Southwest Charter School

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0640 Sw Bancroft St

Portland, OR 97239

(503) 244-1697

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Grades: K - 8

School Type: Public, Charter

Student Enrollment: 200

Students Per Teacher: 22

Parent Reviews

26 Parent Reviews for Southwest Charter School

We really wanted our neighborhood school to work, but our kids were getting lost in the large class sizes and masses of worksheets. Once we switched to SWCS, they thrived. The classrooms are fun, engaging, and the community is very strong. Yes, it is charter which brings financial challenges that ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 09/26/14

Everything I'd like to say has already been said by the other 1 and 2 star reviews. In short, SWCS did not provide the alternative education we expected and wanted for our child. Philosophies boasted on the schools website fall short. Once you are in the focus is on raising money for the school. ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 06/22/14

My child is very happy at SWCS. She is excelling academically and much more engaged and challenged than at her previous school. While this school may not be a great fit for all children, an independent learner who benefits from full integration of creative and intellectual endeavors will do well here.

Posted by a parent on 11/06/13

My daughter came to this school in 6th grade and stayed till 8th. During her time here she broke out of her shell, made many friends and bonded with teachers. She is now going into highschool full of confidence. Academically she is right where she needs to be thanks to the awesome teachers at SWCS! My ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 09/04/13

After a few years at Southwest Charter, my kids were not where they needed to be academically to fit back in to the mainstream school system. They had fun at farms, rivers, plays and museums during their time at SWCS, but are missing chunks of learning that have left them struggling now. We are spending ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 04/01/13

My son has autism. We had two wonderful years with this school. School placement is always difficult with special need children especially when resources are limited. We love this school because teacher and staff have the right level of flexibility, open-mindedness, positive attitute, sense of humor, ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 09/08/12

Our child attended SW Charter School for three years. We chose SWCS as an alternative to PPS. We thought the 'Place-based Learning' approach and emphasis on natural science would be a good fit for our child who had struggled in a more traditional learning environment. Although there are a few individuals ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 09/07/12

Southwest Charter School was working hard to change the education system the first two years they were open. Since then, the school has hit a downward spiral. They're prime concern is with survival and it does not leave them time to focus on the needs of the students. Over the past two years, I withdrew ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 06/30/12

We have been a part of SW Charter for going on 2 years now. We currently have all 3 of our kids in K, 2 and 4th grades. It does take some effort to get the kids to the school, but if your kids are important to you, I can assure you, that once in school their time is well spent. The staff and teachers, ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 03/07/11

Our experience with SWCS has been fantastic. The school focuses on community-building and encourages critical thinking. Science, history, and art are skillfully woven into the core curriculum. The cllass sizes are small so everyone gets the attention they need and deserve. Every single teacher seems ...  Read more

Posted by a parent on 03/06/11

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Test scores for Southwest Charter School

OAKS* Test Scores

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Test Year: 2010
Southwest Charter School
Oregon Department Of Education
* 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.

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Portland schools — Southwest Charter School is located at 0640 Sw Bancroft St, Portland OR 97239. 0640 Sw Bancroft St is in the 97239 ZIP code in Portland, OR The school district for Southwest Charter School is the Oregon Department Of Education. Southwest Charter School is a Public school that serves grade levels K - 8.
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