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Portland’s Charter Schools Whiter Than Its Public Schools

Thursday, September 18, 2014

 

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Most Portland charter schools are significantly whiter than traditional public schools in the Portland Public Schools (PPS) district, according to an analysis by GoLocalPDX.

During the 2013-2014 school year 56.8 percent of all students in the PPS district were white, while 68 percent of students in PPS charter schools were white, according to data from the Oregon Department of Education. 

In the 2013-2014 school year Hispanics made up 15.6 percent of all students in the PPS district, and 10.5 percent in charter schools. There were twice as many African-American students in traditional public schools as charter schools. 

The statistics represent seven out of the eight charter schools in the Portland School District and exclude Self Enhancement Inc. Academy, a school that caters to racial minorities, specifically African-American, who make up 83.6 percent of the student body.

Intent of Charter Schools

Charter schools are independent nonprofit organizations overseen by the public school district. Each school administers itself and can hire non-union teachers. Charters are funded by taxpayer dollars and usually bolster those funds with grants and other donations. 

Charters are supposed to offer an alternative to traditional school teaching methods and curriculum. Proponents say the schools give parents educational choice. Opponents say they drain public coffers, undermine the teacher’s union and siphon kids from traditional public schools system.

In Oregon, charters were part of a national movement that started in the mid-1990s. The intent was to provide educational options to poor and minority children living in failing school districts, according to state Rep. Lew Frederick, a former Portland Public Schools spokesman. 

Frederick's district, which includes North and Northeast Portland, was the center of the state's African-American population before a massive influx of white residents changed the neighborhood. He believes that charter schools can sometimes be used as part of an unspoken system of school segregation. 

"The charter schools were set up to provide a place to go for parents who were dealing with poverty," Frederick said. "Charter programs can be very effective if parents are looking at an alternative to traditional education, but not if they are primarily used as a way of separating out particular people.”

SEI Academy in North Portland

Enrollment Challenges

Nationally, African-Americans made up 29 percent of charter school students, followed closely by Hispanics at 28 percent in the 2011-2012 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics

Despite the fact that the city of Portland is becoming more diverse -  the city was 91 percent white in 1990 compared with 76 percent white in 2010 - the student population in core neighborhood schools, both traditional and charter, is getting whiter.

The white population has grown by 1.4 percent at traditional public schools and by almost 2 percent at charters in the last five years.  

At charter schools the African-American population has declined by more than half. In the 2008-2009 school year the African-American population comprised 11.5 percent of charter school student population, but that percentage fell to just 4.9 percent for the 2013-2014 school year. 

The only minority population that increased in enrollment in both traditional and charter schools was Hispanics. 

Portland-area educators say diversifying classrooms is a challenge.

Debi Lorence is a former board member of the League of Oregon Charter Schools. Lorence said that charter schools enroll students on a first-come, first-served basis, which makes it hard to prioritize diversity. 

"Our hands are tied in so many of these situations," Lorence said.

Lorence founded the Multi-Sensory Instruction Teaching Children Hands-on - or MITCH - Charter School in Tualatin in 2002. She said as the school principal she had a hard time recruiting minority families to the program.

"I so badly wanted to show the district that I could take any kid from any background and skyrocket them," Lorence said. "I wanted to see the most beautiful colors in my school, but it's all about whoever signs up first."

A Priority For Some

Christine Miles, PPS public information officer is not an expert on the district charter schools, but said that racial equity is a top priority for PPS. However, the district only sponsors charter schools and doesn't run them.

"It's up to each charter school if diversity is part of their mission," said Miles.

Since SEI Academy was founded 10 years ago, the school has worked hard to recruit and do outreach to minority parents, according to founder Tony Hopson.

"It's specifically African-American kids that we want to serve most, but we are designed to be a school that is open to everybody," Hopson said. "Most charter schools are not doing that, they aren't intentional about reaching out to minorities."

Many minority families are just less aware of their charter school options than middle-class white families, according to Hopson.

"I know there is a greater number of white parents who know about the system," Hopson said.

For Hopson, it comes down to making accommodations that make it easier for minorities to enroll. For example, transportation to and from school can be a major issue for many of SEI’s students, so SEI Academy provides free bus passes. 

Emerson Charter School in downtown Portland

In 2010, Emerson Charter School was 72.6 percent white, but that number has dropped nearly 20 percent since then. For the 2013-2014 school year Emerson was 54.2 percent white.  

