Student Evaluation

We encourage families and children to see education as a continual internal process, not one measured by symbols. Teachers foster the growth of the whole child—including social-emotional, physical, and intellectual development—and work to give feedback to children and families about all of these aspects. We share evaluations of student progress through written narrative reports, and conferences between parents and teachers.

Parents receive three written reports during the school year: Conference notes after Fall and Spring Parent/Teacher conferences and an end-of-year summative narrative report. Written reports communicate the position of each student in relation to effort and performance within the context of individual and classroom objectives. Writing narrative reports is a flexible and individual process. Teachers take great care to be accurate, complete, and objective in their reports

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Teacher specialists for woodshop, music, PE & library

Three parent-teacher conferences per year

Students spend time outdoors every day


  • 22 four- and five-year olds gather in one large classroom
  • Two teachers and a teaching assistant


  • 36 five- and six-year olds gather in two large classrooms and an art studio
  • Two homeroom teachers, one studio teacher, and two teaching assistants
An independent preschool through 12th grade day school in Portland, Oregon
8825 SW Barnes Road,
Portland, Oregon 97225 |
503-297-1894 |

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We welcome more than 100 new families annually to our inclusive community from the Portland area and beyond.


A demanding and engaging program in which each student is the unit of consideration

Playing sports involves life lessons in determination, grace, and resilience. We invite everyone to be part of a team.

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