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slides: Portland Metro’s Top High Schools

Sunday, August 31, 2014

 

Lincoln High School

Lincoln High School ranked third for top high schools in the Portland Metro area.

GoLocalPDX has crunched the numbers and the test results are in – Lake Oswego Senior High School makes the grade as Portland metro’s top high school for 2014. 

Slideshow Below: Portland Metro's Top High Schools

GoLocal employs a formula developed at Babson College to assess and weight each school's latest SAT scores, plus per-pupil funding, student-teacher ratios, and graduation rates. All data is the latest available from the Oregon Department of Education’s public database as of August 2014. 

Success stories 

What makes a top high school?

Peyton Chapman, principal at Lincoln High School, which ranked fourth, said school success depends on support and resources. 

“There are multiple factors,” she said. “I think one of the most important is the quality of teachers and we have an excellent faculty and certainly very involved families who not only have the commitment to education, but also have the time and resources to be supportive of the students.”  

Chapman added that Lincoln encourages the students to chase their ambitions. 

“It’s really cool, the culture,” she said. “It’s very cool to be smart and follow your passions at Lincoln.” 

Piquing their interest

From math club to drumline to sports, students get the chance to learn based on their interests, Chapman said.

For example, students expressed interest in capitalizing on Portland’s foodie vibe so the school created a culinary arts program. Now 300 students are working with local chefs, creating business plans for food carts and blogging about food. 

When comparing schools statewide, South Eugene High School and Ashland High School ranked high on the list. Ashland came in ninth and South Eugene was second.

“I really do believe that it’s a kindergarten through 12th-grade effort,” Ashland Principal Michelle Zundel said. “It is an incredible testimony to the hard work of our students. We also have extraordinary teachers who are really on the top of their game.” 

Lou Bailey, principal of West Linn High School, which ranked seventh, said the school consistently ranks high for graduation rates. 

“That just goes back to a lot of hard work from folks here in the building," he said. 

Making the grade

While some schools did not have SAT scores available and therefore were not ranked, they did well in meeting state benchmarks. 

Milwaukie Academy of the Arts, for example, ranked high for meeting or exceeding state standards and had a graduation rate of 93 percent. 

Mark Pinder, principal of Milwaukie Academy of the Arts, attributes the school’s success to looking at areas that need improvement and taking steps to get better. 

“What we’ve had to do is adjust how we are teaching,” he said. “Every kid is different who comes to us, so we have to look at what is the support they need.” 

Pinder said the school opened a food pantry to get food to students during the school day. The Oregon Food Bank also runs a vegetable and fruit giveaway once a month. About 40 percent of the students are economically disadvantaged, according to the 2012-13 Oregon Report Card. 

Pinder said rankings are important, but cautioned that it makes more sense to compare schools that have similar demographics

He said Milwaukie’s graduate rate for Hispanics increased last year to 74 percent, surpassing the white graduation rate at 71 percent.  

Pinder said a high ranking when compared to other high schools is just one way to show the school is doing well. 

“I think it’s important for us to say, ‘Hey this validates the work that we’ve been doing,” Pinder said. “I think an improvement also validates the work that you’re doing.” 

Bailey said that while West Linn is pleased with its success, it's not resting on its laurels. 

“There’s room for improvement. We don’t ever just sit by," he said. "We’re going to continue getting better." 

 

Related Slideshow: Slideshow: Top Portland Metro High Schools

GoLocalPDX has ranked the top high schools in the metro area using a method developed in Babson College, Mass. High schools were ranked based on complete data available.