Emerson has largely focused on reaching out to minorities in recent years, according to the school's principal, Tara O'Neil. 

"We started by advertising Emerson just through word of mouth, but we weren't aware that was going to be a problem," O'Neil said. "Through word of mouth, only parents who are really plugged in are going to know about the school, so now we really make an effort to reach out to minorities."

O'Neil said that about five years ago the school started doing active recruitment and outreach in underserved and low-income communities, and at programs like HeadStart

"We want to get the word out to people who aren't automatically plugged in and let them know about what Emerson has to offer," O'Neil said.

O’Neil felt traditional schools have their challenges with diversity as well.

"The district has some schools that are almost all white or almost all black,” O’Neil said. “Only some schools have that perfect balance, and that's what we struggle with." 

 

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#100

South Albany High School

Greater Albany Public School District

Enrollment: 1260

Economically disadvantaged: 55%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 86.9%

Met or exceeded math standards: 65.5%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 68.1%

Met or exceeded science standards: 54.6%

Four year graduation rate: 76.2%

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#99

Yamhill Carlton High

Yamhill Carlton School District

Enrollment: 375

Economically disadvantaged: 32%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 93.8%

Met or exceeded math standards: 60.8%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 47.9%

Met or exceeded science standards: 69.6%

Four year graduation rate: 83.8%

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#98

Phoenix High

Phoenix-Talent School District

Enrollment: 695

Economically disadvantaged: 54%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 88.3%

Met or exceeded math standards: 74.7%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 64%

Met or exceeded science standards: 56.4%

Four year graduation rate: 70.6%

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#97

Benson Polytechnic High

Portland School District

Enrollment: 819

Economically disadvantaged: 68%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 87.1%

Met or exceeded math standards: 75.9%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 40.8%

Met or exceeded science standards: 84%

Four year graduation rate: 82.2%

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#96

North Marion High

North Marion School District

Enrollment: 588

Economically disadvantaged: 62%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 86.3%

Met or exceeded math standards: 64.9%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 58.6%

Met or exceeded science standards: 58.5%

Four year graduation rate: 87.6%

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#95

Hidden Valley High

Three Rivers/Josephine County School District

Enrollment: 681

Economically disadvantaged: 53%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 83.7%

Met or exceeded math standards: 71.4%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 52.2%

Met or exceeded science standards: 66.7%

Four year graduation rate: 68.3%

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#94

North Valley High

Three Rivers/Josephine County School District

Enrollment: 522

Economically disadvantaged: 51%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 89.2

Met or exceeded math standards: 56%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 46.8%

Met or exceeded science standards: 72.2%

Four year graduation rate: 68.3%

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#93

Stayton High

North Santiam School District

Enrollment: 749

Economically disadvantaged: 48%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 85.3%

Met or exceeded math standards: 68.9%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 56.8%

Met or exceeded science standards: 70.6%

Four year graduation rate: 70.1%

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#92

Liberty High 

Hillsboro School District

Enrollment: 1386

Economically disadvantaged: 46%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 89.8%

Met or exceeded math standards: 76%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 53.3%

Met or exceeded science standards: 65.8%

Four year graduation rate: 79.6%

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#91

Academy of Arts and Academics

Springfield School District

Enrollment: 280

Economically disadvantaged: 49%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 90.7%

Met or exceeded math standards: 57.4%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 65.4%

Met or exceeded science standards: 73.6%

Four year graduation rate: 84.1%

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#90

Astoria Senior High

Astoria School District

Enrollment: 572

Economically disadvantaged: 48%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 93.1%

Met or exceeded math standards: 73.8%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 74.3%

Met or exceeded science standards: 52.7%

Four year graduation rate: 59.9%

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#89

Crane Union high School

Harney County Union High School District

Enrollment: 69

Economically disadvantaged: 39%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 52.2%

Met or exceeded science standards: 69.6%

Four year graduation rate: 95%

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#88

Vale High

Vale School District

Enrollment: 234

Economically disadvantaged: 52%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 84.6%

Met or exceeded math standards: 64.6%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 63.1%

Met or exceeded science standards: 81.5%

Four year graduation rate: 88.2%

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#87

Gold Beach High 

Central Curry School District

Enrollment: 173

Economically disadvantaged: 57%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 91.9%

