Bridgeport has gone down hill fast. We moved from upstate New Tork to Tualatin based on the reputation of the schools and alll I can say is that if this is an example of a quality school in Oregon, people need to set their expectations higher. The fact that library and art have to be run by volunteers rather than paid teachers should be enough to ward anyone off. Not to mention the children get a 15min lunch so the school can fit in an extra recess rather than allowing kids time to eat or spending more time in the classroom. More than half of the school is categorized as underprivileged and the school receives money from the state but apparently there must be a mismanagement of funds because the student to teacher ratio is so high that individual students rarely receive the attention they rightfully deserve. There are long term, tenured teachers here who seem more interested in collecting a paycheck, that teach to the lowest level of the class while not providing a challenging environment to the better students. It's sad when your child comes home with homework 2 years behind where they came from and then makes up additional work that is more challenging to do.
I continue to be amazed by Bridgeport. To look at us on paper you would think we were a below average school. We are a title 1 school and ESL school with more than 50% on free or reduced lunch. It doesn t matter, because somehow Bridgeport makes it all work and year after year we excel academically. We rank high in all of the state testing and our students come out prepared for whatever middle school and high school will throw at them. Not sure what was going on in 2007, but the teachers, principal and parents are all involved to make this a great school. We love this school and wouldn t go anywhere else.
I love how every morning and afternnoon the principal and school couselor are outside greeting and saying goodbye to busses, students and parents. Bridgeport has over 550 students this year, yet the principal makes sure that he greets students and parents by name and in their native languages (we have a large percentage of Spanish speaking families at Bridgeport.) This is such a small thing to do, yet it makes such a difference in the atmoshphere of the school. Walking into Bridgeport, I feel like I am welcome there and appreciated as an important part of the school community. I am also a Special Education teacher, who has worked in many schools in nearby areas, and have never felt as welcomed as an employee, as I have felt as a parent at Bridgeport.
What a great school! My son started the year with behavirol issues and low self esteem, the teachers embraced him and got him on track. 1 month into the school year my son is reading and is confident!
Finally starting to move in the right direction, but years behind. some good newer teachers, not enough bilingual given student population and inflexible, under skilled tenured teachers, poor boundaries create abnormally large ESL student body, low level of programs and opportunities compared to other schools. Disappointing how poor the parental involvement is. Outside of growing ESL resource needs, is improving except for parent involvement.
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