Academy for Character Education

Summary:

Academy for Character Education is an alternative public charter school located in Cottage Grove, Oregon, serving grades K-12 with a total enrollment of 326 students. This school stands out for its consistently strong academic performance, outpacing both the South Lane School District and the state of Oregon in multiple subject areas.

In 2022-2023, the school had an impressive 83.3% proficiency rate in 11th-grade English Language Arts, compared to 34.1% for the district and 46.2% for the state. In mathematics, the school's 7th-grade proficiency rate was 73.3%, significantly higher than the district's 26.5% and the state's 29.6%. The school also excels in science, with a 72.7% proficiency rate in 11th grade, compared to 35.9% for the district and 32.7% for the state. This consistent academic excellence suggests the school's educational approach and curriculum are effectively supporting student learning and achievement.

While the school's student population is predominantly white, with 83.13% of students identifying as such, its student-teacher ratio is relatively low, ranging from 20.5 to 21 students per teacher over the past three school years. This is lower than the nearby Childs Way Charter School (12.5) and SOLO Academy (12.4), which are also public charter schools in the South Lane School District. This efficient resource allocation suggests the school is effectively utilizing its resources to support student learning and academic success.


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Public, Charter, Alternative K-12

 195 N 6th Street
       Cottage Grove, OR  97424


(541) 942-9707

District: South Lane School District 45J3

SchoolDigger Rank:
176th of 706 Oregon Alternative Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $21,617 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  21.0 Help
Number of students:  326

Racial breakdown:

White:
83.1%
Hispanic:
7.1%
Two or more races:
6.4%
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Compare Details Academy for Character Education ranks better than 75.1% of elementary schools in Oregon. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 69.48. (See more...)
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Compare Details Academy for Character Education ranks better than 83.7% of middle schools in Oregon. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 75.74. (See more...)
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Compare Details Academy for Character Education ranks better than 98.8% of high schools in Oregon. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 98.68. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (83.1%), Hispanic (7.1%), two or more races (6.4%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Academy for Character Education is 21. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Academy for Character Education is $21,617.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Academy for Character Education:

SchoolDigger ranks Academy for Character Education 176th of 706 Oregon public elementary schools. (See Academy for Character Education in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Academy for Character Education 62nd of 380 Oregon public middle schools. (See Academy for Character Education in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Academy for Character Education 3rd of 258 Oregon public high schools. (See Academy for Character Education in the ranking list.)

South Lane School District 45J3:

SchoolDigger ranks South Lane School District 45J3 64th of 139 Oregon school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Academy for Character Education

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Rank History for all elementary school students at Academy for Character Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 73.36 145th 695 79.1%
2012 81.01 102nd 730 86.0%
2013 73.59 148th 707 79.1%
2014 84.32 74th 695 89.4%
2015 74.53 150th 706 78.8%
2016 68.35 194th 697 72.2%
2017 61.14 243rd 701 65.3%
2018 63.16 237th 709 66.6%
2019 76.06 143rd 705 79.7%
2022 66.75 193rd 706 72.7%
2023 69.48 176th 706 75.1%
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Rank History for elementary school Low Socio Economic Status students at Academy for Character Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 67.14 190th 703 73.0%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at Academy for Character Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.12 291st 681 57.3%
2022 65.13 188th 646 70.9%
2023 63.77 192nd 652 70.6%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at Academy for Character Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 76.63 115th 654 82.4%
2023 68.76 168th 665 74.7%
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Rank History for elementary school White students at Academy for Character Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 52.54 322nd 683 52.9%
2019 56.15 279th 662 57.9%
2022 55.75 264th 666 60.4%
2023 56.29 270th 656 58.8%
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Data source: test scores: Oregon Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Rank History for all middle school students at Academy for Character Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2010 64.57 104th 343 69.7%
2011 82.29 34th 357 90.5%
2012 75.96 67th 395 83.0%
2014 71.28 99th 382 74.1%
2015 69.21 96th 381 74.8%
2016 79.35 52nd 383 86.4%
2017 55.66 153rd 382 59.9%
2018 71.18 86th 384 77.6%
2019 66.31 105th 379 72.3%
2022 90.31 25th 367 93.2%
2023 75.74 62nd 380 83.7%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Academy for Character Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 90.73 22nd 364 94.0%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Academy for Character Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.99 200th 342 41.5%
2022 83.12 36th 310 88.4%
2023 81.13 44th 323 86.4%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Academy for Character Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 93.81 17th 312 94.6%
2023 77.55 48th 318 84.9%
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Rank History for middle school White students at Academy for Character Education

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.98 156th 357 56.3%
2019 58.36 133rd 344 61.3%
2022 84.06 36th 355 89.9%
2023 73.01 66th 360 81.7%
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Data source: test scores: Oregon Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Academy for Character Education

