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Sandy High School

Public | 9-12 | 1258 students

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Posted Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The community was suckered into "investing " in their schools just prior to the great recession. This new edifice in our community is so lavish and extravagant that it put the school district to shame. It is filled with dead wood educators. The majority of the math department can not effectively teach math. They have great credentials but can not teach. There are so many poor educators at the high school you can not dodge around them to provide a quality educaton to the students. There is a very strong union in this district and they basically run the show. I believe if you removed most of the educators in this building and put them at the elementary level you would be doing the high school students a great favor.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 21, 2014

Find a better school! Class sizes range in the 25:1 student-teacher ratio. Much of the homework we receive is in fact busy work that does not aid in the exercise or understanding of new concepts. A few of the teachers are very openly biased concerning their political and moral beliefs. There is a wide variety for lunch options, but the quality of the food is unsatisfactory. There are also records of finding mold on cheese served to students (myself being one of them). During lunch, students are herded into the lunch room and the 3 wings are closed at the main hall causing students to group and gather in a confined area that could result in a Fire Code violation. In short, Save your children from going to this school. Find a private school or homeschool them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 15, 2014

I am a staff member, not a teacher. This is a great new building with all the technological capabilities that could be wished for. Unfortunately, the quality of the education offered here is not up to par with the building. If you have a special education student, the ed. assistants are the ones teaching, not the teachers. I spent a year in a Study Skills class a couple years ago and the teacher spent the class planning her wedding on the internet while I helped the kids with their work. Now a lot of movies are shown in the special ed. classes, often just because the teacher needs a "break" or catch up on their paperwork. (One sp. ed. teacher showed most of the entire James Bond series during his English class. Lots of learning going on there.) Special ed. students aren't challenged here or encouraged to succeed, just go for the modified diploma and take 2 P.E. classes and an art class per term, you're good to go. The modified diploma is highly promoted at this school, even with students who can handle the regular diploma. Take it from someone on the inside who sees this first hand. I've worked in a lot of sp. ed. classrooms here.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 17, 2014

This school is not the best, all of the math teachers i have had are really bad! Most of the other teachers are not much better, with the exception of a couple excellent ones. The councilors are really not much help at all! I also find that students here are rude, and have terrible language, along with a huge drug and alcohol epidemic. the curriculum is also not challenging enough i think the teachers just settle and give up, giving us the basics and no more. So personally I am not a fan of Sandy high school, and from my perspective the school building is beautiful and grand but the teachers and students do not deserve it. -from a students perspective.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 23, 2013

Awesome school, with quality teachers and nice courses. The building is brand new, with a fantastic athletic complex.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2013

Sandy High School is undergoing some radical changes this year. We have new administration that uses a "hands on" approach to digging in and making necessary changes to the way things have been done for years. It's no secret that big changes mean big upheavals in current practices but I think the changes will help students gain specific skills in reading, writing, math and science. The skills based approach will mean students must focus on acquiring skills needed to demonstrate competency rather than just "jumping through hoops" of competing assignments or just showing up to class. I'm looking forward to fine tuning the processes we've begun this year and incorporating real, progressive change at our school. Staff members are spending more time developing usable techniques and lesson plans that address skill based learning. We're being asked to collaborate and help each other more often. Overall, I feel that even though we're making big changes, they will benefit our students!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 3, 2013

Sandy High School. The Oregon Trail School District has built a state-of-the art new school. Take a look at the photos posted online. The athletic fields have just been refinished. The new school is a technological amazement. Included in the new programs offered now is a much improved autos program and Ag program. Sandy High has room to grow. Builders included a fully functional TV studio. It's a much better facility today.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

Sandy High School could really use the money from this for there school programs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2010

2010: I found out yesterday that the teachers and staff or not going to do anymore repairs at the old sandy union high school here in sandy oregon and the classrooms are now way over crowded do to teacer cuts so now the classrooms have 45 to 50 kids in each classroom with one teacher in them and there is one classroom with asbestos exsposed in it and only one window open in it! If the school district wanted the kids to stil go to the high school they should keep the old school in repair! But they decided not to becuase the new high school will be open in august 2012! this is not fair to the kids going to the old high school now!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The staff, including teachers and counselors, are very supportive and go out of their way to help the parents and students as much as they possibly can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2008

I'm attending Sandy High School this year, and although I can give nothing but praise to the school's administration for doing their best with an inadequate building, the fact is that Sandy High School is vastly underfunded. Several parts of the school are reaching 75 years in age, and the school is also suffering from mass overcrowding. The roof leaks, tiles are hanging off from the inside of the gym's ceiling, and the school's design makes it vulnerable to security breaches. Once again, I praise the school administration for doing the best with 2nd rate materiels. The majority of their teachers are above parr, and the school's newspaper is notable for its lack of school controlled content. But no matter how good a car's driver is, he's still driving a Yugo.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 25, 2008

this is a really great school !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2007

