Top High Schools in the Portland, OR Metro
Below are profiles featuring the top 10 high schools in the Portland Metropolitan Area. In order to be featured as a Top High School, the school must have a 2010 Education.com TestRating of 10 out of 10. The TestRating compares a school's standardized test scores for a given year with scores from other schools in the same state. Find your school and see how it compares.
Beaverton School District 48J
Students typically attend Arts & Communication High School because of a strong skill and interest in one of the art areas offered, but admission to the magnet high school is gained solely through a lottery system. Students take eight courses at once, and have the option of signing up for an extended school day to take two additional courses.
The school offers pathways in nine different career areas: Dance, Music, Theater, Computer Design, Moving Image Art, Writing, Ceramics and Sculpture, Drawing and Painting, and Photography. The school focuses on providing specialized arts training while preparing kids for college -- 100 percent of graduates head to college or an art institute. The website states that the school is proud of having one of the large public school dance companies and award winning Jazz Instrumental and Classical Orchestras.
The school's mission statement details, “Arts & Communication Magnet Academy's disciplined educational environment challenges all students to achieve academic and artistic excellence by honoring and exciting the human need to create and question through a demanding and interdependent curriculum.”
Battle Ground School District
The small Cam Junior Senior High School, which only has two classes for each grade level, provides students with many opportunities to develop relationships and receive one-on-one attention. The administration feels their job is to prepare students for the job market after college through academic preparation and character training. The staff teaches students the importance of good character through monthly themes on a different character trait and daily conversations about character.
Parents are very involved on campus through volunteering and booster clubs, and the school encourages families to be very involved with their teenager through open communication between school and home.
The schools uses a four period block scheduling and offers core academic programs with a rigorous curriculum. The Running Start program allows students to receive an Associate of Arts degree at the same as a high school diploma through a local community college. As a graduation requirement, students develop an individual contract that gives them opportunities to pursue their passions and career interests, such as creating an aviary or developing a business plan.
“We are proud of our school and our kids. We just have really good kids,” said Colleen O’Neal, Principal.