About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system.
Trillium Charter School made AYP in 2011. Under No Child Left Behind, a school makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if it achieves the minimum levels of improvement determined by the state of Oregon in terms of student performance and other accountability measures. See Trillium Charter School's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Trillium Charter School had 18 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Oregon average is 20 students per full-time equivalent teacher. Learn more about Trillium Charter School's students and teachers. more
|School Name distance||TestRating||Community Rating|
|Ockley Green Middle School 0.3 miles|
|Rosemary Anderson High School/portland Oic 0.4 miles||n/a|
|Beach Elementary School 0.4 miles|
|Jefferson High School 0.5 miles|
|Humboldt Elementary School 0.7 miles|
Also, that review that says you have to be a certain color and income level to fit in at Trillium is simply puzzling. It's true, the general demographic of families at Trillium feels pretty liberal. But there are PLENTY of us there who are living below the poverty line, and there is way more diversity than you generally find around Portland. Not just in race either; there is all sorts of diversity.
Trillium is full of heart, great kids, great families, and great teachers. I think that if the place were to close down tomorrow I'd have to learn to homeschool, as I can't imagine any other school coming close to meeting my child's needs like Trillium does.
I know that the graduation rates look low, but that's because they don't count 5th year graduates. A lot of these kids come to the high school already having failed a year at their previous school. Trillium gives them the opportunity to start anew, learn life skills, and complete their high school education.
I will say that if your child has trouble with even the most basic self-directed activities, this school is not for you.
It is a community as well as a school, and service learning is a part of the experience. This school teaches students to be global citizens, bettering themselves and their world. It's a hard community to leave! Many alumni attending nearby PCC or not quite as close PSU will stop by and visit on their days off.
I am so glad I applied to this school and my children got in. I've never seen them so excited about learning.
* Based on constructivist philosophy. You don't need an advanced degree in educational philosophy to grasp the concept, just google it or maybe grab a book on the subject. Basically, in this type of school learning is active, learning is contextual, learning is cooperative, and learning is often community oriented. These are, to us anyway, very good things, but may be confusing to the uninitiated.
* Democratic. It is a school that considers the students important, active participants and change-agents. Really. They have a constitution, rights and responsibilities, a grievance process, votes and everything. Lots of people do not understand this concept. It is integral to the school- always has been- and if you cannot wrap your head around it or don't like it, enroll elsewhere, please. We do, and its a major reason we send our children here. Remember, if you don't prefer democratic ed, there are a myriad of options available to you and your students.
* Successful by traditional standards too. The school is rated as "outstanding" in terms of its test scores and advancement toward adequate yearly progress. (go to: http://www .ode.state.or.us /data/reportcard/reports.aspx , then scroll down to the Trillium report)
It's interesting reading reviews by folks who sent their children to a school about which they did not first inform themselves. Trillium asks that families considering Trillium make themselves aware of its philosophy and participate in a shadow experience before making a decision to enroll. Obviously this did not happen in the case of many of the confused, disgruntled folks here. This is truly unfortunate, not only for these students and their families, but for those of us who send our children to the school because we believe absolutely in its constructivist philosophy and democratic processes.
Please hear this: if you are looking for an artsy-looking school that's just seems a little "alternative" so your friends will think, 'wow, what an edgy parent she/he is!', but one that's based on an educational philosophy not much different from the school down the street, please don't disrupt our educational atmosphere by sending your children, complaining about what sets it apart from other schools, yanking your students, and then blogging your misconceived ideas about the school. This school has made all the difference in the education and overall social experience of our children. It is unfortunate some folks do not understand the school or its philosophy. However, this is not the fault of the school, which goes out of its way to help parents decide if it is appropriate for their children.
Trillium is a community, and as such, there is great response when folks voice concerns or praise successes. It's an extremely valuable asset, such flexibility in a school. I really think it shows in how they handled this.
Our child has done quite well at Trillium. Their openness really gave him room to pursue some of interests to such a level that he can do many tasks at an adult level. I too was a bit worried about basic academics. They have become more structured with their academics this year, and he is doing even better than before with his writing and math, as well. Seeing the turnaround, we are sticking with Trillium!
Enrollment (2011)Total: 359
Student Economic Level (2010)In 2010, Trillium Charter School had 37% of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch programs. Oregon had 49% of eligible students for free or reduced price lunch programs. Eligibility for the National School Lunch Program is based on family income levels.
Student Ethnicity (2011)
Portland SD 1J District Spending
In 2011, Trillium Charter School had 18 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Oregon average is 20 students per full-time equivalent teacher.Compare to other schools in Portland School District 1J
About the OAKS
What is it?
The Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) are annual tests used to measure a student's mastery of the state's grade-level academic standards.
Which Grades and Subjects?
Students are assessed in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, and in writing in grades 4, 7 and 10.
How is it Scored?
Students are scored at one of five levels: exceeds, meets, nearly meets, low, or very low. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed the state standards. All scores >95% are reported as 96% and scores <5% are reported as 4%.