Portland Oregon Home Buying Guide
by Jolynne Ash

Schools in the Portland Oregon metro area

Schools in the Portland
Oregon Metro Area

Portland Oregon Schools

I am constantly asked, "Where are the best schools?" So here is my answer in a very condensed form: Lake Oswego is the highest ranked district in the State, most of their facilities are on the older side. Portland schools in NE and SE Portland are good to very good West of about 60th Ave., all the facilities are older. NW and SW Portland have very good schools, facilities are much newer than the east side. Beaverton School District is the second largest in the state and has the newest facilities of all other districts. They have very good to great schools particularly high schools. Tigard/Tualatin are one district with two high schools and have very good ratings; facilities are half and half. West Linn/Wilsonville have great schools; West Linn facilities are old while Wilsonville has many new buildings.

The State of Oregon went through a major reform in the 1990's to better prepare our children for the 21st century. The result was the Oregon Educational Act for the 21st Century, a series of educational standards which will prepare our children for life in the 21st century. Students will be given classroom work every year and take state tests in grades 3, 5, 8 and 10. They will work towards Certificates of Initial Mastery (CIM) and Certificates of Advanced Mastery (CAM).

Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, Salam Noor publishes a monthly message highlighting what is happening in Oregon Education. This is a good place to start researching schools on the State level.

Great Schools is a national site that allows parents to rank the schools their children attend, and provides yet another viewpoint in which to consider: School Rankings. This is the site that many Real Estate sites like Zillow and Realtor.com use on their websites when ranking schools. The scale is 1-10 with 10 being the highest. Since this is a subjective site, Realtors often use the State rankings when talking with clients.

The Oregon Department of Education
Phone: 503-378-3569 (located in Salem).
Questions can be sent to: ode.frontdesk@state.or.us

Local School and District Report Cards

Oregon Colleges and Universities Directory

Oregon Schools suffered through some tough financial times during the recession. Our school funding comes directly from the State General Fund. The effect on schools is that the amount of money received is directly related to the economy and revenue collected. Every Oregon School District receives the same amount of money per student. We have recovered and learned many things from that painful situation. Oregon has always had strong public schools and 98% of our kids attend public school. We do have a few private schools, but they are mostly religious based. The largest private high schools are: Central Catholic, La Sal, Jesuit and Catlin Gable.

Local School District Websites:

Cities and Towns of Oregon

The Oregon Blue Book is a web site published by the State of Oregon. The following link contains an alphabetical listing of all Cities within the State. Each city link contains a 'Community Profile' section and a map of the area. Click Here

Area Resources

To Order Portland's Major Newspaper; The Oregonian, 1320 S.W. Broadway, Portland, OR 97201; (503) 221-8240 (circulation)

Travel Portland is great for planning vacations and finding fun things to do.

PDX Monthly is my favorite magazine; they have a free on-line version.

The Oregon coast is where all the locals go to get away.

Wineries are big in Portland with over 100 of them less than 45 minutes away.

Beer is even bigger than wine with all the award winning Micro Brews.

Things to do with Kids

The following link contains a listing of all the URL's for cities and counties in Oregon: Most city sites contain all the information you will ever need, from where to eat to how to start garbage service: Click Here

Local Weather, complete with sky cams at all the most sought after locations, just click and let your fingers tell you if it's raining. Does it rain all the time in Portland? No, a more accurate statement is that 'the sun doesn't shine all the time'. We get 37 inches of rain per year on average. It would be highly unusual to get 1" of rain in a single day, which translates into a number days with light rain. Winter temperatures average in the low 40's and drop below 32 degrees several times. Spring is wet with an average temperature of around 50. We always have daffodils in bloom by the end of March. Summer averages 80 degrees with low humidity starting around July 1st and lasting approx. 90 days with almost no rain (sprinkler season). It does get into the 100's four or five days per year and in the 90's about 15 days. Fall brings all the color changes you would expect and grow to love. Temperatures range between 50 and 60 with October being mostly cool and sunny.

Tri-met, public transportation including bus, light rail, trolley and street car.

KGW, local news station.

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Jolynne Ash, Realtor

Jolynne Ash, ABR, CRS
DreamStreet Team

Accredited Buyers Agent
503-678-2020

Email Jolynne@DreamStreetRE.com