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2012 92.49 5th 308 98.4%
2023 98.68 3rd 258 98.8%
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Data source: test scores: Oregon Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Sunday, September 22, 2019

Open Quote ACE is incredible. The teachers are amazing and very observant so your child is not only learning at top notch but also being taken care of emotionally! The class sizes are perfect at not even 15 students in a class. The at home work does require diligence on behalf of the parents at the elementary age but I wouldn't hesitate over that as there is a great community of parents. Not only that, the teachers are very responsive to email and there is a homework club. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Academy for Character Education

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2008 40 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 22 62
2009 49 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 8 58
2010 63 0 1 3 2 n/a n/a 4 73
2011 71 1 7 5 4 0 3 0 91
2012 105 2 5 8 12 0 4 0 136
2013 98 2 3 6 4 0 10 0 123
2014 132 5 3 16 3 0 11 0 170
2015 98 1 5 9 0 0 4 0 117
2016 144 1 6 9 1 0 3 0 164
2017 154 5 5 6 0 0 10 0 180
2018 162 4 3 6 0 0 10 0 185
2019 182 1 2 11 0 0 8 0 204
2020 166 1 2 12 0 0 10 0 191
2021 238 4 1 31 1 0 17 0 292
2022 268 4 3 27 1 1 25 0 329
2023 271 4 5 23 0 1 21 1 326

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

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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 Academy for Character Education

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 62 0.3 206.7 0
2009 58 2.0 29.0 0
2010 73 8.4 8.6 n/a
2011 91 1.7 53.2 0
2012 136 1.7 78.1 n/a
2013 123 2.7 44.8 n/a
2014 170 3.2 52.6 n/a
2015 117 3.0 39.0 n/a
2016 164 4.0 41.0 n/a
2017 180 3.7 48.3 n/a
2018 185 4.8 38.2 n/a
2019 204 4.8 41.7 n/a
2020 191 6.3 30.1 n/a
2021 292 9.8 29.7 n/a
2022 329 16.0 20.5 n/a
2023 326 15.5 21.0 n/a

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Academy for Character Education

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 62 0.3 206.7 0
2009 58 2.0 29.0 0
2010 73 8.4 8.6 n/a
2011 91 1.7 53.2 0
2012 136 1.7 78.1 n/a
2013 123 2.7 44.8 n/a
2014 170 3.2 52.6 n/a
2015 117 3.0 39.0 n/a
2016 164 4.0 41.0 n/a
2017 180 3.7 48.3 n/a
2018 185 4.8 38.2 n/a
2019 204 4.8 41.7 n/a
2020 191 6.3 30.1 n/a
2021 292 9.8 29.7 n/a
2022 329 16.0 20.5 n/a
2023 326 15.5 21.0 n/a

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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Per Pupil Expenditures for Academy for Character Education

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $9,377
2020 $9,861
2021 $9,749
2022 $21,617

Data source: Oregon Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Academy for Character Education

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 143rd of 705 Elementary schoolsRanks 176th of 706 Elementary schools
 4.6%
Ranks 105th of 379 Middle schoolsRanks 62nd of 380 Middle schools
 11.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Academy for Character Education)57.150
 7.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (South Lane School District 45J3)38.732.6
 6.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Oregon)46.539.4
 7.1%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Academy for Character Education)57.165
 7.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (South Lane School District 45J3)39.535.6
 3.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Oregon)46.439.7
 6.7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Academy for Character Education)7034.5
 35.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (South Lane School District 45J3)49.733.3
 16.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Oregon)49.242.3
 6.9%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Academy for Character Education)72.747.6
 25.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (South Lane School District 45J3)37.735.2
 2.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Oregon)51.541
 10.5%
6th Grade Mathematics (Academy for Character Education)4030
 10%
   6th Grade Mathematics (South Lane School District 45J3)26.719.8
 6.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Oregon)37.128.1
 9%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Academy for Character Education)5086.7
 36.7%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (South Lane School District 45J3)5143.6
 7.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Oregon)54.943.8
 11.1%
7th Grade Mathematics (Academy for Character Education)53.373.3
 20%
   7th Grade Mathematics (South Lane School District 45J3)32.826.5
 6.3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Oregon)40.129.6
 10.5%
8th Grade Mathematics (Academy for Character Education)45.528
 17.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (South Lane School District 45J3)24.47.5
 16.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Oregon)38.325.5
 12.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students204326
 59.8%
African American14
 300%
American Indian00
Asian25
 150%
Hispanic1123
 109.1%
Pacific Islander01
White182271
 48.9%
Two or More Races821
 162.5%


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Academy for Character Education ranks 176th of 706 Oregon alternative schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Academy for Character Education are 83% White, 7% Hispanic, 6% Two or more races, 2% Asian, 1% African American.

In the 2022-23 school year, 326 students attended Academy for Character Education.


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