The Ivy School

Public, Charter 1-8

 4212 NE Prescott St
       Portland, OR  97218-1632


 (503) 288-8820

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District: Oregon Department Of Education

SchoolDigger Rank:
251st of 709 Oregon Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  25.9
Number of students:  268

Racial breakdown:

White:
77.2%
Hispanic:
10.8%
Two or more races:
6.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  16.4%

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We updated the 2017-18 rankings and test scores for this school on Thursday, September 20, 2018.


Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2018, The Ivy School ranked better than 64.6% of elementary schools in Oregon. It also ranked 2nd among 3 ranked elementary schools in the Oregon Department Of Education School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 61.08. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018, The Ivy School ranked worse than 60.2% of middle schools in Oregon. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 40.44. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details The Ivy School has the largest elementary school student body size in the Oregon Department Of Education School District. Racial makeup is: White (77.2%), Hispanic (10.8%), two or more races (6%). (See more...)
Compare Details 16.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at The Ivy School is 25.9, which is the highest among 3 elementary schools in the Oregon Department Of Education School District! (See more...)
Compare The Ivy School employs 10.3 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

The Ivy School:

SchoolDigger ranks The Ivy School 251st of 709 Oregon public elementary schools. (See The Ivy School in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks The Ivy School 231st of 384 Oregon public middle schools. (See The Ivy School in the ranking list.)

Oregon Department Of Education:

SchoolDigger ranks Oregon Department Of Education 66th of 147 Oregon school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for The Ivy School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 54.04 331st 695 52.4%
2012 41.79 469th 730 35.8%
2013 48.33 378th 707 46.5%
2014 63.10 251st 695 63.9%
2015 62.94 220th 706 68.8%
2016 48.07 351st 697 49.6%
2017 45.26 368th 701 47.5%
2018 61.08 251st 709 64.6%

Data source: test scores: Oregon Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for The Ivy School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2012 54.69 186th 395 52.9%
2013 4.83 366th 377 2.9%
2014 20.75 328th 382 14.1%
2015 48.17 194th 381 49.1%
2016 34.15 275th 383 28.2%
2017 51.24 178th 382 53.4%
2018 40.44 231st 384 39.8%

Data source: test scores: Oregon Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a teacher
Monday, December 24, 2018

Open Quote This school claims to be a Montessori school, but close to none of its lead teachers actually have Montessori training from an accredited institution. While the ratio of students to teachers is technically 15:1 (each classroom has a lead and assistant teacher), they have completely bombed at mastering the model of Montessori while trying to align with some of the public school system demands, especially for those with special needs - either those gifted/performing above grade average, and those who need extra support. The school is full of children who have had trouble in traditional public schools and are seeking alternatives, but the administration is incredibly faulty and doesn't/hasn't provided extra professional development and resources for their teachers to help support the influx of these students: This is something that is too costly, as reported by the administration to teachers.

If your child loves school, has friends, does well in school and loves adults and doesn't need special needs/IEP/extra guidance, this school will swallow them due to the fact that the overworked teachers are stretched too thin working with an overcrowd of students with special needs.

There is a serious lack of parent education options about the Montessori model of education and overall curriculum, especially for parents who are interested in enrolling their children in Montessori for the first time. This has led to the high population of students with special needs, because good parents are desperate to find solutions for their children when traditional public schooling has failed their children. Parents at Ivy aren't given the information they need to understand that transferring into an authentic Montessori program at the age of 7 or older without having any experience in this model of self-guided education does not do their child any favors, regardless of whether they have been successful in a traditional classroom or not. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Open Quote My daughter has been a lifelong, self-described "Montessori kid". She's been in Montessori programs since she was seven months old. She started at The Ivy School in second grade.

Before she started, I was concerned that most of the children there would not have had the benefit of years spent in a Montessori primary school, would not know the routines, and would not be well-practiced in grace and courtesy. My concern, it turns out, was justified.

The Ivy School seems to attract a lot of families with children who struggle with their emotions and have extremely high needs. The school is not equipped to deal with these students, as Ivy School doesn't have a counselor and the teachers are not trained to handle this. The teachers really are doing the best they can given they have mixed-age classrooms of 30 students each, and a wide range of abilities and needs to cater to-- all without the benefit of the resources available to neighborhood public schools.