Met or exceeded math standards: 81.1%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 62.2%

Met or exceeded science standards: 80.8%

Four year graduation rate: 56.7%

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#86

Dallas High 

Dallas School District

Enrollment: 979

Economically disadvantaged: 35%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 84.4%

Met or exceeded math standards: 72.8%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 49%

Met or exceeded science standards: 69.8%

Four year graduation rate: 52.9%

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#85

Newport High School

Lincoln County School District

Enrollment: 528

Economically disadvantaged: 43%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 91.7%

Met or exceeded math standards: 81.7%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 62.6%

Met or exceeded science standards: 57.8%

Four year graduation rate: 70.7%

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#84

LaPine Senior High

Bend-LaPine School District

Enrollment: 439

Economically disadvantaged: 63%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 88.9%

Met or exceeded math standards: 72.4%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 47.5%

Met or exceeded science standards: 62.2%

Four year graduation rate: 74.7% 

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#83

Aloha High 

Beaverton School District

Enrollment: 1962

Economically disadvantaged: 61%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 82.7%

Met or exceeded math standards: 64.5%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 62.2%

Met or exceeded science standards: 60.2%

Four year graduation rate: 72.7%

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#82

La Grande High 

La Grande School District

Enrollment: 560

Economically disadvantaged: 37%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 84.3%

Met or exceeded math standards: 60%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 56.4%

Met or exceeded science standards: 59.4%

Four year graduation rate: 74.1%

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#81

Yoncalla High 

Yoncalla School District

Enrollment: 87

Economically disadvantaged: 70%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 58.8%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 64.7%

Met or exceeded science standards: 52.9%

Four year graduation rate: 78.8%

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#80

Elmira High

Fern Ridge School District

Enrollment: 436

Economically disadvantaged: 52%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 88.7%

Met or exceeded math standards: 70.1%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 63.5%

Met or exceeded science standards: 66.7%

Four year graduation rate: 77.6%

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#79

Churchill High

Eugene School District

Enrollment: 1020

Economically disadvantaged: 44%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 82.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 73.6%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 68.8%

Met or exceeded science standards: 61.3%

Four year graduation rate: 69.2%

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#78

Adrian High

Adrian School District

Enrollment: 64

Economically disadvantaged: 55%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 57.1%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 71.4%

Met or exceeded science standards: 57.1%

Four year graduation rate: 95.5%

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#77

Thurston High

Springfield School District

Enrollment: 1387

Economically disadvantaged: 42%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 85%

Met or exceeded math standards: 68.8%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 73.4%

Met or exceeded science standards: 57.6%

Four year graduation rate: 74.9%

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#76

North Medford High

Medford School District

Enrollment: 1612

Economically disadvantaged: 50%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 89.6%

Met or exceeded math standards: 74.6%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 55.1%

Met or exceeded science standards: 73.9%

Four year graduation rate: 68%

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#75

Klamath Union High

Klamath Falls City School District

Enrollment: 663

Economically disadvantaged: 56%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 81.9%

Met or exceeded math standards: 69.5%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 40.2%

Met or exceeded science standards: 54.8%

Four year graduation rate: 83.4%

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#74

Sandy High

Oregon Trail School District

Enrollment: 1286

Economically disadvantaged: 36%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 86.4%

Met or exceeded math standards: 69%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 59%

Met or exceeded science standards: 71.6%

Four year graduation rate: 76%

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#73

Henley High

Klamath County School District

Enrollment: 608

Economically disadvantaged: 33%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 86.7%

Met or exceeded math standards: 74.7%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 54.7%

Met or exceeded science standards: 64.7%

Four year graduation rate: 84.9%

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#72

Pendleton High

Pendleton School District

Enrollment: 881

Economically disadvantaged: 43%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 88.8%

Met or exceeded math standards: 82.7%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 49.7%

Met or exceeded science standards: 61.2%

Four year graduation rate: 75.5%

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#71

Cottage Grove High

South Lane School District

Enrollment: 761

Economically disadvantaged: 59%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 90.4%

Met or exceeded math standards: 70.9%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 54.6%

Met or exceeded science standards: 64%

Four year graduation rate: 87.6%

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#70

Glencoe High 

Hillsboro School District

Enrollment: 1601

Economically disadvantaged: 39%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 88.3%

Met or exceeded math standards: 70.5%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 58.4%

