When it comes to your child’s education, we think it’s OK to be a nerd.
That’s why, once again, we’re crunching the data* for about 600 public and private schools in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, and Clark Counties to show you how your school measures up. In our comprehensive grids, we focus on the Portland area’s achievement scores, showing you how our schools are doing in math, reading, class size, diversity stats, enrollment numbers, and extracurriculars. Sure, numbers don’t tell the whole story. But they’re a good place to start.
Check out the 2015 rankings:
We also share some stories spotlighting current issues and curiosities—woodland archery!—in local education:
Did Portland Public Schools Get Its Transfer Policy Right?: We check in on the city's big decision on student shuffles—and the neighborhoods that may be impacted the most.
How Hood River Students Help Run Their Super-Green School: An architectural lesson in earth science, where kids "eat their conservation vegetables before their solar cookies.”
Academic Success, Hunger Games-Style? Trackers Earth, a radical homeschool program, teaches archery, blacksmithing, and survival with an "unschooling" philosophy.
Making a Case for Shop Class in the Twenty-First Century: Dan Ryan—CEO at All Hands Raised, the independent fundraising group for the city’s public education—talks vocational training for the real world.
*Oregon data reflects the 2013–2014 academic year; Washington data reflects 2012–2013. Data is from the Oregon Department of Education, Washington State Board of Education, and Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Private school data is voluntarily self-reported for the 2013–2014 academic year. Schools offering only preschool and/or kindergarten were excluded, as were schools that did not complete Portland Monthly’s survey.