School Details

Sandy High School

37400 Bell Street, Sandy, OR 97055
(503) 668-8011

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1258 students 20 students/teacher (OR avg is 19)

Test Scores by grade


Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS)

In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 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
  • Oregon Trail School District 46 average
  • Oregon state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sandy High School is a public high school in Sandy. The principal of Sandy High School is Kim Ball and can be contacted at 1,258 students go to Sandy High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Native American or Native Alaskan; and Multiracial. 36% of the 1,258 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Sandy High School is 20:1. Sam Barlow High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 81% 79%
Native American or Native Alaskan 3% 2%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Hispanic 12% 13%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 1%
Asian 0.6% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36% 41%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Where do i begin. Lets start with the math department. From distracted teachers to painful communication gaps the math department covers everything on the spectrum of ineptitude. Whats the point of having a state of the art school crammed full of incredible technology if none of the administration knows how to use it. The fact that the students understand more about how the schools features work than the tech department is sad. Many of my friends and i have been offered positions to TA for the tech department because we know how to run it and they don't! I have been in many classes where we could not complete assignments or the teacher could not show us a presentation because the software was not correctly installed. We also have huge issues with hooking up projectors. I could understand these issues if they were every now and than but it is a constant recurring problem. Thank goodness we are still able to get an internet connection here which is quite surprising considering how terrible the tech department is. It's a shame that the school has so many amazing clubs that don't get any support from the school and don't even get recognized for their achievements.

  • (9 months ago)

    The community was suckered into "investing " in their schools just prior to the great recession. This new edifice in our community is so lavish and extravagant that it put the school district to shame. It is filled with dead wood educators. The majority of the math department can not effectively teach math. They have great credentials but can not teach. There are so many poor educators at the high school you can not dodge around them to provide a quality educaton to the students. There is a very strong union in this district and they basically run the show. I believe if you removed most of the educators in this building and put them at the elementary level you would be doing the high school students a great favor.

  • (10 months ago)

    Find a better school! Class sizes range in the 25 1 student-teacher ratio. Much of the homework we receive is in fact busy work that does not aid in the exercise or understanding of new concepts. A few of the teachers are very openly biased concerning their political and moral beliefs. There is a wide variety for lunch options but the quality of the food is unsatisfactory. There are also records of finding mold on cheese served to students (myself being one of them). During lunch students are herded into the lunch room and the 3 wings are closed at the main hall causing students to group and gather in a confined area that could result in a Fire Code violation. In short Save your children from going to this school. Find a private school or homeschool them.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a staff member not a teacher. This is a great new building with all the technological capabilities that could be wished for. Unfortunately the quality of the education offered here is not up to par with the building. If you have a special education student the ed. assistants are the ones teaching not the teachers. I spent a year in a Study Skills class a couple years ago and the teacher spent the class planning her wedding on the internet while I helped the kids with their work. Now a lot of movies are shown in the special ed. classes often just because the teacher needs a "break" or catch up on their paperwork. (One sp. ed. teacher showed most of the entire James Bond series during his English class. Lots of learning going on there.) Special ed. students aren't challenged here or encouraged to succeed just go for the modified diploma and take 2 P.E. classes and an art class per term you're good to go. The modified diploma is highly promoted at this school even with students who can handle the regular diploma. Take it from someone on the inside who sees this first hand. I've worked in a lot of sp. ed. classrooms here.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is not the best all of the math teachers i have had are really bad! Most of the other teachers are not much better with the exception of a couple excellent ones. The councilors are really not much help at all! I also find that students here are rude and have terrible language along with a huge drug and alcohol epidemic. the curriculum is also not challenging enough i think the teachers just settle and give up giving us the basics and no more. So personally I am not a fan of Sandy high school and from my perspective the school building is beautiful and grand but the teachers and students do not deserve it. -from a students perspective.

  • (1 year ago)

    Awesome school with quality teachers and nice courses. The building is brand new with a fantastic athletic complex.

  • (1 year ago)

    Sandy High School is undergoing some radical changes this year. We have new administration that uses a "hands on" approach to digging in and making necessary changes to the way things have been done for years. It's no secret that big changes mean big upheavals in current practices but I think the changes will help students gain specific skills in reading writing math and science. The skills based approach will mean students must focus on acquiring skills needed to demonstrate competency rather than just "jumping through hoops" of competing assignments or just showing up to class. I'm looking forward to fine tuning the processes we've begun this year and incorporating real progressive change at our school. Staff members are spending more time developing usable techniques and lesson plans that address skill based learning. We're being asked to collaborate and help each other more often. Overall I feel that even though we're making big changes they will benefit our students!