Met or exceeded science standards: 69.9%

Four year graduation rate: 77.1%

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#69

McKenzie High

McKenzie School District

Enrollment: 67

Economically disadvantaged: 61%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 91.7%

Met or exceeded math standards: 41.7%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 50%

Met or exceeded science standards: 83.3%

Four year graduation rate: 68%

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#68

St. Helens High

St. Helens School District

Enrollment: 974

Economically disadvantaged: 36%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 91.4%

Met or exceeded math standards: 72.4%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 59.2%

Met or exceeded science standards: 66%

Four year graduation rate: 75.7%

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#67

Lakeview Senior High

Lake County School District

Enrollment: 223

Economically disadvantaged: 45%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 87.8%

Met or exceeded math standards: 69.4%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 66.7%

Met or exceeded science standards: 73.5%

Four year graduation rate: 88.1%

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#66

McNary High

Salem-Keizer School District

Enrollment: 1924

Economically disadvantaged: 49%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 89.8%

Met or exceeded math standards: 75%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 59.5%

Met or exceeded science standards: 66.1%

Four year graduation rate: 82%

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#65

Banks High

Banks School District

Enrollment: 384

Economically disadvantaged: 23%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 91.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 79.8%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 57.4%

Met or exceeded science standards: 81.1%

Four year graduation rate: 80.6%

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#64

Clackamas Middle College

North Clackamas School District

Enrollment: 290

Economically disadvantaged: 28%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 91.4%

Met or exceeded math standards: 76.3%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 59.3%

Met or exceeded science standards: 78%

Four year graduation rate: 32.6%

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#63

South Medford High

Medford School District

Enrollment: 1698

Economically disadvantaged: 56%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 87.9%

Met or exceeded math standards: 76.8%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 61.7%

Met or exceeded science standards: 71.2%

Four year graduation rate: 80.4%

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#62

McMinnville High

McMinnville School District

Enrollment: 1864

Economically disadvantaged: 48%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 91.1%

Met or exceeded math standards: 73.3%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 66%

Met or exceeded science standards: 64.6%

Four year graduation rate: 77.1%

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#61

Estacada High

Estacada School District

Enrollment: 589

Economically disadvantaged: 46%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 89.9%

Met or exceeded math standards: 77.7%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 59%

Met or exceeded science standards: 66.4%

Four year graduation rate: 71.8%

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#60

Philomath High

Philomath School District

Enrollment: 519

Economically disadvantaged: 29%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 82.8%

Met or exceeded math standards: 75%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 56.3%

Met or exceeded science standards: 69.5%

Four year graduation rate: 75%

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#59

Weston-McEwen High

Athena-Weston School District

Enrollment: 164

Economically disadvantaged: 33%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 61.1%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 76.5%

Met or exceeded science standards: 47.2%

Four year graduation rate: 75.7%

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#58

Grants Pass High

Grants Pass School District

Enrollment: 1734

Economically disadvantaged: 55%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 90.3%

Met or exceeded math standards: 68.8%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 68.3%

Met or exceeded science standards: 72.3%

Four year graduation rate: 69%

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#57

North Eugene High 

Eugene School District

Enrollment: 927

Economically disadvantaged: 54%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 88.1%

Met or exceeded math standards: 71.2%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 68.3%

Met or exceeded science standards: 63%

Four year graduation rate: 70.7%

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#56

Willamette High

Bethel School District

Enrollment: 1452

Economically disadvantaged: 48%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 89.6%

Met or exceeded math standards: 69.5%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 77.1%

Met or exceeded science standards: 68.2%

Four year graduation rate: 73%

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#55

Putnam High

North Clackamas School District 

Enrollment: 1196

Economically disadvantaged: 39%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 88.6%

Met or exceeded math standards: 73.4%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 69.9%

Met or exceeded science standards: 59.3%

Four year graduation rate: 75.7%

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#54

Neah-Kah-Nie High

Neah-Kah Nie School District

Enrollment: 181

Economically disadvantaged: 54%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 83.7%

Met or exceeded math standards: 58.5%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 41.9%

Met or exceeded science standards: 97.5%

Four year graduation rate: 87.5%

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#53

Scappoose High

Scappoose School District

Enrollment: 692

Economically disadvantaged: 28%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 89.6%

Met or exceeded math standards: 85.2%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 54.6%