The administration is terrible. The Director doesn't have a background or training in education and she doesn't appear to support the students, teachers, or fellow administrators. The first time I met her, she immediately got in my face about how "you Montessori parents have to realize we do standardized tests here!" It's laughable that she works in Montessori education the encounters I've seen her have with students are cringe-worthy. What appeared at first to be occasional lapses in professionalism turned out to be just who she is-- defensive, hyper-reactive, bullying.

It quickly became apparent to us that our daughter wasn't learning anything at Ivy School. She was spending time in the hallway to avoid her noisy classroom. Some days her biggest accomplishment seemed to be sharpening a bunch of pencils. Her friends were being bullied with racist comments. Students in her class were biting, punching and throwing things at other students and the administration was turning a blind eye to everything.

We approached the campus admin to have our daughter moved into another classroom-- hoping just to delay switching schools until after Lower El. What followed was a series of unprovoked emails from the Director essentially telling us to shut up and tow the line or leave the school. (Turns out, it's not just some students who have no knowledge of grace and courtesy.) Numerous pleas for a civil, in-person conversation went un-answered. So we left.

If you are looking for a quality education for your child in a school where s/he will be respected and safe, you will be wise to stay far far away from Ivy School. And if you are coming from a Montessori school, this is a far cry from anything that you have been used to. Close Quote


by a parent
Thursday, August 29, 2013

Open Quote The Ivy School is a young school with great curriculum. Montessori education is ideal for self-directed learners who want to move at their own pace. The new principal is energetic and full of great ideas. After 1 year, I am optimistic about my child's education. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, March 12, 2012

Open Quote The March 5, 2012, comment is about Maria's Place preschool, which is run by Tammy Kennedy and is on the same campus as the The Ivy School, but is NOT the Ivy School! Ivy School is a 1st-7th grade public charter school. Maria's Place is a private preschool for ages 2-K. Not the same institution!

The Ivy School is a fabulous learning environment for self-directed, curious students who are ready to thrive in a Montessori environment. Our child (first grader) is having a fantastic time, rushing off to school and coming home brimming w/knowledge and love of education. Great choice for our kid!

Also, please note: the demographic and other info for the school on this website is inaccurate (there are 6 teachers, w/ 6 assistants, for example; and ~13% free/reduced lunch, etc.) Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, March 5, 2012

Open Quote We were so excited about the possibility of having our son attend one of Ivy's programs. We met with the director Tammy Kennedy and looked around the school. The classrooms were beautiful and the curriculum engaging. We were also excited about our son who is bilingual, continuing his exploration into Spanish. We then made it to the open house. What we heard made both my partner and I skeptical. There were several families with young children who were told that their child's fears about going to the bathroom alone were silly. That there would be no exception made to meet student's individual needs. We were also told that if our son got muddy or happen to pee his pants, something that has happened once since he was two, that we would have to come from work and deal with it. Parents of three year old were told the same thing. The director Tammy Kennedy was judgmental in her tone while addressing these concerns of parents. She was judgmental of the children's skills as well as the parents concerns.

I saw little care or consideration for difference. I do not want my child to go to a school where accommodations are not made for a diverse student body. I want him to know and see a teaching staff and a school that really sees what individual students need and is willing to meet them. Close Quote



Enrollment information for The Ivy School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2010 34 16 0 4 1 n/a n/a 3 58
2011 93 18 0 5 1 0 3 0 120
2012 107 18 2 17 2 0 1 0 147
2013 133 19 2 18 5 0 3 0 180
2014 172 21 3 15 7 0 7 0 225
2015 167 13 7 12 5 0 10 0 214
2016 204 11 7 21 5 0 13 0 261
2017 207 5 6 29 5 0 16 0 268

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at The Ivy School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2010 58 0.5 116.0 n/a
2011 120 5.0 24.0 0.0
2012 147 5.0 29.4 19.0
2013 180 8.0 22.5 n/a
2014 225 n/a n/a 25.3
2015 214 8.0 26.7 33.6
2016 261 10.0 26.1 25.7
2017 268 10.3 25.9 16.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio The Ivy School

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2010 58 0.5 116.0 n/a
2011 120 5.0 24.0 0.0
2012 147 5.0 29.4 19.0
2013 180 8.0 22.5 n/a
2014 225 n/a n/a 25.3
2015 214 8.0 26.7 33.6
2016 261 10.0 26.1 25.7
2017 268 10.3 25.9 16.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Oregon Department of Education.

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