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Thurston High School

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Posted January 8, 2011

I am 2003 Graduate of thurston High School and found it to be a great experience for me. Teachers such as Paul Halupa and Kevin Rowan (though Mr. Rowan is, I believe, no longer there) impacted and changed my life. The teachers, coaches and administration really cared about us as a student body and prepared us for the future. If there is any doubt about the school's ability to prepare students after high school (where I was part of a 3x state champion cheer squad) I received a B.A. in English at the UO and a M.A. in education from Pacific U. I am now an English teacher as well! GO COLTS!!


Posted April 23, 2010

I graduated from Thurston High School and think some of the other reviews are, well, ridiculous! I feel like everyone feels entitled to state of the art facilities and teachers that will all but complete their education for them ('students are not pushed to their fullest potential'). Whatever happened to pushing yourself to your full potential. I thought Thurston was a wonderful school and I had the resources at hand to work hard and meet my potential. I believe that any student that walks into Thurston with a desire to learn and do great things, and has a strong work ethic, will meet or exceed their own potential. Most of the teachers are great and are there to help students who need help. I had one teacher that allowed me to come to their home on a Saturday to help me with some work I was struggling with. Great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2008

I am a 2008 graduate from Thurston High school and I found the school very satisfactory. Sure there are ceilings collapsing, water in the hallways, and way too many students in one classroom, but regardless, I was very prepared for college and life. The teachers DO care. No one teacher can give enough instruction in one class period to make you feel prepared for an upcoming test or an assignment. However, they are always in their classroom ready to help any student that walks through their door for extra help. It is ultimately up to the students to seek the resources they need in order to be successful, because guess what? The faculty at THS is preparing you for college. The professors in college don't care if you are successful or not, get used to it. After HS, no one is going to be holding your hands through life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 20, 2008

I am a sophmore at THS and find that while it is in need of major improvements,we probably should've thought about that before we hired the archtiect that built this school(from California) to make our roofs flat...It rains a lot out here and everywhere you walk, you're dodging raindrops in the hallways!I've known people who have been charged up to ten dollars for water damage on their books because a drop of water fell from the roof onto it while they were walking down the hallway! It's ridiculous,but like i said,we probably should of thought about that earlier... Another thing about this school is that besides a small handful of teachers, most of the staff here is unsatisfactory.A couple of teachers here have had sooo many complaints called in by students and parents and yet, the faculty at THS pretends to not notice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 4, 2007

As a parent, I am disappointed in the guidance given to the students by the principals and counselors. The teachers don't care about maintaining order and structure in the classroom. I worry my child will not be ready for college. After school activities are limited and funding support is non-existent for anything except football.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2007

I am a senior at Ths moved here from scottsdale arizona. Thurston does not care where you are after you graduate, nor do they teach you anything that will prepare you for college. I hate it and Ill be happy to leave.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2007

At Thurston High School there are limited teachers left who really care about their students understandment of the material. I have had a rough 3 years at thurston since i have attended this school. i Am currently a Senior at Ths. There are leaks and broken lockers,holes in walls,no air conditioning or heat. This environment makes it difficult to learn. Lets just say it was very hard to make it through till my graduation which is 2007! I am so happy to leave Thurston high school in Springtucky, oregon!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 18, 2006

Im a freshman at thurston high school and i love it! its a great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 26, 2004

I am a student at Thurston, and I wish that more people could see how badly funds are being spent. In most of my classes there are more than 40 students, and if we're lucky, up to 40 desks. But usually we have 35-37 desks to over 40 students. That doesn't work out to well. Our school has no walls. Thats weird. In one of my classes there are about 47 students, 35 desks, and on average, 20 handouts that we're suppost to use for homework. And yet for some reason we were given sky lights down a hallway, I mean breeze way that most of the students don't go down. To me that doesn't make sense, when most if not all the roofs leak, badly, and we have no walls. Who approves sky lights, but won't approve money for someone to build a roof or walls? I don't get it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2004

It is really sad to hear people complain about Thurston spending money on school improvements. By the look of the halls and classrooms it feels as if it is Niagra Falls, there is dryrot everywhere, if it were a home it could not be sold until it met certain standards. There are so many leaks to these building that a ton of improvements are needed. We will not have a school if we don't take care of it now. As for the money, start getting your parents and grandparents to vote in a way as to help. They have gotten themselves through school now it is our turn but they are unwilling to spend the money. The school does spend it's money correctly and by the way, Lacross gets no funding, it is a volunteer sport and receives moral support only....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2004

I am a student at Thurston High, and while I love and support my school, students are not pushed to their fullest potential, and don't have the resources to get there on their own. The teachers often don't have enough handouts for the class, and the class sizes are to large for individual attention and concentration. While we don't have the funds for paper, art supplies, less popular sports, and classes are being cut, we seemed to find the money to install new sky-lights in the halls last year, and we had the money to add girls and boys Lacrosse and Rugby to the sports program. Students are asked to copy assignments off the overhead. Couldn our time be better spent? Yes I am worried that money is not being used very wisley. While I love the teachers, classes, and people, I believe school funds could be used more appropriately.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2003

This school is falling short of the expectations of the community as a whole. The resources spent on aesthetic improvements could have better been spent on supplies such as paper so that the teachers could have enough handouts for all the children, where as most of the time they don t. The board and staff need to take a hard look at what is really important and what it takes to get the kids ready for today s future, cutting skill classes like culinary arts yet leaving sport classes and non skill related classes is not acceptable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2003

I am not a parent, but a student at Thurston High. I believe that Thurston, if it had the money, could put students to their fullest potential. However, because of the recent budget cuts, Thurston cannot help the future because they cannot help their students in getting the classes needed for college. School sports' participation fees have gone up in price and will go up even higher in the fall, making it possible for only kids that have the money to play sports. Some of the sports are also being cut anyway, so it doesn't help those who are very athletic but can't continue their sports. Paper is very scarce and highly valued at our school, which is very unfortunate and sad. However, I believe the best parts of our school are our science and literature branches. There are so many things that our science teachers are going out on a limb for us on that we have things such as the Stormwater Analysis Team and Water testing team, which are highly successful. Our literature teachers are the best and help prepare us for our future in colleges. Overall, I think that Thurston could be a great school if it had the money, but I don't think that what the school is doing with the money it has is very smart.


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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

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2010.

2010

 
 
68%
Science

2010

 
 
65%
Writing

2010

 
 
47%
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.

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

333 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
62%
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%
Female59%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracial69%
Native American57%
White70%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female84%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracial>=95%
Native American71%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students57%
Female50%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracial69%
Native American29%
White59%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students71%
Female78%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracial64%
Native American57%
White75%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted95%
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 74% 65%
Hispanic 11% 21%
Two or more races 11% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Black 1% 3%
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 38%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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333 58th St
Springfield, OR 97478
Phone: (541) 744-5000

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