Partnership with Parents

A strong parent-teacher partnership is the foundation for helping your child grow and learn, especially during the middle school years. While we have official parent-teacher communications through conferences and written reports during the year, both parents and teachers are urged to communicate with each other any time during the year. Parents should feel free to contact teachers directly with any concerns or questions. Communicating early, openly, directly, and respectfully when an issue emerges leads to successful resolution and real partnership. As a school without letter grades, clear and candid communication with families and students about student progress is essential.

In October, C&C advisors meet with all new families, including all 6th grade families, as an opportunity to get to know each other and answer initial questions about Middle School.

Parent-teacher conferences are in November and March. At these meetings, teachers share student progress and parents have an opportunity to ask questions of all teachers. Between reports, students set goals and reflect up on them in writing. Written reports from teachers happen at the end of the year in June. Arts and health class reports are sent home more regularly to provide more immediate and meaningful feedback as the students rotate through these offerings.

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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