven into high school, mainly because students lost inspiration and interest. Without a close-knit community, I felt alone and as if no one cared about me like they did at Winterhaven. But alas, I made it to where I am now!


Posted February 10, 2011

Winterhaven is a magnet school - for special needs kids. There is a large population of Aspergers and other special needs kids here who are very intelligent but with few social skills. There are not enough resources for the staff to deal with all these kids and their special needs, and frequently the teachers are overwhelmed and the more "normal" kids fall through the cracks. Some of the teachers are excellent, some are overwhelmed, and some are just waiting for retirement/should have retired already. The electives are largely taught by parent volunteers, some of whom are "special needs types" themselves. The curriculum is advanced, but for the past two years the 6th grade class has lost their field trip privileges due to behavior issues by a large number of students - enough to have the entire field trip(s) cancelled rather that just having 1 or 2 students not participate. To me this is very significant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

An amazing school-prepared me wonderfully for high school and college.


Posted March 5, 2009

It's a great school... My fave, probably, of the three that I've been too. Being weird and quirk is in style :D
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 29, 2008

Best school ever, best technology, too! Building is too old, so they're going to have to knock it down...
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2007

I have two bright girls but really felt they could get lost in the PPS district with all the budget cuts etc. I really wanted teachers/faculty that could give them creative ways to learn and problem solve, give them a little push if they need it or on certain things that they have caught on to teach them more advanced levels so they can feel challenged that is what they do at Winterhaven, they are so supportive that way. They try to give one on one attention while teaching science and math in creative ways. What a blessing it is to go to work and know my girls are being enriched in math/science/community/language/arts and most of all they come home feeling they belong and fit in. Winterhaven also has a nurturing environment so it s comfortable for the students to study and learn I think it s due to the combination of staff and daily involvement of parents/PTA in decisions and the activities that go on there. Winterhaven is the best all around school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2007

This is the absolute, best school in the portlandpublicschool district. The teachers there could not be paid enough for the work they do, the interest they take in the students, and their ability to communicate (teach) the students. My two sons; '06 & '07; are far better prepared for HighSchool then I could have ever hoped. In fact, my '07 son, who was a Freshman this year, was number one in his class of 187. All thanx to Mr A, Mrs A, Mrs Lane, Mrs Shuman, Mr Bright, Patti & Mrs Gattis. What a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2006

Wow, our daughter is so happy to go to this school. As a math and science magnet school, (it has great programs in those subjects), it is extraordinary how good its language arts and theater programs are. Also, the school is just small enough to keep cliques to a minimum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2005

This school is fantastic. The teachers are dedicated, the extra programs are taught by parents and industry experts and the magnet program is truly advanced.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
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The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

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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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

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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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 63% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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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

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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

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Reading

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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

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English language learnersn/a
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Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

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Science

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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 Students>=95%
Female>=95%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
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Native Americann/a
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Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students>=95%
Female>=95%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
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Students with disabilities83%
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 Students>=95%
Female>=95%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students>=95%
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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 Students93%
Female91%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female91%
Male>=95%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students93%
Female91%
Male94%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities67%
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 80% 65%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 4%
Hispanic 4% 21%
Black 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 9%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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