Met or exceeded science standards: 84.4%

Four year graduation rate: 80.6%

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#52

Gladstone High

Gladstone School District

Enrollment: 677

Economically disadvantaged: 40%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 88.7%

Met or exceeded math standards: 77.5%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 66%

Met or exceeded science standards: 82.2%

Four year graduation rate: 78.9%

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#51

Franklin High

Portland School District 

Enrollment: 1387

Economically disadvantaged: 56%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 89.2%

Met or exceeded math standards: 77.7%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 68.1%

Met or exceeded science standards: 59.8%

Four year graduation rate: 78.4%

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#50

Seaside High

Seaside High School

Enrollment: 453

Economically disadvantaged: 52%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 91.2%

Met or exceeded math standards: 70.3%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 60.8%

Met or exceeded science standards: 65.3%

Four year graduation rate: 69.5%

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#49

Siuslaw High 

Siuslaw School District 

Enrollment: 409

Economically disadvantaged: 53%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 89.4%

Met or exceeded math standards: 65.1

Met or exceeded writing standards: 73.3%

Met or exceeded science standards: 77.1%

Four year graduation rate: 65.9%

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#48

Century High 

Hillsboro School District

Enrollment: 1608

Economically disadvantaged: 43%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 87.8

Met or exceeded math standards: 78.6%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 62.7%

Met or exceeded science standards: 72.9%

Four year graduation rate: 84.8%

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#47

Junction City High

Junction City School District

Enrollment: 532

Economically disadvantaged: 54%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 85.6%

Met or exceeded math standards: 76.8%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 56.8%

Met or exceeded science standards: 64.8%

Four year graduation rate: 65.1%

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#46

Sam Barlow High

Gresham-Barlow School District

Enrollment: 1651

Economically disadvantaged: 38%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 84.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 78.4%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 68.8%

Met or exceeded science standards: 76.7%

Four year graduation rate: 81.8%

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#45

Forest Grove High

Forrest Grove School District

Enrollment: 1779

Economically disadvantaged: 59%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 89.4%

Met or exceeded math standards: 85.7%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 66.6%

Met or exceeded science standards: 61.1%

Four year graduation rate: 72.5%

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#44

Bandon Senior High

Bandon School District

Enrollment: 242

Economically disadvantaged: 60%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 86.1%

Met or exceeded math standards: 68.1%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 56.3%

Met or exceeded science standards: 70.4%

Four year graduation rate: 72.9%

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#43

South Salem High

Salem-Keizer School District

Enrollment: 1835

Economically disadvantaged: 49%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 89.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 73.3%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 66.2%

Met or exceeded science standards: 66.5%

Four year graduation rate: 81.9%

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#42

Hood River Valley High

Hood River County School District

Enrollment: 1218

Economically disadvantaged: 57%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 87.1%

Met or exceeded math standards: 78.5%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 69.7%

Met or exceeded science standards: 53.5%

Four year graduation rate: 77.4%

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#41

North Douglas High

North Doughlas School District

Enrollment: 98

Economically disadvantaged: 45%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 91.3%

Met or exceeded math standards: 78.3%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 72.7%

Met or exceeded science standards: 60.9%

Four year graduation rate: 69%

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#40

Baker High

Baker School District

Enrollment: 501

Economically disadvantaged: 47%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 84.6%

Met or exceeded math standards: 73.6%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 65.9%

Met or exceeded science standards: 75.3%

Four year graduation rate: 77.8%

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#39

Oakland High

Oakland School District

Enrollment: 185

Economically disadvantaged: 50%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 91.5

Met or exceeded math standards: 83%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 68.1%

Met or exceeded science standards: 83%

Four year graduation rate: 86.1%

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#38

Newberg Senior High

Newberg School District

Enrollment: 1508

Economically disadvantaged: 42%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 87.9%

Met or exceeded math standards: 77.6%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 71.8%

Met or exceeded science standards: 68.3%

Four year graduation rate: 78.2%

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West Salem High

Salem-Keizer School District

Enrollment: 1646

Economically disadvantaged: 35%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 92.7%

Met or exceeded math standards: 83.5%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 74.6%

Met or exceeded science standards: 74.2%

Four year graduation rate: 86.3%

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#36

Canby High 

Canby School District

Enrollment: 1481

Economically disadvantaged: 32%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 87.3%

