I am an educational researcher and have a profound respect for the teachers and administrator at SJS. I have reviewed their data, visited the school, and spoke with parents, teachers, and students. I would hardly say it is a "diamond in the rough", but rather a diamond mine, producing multi-faceted, extremely well educated, passionate, community-serving diamonds. The data from the fourth grade are not impressive, simply because (I suspect) the students are entering fourth grade from the traditional public school system. Over the years, with support from the SJS team, the scores increase into the 90th percentile. It came to my attention that SJS has one of the highest test scores in the state or OR. If quantitative measures like test scores don't impress you, the school is programs and structure are designed to build character, humility, and respect for others. The students are required to perform community service, instilling the importance of giving back to the community, a quality extremely rare in public schools. The only unfortunate thing I found was that only 88 students can attend, a number that should be increased because they have proved their worth.
This school is a diamond in the rough, even through low funding the school thrives.
I commented in 2010 when my daughter was in her 3rd year at SJS. I'm commenting now because I didn't see any 2011 comments. My daughter is now in her 4th year at SJS. She still LOVES the school. The school seems to be on track for continuous improvement. It just keeps getting better and better. BTW - 5 stars isn't enough for the 'Principal'/Executive Director. She deserves waaaayyy more than that.
Really great place to send your child to school. I don't think there is a better school in the county.
I am a student at the Sheridan Japanese School and I have enjoyed all my years here! The teachers help you not only succeed academically but succeed personally. The teachers are wonderful but there is a high turnover rate. This school is especially wonderful for elementary and middle grades
Very positive!!! My child loves school and is very proud of where he attends school.
SJS provides the most committed and engaged school atmosphere I have ever had any contact with. Our son thrives in this environment and has exceeded our wildest dreams as far as school is concerned. The staff make the school what it is and I am grateful for each one of them.
My daughter is now in her third year at SJS. She comes home and says, 'I love my school.' SJS is a truly great school. The teachers are caring, professional and enthusiastic. The SJS Board is hard working and dedicated, the parents of students put in a lot of volunteer time and the Educational Director - I know that this web site has to average all reviews across the years because on a scale of 1 to 5 she would be 100. I've never seen someone so caring, dedicated and effective. If you are a parent who cares about your child's education and is willing to put in some time to contribute to it, come and join us at Sheridan Japanese School.
i go to this school and it is amazing and friendly. its like a big happy family.
The Sheridan Japanese school is an outstanding school for many reasons. The students feel a family type atmosphere and are actually tought how to study, not just take tests. The multy grade style is also good for it helps teach the students to teach others by help younger children. All the student that attend the school leave it with a very well rounded education that is better suited for the real world.
I love that my daughter is learning Japanese and the academics are great
The Sheridan Japanese School offers our students academic excellence taught by highly motivated teachers. My student is thriving in the small school environment.
Its all about the students and family being a community of learning. Everyone is held accountable to bring out thier full potential. Its a great school!
The Sheridan Japanese school is a great school, the commitment level of the teachers to the students is phenominal! It is all about the kids and making them successful learners.
Sheridan Japanese School helps every student discover their strengths through the efforts of a very supportive staff, school council, and school board.
High standards, caring environment, creative, involved and thoughtful staff.
I love the diversity that this school offers. And Im kept up to date as to what my child is learning and were he needs help. They are truly there to challenge their students to be the best they can be.
The Director and the staff are doing an incredible job in upholding our mission, supporting the success of each individual student while maintaining the highest level of academic and behavirol standards.
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