School Details

Portland Arthur Academy Charter School

7507 SE Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97215
(503) 257-3936
7

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-5 159 students 21 students/teacher (OR avg is 19)

Test Scores by grade

48%
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74%
66%

Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS)

In 2009-2010 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7 and 10 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 10 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Portland School District 1j average
  • Oregon state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
72%
64%
95%
78%
73%

Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS)

In 2009-2010 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7 and 10 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 10 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Portland School District 1j average
  • Oregon state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
66%
58%
95%
73%
68%
95%
72%
67%

Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS)

In 2009-2010 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7 and 10 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 10 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Portland School District 1j average
  • Oregon state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Portland Arthur Academy Charter School is a charter elementary school in Portland. 159 children attend Portland Arthur Academy Charter School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and White, non-Hispanic. 41% of the 159 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Portland Arthur Academy Charter School is 21:1. Creative Science School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 12%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 64% 56%
Asian 6% %
Hispanic 5% 16%
Native American or Native Alaskan 4% 1%
Multiracial 11% 6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41% 43%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Portland Arthur Academy is a academically focuses charter school. Teaching is done by Direct Instruction and it is not for everyone. However if your child loves to read and learn then it is totally worth checking out. My child has thrived in this environment. We found PAA after 2 years in a PPS school. I agree with a previous review that there could be more parent involvement but I think that is true of all schools. We do worry about where to go after 5th grade. I think all parents worry about that. I just know that my kiddo will have the academics and skills to succeed - Thanks PAA!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Very happy with this school! If you want a classroom that is socially focused this is not your place. They are academically focused enabling each child to thrive in learning. My first grader has goals and rewards and she comes home proud of herself. My only complaint is that parent involvement is not great-- they're working on it though.

  • (1 year ago)

    What exactly happens when these children have completed the Arthur Academy? How does the academy help to transition students into "regular" middle school environments with MUCH larger classrooms and less expectations? It seems that they have a decent IDEA in instituting this program for elementary aged children but exactly how does a student transition from this strict style of learning to the every day run in the mill public school teachings in junior and high school? It does not seem well thought out for the future of the child. To have the expectation that a student who leaves this program will A) function adequately in a 1000+ student school B) after 5th grade will be home schooled by the parents or C) the parents will come up with the $ to pay for private schooling or D) (worst of all) they release these children after 5th grade with no direction or care what happens to them beyond 5th grade; none of these expectations are at all acceptable. What are the school district's expectations for these students beyond 5th grade? I would LOVE to see each child's assessment scores beyond 5th grade would they stay the same meet exceed or fall below previous standards/scores?

  • (3 years ago)

    This is my second review of PPA the first one magically dissappeared. So if you are interested in seeing more reviews updated ones and not ones written by the principle then go to google places and enter the schools name. Portland Arthur Academy could be wonderful like the David Douglas or other academy locations however the principle of the PPA is not a leader he depends on a take it or leave it attitude and fear to create a militant enviroment with no room for individuality.

  • (4 years ago)

    Portland Arthur Academy is a charter school hence all about choice. It is a choice that parents make to enroll their students. Every year the school is reviewed by Portland Public Schools. Professionals not affiliated with the organization (speech therapists SPED professionals etc.) enter the building everyday. The point here is that if there were issues with state testing inappropriate discipline etc. (which there is not) they would be addressed immediately. The teachers and parents work together with the leadership to create a dynamic learning environment you will not find at any public school. Students succeed and are constantly evaluated. They are all working at their academic levels whether that means moving up in a program or going back to a level in which they will succeed and attain skills they need to be successful. Every student is respected valued and treated with a concern that is hard to find. It is a saving grace for many students and parents frustrated with the options out there.

  • (4 years ago)

    They coach the children on state tests and allow them to take them repeatedly until a desired score is reached. They also use group punishment so if another child is disobedient my child along with all the other obedient children are punished too. They skip ahead in lessons and have students correct students papers so the teachers do not see where or if there is a child struggling. Then the child gets dropped down to the lower level group instead of being assisted in the area in which they are struggling with.

  • (5 years ago)

    Their reading and math program is awesome! They divide the class in 3 groups for reading (my son is in 1st grade) so each child can learn at his/her own pace. The children work so hard at school so there is NEVER a homework which keeps my son and me pretty happy ) The teachers are awesome too!

  • (5 years ago)

    Outstanding school. . Superb curciullum exceptional staff and outstanding national/state test results. Both our children are excelling beyond our hopes.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a great school. Ive been wanting to get all my kids in my 2nd child is 4. When my 1st daughter finished kindergarten she was doing math and reading at a 2nd grade level. Look at their website and see the results for national/states test results! Amazing!!!

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