I graduated from SUHS years ago and swore I would never send my kids there. Well, unfortunatly one goes there now. I love the town, but the school needs major help. It is over crowdedx. Wonderful town to live in, just bad schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2006

I am a current student at SHS it is a great school, and I would recommend it to anyone! the teachers are great here as well as the administration, The Sports and extracurricular activities here are also very fun and exciting. Although the only downside to the school is that it is extremely crowded and the 1500 students and staff are out growing this building big time! but it is still kept in good condition, and under good discipline. so in general this is a great school to got to! GO PIOS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 2, 2006

I had an extraordinary experience at Sandy High, and would recommend attending it to anyone. It is in a very safe environment, and surrounded by an agricultural community. Their sports teams are spectacular, of which I played on year round. I will admit the education is not tuned towards preparing the average student for an Ivy League education. Although an Ivy League candidate must challenge him/herself to exceed in the advanced courses that Sandy offers. My brother and I both succeeded at this and even coming from a lower/middle-class family we attended Ivy League schools on full ride scholarships. Sandy High is what you make of it, because it has as many, if not more, opportunities than the average Oregon high school. I highly encourage anyone already there, or planning on attending to take full advantage of the Sandy High experience.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 29, 2005

We have had two graduate from Sandy High recently. I found the level of education at SHS to be typical of most oregon public schools. I was very satisfied with the safety, extra activities and sports. Academically, it is entirely possible to graduate with honors and even attain valedictorian status and still maintain a normal and social lifestyle if the student is a dedicated learner and self motivated. Preparation for Ivy League college was terrible. Preparation for Oregon Universities was fair to good. For the good student who seeks challenging courses, the opportunities are there, but not in abundance. I would recommend SHS to anyone moving to the area, with the caveat that students strive for a high gpa in advanced placement classes. The School suffers terribly from overcrowding and this will not change until the community approves a new high school builing. Parent involvent was excellent. Art/Music/Math/Science/Shop excellent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2005

I am a parent of two graduates of Sandy High School, and one current student at the school. My children have received a quality education in sciences, english, and mathematics- as well as excelling in the advanced placement and college credit classes. Teacher interraction is phenomenal, seemingly to truly care and want their students to excel, and take their education to the next level. With a small school feel within a large institution, activities, and clubs are well advertised, so that all students are encouraged, and welcomed. My children have all played sports for the school, and succeeded as academic allstars. This was done with the help of local scholarships. Also, musically they have participated in ensembles that won national awards.Both have attended colleges, and won numerous scholarships with true academic quality based on their excellent education at SHS. Variety is the spice of life, curriculm enriches and expands knowledge,SHS does it well!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2005

I attended Sandy High School my Freshman year and experienced I did not feel safe at all. Unfortunately nothing is getting better on this issue, and it continues to be a dangerous environment due to the surrounding pressure by the other Portland metro area high schools on this school to excell, which it doesn't. Academically, students are given chances to evade basic science and math. Agriculture and Horticulture are used as excuses and science and it's possible to graduate without passing Algebra. Overall, this school is dangerous and unacceptable academically.
—Submitted by a former student


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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

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2010.

2010

 
 
78%
Science

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

2010

 
 
48%
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.

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%
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 Students69%
Female69%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracial78%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation9%

Reading

All Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracial78%
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students71%
Female67%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracial89%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students59%
Female69%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracial56%
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
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
White 81% 65%
Hispanic 12% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 2%
Two or more races 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Black 1% 3%
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 36%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Cedar Ridge Middle School
Boring Middle School
Welches Middle School
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 40% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 30% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 10% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Mt. Hood Community College
Portland State University
Oregon State University
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Tutor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Speech and language therapist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
School psychologist
Security personnel
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Music teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Scholastic Art Awards (2012)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:40 am
School end time
  • 2:40 am
School Leader's name
  • Kim Ball
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (503) 668-7646

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Independent Study
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Music
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Vocational education
  • Writing
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Agriculture
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
  • Industrial / graphic design

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Literary magazine
  • Mock trial competition club
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Snow Riders Snowboarding
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Textbooks
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Sandy High School was built in 2013. It is a new facility built to exacting "green" standards with state of the art technology throughout. Sandy High boasts a number of caring, professional teachers. Excellent programs abound including an outstanding autos program, robotic program, English and writing programs and skiing club.
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10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
1100
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
1100
Students typically come from these schools
Cedar Ridge Middle School
Boring Middle School
Welches Middle School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Mt. Hood Community College
Portland State University
Oregon State University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 40%
4 year college - 30%
Military - 10%
Vocational - 10%
Workforce - 10%
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37400 Bell Street
Sandy, OR 97055
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Phone: (503) 668-8011

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