Met or exceeded math standards: 84%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 71.5%

Met or exceeded science standards: 61.6%

Four year graduation rate: 82.5%

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#35

Burns High

Harney County School District

Enrollment: 208

Economically disadvantaged: 33%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 76.2%

Met or exceeded math standards: 69%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 40.5%

Met or exceeded science standards: 83.3%

Four year graduation rate: 96.2%

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#34

Sheldon High

Eugene School District

Enrollment: 1399

Economically disadvantaged: 29%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 91.4%

Met or exceeded math standards: 77.7%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 69.1%

Met or exceeded science standards: 76.6%

Four year graduation rate: 72.4%

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#33

Oregon City Senior High

Oregon City School District

Enrollment: 2117

Economically disadvantaged: 34%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 90.8%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 63%

Met or exceeded science standards: 76.7%

Four year graduation rate: 83%

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#32

Beaverton High

Beaverton School District

Enrollment: 1588

Economically disadvantaged: 43%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 90%

Met or exceeded math standards: 76.7%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 70.7%

Met or exceeded science standards: 65.4%

Four year graduation rate: 74.2%

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Silverton High

Silver Falls School District

Enrollment: 1179

Economically disadvantaged: 41%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 86.1%

Met or exceeded math standards: 74.1%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 71.9%

Met or exceeded science standards: 72.1 %

Four year graduation rate: 77.7%

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#30

Colton High

Colton School District

Enrollment: 215

Economically disadvantaged: 28%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 90%

Met or exceeded math standards: 76%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 68%

Met or exceeded science standards: 85.1%

Four year graduation rate: 95.2%

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#29

Bend Senior High

Bend-LaPine School District

Enrollment: 1527

Economically disadvantaged: 40%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 92.7%

Met or exceeded math standards: 88.4%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 65.9%

Met or exceeded science standards: 75.6%

Four year graduation rate: 78.7%

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#28

Tualatin High

Tigard-Tualatin School District

Enrollment: 1714

Economically disadvantaged: 27%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 92.2%

Met or exceeded math standards: 76.7%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 62.9%

Met or exceeded science standards: 71.4%

Four year graduation rate: 84.4%

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Mountain View Senior High

Bend-LaPine School District

Enrollment: 1283

Economically disadvantaged: 42%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 93.7%

Met or exceeded math standards: 82%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 75.2%

Met or exceeded science standards: 76.1%

Four year graduation rate: 78.3%

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Tigard High

Tigard-Tualatin School District

Enrollment: 1835

Economically disadvantaged: 32%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 92.7%

Met or exceeded math standards: 83.5%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 64.5%

Met or exceeded science standards: 67.7%

Four year graduation rate: 80.8%

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#25

Sherwood High

Sherwood School District

Enrollment: 1469

Economically disadvantaged: 15%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 85.8%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 62.2%

Met or exceeded science standards: 84.8%

Four year graduation rate: 91.3%

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#24

Corvallis High

Corvallis School District

Enrollment: 1184

Economically disadvantaged: 32%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 87.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 79.8%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 69.2%

Met or exceeded science standards: 76.4%

Four year graduation rate: 70.7%

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#23

Sprague High

Salem-Keizer School District

Enrollment: 1608

Economically disadvantaged: 32%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 86.2%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 72.5%

Met or exceeded science standards: 79.6%

Four year graduation rate: 82.2%

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#22

Wilsonville High

West Linn-Wilsonville School District

Enrollment: 1093

Economically disadvantaged: 24%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 92.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 74.1%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 74.2%

Met or exceeded science standards: 71.3%

Four year graduation rate: 85%

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#21

West Albany High

Greater Albany Public School District

Enrollment: 1317

Economically disadvantaged: 28%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 92.3%

Met or exceeded math standards: 87.5%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 75%

Met or exceeded science standards: 84.9%

Four year graduation rate: 93.6%

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#20

Clackamas High

North Clackamas School District

Enrollment: 2230

Economically disadvantaged: 29%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 91.7%

Met or exceeded math standards: 85.7%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 80.5%

Met or exceeded science standards: 74.2%

Four year graduation rate: 85.5%

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Pacific High 

Port Orford-Langlois School District

Enrollment: 90

Economically disadvantaged: 53%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 90.9%

Met or exceeded math standards: 59.1%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 77.3%