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#46

Roosevelt High

Multnomah County

Enrollment: 771

Economically disadvantaged: 76%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 78.1%

Met or exceeded math standards: 59%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 47.9%

Met or exceeded science standards: 19.5%

Four year graduation rate: 69.9%

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#45

Madison High 

Multnomah County

Enrollment: 1025

Economically disadvantaged: 68%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 72.2%

Met or exceeded math standards: 64.9%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 51.3%

Met or exceeded science standards: 37.4%

Four year graduation rate: 71%

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Parkrose High

Multnomah County

Enrollment: 951

Economically disadvantaged: 68%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 83.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 65.3%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 53.6%

Met or exceeded science standards: 52.6%

Four year graduation rate: 69%

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David Douglas High

Multnomah County

Enrollment: 3027

Economically disadvantaged: 74%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 78.2%

Met or exceeded math standards: 61.9%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 52.2%

Met or exceeded science standards: 52.9%

Four year graduation rate: 71.6%

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#42

Alliance High

Multnomah County

Enrollment: 224

Economically disadvantaged: 58%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 73.5%

Met or exceeded math standards: 42.5%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 33.3%

Met or exceeded science standards: 43.2%

Four year graduation rate: 20.9%

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Hillsboro High

Washington County

Enrollment: 1315

Economically disadvantaged: 55%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 77.3%

Met or exceeded math standards: 68.1%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 52.6%

Met or exceeded science standards: 38.4%

Four year graduation rate: 71.6%

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#40

Molalla High

Clackamas County

Enrollment: 739

Economically disadvantaged: 38%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 86.7%

Met or exceeded math standards: 73.5%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 49.1%

Met or exceeded science standards: 63.4%

Four year graduation rate: 75.2%

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#39

Reynolds High

Multnomah County

Enrollment: 2468

Economically disadvantaged: 65%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 84.6%

Met or exceeded math standards: 67.5%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 43.5%

Met or exceeded science standards: 58.9%

Four year graduation rate: 62.7%

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Milwaukie High 

Clackamas County

Enrollment: 1053

Economically disadvantaged: 57%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 77.1%

Met or exceeded math standards: 64.2%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 51.2%

Met or exceeded science standards: 67.8%

Four year graduation rate: 70.9%

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#37

Centennial High

Multnomah County

Enrollment: 1665

Economically disadvantaged: 57%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 86.6%

Met or exceeded math standards: 78.9%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 62.7%

Met or exceeded science standards: 42.3%

Four year graduation rate: 78.7%

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#36

Gresham High 

Multnomah County

Enrollment: 1667

Economically disadvantaged: 52%

Met or exceeded reading standards: 83.9%

Met or exceeded math standards: 67.4%

Met or exceeded writing standards: 58.7%

Met or exceeded science standards: 59.7%

Four year graduation rate: 72.5%

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#35

Benson Polytechnic High

Multnomah County

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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#34

Liberty High 

Washington County

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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#33

Aloha High

Washington County

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: 72.2%

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Sandy High

Clackamas County

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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Glencoe High

Washington County

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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#30

Banks High

Washington County

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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#29

Clackamas Middle College

Clackamas County

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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#28

Estacada High

Clackamas County

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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#27

Putnam High

Clackamas County

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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#26

Gladstone High

Clackamas County

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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#25

Franklin High

Multnomah County

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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#24

Century High School

Washington County

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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Sam Barlow High School

Multnomah County

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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#22

Forest Grove High School

Washington County

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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#21

Canby High

Clackamas County

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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Oregon City Senior High

Clackamas County

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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Beaverton High

Washington County

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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Colton High

Clackamas County

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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Tualatin High

Washington County

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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Tigard High

Washington County

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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Sherwood High 

Washington County

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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Wilsonville High 

Clackamas County

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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Clackamas High

Clackamas County

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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Southridge High

Washington County

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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Grant High

Multnomah County

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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Westview High

Washington County

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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Cleveland High

Multnomah County

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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Sunset High

Washington County

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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Wilson High

Multnomah County

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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West Linn High

Clackamas County

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

Multnomah County

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%

* For less than six percent an asterisk is used on Oregon Department of Education data. 

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School of Science & Technology 

Washington County

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

Multnomah County

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

Clackamas County

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: 89.9%

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Lake Oswego Senior High

Clackamas County

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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