Springville K-8 School9

Portland, OR | Washington County


March 15, 2015

We attended the orientation at Springville. The kindergarten teachers are excited and we are looking forward to working with them. We got to sit in one of the classes and the teacher was outstanding. The Principal on other hand seemed very out of touch with the demographic here in North Bethany. Springville isn t an inner city school, where children lack preparation for their education. Her presentation last Thursday, was not suited to her demographic. Telling us to read to our children to get them ready for school seemed out of touch. I d venture to say that most of the parents have been reading to their children since birth. We are highly educated professionals who know the value of early literacy, that is why we read to our children and send them to preschool. I don t need to be told that my child should go to bed early and have a bedtime routine. What she could have talked about, to assuage our concerns, is where exactly she is going to put a 5th kindergarden class. There aren t enough classrooms now. Or what her plan is to improve the school's test scores. Maybe its time for a leadership change and for someone to raise the bar at Springville.

Submitted by a parent

January 5, 2015

I have 2 kids, 1 in the K-5 program & 1 in the middle school options program. Their experiences have been quite different. The oldest attended K-5 when Springville's classes were small & there was little shifting of staff from grade to grade. We felt she had a similar or better experiences than her peers at other nearby schools. She currently is enjoying the middle school options program, which is a small program that focuses more on leadership than providing gobs of electives. Her sister started K in a class that reached 30 by mid-year and has never been in a smaller class. The teachers are good, but I see the strain that an overcrowded school has put on the program. We have classrooms in the library, stage, & music room; some classes sit on the floor because desks take too much space up. I do not feel my youngest has gotten the same level of academics or amount of attention that her sister did. The staff try hard, but the district keeps cramming kids in. If the school was back to between 500-750 students, not the 900 it has now, I think it could once again be as good as Wismer, Rock Creek, and Bethany.

Submitted by a parent

December 10, 2014

Springville IS amazing. Please note this disclaimer. We've had extreme overcrowding issues for 3 years & will continue to face for at least 2-4 more years (over 900 students in a school built for no more than 700 students until after 2021). Springville consistently had class sizes of 30-32 or more in grades K-5 for the past 3 or 4 years. Moving in? Be aware that all schools in the 97229 zip code are highly impacted by a shortage of space and the overdevelopment of housing in comparison to other amenities (like schools) in the area & we've been told we cannot change the boundaries. Out-of-state people often choose homes here based on the test scores & reviews but are upset when they realize the crowded circumstances at Springville, Wismer, & Stoller. Almost any Beaverton school you go to is going to be very good. Test scores are skewed lower because we have so many ELL learners, often part of educated Nike & Intel families (90+ home languages are spoken by Beaverton students , & we do a good job of teaching them all). Look beyond this zip code if smaller class size is important to you.

Submitted by a teacher

April 16, 2014

This school is amazing. My son came to Springville from another highly rated Beaverton school. The differences are drastically better. My son is no longer bored, is challenged daily, and has blossomed with the project based learning they do. We also love the diversity this school exposes my child to. He has friends that came here from all over the world. Very glad my youngest will be going here too!

Submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013

Great neighborhood and great teachers!!! They focus on expedition learning which is an awesome program.

Submitted by a parent

August 12, 2013

The teachers here are great and they help us learn so much. We students set great examples and we know that if we don't study when we are young we'll fail one way or the other, we know this because education is our future. We think that others should know that too.I like how our school works well together and set great examples. We have integerity and great sportsmanship.

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