Met or exceeded science standards: 68.2%

Four year graduation rate: 78.3%

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#18

Southridge High 

Beaverton School District

Enrollment: 1722

Economically disadvantaged: 27%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 91.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 80.4%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 66.3%

Met or exceeded science standards: 68.9%

Four year graduation rate: 88.5%

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#17

Sisters High

Sisters School District

Enrollment: 480

Economically disadvantaged: 28%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 93.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 74.1%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 77.8%

Met or exceeded science standards: 83.3%

Four year graduation rate: 88.4%

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#16

Glide High

Glide School District

Enrollment: 215

Economically disadvantaged: 45%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 70.8%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 68.8%

Met or exceeded science standards: 93.8%

Four year graduation rate: 86.7%

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#15

Summit High

Bend-LaPine School District

Enrollment: 1344

Economically disadvantaged: 22%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 93.3%

Met or exceeded math standards: 74.6%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 73.6%

Met or exceeded science standards: 73.6%

Four year graduation rate: 88.3%

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#14

Grant High

Portland School District

Enrollment: 1489

Economically disadvantaged: 24%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 92.6%

Met or exceeded math standards: 83.3%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 70.3%

Met or exceeded science standards: 66.4%

Four year graduation rate: 84.3%

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#13

Westview High 

Beaverton School District

Enrollment: 2418

Economically disadvantaged: 33%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 92.2%

Met or exceeded math standards: 81.8%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 75.4%

Met or exceeded science standards: 70.3%

Four year graduation rate: 80.1%

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#12

Cleveland High

Portland School District

Enrollment: 1457

Economically disadvantaged: 29%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 92.6%

Met or exceeded math standards: 80.2%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 81.4%

Met or exceeded science standards: 59.7%

Four year graduation rate: 76.2%

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#11

Sunset High

Beaverton School District

Enrollment: 1942

Economically disadvantaged: 29%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 94.7%

Met or exceeded math standards: 83.3%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 76.8%

Met or exceeded science standards: 79.7%

Four year graduation rate: 81.4%

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#10

Wilson High

Portland School District

Enrollment: 1185

Economically disadvantaged: 22%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 91.8%

Met or exceeded math standards: 80.4%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 82.8%

Met or exceeded science standards: 63.8%

Four year graduation rate: 84.4%

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#9

Ashland High

Ashland School District

Enrollment: 940

Economically disadvantaged: 28%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 85.8%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 79.8%

Met or exceeded science standards: 77.2%

Four year graduation rate: 86.1%

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#8

Crescent Valley High

Corvallis School District

Enrollment: 965

Economically disadvantaged: 23%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 85.3%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 78.1%

Met or exceeded science standards: 77.8%

Four year graduation rate: 70.1%

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West Linn High

West Linn-Wilsonville School District

Enrollment: 1514

Economically disadvantaged: 10%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 87.9%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 85.8%

Met or exceeded science standards: 83.2%

Four year graduation rate: 93.2%

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Riverdale High

Riverdale School District

Enrollment: 242

Economically disadvantaged: <6%*

Met or exceeded reading standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 89.8%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 74.6%

Met or exceeded science standards: 74.6%

Four year graduation rate: 94.2%

*numbers less than 6% are represented by an asterisk in the Oregon Department of Education data. 

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#5

School of Science & Technology

Beaverton School District

Enrollment: 167

Economically disadvantaged: 20%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 86%

Met or exceeded science standards: 63.9%

Four year graduation rate: 81.1%

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Lincoln High

Portland School District

Enrollment: 1471

Economically disadvantaged: 12%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 92.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 85.3%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 88.1%

Met or exceeded science standards: 79.9%

Four year graduation rate: 89.3%

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Lakeridge High 

Lake Oswego School District

Enrollment: 1078

Economically disadvantaged: 8%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 93.9%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 91.8%

Met or exceeded science standards: 92.1%

Four year graduation rate: 89.8%

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South Eugene High

Eugene School District

Enrollment: 1321

Economically disadvantaged: 24%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 91.6%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 84.9%

Met or exceeded science standards: 89.2%

Four year graduation rate: 79.4%

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Lake Oswego Senior High

Lake Oswego School District

Enrollment: 1224

Economically disadvantaged: 6%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 97.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 92.4%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 89.1%

Met or exceeded science standards: 87.7%

Four year graduation rate: 89.5%

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