  • (1 year ago)

    Sandy High School. The Oregon Trail School District has built a state-of-the art new school. Take a look at the photos posted online. The athletic fields have just been refinished. The new school is a technological amazement. Included in the new programs offered now is a much improved autos program and Ag program. Sandy High has room to grow. Builders included a fully functional TV studio. It's a much better facility today.

  • (4 years ago)

    Sandy High School could really use the money from this for there school programs

  • (4 years ago)

    2010 I found out yesterday that the teachers and staff or not going to do anymore repairs at the old sandy union high school here in sandy oregon and the classrooms are now way over crowded do to teacer cuts so now the classrooms have 45 to 50 kids in each classroom with one teacher in them and there is one classroom with asbestos exsposed in it and only one window open in it! If the school district wanted the kids to stil go to the high school they should keep the old school in repair! But they decided not to becuase the new high school will be open in august 2012! this is not fair to the kids going to the old high school now!

  • (5 years ago)

    The staff including teachers and counselors are very supportive and go out of their way to help the parents and students as much as they possibly can.

  • (7 years ago)

    I'm attending Sandy High School this year and although I can give nothing but praise to the school's administration for doing their best with an inadequate building the fact is that Sandy High School is vastly underfunded. Several parts of the school are reaching 75 years in age and the school is also suffering from mass overcrowding. The roof leaks tiles are hanging off from the inside of the gym's ceiling and the school's design makes it vulnerable to security breaches. Once again I praise the school administration for doing the best with 2nd rate materiels. The majority of their teachers are above parr and the school's newspaper is notable for its lack of school controlled content. But no matter how good a car's driver is he's still driving a Yugo.

  • (7 years ago)

    this is a really great school !

  • (7 years ago)

    I graduated from SUHS years ago and swore I would never send my kids there. Well unfortunatly one goes there now. I love the town but the school needs major help. It is over crowdedx. Wonderful town to live in just bad schools.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a current student at SHS it is a great school and I would recommend it to anyone! the teachers are great here as well as the administration The Sports and extracurricular activities here are also very fun and exciting. Although the only downside to the school is that it is extremely crowded and the 1500 students and staff are out growing this building big time! but it is still kept in good condition and under good discipline. so in general this is a great school to got to! GO PIOS!

  • (9 years ago)

    I had an extraordinary experience at Sandy High and would recommend attending it to anyone. It is in a very safe environment and surrounded by an agricultural community. Their sports teams are spectacular of which I played on year round. I will admit the education is not tuned towards preparing the average student for an Ivy League education. Although an Ivy League candidate must challenge him/herself to exceed in the advanced courses that Sandy offers. My brother and I both succeeded at this and even coming from a lower/middle-class family we attended Ivy League schools on full ride scholarships. Sandy High is what you make of it because it has as many if not more opportunities than the average Oregon high school. I highly encourage anyone already there or planning on attending to take full advantage of the Sandy High experience.

  • (9 years ago)

    We have had two graduate from Sandy High recently. I found the level of education at SHS to be typical of most oregon public schools. I was very satisfied with the safety extra activities and sports. Academically it is entirely possible to graduate with honors and even attain valedictorian status and still maintain a normal and social lifestyle if the student is a dedicated learner and self motivated. Preparation for Ivy League college was terrible. Preparation for Oregon Universities was fair to good. For the good student who seeks challenging courses the opportunities are there but not in abundance. I would recommend SHS to anyone moving to the area with the caveat that students strive for a high gpa in advanced placement classes. The School suffers terribly from overcrowding and this will not change until the community approves a new high school builing. Parent involvent was excellent. Art/Music/Math/Science/Shop excellent

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a parent of two graduates of Sandy High School and one current student at the school. My children have received a quality education in sciences english and mathematics- as well as excelling in the advanced placement and college credit classes. Teacher interraction is phenomenal seemingly to truly care and want their students to excel and take their education to the next level. With a small school feel within a large institution activities and clubs are well advertised so that all students are encouraged and welcomed. My children have all played sports for the school and succeeded as academic allstars. This was done with the help of local scholarships. Also musically they have participated in ensembles that won national awards.Both have attended colleges and won numerous scholarships with true academic quality based on their excellent education at SHS. Variety is the spice of life curriculm enriches and expands knowledge SHS does it well!!

  • (10 years ago)

    I attended Sandy High School my Freshman year and experienced I did not feel safe at all. Unfortunately nothing is getting better on this issue and it continues to be a dangerous environment due to the surrounding pressure by the other Portland metro area high schools on this school to excell which it doesn't. Academically students are given chances to evade basic science and math. Agriculture and Horticulture are used as excuses and science and it's possible to graduate without passing Algebra. Overall this school is dangerous and unacceptable academically.

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